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Interview with Sue Halpern
Author of A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home
Sue Halpern
In 2009, her daughter away at school and husband traveling the world for work, Sue Halpern found herself in a quiet home, and restless. Pransky, her seven-year-old dog, was bored. Both were ready for a new engagement. Halpern wondered: could Pransky call on her Labrador and Poodle roots and become a service dog? Could they work together to bring joy to some new corner of their world? Author of...
Culture: Reviews
Book Review: Homer
Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins
Homer: Ancient Greek author of literature’s greatest story about the longing for home and the journey to get there. Homer: A baseball player’s ultimate goal — hit the ball far and quickly return home. Homer: A wise dog who sits on the porch and watches the world go by, happy to be where he most truly belongs. Home. In Elisha Cooper’s marvelous and inspiring new children’s book, the other dogs...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Rin Tin Tin
Simon & Schuster, 336 pp., 2011; $26.99
With Susan Orlean’s much-awaited Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, readers face a sad story, but not for the reason you might think — that a wonderful, heroic dog will die in the end. In fact, this dog lived many lives, first in silent movies in the 1920s and again in the 1950s in one of the most popular television series in American history. And to some degree, Rinty still lives, though when...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
On Losing a Veterinarian
When the one who’s always there suddenly isn’t
On the day duncan arrived, i began to dread his death. He was a seven-week-old puppy and I was 36; we were both young, but I knew I would outlive him. It’s a fact that every dog person conjures up, and each of us wonders at one time or another why we put ourselves through this guarantee of grief. But for all the time I spent worrying about Duncan’s well-being, the one thing I never...