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Puppy Love (Dackel Herkules #1)

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Hercules is a dachshund, who was rescued from the animal shelter by the sweet and loving Caroline. Life for this little dog would be perfect if it weren't for Caroline's new boyfriend, Thomas. Hercules and his new friend, Mr. Beck -- a tomcat and a good judge of human nature -- devise a shrewd plot to get rid of Thomas and to find a new companion for Caroline.


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Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by House of Anansi Press (first published February 22nd 2010)
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Mira15
Jul 16, 2012 Mira15 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Experimentar novos autores entusiasma-me sempre, bem como sair da rotina e ler algo invulgar, mas ao mesmo tempo apelativo. Mal vi a sinopse, o título e a capa (mais fofinha de sempre!) soube logo que estava perante uma leitura muito leve e bem-humorada. Com o melhor amigo do Homem como narrador, será sem dúvida um serão impossível de rejeitar para qualquer amante de animais!

Carl-Leopold von Eschersbach, um cachorrinho Teckel muito simpático e encantador, foi salvo do canil por Carolina, uma hu
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Brenda
Now this was a cute and loveable book! Told by Hercules, (or Carl-Leopold von Eschersbach as he insists he is called!) with Hercules conversing daily with Mr Beck, the fat, aged cat who is also in residence, it has a distinct charm to it.

Carl-Leopold is not a pedigree, as his mother had an affair, so no pedigree, no sale! Abandoned at the Animal Centre, he was pining for the way of life he was used to. Then Caroline came along, and fell for his charms, and suddenly he had a new mistress. Along w
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Anja
Vollständige Rezi hier: AnjaIsReading | Frauke Scheunemann – Dackelblick.

Als ich vor einigen Monaten mit meiner liebsten Tina an unserer Kurzgeschichte “Die Bratwurst-Verschwörung” geschrieben habe, haben wir uns beinahe selbst für bekloppt erklärt. Eine Geschichte mit extrem vermenschlichten Hunden und die dann auch noch aus Hundesicht geschrieben? Wie man an den Reaktionen gesehen hat, kann man das ganz eindeutig. Und wie das Buch Dackelblick beweist, kann man damit sogar Eindruck bei Verlagen
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Anica
Apr 04, 2010 Anica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nadine
Shelves: chick-lit, favorites
Two words: Cuteness overload!

Aww, this was so so adorable! And not just because of the cover - which I wanted to pet every single second. LOL But the whole story is cute. Herkulus, a sausage dog, tries to find the right man for his mum (mistress or whatever) with his new best friend Herr Beck, a cat. You can imagine how funny this story is. Because somehow Carolin, Herkules' new mum, has a different taste when it comes to man then Herkules. LOL

What I like about that book is the writing style and
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Anita
Aug 30, 2015 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-romance
Eine sehr liebe und vor allem lustige Geschichte über die Liebe; alles aus der Sicht des kleinen Dackels Herkules beschrieben.
Viele für uns Menschen ganz normale Verhaltensmuster in Sachen "Partnersuche" werden mit viel Humor in Frage gestellt, sodass man sich fragt, wieso wir es uns eigentlich immer so kompliziert machen.
Fest steht: Auch wenn schließlich der geeignete Partner und somit die große Liebe gefunden ist, bleibt der Hund immer noch der beste Freund des Menschen. :)
Colleen
Feb 25, 2012 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I can't even begin to describe the cuteness of this book.
Patrizia
Sep 21, 2011 Patrizia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
herzig ;) e good book for a quite nightduty
Nina
Jul 20, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Als der kleine Mischlings-Dackel Carl-Leopold in's Tierheim kommt, weil er eigentlich nur das Ergebnis einer Affäre seiner Mutter ist, bricht für ihn eine Welt zusammen. Doch schon bald taucht Carolin auf - eine Frau die nach Sommertagen, Pfefferminz und Erdbeeren riecht und Carl-Leopold weiß genau: DIE muss sein neues Frauchen werden! Carl-Leopold's Traum wird sogar postwendend wahr und Carolin nimmt den kleinen Dackel mit in ihr neues Zuhause, wo sie ihn (mangel der Kenntnis über seinen
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2 stars

Let’s get this right out of the way: the English cover of Frauke Scheunemann’s Puppy Love is the cutest freaking thing you will ever see. Featuring a tiny puppy staring out with the most soulful “I’m sorry I ate your favourite pair of shoes but you still love me, right?” expression, with a tagline proclaiming “Hercules is a dachshund...,” I could not help but pre-order myself a copy. This, coupled with House of Anansi’s “vote
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Dieser Roman beziehungsweise diese Reihe von Romanen ist eine meiner liebsten. Ich finde die Handlung einfach sehr schön. Auch die Gedanken von Dackel Herkules und seinem Freund Kater Beck sind einfach toll geschrieben. Frauke Scheunemann bringt mich sogar manchmal dazu, darüber nachzudenken, ob mein Dackel auch so über sein Frauchen denkt.

Es ist auf jeden Fall ein gutes Buch und ich kann es nur jedem empfehlen dieses und auch die anderen Romane aus dieser Reihe zu lesen.
Kerstin Stutzke
Nov 01, 2015 Kerstin Stutzke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl-Leopold von Eschersbach entstammt einer angesehenen Dackelzucht und ist dennoch im Tierheim gelandet und versteht die Welt nicht mehr. Zwar wurde sich bisher gut um ihn gekümmert, aber dank einer Verliebtheit seiner Mutter mit dem Terrierrüden von nebenan ist Carl-Leopold nun einmal "nur" ein Dackelmix. Carl-Leopolds Schwester hatte mehr Glück, die Köchin auf Gut Eschersbach nahm sich ihrer an, doch für Carl-Leopold ist auf dem Stammsitz der Escherbachs einfach kein Platz.


So landet also der
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Brina
Jul 28, 2011 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seit kurzem hat der sechs Monate alte Dackel Herkules ein neues Zuhause. Da er „nur“ ein Mischlingsdackel ist, wurde er für seinen alten Besitzer, einem Adeligen immer mehr zur Plage, weil er für die Zucht ungeeignet ist.

Bei Carolin, seinem neuen Frauchen, fühlt er sich pudelwohl, wenn da nicht sein Herrchen Thomas wäre, der absolut gegen den Hund ist.
Für Herkules steht schnell fest, dass sich an der Situation was ändern muss. Zusammen mit dem Kater Herr Beck schmiedet er den Plan, dass Thomas w
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Emily
Actually 3.5 stars.

This was a romantic contemporary - way out of my usual haunt. But if there's a book with an animal as the narrator and an assurance that they don't die, god knows I'll be reading it. This was also translated from German just to mix it up even more! (way to find one that's out there Emily *pats self on back*)

So to the actual review - I absolutely ADORED Hercules' voice. He was snarky and loving and joyful and earnest and plain old adorable. I honestly wish there were more books
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Elena
Aug 21, 2011 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dackel Herkules ist überglücklich, als Carolin ihm aus dem Tierheim holt – für ihn ist sie das beste Frauchen der Welt. Dummerweise hat sie jedoch Thomas als Freund, der sie schlecht behandelt und Hunde nicht ausstehen kann. Doch dank der Hilfe seines neuen Freundes, einen Kater namens Beck, gelingt es Herkules den Unsympath loszuwerden – nur leider ist Carolin darüber überhaupt nicht glücklich und weint in einen fort. Schnell ist klar: Es muss ein neuer Mann für sie her! Doch es ist für einen k ...more
Sabine
Jul 19, 2012 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl-Leopold von Eschersbach ist ein niedlicher kleiner Dackel. Doch da er nicht reinrassig ist, wird er vom Züchter ins Tierheim gebracht. Schon am nächsten Tag wird er von der fröhlichen Carolin adoptiert, die ihn mit nach Hause nimmt und ihn auf den Namen "Herkules" tauft. Bei Carolin gefällt es dem kleinen Dackel sehr gut, doch ihr Freund Thomas ist über den "Familienzuwachs" überhaupt nicht begeistert. Bereits beim zweiten Treffen wird er handgreiflich - aber wie soll ein kleiner Dackel auc ...more
Butterblume
Eine turbulente romantische Komödie, erzählt aus der Sicht eines kleinen Dackels
Für Dackel Herkules ist sein Frauchen Carolin der tollste Mensch auf der Welt. Nur Thomas, Carolins Lebensgefährte, kann er nicht riechen, denn der hat etwas gegen Hunde und behandelt Carolin schlecht. So beschließt Herkules gemeinsam mit seinem Freund, dem Kater Herrn Beck, Thomas loszuwerden. Mit einem Trick gelingt dies den beiden sogar, doch leider weint Carolin seitdem den ganzen Tag. Schnell ist klar: Herkules
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Jaclyn
Jul 22, 2012 Jaclyn rated it liked it
What a charming, adorable book! Frauke Scheunemann’s Puppy Love not only has the cutest cover art ever, it also has an utterly adorable (no other word for it!) plot. Fans of Enzo from Garth Stein’s Art of Racing in the Rain or Chance, Shadow and Sassy from Homeward Bound will fall in love with Hercules, or, as he much prefers to be called, Carl-Leopold Von Escherbach. A dachshund who lacks the pedigree for his original, dog breeding family, Hercules is rescued from the animal shelter by Caroline ...more
Bloggin'
Darum geht es:
Carl-Leopold von Eschersbach, seines Zeichens adeliger Dackelwelpe mit ellenlangem Stammbaum, hat einen Fleck auf seiner weißen Weste. Schuld daran ist seine Mutter und deren heiße Affäre mit einem Terrier...
Lange Rede, kurzer Sinn – Carl-Leopold landet im Tierheim, bis er von der Geigenbauerin Carolin aufgenommen wird. Die tauft ihn – seine adelige Herkunft völlig missachtend – auf den Namen HERKULES.
Auch wenn Herkules damit nicht ganz einverstanden ist, kann er sich doch damit ab
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Zuzana Srbová
Mar 28, 2016 Zuzana Srbová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Výborná oddychová knižka. Keďže sama mám doma jazvečíka, presne som si predstavovala pri všetkých vylomeninách našu Bekišku. Príbeh malého Herkula, alebo Carla-Leopolda von Aschersbach, ako sa sám nazýva, pretože pochádza z chovu starej významnej rodiny, no sám čistokrvný nie je, a preto sa dostal do útulku, kde si ho vybrala Caroline, sa všemožne snaží pomôcť svojej paničke nájsť dobrého partnera a pánička pre neho je plný vtipných scén. Vo všetkom mu pomáha starý tučný kocúr Felix, ktorý mu je ...more
Paula
Jan 06, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it
I love dogs and the premise sounded fun. But this book is so impossibly annoying! Right from the start, the puppy is a huge snob, Thomas is a neanderthal written in a very exaggerated manner and Caroline is a complete idiot. I couldn't go past a couple of lines without letting out a loud "blech!" I kept forcing myself to read it, hoping it would get better, but could only make it to page 50 before saying "enough of this!" I really don't understand why this book is so successful. Maybe because I' ...more
Carol W
Hercules, adopted name (formally known as Carl-Leopald Von Escherbach) would have us believe he is a pedigree Dachshund, though it seems the vet knows more and there is a little terrier blood in him, too.


He finds himself at the dog shelter and is adopted by the lovely Caroline, Violin maker and is taken to his new home. He is not so trusting of the man in Caroline's life and takes it upon himself to convince Caroline she needs a new man.


This is a very cute and easy to read story narrated by Herc
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Reynolds Robin
Sep 09, 2012 Reynolds Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was reluctant to buy this book... but not anymore!
The book is kinda thick, about 300 pages, but I finished it in 2 days because of its sheer awesomeness!
Not your average kind of pet perspective story book, and sometimes reading this will trigger questions we're not aware of ourselves - like why humans act that way? Why girls... Why... Why...
Read a translated work, but still it's amazing, as if the dog really exist and has an unique mindset of its own!
Plots can be unexpected, and I kept saying "W
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Jill Robertson
Aug 14, 2016 Jill Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, romance
This is a first for me. I have read a book narrated by a dog!!! Translated from the German bestseller, 'Puppy Love' by Frauke Scheunemann is a cute, heart-warming story told from Hercules the dachshund's point of view. His efforts to find his mistress a partner are hilarious. There are witty asides about the nature of humans and how he must come to terms with the way humans use irony when they speak if he is to understand them. I loved his relationship with Mr Beck the cat. A fun-filled read. I ...more
Claire
This is SO not the kind of book I read! I this had not been from the dogs point of view,I probably would have skipped this completely! I quite enjoyed it! It was quite humorous especially seeing somethings (that I probably take for granted) from a dogs perspective - reading for example! Hercules description of reading had me laughing out loud! It was really heart-warming as far as the animals were concerned, they were lovely. Some of the human characters were a bit dodge but in some instances cr ...more
Elsa
Esta é a história de um cão que é levado para o canil pelo criador porque não é de raça pura. Lá, é adoptado por Carolina, uma jovem atenciosa e doce, mas sem sorte no amor.
Carl-Leopold passa então a chamar-se Hércules e, juntamente com o Mr. Beck, o gato que reside no mesmo prédio vai viver muitas aventuras. Desde livrar-se do namorado de Carolina a tentar arranjar-lhe um prícipe encantado, Hercules percorre uma longa aprendizagem pelo mundo (e pela linguagem) dos humanos, tão diferente da que
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Karen
Apr 07, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover art gets five stars. I mean . . . how cute is that puppy????????????

Simply adorable!!!!

I enjoyed the Dachshund, Hercules', narration, and his conversations with Mr. Beck the cat as they tried to understand and manipulate human behaviour and find Hercules' owner a boyfriend.

There are moments that made me smile throughout the story. It's just that there isn't a great deal of plot to get your teeth into. However, as an undemanding, brain-in-neutral, chick-lit read for dog lovers this is h
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Maggie
Dec 20, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hercules is sent to an animal shelter as he is not the purebred dachshund his family is famous for. He is soon adopted by Caroline , a violin maker. Told by Hercules , the story unfolds of his attempts to understand humans and their relationships. Aided by the cat next door he tries to find a suitable master to go with his lovely mistress . At times I got irritated by Caroline but I loved Hercules ! This is a sweet undemanding book that I really enjoyed -a welcome respite from the psychological ...more
Jess
Nov 13, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I got this book soley because it had a cute little dachshund puppy on the cover. It was a cute story. Told from the perspective of a dachshund mix who thinks his new owner needs to find the right man, and will do anything to help her find him. Of course his best friend is a cat who knows too much about almost everything. Chaos ensues of course. This was originally written in German but I think the translation does a pretty decent job.
Overall a good book. Not the greatest but certainly not the w
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Saskia
Aug 10, 2011 Saskia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very cutely written. Sometimes I had to think about what he is saying because Hercules was describing things like a dog might see them like "little colorful squares with spikes on the side" and it took me quite a while to figure out that he ment stamps! and then the idea of him searching for a new boyfriend for his owner! Just adorable!
Natalie Hennessy
Jan 19, 2016 Natalie Hennessy marked it as read-but-do-not-own  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
DNF at page 97.
There is no way I could've finished this book. The writing was very bland and the conversations had by the humans were very boring. 'Hercules' was kinda stuck up but also dumb which made every interaction with anyone weird. It reads like a really well done book extremely dumbed down.
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