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Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Livingby Dean Koontz and Trixie Koontz
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Many readers wonder what inspires the creative genius of bestselling suspense writer Dean Koontz. Much of the credit must go to Trixie, the golden retriever who has taught him things about life that no human ever could.
Trixie shows us how to be happy every moment of the day, except those fleeting moments after a meal when the dish is (temporarily) empty. Dogs know how to work hard and to play even harder. With words of wisdom only a bird dog knows, and beautiful photos to warm your heart, this book will lift your spirits and make your leg shake uncontrollably with pleasure!
Trixie wrote Life is Good to support her friends who are service dogs for people with disabilities. She is donating her royalties to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), the national organization that breeds and trains assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities.
"People often say they wish they could have a dog's 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 'don't 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: 'I'm 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. Dad's 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 book's 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The genius behind the mega-selling author tells all! Trixie Koontz, Dog, divulges her canine life lessons and self-help tips (and late-night pee tactics!) in her very own book. Wise, witty and wacky, Trixie shares her unique perspective on people, bacon, squirrels, dating, toys, writing and much much more. Full of wonderful photos of Trixie (and some of her Dad!), Life is Good will delight all dogs and dog-lovers. And of special note — Trixie has insisted that her dad, Dean, give all proceeds from her book to her fellow service canines and their human partners at Canine Companions for Independence.
About the Author
Trixie Koontz is a dog with a famous last name. She is a retired assistance dog for CCI. This is her first book. She lives with Dean and Gerda Koontz in southern CA, and all her shots are up to date.
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