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Rex and the City: A Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Lee and Ted are a young, hip New York City couple living together in New York City whose lives consist of nothing but cool work assignments, long lunches, and evenings out with their equally hip and trendy friends. But, not yet feeling quite equipped for life or love, they’re vague about plans for “the future.” “Our relationship is like a French movie,” Lee tells a friend. ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Villard
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Angela Oliver
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
Dec 22, 2008 Peggy rated it liked it
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
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
Emily Williams
Feb 01, 2012 Emily Williams rated it it was amazing
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, 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"!
Lee Harrington
Feb 10, 2012 Lee Harrington rated it it was amazing

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
Paul Corrigan
Sep 08, 2012 Paul Corrigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Donna Sadd
Mar 02, 2012 Donna Sadd rated it it was amazing
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

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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
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
Lindsay Foster
Apr 28, 2012 Lindsay Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 24, 2012 Holly rated it it was ok
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?
Lee Harrington
Aug 10, 2010 Lee Harrington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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!
Mar 13, 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.
Mar 03, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 06, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
Wendi Newsome
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.
Being a dog owner, cat too, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having gone through some of these antics with our dog, I could understand and feel what they went through. Will look for the next book in this series.
Gwen Owen
Jul 22, 2009 Gwen Owen rated it it was amazing
I adore this book and recommend it frequently. It's laugh-out-loud funny and touching without being ultimately heartbreaking as so many dog stories are. Highly recommended for dog lovers everywhere.
Jul 11, 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!!!
Feb 06, 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.
Jul 16, 2008 Lynn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a light read and laugh
first discovered this writer from the excerpts printed in BARK magazine. fun, witty, silly adventures of a woman, her boyfriend and the dog they adopt from a shelter. learning to live with one another in NYC
Aug 04, 2007 Inder rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Nov 08, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
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
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
Hilary Graham
Jan 12, 2011 Hilary Graham rated it it was amazing
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.
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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
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