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Skidboot 'The Smartest Dog In The World' Paperback – June 4, 2013
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About the Author
Prestigious award winning author, Cathy Luchetti has written seven books on American history: Women of the West, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award; Medicine Women, runner-up for the Willa Cather Award; Home on the Range, the James Beard Award, and The Hot Flash Cookbook, an international cookbook prize. After college, Cathy joined the Peace Corps and lived for two years in remote villages in Colombia, South America. She has spoken frequently on NPR and been featured in several television documentaries. Cathy enjoys backpacking, mountain scrambling and desert exploration. Her current books-in-progress focus on adventure, risk, and uncertainty. She lives in the Northern California with her husband, Peter. Cathy’s humorous and informative talks have been popular around the country, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Nevada Humanities Council, the Junto Society and more.
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That being said, I was disappointed with the book. When I first saw Skidboot and David on Pet Star, I thought how bonded they were based on mutual love. While I have no doubt that David loved Skidboot, the book's focus on Skidboot as a monetary asset and a way to make money left a bad taste and affected the way I viewed David and his relationship with Skidboot. I also had an image of David in my mind as an "aw shucks" mellow kind of guy, but as portrayed in the book, he appears to have a temper at times and not always being very nice to his wife. Not the image I had from Pet Star. I also cringed at his dominating techniques used to train Skidboot, despite the book's protestations that it was the natural order of things.
The other issue I had with the book was the writing/editing. The book switched at times from David's perspective to what Skidboot was thinking; either the book is written from the dog's perspective or it's not - the back and forth was distracting and did not work. Also, there were jumps in time without any explanation. For example, one minute Russell was living at home, and suddenly he was gone to school. The editing also left a lot to be desired, with missing quotes, typos, etc.
So, while I was not thrilled with the mechanics of the book or with some of the realities, the one thing I can say is that I still love Skidboot the dog. I didn't realize he went blind in his later years, due to the same disease that took the sight of my shih-Tzu. The ending was sad, as is most dog books. Now that I'm done with the book, I'm going back to you tube and revisit some of my memories of watching Skidboot perform!
I recommend Skidboot not only to dog aficionados but also to readers with an interest in Southern writers.
I had never heard of this talented & gifted dog,but immediately went looking for videos & FB pages,& yeah! it's all there.This is a definite 'keeper' & will appeal to all ages,don't hesitate....you'll love it!
The book was believable and down to earth. There were times when I would have appreciated a more refined writing style, but it was never to the point that I had difficulty reading the book. I highly recommend this book if you love dogs.