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63/100 Good Dog. Stay
Book Reviews 2012
readergal1004 wrote in 100project
Title: Good Dog. Stay
Author: Anna Quindlen
Genre: nonfiction
Pages: 82 (HB)
Length of time to read: ½ hour

“The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, “I smell bacon!”

Of the dog that once possessed a catcher’s mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, “there came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we’ll know.”

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I had this book on my 100 book project list

It was well written, but it was a sad read. I also had a black lab and he died a few years ago, it brought back good memories, but definitely made me miss him so much!


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