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Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty's intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails.

Dog Years is a remarkable work: a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Mark Doty writes about the heart-wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear us of unconditional love.

A book unlike any other, Mark Doty's surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet profoundly affecting. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making.

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"Award-winning memoirist (Firebird) and poet (School of the Arts) Doty explores, with compassion and intelligence, the complicated, loving territory inhabited by devoted dogs and their loyal humans. In 1994, when the author's longtime lover was dying of AIDS, beloved pet Arden kept the surviving partner afloat. A new adoptee, the rambunctious Beau, in his 'sloppy dog way,' becomes a part of the tribe and carries some of the burden of grief. Doty says Beau 'carried something else for me too, which was my will to live.' In a time of devastating pain, as well as in happier times, Doty's two dogs are the 'secret heroes of my own vitality.' The dog characters in the book are irresistible, and the arcs of their lives are delineated with the tenderness and passion of the truly smitten. Arden's quiet nobility and slow decline breaks the heart, while Beau's goofy enthusiasm peaks with youth and mellows in illness. With a marvelous ability to present the pain of mourning with a poet's delicate hand, and an irrepressible instinct for joy, Doty delivers a soulful love story which illuminates no less than the big human mysteries: attachment, death, grief, loyalty, happiness. The book nimbly sidesteps sentimentality and lands squarely on a philosophical, inquisitive tone as intellectually evocative as it is emotionally resonant." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Evocative, compassionate, a love story both intimate and grand, this is a beautiful book." Amy Hempel

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"Dog Years is about dogs, which is to say, it is about everything we cannot talk about. Although Mark Doty manages to write about what he calls 'the unsayable' about our relationships with animals, and about unspeakable times of loss, Dog Years is not a dark book. It is illuminated from within by generous wonder." Louise Erdrich

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"Rather amazing...[Doty's] boundless affection is tempered by graceful observations....A profound reflection on hope, and a song of praise for the dead." Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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"Its complex formal structure is like memory itself, and its exquisite pace reminds one of nothing so much as a stroll in the park with Fido. Poignant, intelligent, and quite simply superb." Library Journal (starred)

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"[An] elegant and elegiac memoir....To be loved by Doty...is to be elevated into a realm of utter glory....Doty's tender yet cogent...observations...transcendently celebrate the essential connection between man and pet." Booklist

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"Life-affirming, lyrical, and profoundly affection....Only Mark Doty could have written a dog book (100 percent soul, 0 percent sentimentality) that covers so much ground without ever abandoning its four-footed subjects." Pam Houston, O magazine

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"Doty writes unsentimentally but affectingly about the solace and companionship dogs provide, their vulnerability, and the hope and unconditional love they bring into a home." Out Magazine

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"I haven't owned a dog since childhood....I thought I might be indifferent, maybe even bored. Instead, I was charmed, moved, often fascinated." Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

Both moving and entertaining, Dog Years is the story of two beloved retrievers and is a pointed, perceptive meditation on life, death, and the nature of companionship.

Synopsis:

From the moment when we first open our homesandmdash;and our heartsandmdash;to a new pet, we know that one day we will have to watch this beloved animal age and die. The pain of that eventual separation is the cruel corollary to the love we share with them, and most of us deal with it by simply ignoring its inevitability.
and#160;
With The Last Walk, Jessica Pierce makes a forceful case that our pets, and the love we bear them, deserve better. Drawing on the moving story of the last year of the life of her own treasured dog, Ody, she presents an in-depth exploration of the practical, medical, and moral issues that trouble pet owners confronted with the decline and death of their companion animals. Pierce combines heart-wrenching personal stories, interviews, and scientific research to consider a wide range of questions about animal aging, end-of-life care, and death. She tackles such vexing questions as whether animals are aware of death, whether they're feeling pain, and if and when euthanasia is appropriate. Given what we know and can learn, how should we best honor the lives of our pets, both while they live and after they have left us?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

The product of a lifetime of loving pets, studying philosophy, and collaborating with scientists at the forefront of the study of animal behavior and cognition, The Last Walk asksandmdash;and answersandmdash;the toughest questions pet owners face. The result is informative, moving, and consoling in equal parts; no pet lover should miss it.

About the Author

Mark Doty's seven books of poetry and three books of nonfiction prose have been honored with such distinctions as the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He is a professor at the University of Houston and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1: Final Odyssey

The Ody Journal, September 29, 2009and#8211;January 15, 2010

2: Into the Open

The Ody Journal, March 14, 2010and#8211;June 3, 2010

3: Old

The Ody Journal, June 5, 2010and#8211;September 4, 2010

4: Pain

The Ody Journal, September 20, 2010and#8211;October 24, 2010

5: Animal Hospice

The Ody Journal, October 25, 2010and#8211;November 28, 2010

6: Blue Needle

The Ody Journal, November 29, 2010and#8211;December 7, 2010

7: Remains

The Ody Journal, November 29, 2011

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Grady Harp, April 17, 2007 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A New Meaning for 'A Dog's Life': Poetry in Prose from Mark Doty

DOG YEARS is one of those memorable books that will find a place not on the library shelf of the home, but instead on the bedside table. Mark Doty, one of America's most sophisticated and endearing poets, shares his experiences of his time with his two dogs, Arden and Beau, times of trial, loss, grieving, joy and mutual dependency, and in doing so he offers one of the more sensitive memoirs written.

Doty relates the gradual passing of his beloved Wally who succumbed to AIDS and in doing so introduces us to the manner in which both Arden and Beau became integral parts of the household and indeed participated in the grieving process with Doty. And then after a year's passing Doty speaks of his new life with fellow writer Paul Lisicky and how the two animals integrated into the new family and ultimately died surrounded by the support and love of the two men. If all of this seems like a rather placid or even maudlin story, then the reader has not had the joy of exploring the poetic and writing gifts of Mark Doty. He has a sly wit: 'Me, dramatize? Just a little. I don't mean that I display an overly emotive surface, not that sort of drama. Rather that I am prone to interpretation, and to reading the moment as cosmic evidence, quickly turning things into metaphor'. He understands the human condition: 'Hope is leaven; it makes things rise without effort'. He has experienced grief and bolsters those who have shouldered such experiences; 'Life without an element of despair in it would seem an empty enterprise, a shallow little song-and-dance on the surface of experience. Despair has about it a bracing sense of actuality....'.

But we know of Doty's gifts as an artist. DOG YEARS proves his ability to understand the capacity of dogs to comprehend situations, find strength to share with their masters, demonstrate the meaning of unconditional love, and to provide solace in ways that are beyond human capacity. This extraordinarily beautiful book speaks to all who love animals, all who have experienced death in any form, and all of us who deeply admire great writing. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061171000
Author:
Doty, Mark
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
by Mark Doty
Author:
Pierce, Jessica
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Pets
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Golden retriever
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General Pets
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 1 table
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Award-winning memoirist (Firebird) and poet (School of the Arts) Doty explores, with compassion and intelligence, the complicated, loving territory inhabited by devoted dogs and their loyal humans. In 1994, when the author's longtime lover was dying of AIDS, beloved pet Arden kept the surviving partner afloat. A new adoptee, the rambunctious Beau, in his 'sloppy dog way,' becomes a part of the tribe and carries some of the burden of grief. Doty says Beau 'carried something else for me too, which was my will to live.' In a time of devastating pain, as well as in happier times, Doty's two dogs are the 'secret heroes of my own vitality.' The dog characters in the book are irresistible, and the arcs of their lives are delineated with the tenderness and passion of the truly smitten. Arden's quiet nobility and slow decline breaks the heart, while Beau's goofy enthusiasm peaks with youth and mellows in illness. With a marvelous ability to present the pain of mourning with a poet's delicate hand, and an irrepressible instinct for joy, Doty delivers a soulful love story which illuminates no less than the big human mysteries: attachment, death, grief, loyalty, happiness. The book nimbly sidesteps sentimentality and lands squarely on a philosophical, inquisitive tone as intellectually evocative as it is emotionally resonant." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Evocative, compassionate, a love story both intimate and grand, this is a beautiful book."
"Review" by , "Dog Years is about dogs, which is to say, it is about everything we cannot talk about. Although Mark Doty manages to write about what he calls 'the unsayable' about our relationships with animals, and about unspeakable times of loss, Dog Years is not a dark book. It is illuminated from within by generous wonder."
"Review" by , "Rather amazing...[Doty's] boundless affection is tempered by graceful observations....A profound reflection on hope, and a song of praise for the dead."
"Review" by , "Its complex formal structure is like memory itself, and its exquisite pace reminds one of nothing so much as a stroll in the park with Fido. Poignant, intelligent, and quite simply superb."
"Review" by , "[An] elegant and elegiac memoir....To be loved by Doty...is to be elevated into a realm of utter glory....Doty's tender yet cogent...observations...transcendently celebrate the essential connection between man and pet."
"Review" by , "Life-affirming, lyrical, and profoundly affection....Only Mark Doty could have written a dog book (100 percent soul, 0 percent sentimentality) that covers so much ground without ever abandoning its four-footed subjects."
"Review" by , "Doty writes unsentimentally but affectingly about the solace and companionship dogs provide, their vulnerability, and the hope and unconditional love they bring into a home."
"Review" by , "I haven't owned a dog since childhood....I thought I might be indifferent, maybe even bored. Instead, I was charmed, moved, often fascinated."
"Synopsis" by , Both moving and entertaining, Dog Years is the story of two beloved retrievers and is a pointed, perceptive meditation on life, death, and the nature of companionship.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the moment when we first open our homesandmdash;and our heartsandmdash;to a new pet, we know that one day we will have to watch this beloved animal age and die. The pain of that eventual separation is the cruel corollary to the love we share with them, and most of us deal with it by simply ignoring its inevitability.
and#160;
With The Last Walk, Jessica Pierce makes a forceful case that our pets, and the love we bear them, deserve better. Drawing on the moving story of the last year of the life of her own treasured dog, Ody, she presents an in-depth exploration of the practical, medical, and moral issues that trouble pet owners confronted with the decline and death of their companion animals. Pierce combines heart-wrenching personal stories, interviews, and scientific research to consider a wide range of questions about animal aging, end-of-life care, and death. She tackles such vexing questions as whether animals are aware of death, whether they're feeling pain, and if and when euthanasia is appropriate. Given what we know and can learn, how should we best honor the lives of our pets, both while they live and after they have left us?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

The product of a lifetime of loving pets, studying philosophy, and collaborating with scientists at the forefront of the study of animal behavior and cognition, The Last Walk asksandmdash;and answersandmdash;the toughest questions pet owners face. The result is informative, moving, and consoling in equal parts; no pet lover should miss it.

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