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Jack the Dog: And His Boy Paperback – November 30, 2010
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Victor Brodt: Long time speaker, story teller, and Jack of all trades with a Master's in one. Forever friend of the famous old dog, Jack
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The grown boy reminisces and shares stories of how Jack the dog taught him about life and love and faith. Jack's legacy continues to shape the now grown man, and through the author, us.
I also disliked the fact that much (most, actually) of the story had this hard-shallow shell, nearly impermeable, which lent to a unexplained Pollyanna-esque syndrome. I wonder if the author whistles the intro to Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" all day long. Don't get me twisted - it's not that a dog can't teach us invaluable lessons but if you want to write about them do it in a deeper, more introspective manner - the last few chapters of the book did this well, it provided some theory - and realize that by anthropomorphising the animal we'd only increase the distance between realities. Thankfully, while the author doesn't always conceed to this he's at least aware that Jack's lessons weren't intentional.
The only real redemption for the book was Jack's end of days. I almost cried, almost.