Saturday, March 26, 2011

Good Dog Stay by Anna Quindlen

This extremely short non-fiction recounts the life and death of her beloved Labrador retriever, Beau. 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.”

Good Dog. Stay.

Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.  This book is 96 pages, minus dozens of pictures of various dogs so it takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to read.  Glad I got my Nook version out of the library as I couldn't imagine purchasing this short read on Kindle for $9.99.

Rating: 4.3 Good

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