Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life” as Want to Read:
Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  1,274 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Bestselling author Dean Koontz says that his dog, Trixie, changed his life and made him a better, happier person. A 68-pound dog who lived close to the ground, Trixie certainly did cast a long shadow. She first became known outside of her own house (doghouse, that is) as a guest blogger on Dean’s website, signing off every entry Life is Good, Bliss to You. Now, in this war ...more
Audio CD
Published September 16th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 1st 2008)
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 Bliss to You, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bliss to You

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Apr 25, 2012 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Humans who love dogs and/or want to be Happy
A great & happy tail told through the eyes of a Wonderful Dog.This book makes me so happy :-) I read this back in 2009 and in 2012 I listened to the audiobook with the introduction read by Dean Koontz. Read again on New Years Day 2013. Listened/Read again June 2014. Listed below are Trixie's 8 steps of bliss, but I recommend reading the short book or listening to the 1 hour audio so that Trixie can elaborate on each of these steps for you.

1. Be Calm - Reside in Quiet Heart
2. See the World in
Jan 14, 2013 Josie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-read, work
Ohmigod, any uplifting or self improvement message is ruined by the poor use of language in this book. I don't care if you're pretending that your dog wrote it: verbs and pronouns and important and useful pieces of speech. If you decide to drop them you need to be consistent. If you decide to use them, be consistent.

I will never get that time back. At least it was a quick read.
Monica Tarrant
Mar 21, 2013 Monica Tarrant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a dog lover and one who thinks I know what my dog is thinking at all times, this was a short listen (book on CD) on yesterday's drive to work. It put life in perspective and reminds us to slow down and appreciate what is in front of us and not to worry about the future - to live in the present. This was the third of his books written from the perspective of his golden retriever but in this book, his dog Trixie is speaking to him from the "other side" as she has passed on. Ember (my dog) is 14 ...more
I was drawn to this book mostly because of Trixie's picture on the cover and the fact that I am a dog lover. I thought this book would be great, especially told from a dog's point of view. I was disappointed though with Trixie's broken English and sentence structure. I think I was expecting something more along the lines of Marley and Me and this book is simply not the same.
To be fair, I did listen to this book on CD and from the very first word I was disappointed with the person reading.
Kenneth Foreman
Jan 17, 2015 Kenneth Foreman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of our favorite books by Dean & Trixie Koontz!

Kiyomi repeatedly asks for me to read it to her
Vicki Jaeger
Aug 12, 2009 Vicki Jaeger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hmm, probably wouldn't
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
The writing in the voice of Trixie, his dog, was a bit too "twee" (saccharine sweet & precocious) for me. If you can get past that, there are some nice little observations about life. But it's really more like a "thought a page" book, not really a content-driven book.
Feb 06, 2016 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute book written through Trixie, Dean's beloved Golden Retriever. A little hard to adjust to the way it's written but a quick read.
Nov 24, 2008 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Everyone should really read this book - if you don't mind shedding a few tears at the end. Trixie's lessons for life are right on the mark......or, er, pawprint.
Mar 05, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! It made me cry and laugh. It helps to be a dog lover.
Alan Livingston
What a wonderful treat this book is! Less a novel than a short collection of brief, positive and inspiring thoughts, expect to measure this read in minutes, not hours or days. This might be a perfect gift for friends or stocking stuffers for anyone, or for the coffee table for visiting guests. I’ll be ordering a few copies soon, for just all those purposes. I can see this as particularly thoughtful for someone dealing with a recent or lingering loss. Mine aren’t so recent and I found the content ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Kunal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I randomly picked up when I was walking through the aisles in the library that has failed me. This should be a reminder of why I should never pick up random books from the library based on their covers!

Overall, this was a horrible book. I thought it may have potential as the book is supposed to be written from a dog's point of view of how we can all find happiness and I felt that it was a book that dog lovers would appreciate (although I hate dogs, thought it would be good for
Traci Steele
Jan 17, 2015 Traci Steele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book in the library and scanned the first couple pages as I was waiting for my children to pick their own books. Having read a majority of Dean Koontz's books, and finding his use of canine companions endearing, I thought this could be entertaining. It was so much more. I fell in love with the book. It touched me so much that I immediately wanted to share it with my high school disadvantaged students. (You think the dog grammar in the book is hard to read? Try reading it out lou ...more
Homewood Public Library
Trixie was a beautiful and fun loving Golden Retriever. She enriched the lives of Dean and his wife for many years. Now she is gone but has dictated this book to Dean's computer for him to share with us. Understand that the priorities that we have in life may be some different from those of Trixie but her purpose is to help us achieve bliss. Each chapter is Trixie giving short, pithy suggestions on finding another part of bliss. Two chapters are on dog wisdom. Throughout she wants us to do or ex ...more
Bliss To You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life was not quite what I expected. I will admit the broken english and grammar was a bit distracting and took a little getting used to. But sometimes the simple, broken english got across the point better than any flowery words could.

"See sad, must do something. Why? Am dog. Want world as happy as dogs are happy."

According to Trixie the 8 Steps to bliss are:

1) Calm - Find Quiet Heart.
2) Beauty - See the world in all it's beauty
3) Fun
4)Meaning - Find
Mar 18, 2012 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
A profound little book with lots to say and a sense of fun. Example:

"The world is fun. Meadows to run. Ponds to swim. Hills, valleys, shores to explore. A bajillion things to smell. So much to learn, to see. Cats to chase.

Warning: can't achieve bliss if catch cat. Cats are only for chasing. Catch cat, get lacerated nose, go to vet, get cuts sewn shut, needle in butt, and everybody laughing, especially cat."

This is written by Trixie Koontz from "the other side." I laughed and cried. Trixie is ver
Gene Gee
Feb 21, 2013 Gene Gee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, how to write a legitimate review (which I wish to do) without gushing all over your computer screen with syrupy accolades that seem too good to be true is creating quite the conundrum here.

Let's try this, I am not going to enter a date I finish the book because I, nor my family, will never finish the book I suspect. We as a family have read through this wonderful perspective on life from Trixie Koontz (four-legged daughter of the famously successful novelist) at least half a dozen times.

Apr 15, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, juvenile
This is a short book-can be read in an hour or so but you will probably read it many times. It is written by Dean Koontz with the real author being his much loved but deceased dog Trixie. Trixie channels through Dean's computer while he sleeps. The book is a joy to read. No murder, mayhem, evil, or fast paced adventure. You will miss none of that. Instead I laughed at the silliness, the honesty, simplicity and love that comes from the narrative. As always, Koontz adds sarcasm, humor, and throws ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-books
Fun, uplifting, positive bits of doggy wisdom that made me laugh out loud several times, including, but not limited to

Mailman does not come to house to kill us all. Comes to house to torture and then kill.

Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. More for the dog.

Here is another dumb saying: it is what it is. No kidding. If it isn't what it is, then what would it be? And if it is what it isn't, what the hell is going on here? ...Some human sayings not dumb, just painfully obvious.
May 22, 2016 Karol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through reading Trixie's book I realized that I do go into Quiet Heart when I sit with our dogs in the yard. We enjoy our outdoor space as we are uplifted by the breeze fluttering through the trees and garden.
We have focused on the different steps to bliss and we often revisit each one.
With great comfort I can cuddle up indoors with my dogs and achieve a similar feeling of calm and joy as I reflect on myself and breathe in every bit of these magnificent beings that show unconditional love and
Awww, this was so sweet and of course brought tears to my eyes. I've been a fan of Dean Koontz for a very long time, and used to love reading the "columns" from Trixie that I used to get delivered to my inbox via his website.

You can tell that Dean and his wife Gerda loved Trixie very much and that she was a big part of their family. I loved the story of the golden butterfly, and I too believe that was Trix letting them know she was okay. :D

There's actually some very good thoughts in this book; I
Feb 03, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a case of reading the right book at the right time. I was feeling a little blue and very stressed out and this book made me think about my life and I realized the things I was stressing over were really nothing to be stressed about at all. I received more wisdom and advice from this book, "written" by a deceased dog than I usually care to seek out from those closest to me. It made me laugh, cry, smile, and think. This is one book I intend to purchase for myself. I recommend this book fo ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love dogs like I do, you'll really enjoy this book. It was written by author Dean Koontz from his dog Trixie's perspective shortly after her death. (This is Trixie's 3rd book I believe).

Trixie shares her 8 steps to achieving bliss. It makes a lot of sense for both dogs and humans. It boils down to enjoying your world and serving others. I think Trixie might even be Christian.

It was nice to read this after losing our beautiful dog Zoey. Also it was fun to read and relate it to our curren
All I can say is Trixie has the best advice to a happy life that a dog can give! I have a wonderful Golden much like Trixie at my side every day and night. She speaks to me via body language and mental apathy. I am one of the biggest skeptics on mental telepathy and many New Age things but my Goldens have taught me that Goldens are one of the furry animals with so much love and wisdom to give and share and love! If you want to have a great or better life to adopt a Golden and read books by Trixi ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Satia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 2010
This book is so darn cute. Definitely a dog-lovers book because Trixie is clearly biased against cats. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to a charity. This book would make a great stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket or that something for the coworker who loves dogs but other than that you don't know very well and you're their Secret Santa. For more:
Feb 09, 2010 Elhara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of most things Koontz I was aware of Trixie. She and Mr. Koontz appeared on the book end photo for a number of years.
Koontz and wife Gerda gave Trixie a wonderful home and had an above average closeness with her. Unfortunately I grew bored at the lengthily descriptions of inconsequential memories. They are personal, special and unique to the Koontz family. I hope writing about life with his beloved dog has brought some comfort to him.
Nov 03, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animal lovers, especially those who love dogs, will enjoy and appreciate Trixie's wisdom. The text is written in a sort-of "dog speak" which makes it seem more authentically dog-like. Of course we all realize this is Dean Koontz himself, writing through Trixie: life as seen through a dog's mind, eyes and heart. There is much included here which rings true about appreciating life and how to live it to its fullest. This would make a wonderful gift for anyone who treasures dogs.
Feb 14, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 04, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this short little book very much. Trixie, who was author Dean Koontz's golden retriever, gives her little bits of dog wisdom to us. Sadly, Trixie now resides over the Rainbow Bridge in Heaven. This book is packed with dog wisdom and also gives us humans some instruction in how to make life better. Trixie thinks humans get too involved in life and need to stop working so hard, stop worrying so hard and take time to enjoy the world around us. Maybe Trixie has a good idea.
Aug 18, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I picked this book up on a whim, just browsing the new books at the library. What a find! The book is told in through the eyes of a dog [angel:]*, one with keen human insights. A tiny book it may be, but it has big messages within, for the book is a guide to finding one's bliss. I totally recommend it.

*The co-author is famed writer Dean Koontz (owner of Trixie before she died in 2007).
Feb 16, 2010 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator/voice artist is the perfect choice for this book. I rarely like stories told from a pet's point of view. And I'm a "cat person." But I LOVED this one -- and laughed out loud and immediately listened to the (only one hour long) recording again. I borrowed the library's copy -- but I'm buying a copy of my own! Huzzah!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • I, Trixie, Who is Dog
  • A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere
  • Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs
  • From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava
  • Out of Harm's Way
  • Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog
  • Good Dog. Stay.
  • Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills
  • Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary
  • Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
  • Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm
  • Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou
  • The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company
  • Dogs I Have Met: And The People They Found
  • Saving Cinnamon: The Amazing True Story of a Missing Military Puppy and the Desperate Mission to Bring Her Home
  • Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family
  • Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
  • Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger
Short Stuff, Trix, Furface, Fluffybutt

Quick Bio:
Purebred, Service Dog

Arrival Story:
I was a CCI assistance dog. After elbow surgery, was retired from service and came to live as a Koontz in Newport Beach. Wrote three books to raise money for other assistance dogs.

Trixie was an angel on earth, shorn of her wings and given fur as a disguise, with mysterious eyes, with the heart of a lio
More about Trixie Koontz...

Share This Book

“Laughter is tranquilizer without side effects.” 7 likes
“If every day is first day of your life, maybe you are being perpetually infantile.” 4 likes
More quotes…