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Good Dog. Stay.

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,091 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews
“The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him: to roll with the punche ...more
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Published November 20th 2007 by Random House (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan Rice
Just a little book I had around the house. It's 82 pages, at least half of them pictures, so I just sat down and read it--the life and death of a beloved dog. I've never read anything by Anna Quindlen before. The lady can write: astute observations, laugh-out-loud, tears-in-the-eyes.

I think I must have gotten it for my mother. In her final years I obtained all her books. She read Anna Quindlen, but this one looked like it had never been read.

...and now let the bombardment by ads for dog books b
Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I acquired "Good Dog. Stay" at a book swap. I am a big time pet lover and I have two dogs (as well as three cats) myself. I was attracted by the pictue of the adorable lab on the cover and looked forward to reading the author's memoirs of her beloved dog. However, I got through the book in one very short sitting (about 45 minutes, if that), and closed the book thinking, "What was the point of that?" Easily one-third of the books pages are random pictures of dogs, and while they are certainly cut ...more
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 Cindy Huffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2007 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever been owned by a dog
Shelves: justread
first of all, you must know ahead of time that this is really an illustrated essay padded to become a commercial book.It is extremely short. That said, it is still wonderful even though I know that if her name was not a proven financial success this book would never exist. It would have instead been a page in a magazine.
Quindlen manages to write a love story about a dog without being maudlin. she connects her dog's life with the life markers of her family. His puppy hood and her children's chil
Jan 05, 2008 Sharron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, 2008-books-read
I picked this up at the library and read it in about 45 minutes. Most of that time was spent looking at the pictures. It is a slight book, really more like a magazine article, depicting the author's life with her dogs and in particular one dog named Beau. While I'm a sucker for any book about a dog, I was disappointed in this one. I felt like it was just an excuse to publish a book by a well-known author and have a really adorable dog on the cover hoping that people like me would buy it. I reall ...more
Melea Rose-Waters
Jun 03, 2010 Melea Rose-Waters rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Read this in probably an hour or less total. It's a very sweet short story of life with the author's dog.

There are only 2 things that bothered me: one, the book is filled with pictures, which is great, but they are random pictures of random dogs. I would have liked it better had it been filled with pictures of Beau (the dog the story is about). And two, the author says she's never one of those people who treated her dog like a child or referred to herself as "mommy" to her dog..... yet she chos
Jun 01, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of an essay than a book, but it still made me cry a bucketful of tears. Or a parade of onion cutting ninjas came through my house. Books with animals on the cover rarely end well, yet I still read them anyway. Lots of pictures, but not one picture of anything resembling a pit bull or pit mix so I took away a star. I read this with my big guy's head in my lap, my big guy who isn't as blond as he once was and who likes naps and sunbathing in the yard more and more. He's a pit mix we rescued f ...more
Angie Fehl
I've heard people mention Quindlen's books for years now but this is the first I've gotten around to reading myself. I may have had some bias in starting with this one, as it's Quindlen reminiscing about her years with her Black Labrador, Beau, now deceased. I have a Black Lab myself, so I'm always curious to read of others' experiences.

This is a quick little read at under 100 pages, and half of that being pictures of dogs... a little strangely, not just of Beau but mostly of random dogs of var
Book Club Mom
Good Dog. Stay. is a short book of sentimental reflections about the relationships between dogs and their human families and how families face the inevitable end-of-life decisions of their beloved pets. Dog lovers will undoubtedly identify with Quindlen’s observations about a dog’s role in family life. She includes many photographs of dogs with happy expressions and soulful eyes, and all readers will recognize the unconditional love that is represented in these faces.

I enjoyed reading this book
Feb 07, 2008 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justread
All you children of mine out there laughing because your mom read another dog book---Anna Quindlen is a wonderful writer. I read it in 1/2 hour. It should have been an essay, but she writes so poignantly about her dog and her children,too. It's about philosophy, a life well-lived, seize the moment, you only live once kind of philosophy. And she learned that from her dog!!
Jan 16, 2008 Joann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susie Pedigo
For anyone who is a dog lover, this book is significantly moving. I loved it! It's short (a scant 82 pages), half of which are pictures; yet it speaks to the heart. Anna Quindlen, an accomplished writer, shares her personal love of her life with Beau, her Labrador retriever. Beautifully written, Quindlen is right on target with the lessons we learn from our family pets.
Mar 22, 2010 Reese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I read any work written by Judith Viorst, Ellen Goodman, or Anna Quindlen, I have already decided that I'll like it or I'll REALLY like it. Their track records are good; and regardless of the work's topic, length, or intended audience, I feel as if each of these writers runs in the lane beside mine, smells my thoughts and experiences, and artfully records them. They articulate the truths that millions of us less articulate folks love to see in print.

A "little" book with wise words and ph
Lena Wright
Jan 24, 2012 Lena Wright is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

The memoir, “Good Dog. Stay.” by Anna Quindlen tells the history of the relationship between her, and her Labrador retriever of fifteen years. Through the use of time shift, imagery, and detailed anecdotes, she shares the experiences and memories made with her best friend. The book beings with her, in a familiar situation. The vets waiting room, without her dog. Beau, on her oriental rug at her penthouse apartment, in New York City. He had become too old to make the journey, so she stopped drag
Mar 15, 2010 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very short story of a loyal, loving pet serves as a eulogy, not just for Beau, but for all those other pets we have loved and lost. My own black lab/chow mix did not live as long, but we loved her dearly. This book was celebrating a life and lamenting a death.

I did take exception to the comment that people should not dress dogs in clothing, since I did have a sweater for our dog for those days when the cold bit through even the thick fur and protective fat of an outdoor dog. I laugh when I
The Ravishing Readers Book Club marked their 3rd year anniversary with a holiday celebration and part of that celebration was playing the 'dice game'for books. Each member brought a wrapped book from their own library and we threw the dice and battled for the package we thought were going to be 'it'. Well, I won a bag full of books, and in the bag was this little honey. An actual eulogy of sorts, that the author wrote for her beloved Labrador. It is an extremely quick read, with wonderful pictur ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Kira4Inu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. It caused me to reflect upon the relationship that I share with my 12 year old dog Holly and I pondered quite a bit if she truly felt what I thought she did or if it was just a projection. I normally don't read non fiction books but I couldn't put this one down. I started and finished it in an hour or less. Great pictures of cute dogs are inside too. The cover picture is amazing too, it looks just like Holly. I recommend this book to any a ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Katja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beau ist ein Hund, der der Autorin Anna Quindlen zu Hause hat und deren Leben der Hund verändert hat. Durch die Buchbeschreibung erwartet man eigentlich eine schöne Geschichte rund um eine Beziehung zwischen Tier und Mensch, aber leider ist es eher eine oberflächliche Geschichte, die ohne grossen Tiefgang ist und irgendwie auch kaltherzig ist, so ein Empfinden hat man teilweise beim Lesen.
Leider wird man von dem Buch ziemlich enttäuscht, die Schrift ist sehr gross geschrieben und im Buch sind f
Mar 17, 2015 Kirstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this audio book at my Library - it was a quick listen, only one cd while the majority of audio books are 7+ cds, easily. I love animals, this looked like a nice story, didn't know much about it.
Someone commented "What was the point?" of this book, especially being so short and full of photographs. The point is that it was a beautiful tribute to a beloved pet, a member of the family, a story that most of us pet owners would love to be able to do for the memory of the pets we lose. F
Apr 27, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Dog, Stay should be rated among the very best in books that extol that very special bond shared by dogs and their human companions. Anna Quindlen's memoir of Beau the black Labrador is one of laughter, loss, and the love we share with our very special canine family members. Though the author refuses to call Beau her child, she treats him with the same empathy and consideration that a family member deserves. Stories of Beau teach life lessons that we sometimes fail to learn from our human co ...more
Linda Lipko
Reading a book by this author is always a delight. She captures so much with a small amount of words.

Naturally when finding a book about a special dog, logically, I know that somewhere in the pages, the dog dies. I've loved and lost a number of very pets, and each one holds a special place, and I can easily cry.

My idea of heaven is that all those furry pets who sustained me through love and life, grief and sadness, joy and sorrow, will be there when I cross over. They will be different sized,
Shellie Kennedy
Jan 08, 2016 Shellie Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read books about dogs, especially when I know it's about the life of an old dog, because I hate crying. I love dogs and as someone who has lost a best friend I know that they become family. I also understand the concept of being the kid of the family growing up with a dog, going off to school, and generally missing the dogs. While I was away at Penn State my dog Zena passed away. For a long time I felt bad, as if she thought I'd abandoned her. She didn't understand why I was gone ...more
Frances Bessellieu
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Kathy Cox
Jan 19, 2008 Kathy Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I 'previewed' this book, which was given to my son Dan for Christmas. It's an easy read - lots of dog pictures. I found it really moving. I've owned and loved Labradors for 20 years, and it's a moving, touching story about how they invade (literally) our lives and enrich them.
Dec 11, 2007 Rcltigger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I picked this up since I like a good story. It turns out that this was just an expasion on a column that she wrote. And while it was lovely, it didn't have the impact of a great dog book like Marley and Me. I think that I would have liked the column better.
Aug 12, 2011 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for every dog lover (especially if you are blessed to be loved by a Lab). I found myself reading it outloud to my own lab, Bailey, at times. Saying "You do this, too!"

I say read it at the park with your favorite four-legged friend!
Short and sweet, padded with pictures of dogs. Not much to it, just a short essay-turned-book that tells of the author's family dog and how it impacted her life. As with any and all books I read about dogs.. I cried at the end.
Susan Mangigian
Aug 21, 2011 Susan Mangigian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this before I had a dog and it was so beautiful it broke my heart. Now that I have a dog, who is the love of my life, this book would literally kill me.
Actually I picked this book up on CD so that I can listen to it when I'm walking Gracie or Riding my bike. It was a nice story. Especially for dog lovers.
Mar 02, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any animal lover,
I was given this book by a friend, most like prompted by the death of Boomer, our almost 14-year-old Golden Retriever. However there were several other momentous things that had happened in a few short week. My father had died two weeks after Boomer and about two weeks later, we sold the house we had lived in for 25 years, with Boomer for 14 of those years, and raised a family. It is a short read, practically every other page a picture. If you have ever had a dog in your family you will apprecia ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
There sure seems to be a lot of these types of books recently, writers celebrating a beloved pet, recalling their favorite stories and the sad end of their relationship, a tough time experienced by anyone who has lived with a pet. This is a decent piece, really not much more than a short story fleshed out with cute dog photographs. I would have liked it better had all the photos have been of her dogs. I get a little sad with these, but I read them anyway, so go figure. I love animals, and this i ...more
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Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: OBJECT LESSONS, ONE TRUE THING, BLACK AND BLUE, BLESSINGS, RISE AND SHINE, EVERY LAST ONE, STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS, and MILLER'S VALLEY. Her memoir LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests ...more
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