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Good Dog. Stay.

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,418 ratings  ·  355 reviews
“The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him: to roll with the punche...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Random House (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan Rice
Just a little book I had around the house. It's 82 pages, at least half of them pictures, so I just sat down and read it--the life and death of a beloved dog. I've never read anything by Anna Quindlen before. The lady can write: astute observations, laugh-out-loud, tears-in-the-eyes.

I think I must have gotten it for my mother. In her final years I obtained all her books. She read Anna Quindlen, but this one looked like it had never been read.

...and now let the bombardment by ads for dog books b...more
Amanda
I acquired "Good Dog. Stay" at a book swap. I am a big time pet lover and I have two dogs (as well as three cats) myself. I was attracted by the pictue of the adorable lab on the cover and looked forward to reading the author's memoirs of her beloved dog. However, I got through the book in one very short sitting (about 45 minutes, if that), and closed the book thinking, "What was the point of that?" Easily one-third of the books pages are random pictures of dogs, and while they are certainly cut...more
Cindy Huffman
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Lucy
Dec 20, 2007 Lucy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever been owned by a dog
Shelves: justread
first of all, you must know ahead of time that this is really an illustrated essay padded to become a commercial book.It is extremely short. That said, it is still wonderful even though I know that if her name was not a proven financial success this book would never exist. It would have instead been a page in a magazine.
Quindlen manages to write a love story about a dog without being maudlin. she connects her dog's life with the life markers of her family. His puppy hood and her children's chil...more
Melea Rose-Waters
Read this in probably an hour or less total. It's a very sweet short story of life with the author's dog.

There are only 2 things that bothered me: one, the book is filled with pictures, which is great, but they are random pictures of random dogs. I would have liked it better had it been filled with pictures of Beau (the dog the story is about). And two, the author says she's never one of those people who treated her dog like a child or referred to herself as "mommy" to her dog..... yet she chos...more
Marsha
All you children of mine out there laughing because your mom read another dog book---Anna Quindlen is a wonderful writer. I read it in 1/2 hour. It should have been an essay, but she writes so poignantly about her dog and her children,too. It's about philosophy, a life well-lived, seize the moment, you only live once kind of philosophy. And she learned that from her dog!!
Joann
Jan 16, 2008 Joann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Susie Pedigo
For anyone who is a dog lover, this book is significantly moving. I loved it! It's short (a scant 82 pages), half of which are pictures; yet it speaks to the heart. Anna Quindlen, an accomplished writer, shares her personal love of her life with Beau, her Labrador retriever. Beautifully written, Quindlen is right on target with the lessons we learn from our family pets.
Lena Wright
Jan 24, 2012 Lena Wright is currently reading it

The memoir, “Good Dog. Stay.” by Anna Quindlen tells the history of the relationship between her, and her Labrador retriever of fifteen years. Through the use of time shift, imagery, and detailed anecdotes, she shares the experiences and memories made with her best friend. The book beings with her, in a familiar situation. The vets waiting room, without her dog. Beau, on her oriental rug at her penthouse apartment, in New York City. He had become too old to make the journey, so she stopped drag...more
Doris
This very short story of a loyal, loving pet serves as a eulogy, not just for Beau, but for all those other pets we have loved and lost. My own black lab/chow mix did not live as long, but we loved her dearly. This book was celebrating a life and lamenting a death.

I did take exception to the comment that people should not dress dogs in clothing, since I did have a sweater for our dog for those days when the cold bit through even the thick fur and protective fat of an outdoor dog. I laugh when I...more
Janene
The Ravishing Readers Book Club marked their 3rd year anniversary with a holiday celebration and part of that celebration was playing the 'dice game'for books. Each member brought a wrapped book from their own library and we threw the dice and battled for the package we thought were going to be 'it'. Well, I won a bag full of books, and in the bag was this little honey. An actual eulogy of sorts, that the author wrote for her beloved Labrador. It is an extremely quick read, with wonderful pictur...more
Sharron
I picked this up at the library and read it in about 45 minutes. Most of that time was spent looking at the pictures. It is a slight book, really more like a magazine article, depicting the author's life with her dogs and in particular one dog named Beau. While I'm a sucker for any book about a dog, I was disappointed in this one. I felt like it was just an excuse to publish a book by a well-known author and have a really adorable dog on the cover hoping that people like me would buy it. I reall...more
Kira4Inu Kira4Inu
This book touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. It caused me to reflect upon the relationship that I share with my 12 year old dog Holly and I pondered quite a bit if she truly felt what I thought she did or if it was just a projection. I normally don't read non fiction books but I couldn't put this one down. I started and finished it in an hour or less. Great pictures of cute dogs are inside too. The cover picture is amazing too, it looks just like Holly. I recommend this book to any a...more
Shirley
Good Dog, Stay should be rated among the very best in books that extol that very special bond shared by dogs and their human companions. Anna Quindlen's memoir of Beau the black Labrador is one of laughter, loss, and the love we share with our very special canine family members. Though the author refuses to call Beau her child, she treats him with the same empathy and consideration that a family member deserves. Stories of Beau teach life lessons that we sometimes fail to learn from our human co...more
Linda Lipko
Reading a book by this author is always a delight. She captures so much with a small amount of words.

Naturally when finding a book about a special dog, logically, I know that somewhere in the pages, the dog dies. I've loved and lost a number of very pets, and each one holds a special place, and I can easily cry.

My idea of heaven is that all those furry pets who sustained me through love and life, grief and sadness, joy and sorrow, will be there when I cross over. They will be different sized,...more
Frances Bessellieu
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Kathy Cox
I 'previewed' this book, which was given to my son Dan for Christmas. It's an easy read - lots of dog pictures. I found it really moving. I've owned and loved Labradors for 20 years, and it's a moving, touching story about how they invade (literally) our lives and enrich them.
Rcltigger
I picked this up since I like a good story. It turns out that this was just an expasion on a column that she wrote. And while it was lovely, it didn't have the impact of a great dog book like Marley and Me. I think that I would have liked the column better.
Kayla
A must-read for every dog lover (especially if you are blessed to be loved by a Lab). I found myself reading it outloud to my own lab, Bailey, at times. Saying "You do this, too!"

I say read it at the park with your favorite four-legged friend!
Kellie
Short and sweet, padded with pictures of dogs. Not much to it, just a short essay-turned-book that tells of the author's family dog and how it impacted her life. As with any and all books I read about dogs.. I cried at the end.
Maggie
I've been holding Black and Blue against Anna Quindlen for a long time, and I'm glad I decided to pick this one up in spite of my years-long boycott. It was a good read, with adorable pictures.
Kara
Jun 25, 2008 Kara added it
Actually I picked this book up on CD so that I can listen to it when I'm walking Gracie or Riding my bike. It was a nice story. Especially for dog lovers.
Reese
Before I read any work written by Judith Viorst, Ellen Goodman, or Anna Quindlen, I have already decided that I'll like it or I'll REALLY like it. Their track records are good; and regardless of the work's topic, length, or intended audience, I feel as if each of these writers runs in the lane beside mine, smells my thoughts and experiences, and artfully records them. They articulate the truths that millions of us less articulate folks love to see in print.

A "little" book with wise words and ph...more
Hunter
I really liked this book which is about the author's relationship with her dog Beau. Beau is a black Labrador retriever who is getting really old because he is 15 years old. I can tell you that for a big breed, 15 is very old. I know this because we had a Boxer who was 16 when she died, and the vet said she was the oldest boxer he had ever seen.

The story starts when Beau is old and the author is thinking about when she will have to put Beau to sleep. She realizes that when a dog is old and in p...more
Anastasia
Good Dog. Stay.
Even Old Dogs Can Teach You New Tricks
The oldest dog can teach you new tricks, even when it passes away. In this touching and bitterly honest memoir, appropriately named, Good Dog. Stay., Anna Quidlen describes what her beloved Labrador Retriever had taught her throughout it’s life and after it’s death. As Beau was getting older, many of his senses were starting to fail and he couldn’t make it out of the house any more, yet he still showed his long-lost spirit whenever he took tri...more
Laura (booksnob)
Written for readers who are owners of a good dog, Anna Quindlen has written on ode to her dying dog, Beau, and to dogs everywhere. Complete with adorable pictures of many different breeds of dogs, Quindlen writes about her black labrador retriever and relates her memories. Quindlen also provides us with wit, wisdom and lessons that dog owners will smile at and can relate to.

From the first page, Quindlen shares the story of her life and the life of her dog. Beau watched her kids grow up and faith...more
KDNH
Earlier this week, while at a lunch with co-workers, someone asked how many books I had left in this year’s 52-book challenge. When I told them and said I needed short books so I could read a few during the long holiday weekend (in between the turkey-induced naps), two of them said Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen. The next day, I was lent a copy and it jumped to the top of my “power mode finish” for the year.

I was excited to read this book, and if I’m completely honest, it was for the sole reas...more
Tara King
This book. Oh my god. Amazing. The author, Anna Quindlen, makes so many amazing points about humans and people, all while speaking about her beloved family dog, Beau. I hadn’t read this book in quite some time, but looking over it again for this review made me want to read something else from this writer so badly.

Good Dog. Stay. chronicles the story of a family, centered around their labrador retriever. The author focuses mainly on both Beau’s aging process, as well as her own and her family’s...more
Nancy
This is a very, very short book with as many pages of pictures as text. However in a few well chosen words, the author successfully eulogizes her beloved Labrador Retriever, Beau, while explaining his significance and influence on her life and the lives of her family. It's an important book for any dog parent to read because having the responsibly for a dog through its lifetime is not always easy. There are times of trial and days when you wonder why you have entered into this relationship--just...more
Patti
I read this book at breakfast this morning. There are lots of pictures of very cute dogs, so it is a very quick read. I think I should have known what it was about though before I gave it to my aged mother. Quindlen's comparison of the journey of aging dogs and their owners to a person aging gracefully might be better appreciated by those earlier on in the journey.

There is a wonderful passage in the book that I wish every parent would read. Of course as a dog lover, I am biased.

"Sometimes people...more
Ashley
Happy New Year, Ladies (and Jay, if he ever checks this site anymore)!!

I am bored at work today, so I thought I'd use this as an excuse to give you my year-end report (because I want yours, too):

Worst book read in 2007: This one (Good Dog. Stay.) But, my Mom gave it to me, so I had to read it. I have a hunch that the worst-book-of-the-year would have instead gone to The Secret if I had read it (because my Mom gave me that one too) but I cannot force myself to read it after seeing the author on...more
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Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter with The New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at the New York Times. She left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. She currently writes a bi-weekly colu...more
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