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My Life in Dog Years Paperback – June 8, 1999
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Each story is tender and gives the reader glimpses into Paulsen's childhood (riddled with alcoholism and neglect)as well as his adulthood (filled with dogs, horses and a person or two!)
Written at a sixth grade reading level, this book would be a great read-aloud at bedtime for kids six and up. Both kids and adults will want to get up and hug the family dog goodnight once they finish a single chapter in this gem of a book. What a find!
By: Gary Paulsen
I choose to read My Life in Dog Years, because I really love animals and onthe cover was a picture of a dog which is a book that sounded like something I would be very interested in. (The dog was also really cute!) I read the back and it sounded pretty interesting . I was about each dog that he had owned in his life, how each of them impacted him in their own special way. It was really interesting how he had totally different relationships with each of his dogs, some were his friends some
were the boss, some were equal no better or worse than any other person on this planet.
Gary describes his life with the dogs that most impacted his life. He describes the joy and pain that they individually brought to him through out his life. His parents never seemed to be out partying or drinking everyday. They just ignored him as if he were part of the furniture in their house. Gary grew up alone but with the company of his dogs.
The dogs in his book had many different impacts on him. Some were hisfriends and others were his equals, some saved his life and some needed to be saved and Gary was always there to help. Once Gary was walking in a field when his next step would be on a rattle snake, Gary knew he couldn't get out of the way fast enough when Snowball came charging threw and attacked the snake saving Gary's life. Gary knew he could never repay Snowball for what he did, risking his life for his owner.
Gary had many different dogs growing up and you would think that one out of ten dogs wasn't what Gary was looking for. But no Gary always found something special about each individual dog. There was "the first dog (Pg8).", "A good friend (Pg.19).", and "The wild dog of the Alaskan North (Pg.101).' He didn't talk to his dogs as if they were animals but as if they were human just like him.
All of Gary's dogs always seemed to change his life in some way. Each dog found a way to change Gary into a better person. He learned to respect himself and others, and to always believe in your friends. Gary didn't have his parents around almost all his life but always found hope in his dogs. They were always there for Gary, just what a mans best friend is supposed to do