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It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs Paperback – Bargain Price, October 30, 2007
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About the Author
John O’Hurley is the host of NBC’s The National Dog Show. He is well-known for his award-winning role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, and as the ultimate champion of Dancing with the Stars.
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Both books by the multi-talented John O'Hurley (actor, singer, pianist, composer, television host, Broadway star, et al) are truly excellent; and because we enjoyed each very much, I'm including in this review excerpts from my earlier assessment of his second book:
'I knew of John O'Hurley only from his humorous role as J. Peterman on the "Seinfeld" sitcom; and as a talented TV game show host. I purchased "Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It"...subtitled "Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog to a Young Boy" (perhaps the longest title ever--certainly among the 1200-plus books in our family library!) because of our love of dogs, arguably one of God's greatest gifts. The title suggested that it would be filled with the funny, and sometimes sad, anecdotes about these special creatures which are the basis of many books being published today. And while "BYDCEYHFYHTDI" certainly met my expectations for humor and pathos, this extraordinary work is so very much more. Though consisting of only 152 pages, nearly all of them offer profound insights into parenting, love, integrity, faith, commitment, and individual responsibility (so lacking in so many, as documented in news reports on a daily basis). Mr. O'Hurley reveals himself as an intelligent, caring and honest man; and his insights into the human mind, conscience, heart and soul are inspiring messages which can profoundly motivate the readers of this very special book. As one who has reviewed countless books, and is a member of Amazon.com's Vine program, I can enthusiastically, and without reservation, highly recommend this second book by John O'Hurley.'
And also, now. his first book, the primary focus of this review. BOTH BOOKS BY MR. O'HURLEY ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMENDED!
--Ron Howe (a.k.a., Toby Martin II) / Erskine, MN
As John takes us through each chapter, any person who has had dogs in his/her life can reflect on his words and knows that dogs CAN teach us a great deal about life:
*How to appreciate the simple things
*How to be persistent and not give up on goals
*To love unconditionally
*To give others an equal chance to love THEM unconditionally
*Not to fear most things (Ever see a Terrier pick a fight with a much bigger dog?? They're prime examples of being fearless creatures for their size)
Most of all, dogs are wonderful companions, chock full of personality and amusement -- in fact, more personality than some humans!!
John's style of writing in this book is intimate and personable. One critique I had, however, was that he sometimes digressed too much and the points he was illustrating were not always clear.
I rated this at 4.5 stars. Overall, this is a great little book of lessons for us humans.
This is a fun little book, wit, wisdom and personal anecdotes mixed thoroughly with the love of dogs.
The wisdom is often a little prosaic, but the wit and personal anecdotes are top notch. Mr. O'Hurley's self-deprecating stories are the highlight. There is one story mid way through which made me drop everything howling with laughter.
This is really more a compilation of personal history - something actors often excell at - just put in a framework of doggie-dom. Don't expect a lot of information on dogs.
I am giving this as a gift, and it is SURE to be appreciated. Fun, frivilous, a fast "read." Enjoy.