Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family
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Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family

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For families and animal lovers everywhere, Katie Up and Down the Hall is the transcendent tale of how three generations of strangers and an astutely intelligent dog create their own little family in a waterside community along the Hudson River.

It all begins with a random meeting between a younger man and his octogenarian neighbor, Pearl, their attachment cemented by a blon...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2010)
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Steph
I must admit, I originally picked this book up because of the cute Cocker Spaniel on the cover and I have a lovely Cocker of my own :-) Also, I have quite a penchant for memoirs- especially dog oriented ones.

This book really made me laugh, smile, cry and constantly stop to blow my nose all at the same time. Most things don't make me do all of that. It really showcases the healing power that dogs have with people and how they bring the most unlikely of people together. I know my own dog has done...more
Leigh-ann
If you know me, you know I love all animals, and that I've been rescuing dogs, cats, and parrots for years. Despite that, I just couldn't get into this book. I couldn't relate to the neurotic author who started out afraid of dogs, and wasn't excited by the celebrity anecdotes. I much preferred "Homer's Odyssey" in the genre, "I'm a New Yorker who survived 9/11 with my special pet", although it's obvious YMMV because I'm the only person here who isn't in love with "Katie Up and Down the Hall".
Becky Schulman
Should have thought this over before I read it. Is there a book about a beloved dog anywhere where the dog doesn't die? I sobbed for hours as I read how Katie died as it was identical to my experience wih Wally in June of 2009.
Alyce (At Home With Books)
I was drawn to Katie Up and Down the Hall for two reasons: the setting and the main character. The book is set in Battery Park City in New York City, and since I visited New York for the first time last summer I’ve been enjoying revisiting the city vicariously through this book. The main character is Katie, a Cocker Spaniel who belonged to the author (Glenn Plaskin), and united him in friendship with some special neighbors. (I say that she is the main character, and she is, but the book is not w...more
Darcie
While very much an animal lover, I hate the genre of pet memoirs. They all seem to be about some incredibly remarkable animal and we all know how they're going to end--I just don't need or want to read that. But "Katie Up and Down the Hall" was different for me; it was relatable.

As someone who had grown up with cocker spaniels--the last of which who had to be euthanized a few months prior to my finding this book--I found in it a sense of consolation. To find a book about a cocker spaniel AND to...more
Karen Brown
Great book...tear jerker.
April
I loved this book! It is totally a break away from my usual books, but who doesn't love a sweet story about a man and his dog? What I loved is the relationships that were built due to Katie, and how several people in an apartment building became like family. Plaskin really tells his story well, and I felt like I knew Katie, Pearl, Glenn, John, and Ryan. Yes, there were times I balled, but this was not a "sad" story. It really is uplifting, though it does have upsetting moments.
Linda
This is a book about the power of puppy love and puppy power at its finest. Author Glenn Plaskin buys a golden Cocker Spaniel puppy considered the ugly duckling and runt of the litter. Through the book she turns into a beautiful swan fueled by a loving and generous heart and people around here.

Katie and Plaskin have elderly neighbors who also had a Cocker. They are more than willing to take on "babysitting duties" for Katie while Plaskin plies his trade as a celebrity journalist. Eventually, Kat...more
Suzanne
Glenn Paskin told a great story about his dog. I thought the book was going to be similar to Marley and Me by John Grogan but it wasn't. This story was about the power of a dog to bring people together, how relationships grow, and how people and animals can change our lives. I am not a "dog person" but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Several times it brought me to tears. Glenn did a great job of bringing his family and friends to live.
Janet Boyanton
I loved this book. It will make you smile, laugh, and occasionally cry. It was a great story about the bond between a man and his dog. But it was more than just a standard cute dog story. It is a saga about neighbors and how we should connect. Katie brings neighbors together to form her little family. It is a touching story of friendship, both human and canine. I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads.
Teechbiz
Glenn Plaskin writes about his dog Katie and how she unites a group of neighbors in an apartment building of people truly become family. The story takes you through Katie's life with meeting the rich and famous and a everyone in between. The story is much more than the life of Katie and includes the people she becomes close to and puts a smile on their faces

I have a cocker myself so I could relate.
Stacey Lucky
I had no idea how much I would be crying by the end of this book. I lost my grandma last january and we were extremely close so the loss of Pearl and Katie just sent all the feelings back up..I knew what Glenn was going through..and felt his pain. I had a hard time getting into the book in the beginning but in the end I really loved it and I admit I wanted it to be over so I could stop crying!! lol

Shannon
I dare you to read this and not cry by the end...if you do not cry you probably do not have a human soul. A very sweet story about how one dog set in motion events that made complete strangers a family. With everything going on right now it felt especially sweet and I cried like a big, fat baby. No offense, Levi.
Margaret
I wish I could give this book a glowing review; sadly, I found it just okay and without much literary value. Sure, it's a nice story of how owning a dog changed one man's life and affected others. But to me, that's about it. I stopped reading halfway through. I found it to be a little too precious.
L
Good read. Animal lovers will really enjoy this one. Single man with his dog and how this dog brought this New York Apartment Floor together. She was truly a "social" gal. Lots of laughter and some tears. Enjoyable, worthwhile, quick read. Happy reading...

Julie
I had heard about this book from a magazine I had been reading and was very interested in what it was about.

It made me cry!

This book truly shows how deep man's best friend connection is with an animal and how they are there for you no matter what.
Franci Neill
Seeing as I love my sweet dog as much as this author loved Katie, I absolutely loved this book. I cried, I laughed and just had a good time reading the whole story. If you're a dog lover or just an animal lover in general, read this book.
Carolyn Wilson
If you have ever loved a dog, especially a cocker spaniel like Katie, this book is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though as with all books about dogs, I was in tears by the end.
Cindy White
This was an great book. It was bringing out every emotion in me. Laughter, tears, love ... It was one of my most favorite books I have ever read.
Karen
I want to be Katie!
Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne...[return]...Sometimes I want to sit down and read a sweet book that makes me laugh, cry, and smile just for having read the book. I found such a book in the delightfully charming and heart-warming novel Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin. Katie, a gorgeous cocker spaniel, not only works her way into the heart of author Glenn Plaskin, but also into the lives of inhabitants of a Battery Park High Rise where Katie and Glenn reside. Plaskin writes beautif...more
Danielle
Are you an animal lover? More specifically, do you love dogs? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions then you will want to read this fantastic new memoir. Glenn Plaskin has been a dog lover his whole life and despite his (and his grandfather’s) most eager attempts to secure one early in life, he fails. As a child his mother couldn’t bring herself to allow another “child” into the home that needed to be cared for in addition to her already booming family. So, after waiting and s...more
Deb Mjaatvedt
I'm always on the lookout for a pet story that approaches the Marley and Me scale for being laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and just enjoyable on so many levels. This book doesn't come close. The most interesting part of the book is the setting. We always visit Battery Park City when we head to Manhattan as our son works at 2 WTC.

For some reason, I couldn't connect with any of these characters. I felt nothing. Sure, I sobbed like a baby when the inevitable happened, but that's par f...more
Linda
This was a nice little book to read. A story of how dogs can enter our lives and change them.

This dog brought neighbors in a New York high rise together into a family. I thought the author spent a little too much time, at the beginning of the book, talking about his profession and the celebrities he interviewed but all in all it was about the dog and the people she brought together.

I was amazed at how dog friendly New York is; at all the places he was able to take his dog with him and all the p...more
Lis Carey
In 1988, Glenn Plaskin bought a twelve-week-old cocker spaniel puppy, and named her Katie. As a first-time dog owner, he hardly knew where to begin, but a mutual friend introduced him to his neighbors down the hall in his Battery Park City apartment building, Pearl and Arthur. This older couple were life-long dog owners, and their last dog, a cocker spaniel named Brandy, had died two years earlier. Unprepared to get a new dog at this late stage of their lives, Pearl in particular is more than wi...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Glenn Plaskin writes about his dog Katie and how she unites a group of neighbors so that an apartment building of people truly become family. I fell in love with the cover of this book and the story is equally admirable. The story takes you through Katie's life of glamor as a model, meeting the rich and famous and a general bringer of good moods. Katie even gets to meet her namesake, Kathryn Hepburn! The story is much more than the life of Katie and includes the people she becomes close to and p...more
NebraskaIcebergs
As a lover of books and dogs, I am a sucker for any book about a dog. Obviously, I did not hesitate to enter goodread's giveaway of Katie Up And Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin. Yet being a sucker for true stories about dogs also means I have read enough of them to know their formula:
• An individual purchases a dog. Preferably the individual is new to the experience of being a pet owner.
• The dog changes his owner's life, causing the owner (if not the dog) to mature.
• And, as my husband warned me...more
Robin
Over the past decade or two, it seems that similar groups of books have been published in a relatively short span of time, usually following the popularity of one particular book in each genre. People rediscovered Jane Austen, and suddenly, Jane Austen knock-offs appear: Jane Austen in Boca, Jane Austen in Scarsdale, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Jane Austen Ruined My Life, among others.

Another example is the run of books dealing with families' pets, following the popularity of John Grogan's Marley...more
Lori
A *3.5* this is a pretty good read. I am a big dog lover so I enjoy reading books where the dog is one of the main "characters" Katie is a real life Cocker spaniel. who lived with her owner Glenn Plaskin. he is a writer who has made his career interviewing celebrities for awhile. some freelance writing and writing articles for Family circle. Glenn had never had a dog of his own until he decided to get a cocker spaniel he named Katie { after Katherine Hepburn}. Very soon after getting this adorab...more
Jennifer
I put off reading this one for a long time. I always felt it just wasn't quite the kind of dog book I usually would enjoy. In the end, it was a sweet book, just still not at all like the others I've become accustomed to. The incessant name-dropping throughout the first half of the book was very off-putting and disconcerting, disrupting the book's continuity. The page where Plaskin admitted to having his vet fake a letter stating Katie was a therapy dog, for the sole purpose of being able to take...more
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Veteran journalist and celebrity interviewer Glenn Plaskin is the bestselling author of Horowitz: The Biography of Vladimir Horowitz and Turning Point: Pivotal Moments in the Lives of America’s Celebrities. His profiles and columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, US Weekly, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopo...more
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