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You Are a Dog: Life through the Eyes of Man's Best Friendby Terry Bain
Synopses & Reviews
A hilarious, captivating commentary that gives us--finally--a true dogs-eye view of the world.
• The Sofa: “The sofa is Position One. The sofa makes you feel as if you are with your people even when your people are gone.”
• The Toilet: “The advantage of drinking from the toilet is that the water is always fresh.”
• The Baby: “Often known as She Who Randomly Flings Food from the Table, the baby has the most flavorful, ever-changing face of all your people.”
“After reading You Are a Dog, you will start thinking like a dog.” --Bash Dibra, celebrity pet trainer and author of DogSpeak
“You Are a Dog should be the talk of every dog run in the U.S. With humor, and more bite than one might expect, Terry Bain helps us to see the world through the eyes of our dogs, and to look at their lives in fresh and insightful ways.” --Jon Katz, author of A Dog Year, The New Work of Dogs, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm
“Terry Bain has cracked the canine code to demystify those charming, endearing, and occasionally bizarre habits our beloved dogs exhibit. You Are a Dog is equal parts witty and warm, sweet and sympathetic--read this and be destined to meet your dog at a richer, deeper level.”--Dr. Marty Becker, veterinary contributor for Good Morning America, author of The Healing Power of Pets
"Although some may expect a book written entirely from a dog's perspective to be saccharin-sweet and filled with fuzzy Hallmark-card platitudes, Bain has managed to infuse his canine 'autobiography' with more truth and genuine character insight than those found in many tales featuring human protagonists. Part of the book's success stems from its effective second-person voice: 'You are the original dog. You are every dog and no dog.... For you it is impossible to think of yourself without thinking of all your past.' Bain has clearly spent a lot of time pondering how dogs think, and he doesn't oversimplify or romanticize them. He's hit upon some essential element of 'doggishness,' and because he respects his subject, he's able to elevate the mundane aspects of a dog's life, even the eternal battle with the vacuum: 'The vacuum is evil. You bark. The vacuum doesn't appear to mind you barking but you bark again.... If there is one thing you know about your time with your people, it is this: you must, eventually, rid this house of the vacuum.' Something as simple as taking a nap reflects the profound simplicity of dog philosophy. ('A nap is sleep, and sleep is its own reward, like eating or chewing that place on your hindquarters that nags at you.... This is how wonderful life can be. Every act can be this rewarding.') Those who have never owned a dog will probably want to rectify that before they're finished with this book, and anyone who has ever had a close relationship with a canine companion will respond on an emotional level to Bain's account of a dog's Zen-like (and enviable) ability to live completely in the moment. 55 line drawings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
What's really going on behind those patient eyes and wagging tails, that loving lick or plaintive bark? You Are a Dog reveals all in a series of whimsical yet profound vignettes told in the voice of "everydog." Millions of dog owners will recognize The Vacuum: "The vacuum is evil. You bark. The vacuum is not invincible, and after it has searched every inch of the house, the vacuum will give up and return to the hall closet." The Toilet: "The advantage of drinking from the toilet is that the water is always fresh." The Sofa: "The sofa is Position One. The sofa makes you feel as if you are with your people even when your people are gone." And The Baby: "Often known as 'She Who Randomly Flings Food from the Table, ' the baby has the most flavorful, ever-changing face of all your people." Readers will discover their dogs and themselves in passages so funny and so true that they'll read them out loud to friends and family. Filled with good-hearted humor, sweetness, and even pathos, You Are a Dog is an irresistible treat.
About the Author
TERRY BAIN (aka He Who Leaves the Seat Up So That You Might Drink) wrote this book when he should have been throwing the tennis ball. He is a freelance writer, book designer, and teacher. He won an O. Henry Award for short fiction and was named a Book Magazine Newcomer in 2003. He lives in a modest pack in Spokane, Washington, that includes his wife, two children, two dogs, and a cat.
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