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Ivan!: A Pound Dog's View on Life, Love, and Leashes

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A story of hope, love and purpose for anyone who has ever loved a rescue dog.

With wry wit, deep insight, and vivid anecdotes, Tim McHugh gives voice to the family pet and delves into the place where the canine and human hearts become one.

Ivan, a mixed-breed dog-philosopher with an extreme underbite and various other deformities, chronicles his life story with keen observat
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Hardcover, 210 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Turner
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Cayr
Dec 11, 2011 Cayr rated it really liked it
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In this unique twist on the “Dog Memoir”, author Tim McHugh brings us Ivan, the one-eyed, three-legged philosophizing mutt with a serious underbite and a penchant for classic literature.

The story is told by Ivan, as he makes the journey from damaged pound dog to beloved family companion in McHugh’s home. But Ivan is not your typical dog. He has big questions and big thoughts. Ivan is an admirer of Tolstoy, Descartes, and Thoreau, and often ruminates about their philosophies as he tries to answer
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Sep 12, 2011 LuAnn rated it liked it
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This book was completely different from what I expected. Written in the first person by the main character – Ivan – it is a story I think most people will enjoy.

Ivan was born to a stray. Shortly after his birth, the father attacked the litter … taking Ivan first. As he brutally ravaged him, the mother dog became enraged and saved Ivan’s life. The dogs were later found and transferred to the pound where Ivan was adopted by a very loving family of humans.

The story tells how he was able to fit in a
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Jane Caruana
Aug 27, 2012 Jane Caruana rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the story is a credit to Ivan's people; and, needless to say, I cried buckets at the ending. I have always known that dogs make great philosophers, but now have it in writing.
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Aug 17, 2012 Jami rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book - it was humorous and sad.....and how can you help not falling in love with Ivan?!?!
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