Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rex and the City: True Tales of a Rescue Dog Who Rescued a Relationship” as Want to Read:
Rex and the City: True Tales of a Rescue Dog Who Rescued a Relationship
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rex and the City: True Tales of a Rescue Dog Who Rescued a Relationship

by
3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  251 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
In this humorous, moving, keen, fun and startlingly original memoir, critically-acclaimed author Lee Harrington shares her story of love, loss, dysfunctional relationships, and the shelter dog who put things right. In 1997, Lee and her then-boyfriend Ed were on the verge of breaking up. Money was tight, their careers were floundering (Lee was an aspiring novelist: Ed was a ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Kalos Kagathos Books (first published April 4th 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rex and the City, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rex and the City

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinA Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce CameronMarley and Me by John GroganWhere the Red Fern Grows by Wilson RawlsThe Call of the Wild by Jack London
Great "Dog" Books
333rd out of 791 books — 1,587 voters
Maggie's Kitchen Tails Dog Treat Recipes and Puppy Tales to Love by Rosemary "Mamie" AdkinsChaser by John W. PilleyA Dog's Guide to Humans by Karen DavisonIt Shouldn't Happen to a Dog Trainer - Volume 1 by Karen DavisonHow Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns
Dogs: Behavior, Training, Cognition and Fun
46th out of 71 books — 25 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 872)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Peggy
Dec 22, 2008 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rex and the City is the story of what happens when you adopt a dog without thinking about it first. If you expect the perfect dog you certainly won't get one.

Rex is a spaniel mix adopted from the shelter. His owners think that he will be the perfect dog for them. They find out that he has been permanently scarred by his previous life. He is not the sweet cuddly dog they wanted. He is the exact opposite: standoffish, grumpy, destructive, hard headed and able to the most inapproriate acts at any
...more
Maureen
Jun 10, 2012 Maureen rated it liked it
This memoir is full of touching stories to make you fall in love with Wallace, the sweet shelter dog that the author and her boyfriend adopt. It is a success story on how caring for another creature can overcome the sadness in the world, and whatever may haunt us- human or dog.

What I did not like was the author's constant attempts at solidarity with certain groups, which come off very elitist. The setting is New York City, a place which is known for having its own state of mind. However, an ent
...more
Angela Oliver
Mar 12, 2012 Angela Oliver rated it really liked it
Despite a love of animals, I've always been a little scornful of the "cat/dog that changed my life" books. Everyone's pet has a story, I thought, that doesn't mean I want to read it. Anyhow, this title was free for a wee while and I figured I would give it a go. It sounded entertaining enough, and the dog is really cute. And I shall say - it had me hooked - I'm not normally much of a non-fiction reader, but I could not put this book down. I really enjoyed reading about Wallace's exploits, about ...more
Emily Williams
Feb 01, 2012 Emily Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It is heartwarming and funny. I actually liked it more than "Marley and Me" (not as sad!) It has a great website, http://www.rexandthecity.net/ that has information about the author, her columns and adopting shelter dogs in general. If you like dog memoirs, you should definitely read "Rex and the City"!
Stefanie
I read this because of the recommendation from The Bark; it's the only thing that got me through the first 75 pages. The only character to like was Rex, and even he was hard to love at that point, through no fault of is own (poor dog! And also, I note here that I have a rescue dog whom I suspect had a not-so-nice past, and my guy acted nothing like this. This isn't the behavior of all rescue dogs!). I guess I'm giving this three stars for Rex's story, but the author and I are such totally differ ...more
Lee Harrington
Feb 10, 2012 Lee Harrington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://rexandthecity.net

In this humorous, moving, intelligent and startlingly original memoir, critically-acclaimed author Lee Harrington shares her story of love, loss, dysfunctional relationships, and the shelter dog who put things right. In 1997, Lee and her then-boyfriend Ed were on the verge of breaking up. Money was tight, their careers were floundering (Lee was an aspiring novelist: Ed was an aspiring documentary filmmaker) and their personalities, frankly, did not mix. Plus, they lived i
...more
Paul Corrigan
Sep 08, 2012 Paul Corrigan rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed how Ted and Lee worked together to overcome the obstacles of raising their rescue dog, Wallace A.K.A Rex, in New York City, and how their collaboration positively transformed their lives. The story begins on a whim, when they stop at the shelter and adopt Rex, and ends in the wise realization that all the struggles, failures and occasional triumphs that they've experienced together along the way have strengthened their commitment to one another. Lee Harrington's voice as the worried do ...more
Sue
This book about the author, Lee, her boyfriend, Ed, and the dog Wallace that they adopted while living in NYC. They were unprepared dog owners, the dog had previously been abused and some parts were laugh out loud funny as they all adjust to each other. Other sections were a bit overboard for me. I love dogs but they went off the deep end!
Shonna Froebel
Nov 25, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming memoir about a woman, her boyfriend and the dog they adopt together from a shelter is a touching one. They had both been talking about getting a dog for quite a while. On impulse they stopped one day at a shelter, and the rest is history. Her boyfriend, Ted, felt a connection to the dog when he saw it at the shelter. The shelter hasn't given them any information on the dog, so they don't know what it has been through previously, but are pretty sure it must of been abused from the w ...more
Dawn
Feb 07, 2016 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love dogs but this book was a little too much for me. The entire book is about catering to the dog. There were cute things I identified with, being a dog owner myself, but mostly it was pretty boring. Her writing style is kind of humorous but there just wasn't a good story.
Donna Sadd
Mar 20, 2012 Donna Sadd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cool-dogs
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT-Regardless of typos & redundancies, March 18, 2012
By Donna L. Sadd (Kempner, Texas United States) - See all my reviews


Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Rex and the City: True Tales of a Rescue Dog Who Rescued a Relationship (Kindle Edition)
The author tells us in advance that this is a compilation of a story that she wrote (for Bark Magazine) over time, so evidently one has to expect redundancies (though I'm not in love with typos I soon go
...more
Lindsay Foster
Jul 14, 2012 Lindsay Foster rated it really liked it
I truly loved reading this book. It was a great story of a couple who rescued a dog that had a lot of problems. The book described everything they went through, what steps they took to solve problems, what they learned, and how they grew, not only as a couple, but also in their individual lives. Big things didn't seem big anymore. The author went from dressed in the latest fashions at the beginning of the book to being a crazy dog lady in jeans and dirty shirts at the end. She learned to appreci ...more
Vicky Patterson
Sep 14, 2012 Vicky Patterson rated it liked it
This book will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head in amazement at this dog's antics. I really enjoyed reading it.

I would have given this a 4 star rating but for the punctuation, grammar, and editing mistakes, particularly in the last 25% of the book. I understand this book was written and compiled from a series of articles written for a dog magazine so I could forgive some repeated topics and comments to a degree. By the end, it just got down to a matter of sloppy editing, such as words in
...more
Janee
Mar 20, 2016 Janee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet, insightful view of how a dog becomes one of the greatest loves of your life. I enjoyed finding parallels to my own experience, and my daughter's, with our rescue dogs.
Sarah
Oct 19, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
awesome book!
Holly
Jul 24, 2012 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh, at best. It's a good dog book but nothing compared to 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' though. I particularly found the editing (editor or writer are fault?) to be a hinderance while reading. Oftentimes I would stumble over typographical errors, word repetition or missing words. It's just plain annoying. This was the Kindle edition, so perhaps the editor didn't feel it necessary to correct these issues?
Sue
Jan 22, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
I read an exerpt of this in a magazine and knew I had to read the whole thing. I was happy to find it was available in an "extended version" if I bought the e-book. As I read along, I started noticing typos! I wonder if this was just in the "extended book" or if the hard copy had been that way. But the author writes with a lol humor, so I enjoyed the book and would read more of her work.
Margaret
This was really amusing - I'm not sure who was more dysfunctional - Rex or his owners. Luckily, they all got better in time for a happy ending. It was also interesting to read the challenges of having a dog in New York when you live in a tiny apartment - my Sadie is really spoiled with her backyard to romp in and chase the birds. I really enjoyed this book - very fun to read!
Amber
May 22, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I adore this book and recommend it frequently. In fact just lent out my first read copy for a friend to read. You will laugh-out-loud and touching without being ultimately heartbreaking as so many dog stories are i.e. Marley and Me. ("you know you're a New Yorker when...") got a bit old. Overall a wonderful book. It's a quick read too perfect for the beach.
Lee Harrington
Apr 13, 2011 Lee Harrington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
An excellent book--fun, fast read. Hilarious humor. If you love dogs, or love cities, you'll love this book. Bark magazine called it "hands-down the best human-with-dog memoir you'll ever read, and I agree. This one has the most energy of all the other dog-oirs I've read in the past months. Someone should turn this into a movie!!!
Linda
Mar 05, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful, sometimes heartbreaking, story of a rescue dog and his family. It got a bit tiresome ("you know you're a New Yorker when...") in spots but it was right on when it came to describing pet owners. We all become obsessed with our pets, a fact that one who is not a pet owner would not understand.
Amy
Dec 04, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I haven't finished this book. I keep reading a chapter or two here and there between other books. It's pretty good, but I have a sense of foreboding because the author tells the reader in the introduction that her marriage falls apart and the dog dies. So although I enjoy her stories it all feels a little futile.
Hilary Graham
Jan 12, 2011 Hilary Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Harrington's memoir is a beautifully written and sharply crafted piece of literature. And there's a dog in it. Don't get me wrong: the book is about a dog. But even as a non dog person (don't shoot me!) I found myself fully enthralled by this tragically funny tale.
Daelith
When I first started this book, I was thinking these people really don't need to own a dog. Thankfully, by the end of my book, they changed my mind. I think their dogs are very fortunate to have them as owners and I'm especially grateful that they adopted a rescue.
Wendi Newsome
Jul 01, 2012 Wendi Newsome rated it liked it
I thought the story was fun and touching. I'm always rooting for an abused animal to get a second chance at a great life and this did not disappoint. I read the Kindle version and I was very frustrated by the number of grammatical errors and overall lack of editing.
Teresa
Nov 08, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took my time reading this one. The auther is fun, witty, expressive and descriptive in her narrative of Rex's behaviour. I too can NOT wait for the sequel. In looking at her website I can't tell if Rex or her boyfriend are still with her?? Can anyone else?
Katrina Leaney
Feb 20, 2013 Katrina Leaney rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the book, it started to feel more like fiction than fact when I noticed that her nieces had gone from being two different ages to being twins. There were a few other inconsistencies too, which I couldn't help finding irritating
Christie
Sep 09, 2007 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this memoir because it reminded me of our experience adopting our shelter dog. We too expected her to be grateful and loving, and instead she was a terror! The details of getting settled with the new dog are funny and real!
Inder
Aug 04, 2007 Inder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
I loved this book. It's so funny, I found myself laughing outloud on my BART commute. And as the proud owner of a crazy, rescued pit bull, I certainly relate to the struggles and hilarity of taking in a dysfunctional dog.
Jean
Jul 17, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming and witty writing. Interesting to learn so much about living in NYC. But most of all I shamelessly admit I found it wonderful to learn how much in love the author is with her rescue dog - JUST LIKE ME!!!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 29 30 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • I'm Listening With a Broken Ear
  • An Angel With Fur
  • 17 Cents and a Dream
  • 51/50 The Magical Adventures of a Single Life
  • Medicine Men:  Extreme Appalachian Doctoring
  • Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the hardest part of going to war is coming home
  • Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos
  • Dear Bob and Sue [Kindle Edition]
  • Who's That Dog? 35 Fabulous Rescues That Found Their Forever Homes
  • I Want It Now! a Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dog-Ma, the Zen of Slobber
  • Me and the Ugly C
  • A Dog Named Slugger
  • Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra
  • Sasha Extraordinary Dachshund
  • Mirror Talk
  • His First, Her Last: The Incredible True Story of an American Lost in the Philippines
  • The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine
5759319
Long considered the first and foremost author of the "dogoir" movement, LEE HARRINGTON has inspired, mentored, and edited some of the most prominent dog writers of our day. She serves as a literary editor, columnist, and book reviewer at Bark Magazine and has been named the "Best Humor Writer" by the Dog Writers' Association of America. Her hugely popular and influential column "Rex and the City" ...more
More about Lee Harrington...

Share This Book