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INTRODUCTION

BEGINNINGS

CRIMES AGAINST DOG by Alice Walker
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author recalls choosing and bringing home her new dog, Marley (named after the Rastafarian musician Bob Marley), and the invaluable lessons he has imparted.

THE COLOR OF JOY by Caroline Knapp
In this excerpt from her seminal book Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp explores the intimate kinship between her and her dog Lucille—a testimony to the power of the human-animal relationship.

THE EXISTENCE OF DOG by Elena Sigman
Salon.com writer describes her toddler’s love for dogs, his joy at greeting them during their walks and her conversion as a dog lover.

THIS DOG’S LIFE by Ann Patchett
Dog as baby substitute? Not according to Ann Patchett, PEN/Faulkner award-winner for her novel Bel Canto, who has found that her dog is all she ever wanted.

MUTTS by Maxine Kumin
A city dog takes to country life in this chance meeting with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin.

THE NEW GIRL by Margaret Cho
A new dog adds the “dys” to functional family in this amusing tale by comedian Margaret Cho.

BRAVE AND NOBLE IS THE PRESCHOOL DOG by Susan Straight
Neediness is a virtue and just the right tonic for this family and shelter dog by Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon and National Book Award finalist.

BLIND DATE by Stephen Kuusisto
After a blind man meets his first guide dog a new world opens, by the author of Planet of the Blind: A Memoir.

 

PACK

A WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND by Erica Jong
This singular author (Fear of Flying, Any Woman’s Blues) recalls the great loves of her life—four-legged mates who think with their noses.

NEIGHBORS by Michael Paterniti
An old cemetery becomes a haven for dogs and disjointed human connections. Sly observations from the author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.

PLAY DOGS OF THE NEW WEST by Jon Billman
A new breed of dude ranch dogs show how the west is being won—from a frequent contributor to Esquire, Outside, and The Paris Review.

THE DOG IS A HAM by Louise Bernikow
Author Bernikow (Bark If You Love Me) and dog hone their act on a book tour.

WHY WE DON’T PLAY CHESS by George Singleton
The feeding eccentric feeding routines of a household of strays. Singleton is the author of two collections These People Are Us and The Half-Mammals of Dixie.

SLEEPING WITH THE PACK by Michael J. Rosen
A bed of canines offers the ultimate rest—Rosen’s books include Dog People and 21st Century Dog.

EVOLUTION? OR THE CROWN OF CREATION? (HAS DOG BECOME MASTER?) by Carolyn Chute
Who’s the master of whom in this world turned upside down asks author Carolyn Chute (The Beans of Egypt, Maine).

DONNA AND HARRY by Jon Katz
Entering the twilight years with a dog and a plan. Katz is the author of The New Work of Dogs.

LIVING IN DOG YEARS by Bill Vaughn
A working dog whose only job was to raise the spirits of all he encountered—Vaughn is contributing editor at Outside magazine.

CITIZEN CANINE by Charles Siebert
It’s a dog’s world these days—a report on the new dog culture. Siebert is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s.

 

LESSONS

TEN THINGS MY DOG TAUGHT ME THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GET MARRIED by Pam Houston
A primer for opening up your heart from the award-winning author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Sighthound (April ’04).

LOVE IS NEVER HAVING TO SAY ANYTHING AT ALL by Patricia McConnell
Noted animal behaviorist/author (The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs) explores the deep bonds between people and dogs.

WATCH THE ANIMALS by Alice Elliott Dark
A Connecticut town overcomes past slights to fulfill an eccentric’s last wish—to have her dogs care for. Dark’s books include In the Gloaming and Naked to the Waist.

DARWIN’S DOGS by Mark Derr
The Father of Evolution, Charles Darwin, considers canis familiaris—from the author of Dog’s Best Friend.

LALA THE LOOT by Michelle Huneven
A stolen dog brings out the best in the worst. Huneven recently won the Whiting Writer’s Award for fiction.

BLOODLINES by Catherine Ryan Hyde
An amusing story of one neighbor’s attempt to show another that a dog’s lineage is secondary to its heart—from the author of Pay It Forward.

BREATHE by Donna Kelleher
A veterinarian chronicles her road to holistic care. Kelleher is a holistic practitioner and the author of of The Last Chance Dog and Other True Stories of Holistic Animal Healing.

THE BITE by Alexandra Styron
A rattlesnake bite tests the author’s (All The Finest Girls) courage and reveals new insights in this subtle tale of suspense.

GOD IS DOG SPELLED PROPERLY by Lama Surya Das
The sound of one paw clapping—Buddhist lessons. Lama Surya Das is the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation.

ONE HUNDRED DEMONS: DOGS! by Lynda Barry
A multi-panel cartoon that that chronicles how important (and hard) it is to find that special place called home—from the creator of The Freddie Stories and The Greatest of Marlys.

 

PASSAGES

THE SECOND SHEILAH by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
How amazingly dogs adapt, and we to them. Thomas is the author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and The Social Lives of Dogs.

THE CHILDREN ARE VERY QUIET WHEN THEY ARE AWAY by Maeve Brennan
An ageing dog’s longing for happier days spent playing with neighborhood children. Brennan contributed to The New Yorker’s “The Talk of the Town” from 1954 until 1981.

UNCLE HARRY by Donald McCaig
A working dog’s faith is tested—from the author of Nop’s Trials, Nop’s Hope and Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men and a frequent contributor to NPR.

ACCIDENT by Mark Doty
The loss of a dog offers a glimpse of the future to partners facing AIDS. From Doty’s memoir Heaven’s Coast which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction.

DOG TOWN by Alysia Gray
Painter Matching the right dog with the right town proves a tricky proposition—Painter is a contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and More Mirth of a Nation.

SIT. STAY. HEAL: ONE DOG'S RESPONSE TO 9/11 by Lee Forgotson
Simple acts break through the numbness brought on by tragedy. From Forgotson’s series “Rex and the City” which appears regularly in The Bark.

COMFORT by Abigail Thomas
The solace provided by dog companions after a life-altering event strikes. Thomas is the author of Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.

MY DOG, ROSCOE by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The story of Sarah—married and newly pregnant and prepared to live happily ever after ... until a stray dog shows up, who she is convinced possesses her ex-lover’s soul. Campbell is the author of Women and Other Animals and Q Road.

NAVAJO by Nasdijj Rescuing
Lost hope for a man, a boy and a dog—a moving memoir from Native American author of The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams and The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping.

SAYING GOODBYE TO SHELBY by Thom Jones
A writer (The Pugilist at Rest) with epilepsy and diabetes, a Boxer with stage III cancer—together they see each other through difficult times.

MY COLTER by Rick Bass
A tribute to a spirited hunting dog and a cherished friend—Bass is the author of Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had.

DOG YEARS by Tom Junod
The bonds of attachment, the pangs of grief and how the loss of a dog can inspire a new life. Tom Junod is a writer-at-large at Esquire, where “Dog Years” first appeared.

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