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Paws and Reflect: Exploring the Bond Between Gay Men and Their Dogs Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
For those whom society ostracizes, the companionship and unconditional love a dog provides can be of especially great comfort. So it is with gay men, who, according to the editors, "seem to have a gift for the special details of dog parenting," perhaps "because it's difficult for gay men to create a family that includes human children." Bringing together conversations with more than two dozen notable gay men, including playwrights Edward Albee and Charles Busch, film director Jonathan Caouette and writers Victor J. Banis, Ron Nyswaner and Jay Quinn, this anecdotal anthology shows how dogs have given gay men love, confidence and support. Fiction author Plakcy and dog breeder Sakson relate their interviews through first-person narratives, stringing together stories ranging from comic to tragic to sappy. The familiar joys and trials of sharing life with a dog are all here, including stories of comfort and "extraordinary lessons in how to cope with loss." The sincerity and warmth that comes through in each of these stories is infectious, and the inter-species relationships they describe provide unique perspective on the interview subjects as human beings.
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About the Author
Neil S. Plakcy is the author of the gay detective murder mystery series "Mahu" and has been a contributor to several Alyson anthologies. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely in the gay and lesbian press. He has taught various English and writing courses as an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, Nova University and the University of Miami.
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But for the most part, this is great stuff. "Puppy Whipped" is probably my favorite, but it's just a nose ahead of "The Girls" and "The Dog Who Outed Me." Best in Show, Best of Breed, Best Opposite Sex. This may be a book by gay men but anyone who has ever loved a dog will identify with these humans. And maybe that's one of the things dogs have to teach us -- that some things really don't matter all that much and unconditional love works for everybody.
Definitely a book to read with the tissues handy.
About halfway thru this book, my own dog (a Chinese pug) had a turn for the worst and had to be put to sleep. There are stories in this book about other dog owners who faced similar situations at the end of their pet's life and this was very helpful/comforting at my time of loss. There are many happy/funny stories too and I could identify with many of the owners (and their animals) throughout the book.
The stories are not too long and you can go thru at a leisurely pace (as I did) or plow right through. You don't have to be gay, or a man, or even a dog-lover to enjoy this book. I recommend it highly.
The writing in this anthology is superb. The short vignettes by both well-known and (to me) unknown gay men touched on so many points of dog ownership. Both the positive and the negative bonds were addressed, without a sense of respect and veracity
Beneath the main concept of gay men and their relationships with their dogs, there's also a subtle secondary story of gay men living happy, successful--and totally normal--lives. I'm recommending this book to all my friends.
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