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Life is Good!: Lessons in Joyful Living Hardcover – October 31, 2004
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People often say they wish they could have a dogs life, with nothing to do but play, eat and sleep. In this charming gift book, popular novelist Koontz channels his golden retriever, Trixie, a former Canine Companions for Independence service dog, to get her tips on the good life. In breathless, stylized dog grammar ("Chase ball! Chase butterfly! Chase cat!"), Koontz advocates long naps, daydreaming and appreciating nature. Some of the advice is clichéd ("take time to smell the flowers"), but Trixie also wants people to "eat joyfully" and to think of themselves as movie stars (though "dont get drunk, punch reporter"). The book is laid out beautifully, with adorable pictures of Trixie playing, napping and nuzzling Koontz. In the margins of some pages, she ponders various "eternal mysteries" such as "did Shakespeare really write his plays himself or did his dog help?" She tells amusing stories and confides her fantasies, one being that a big rig carrying hot dogs will overturn: "Im only dog for miles around, and same day Mom buys 20-gallon drum of mustard." There are entertaining riffs on the joy of summer and the virtue of books ("Books are fun. Dads books are especially fun"), as well as a pleasantly goofy argument for why dogs should be allowed to drive ("Look so cute. Sight of driving dog lift spirits of human drivers, make highways friendlier"). That all the books proceeds will be donated to Canine Companions should give both dog lovers and Koontz fans extra incentive to add this endearing volume to their collections.
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From the Author
Trixiess Top 8 Reasons WHY DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE CARS"
1) We are by nature obedient. Would break no traffic laws. Except when toilet stops require brief parking in front of fireplugs. 2) Look so cute. Sight of driving dog lift spirits of human drivers, make highways friendlier. 3) Because ears tend to flap in wind, dogs make better use of convertibles than humans do. 4) Dogs do not drink alcoholic beverages. So can never drive under influence and never blast passengers with beer farts. 5) Guide dogs who drive could better serve blind people. 6) Is civil rights issue. 7) Have better self image, bark less, wag more. 8) Dogs dont need maps. Can smell our way anywhere.
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I am so pleased to know that Trixie's columns will live on. I can only hope that one day she will be featured in one of her father's brilliant stories.
Because the proceeds of Trixie's books have always gone directly to the non-profit organization, Canine Companions for Independence, I promptly sent off a check in her memory. I hope that other readers, who came to love Trixie as I did, will honor her life in a similar manner with a contribution to Canine Companions - her favorite charity.
Rest well faithful dog. You showed us all the very best of intelligence, loyalty, playfulness and love that a dog could offer.
"Life is Good! lessons in joyful living" is the most perfect book to buy if you enjoy dogs or want to give a gift to a dog lover. I immediately bought another one for my sister who has a golden retriever. Additionally, all the profits go to Canine Companions for Independence - so it is a great cause!
This book is written by Dean Koontz's huggable golden retriever, Trixie. It is about 75 pages and is a medium/large (9"x9") hard-bound book that is FILLED with pictures!
I absolutely LOVED it!!! (See Trixie? I use exclamation points too!) It is HILARIOUS and yet really sweet too. I promise you that you will absolutely be enchanted with this book. And it truly does give one some excellent advice on what is truly important in life.
And Dean Koontz just soared in my opinion. I went out and bought all his books just so Trixie would have more Kibbles! Great job, Trixie. I hope you live forever.