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Funny and Touching
on June 20, 2012
Here's what I wrote on my blog (Recovering Book Snob - [...]) when I was halfway through "I Thought You Were Dead."
I Love "Talking" Dogs!
I think I first fell in love with books that featured talking dogs years ago, when I read Harlan Ellison's classic novella that included the story A Boy and His Dog. The dog didn't actually talk, but he communicated with his human pal telepathically. It was a post-apocalyptic story that was made into a somewhat horrifying movie.
I remembered that book recently as I fell in love with another talking-dog book. In "I Thought You Were Dead" by Pete Nelson the dog actually talks. Stella, a german shepherd/labrador mix listens to her owner Paul's woes and offers some wonderfully amusing and wise advice.
A typical exchange:
Paul is explaining to Stella that his father has had a stroke. He says, "They don't know how bad it is. I was talking to a guy at the bar who said if they get to you in time, they can limit the damage."
"A guy at the bar said that?
"Always a good source for reliable medical information," she said. "I'm sorry for you."
I love this dog!
What I love about these dog books is that the dogs may be special (talking, telepathic, novel-narrating) but they're still very much dogs. They eat, poop and love a good scratch. And they're ever so loyal.
Here's what I wrote after I had finished the book:
Not Enough Dog
Just to follow up on my previous post about "I Thought You Were Dead." After finishing the book, I would give it four stars. I liked it, but it got a bit whiney in the middle. But mostly, I would have liked to hear more from the dog. If you're a dog lover, I recommend it. But be sure to keep some tissues handy.