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

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,016 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 06, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction

2 stars.

This is a nonfiction memoir about a man and his runt of a dog and how this dog wiggled its way into the lives of other families on the same floor. It was a sweet story, but this book was just okay for me and even that seems generous. There were more things that bugged me more than things I liked. I won't delve into that because I never do for nonfiction autobiographies/memoirs. I feel if people want to get their story out there, than more power to them. Overall, this wasn't my kind of b
Oct 02, 2010 Leigh-ann rated it it was ok
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".
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This book has been on my tbr list for awhile. I loved this book. I think I would have loved Katie. She brought the neighbors together and made them family. She enriched their lives and enriched her owner's life. I think I would have loved Pearl, his elderly neighbor. She took on the role of Glenn's grandmother and friend. My grandparents have passed away. This book reminded me of "Marley and Me". I found it to be heartwarming and I feel the author's life was changed. I cried when Katie died and ...more
Becky Schulman
Mar 06, 2011 Becky Schulman rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2011 D rated it liked it
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
Janet Boyanton
Oct 06, 2010 Janet Boyanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2014 April rated it it was amazing
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.
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

Oct 23, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 12, 2011 Teechbiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 15, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
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.
Sep 17, 2010 Margaret rated it liked it
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.
Franci Neill
Nov 30, 2013 Franci Neill rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 08, 2011 L rated it it was amazing
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...

Jun 20, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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.
Cindy White
May 29, 2012 Cindy White rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 02, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Great book...tear jerker.
Dec 30, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
I want to be Katie!
Nicole Gross
Nov 07, 2016 Nicole Gross rated it it was amazing
I'm honestly surprised this book doesn't have higher ratings because wow. This book opened my eyes about 9/11 because I've never read about someone's personal experience. I was devastated reading about it and yes it made me cry. I was able to relate easily with the writer because I have a dog who I've watched age over the years and it can be very sad to watch sometimes. At first glance I wasn't sure if I was going to love this book but was I ever wrong. LOVE.
Nov 22, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
This is not just a dog story. This is a story about making friends, neighbors helping neighbors, 9/11, growing old, saying goodbye, and much more.
Sep 26, 2010 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads
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
Oct 13, 2016 Pk rated it liked it
Great book for a dog lover
Nov 22, 2010 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of the importance of relationships and how one sweet pooch can help to bring people together. Well done Glenn Plaskin!
Loved this book so much, and it's one of a kind story. Katie brings together people who they meet, and turn them into a family. The book tells all about their true adventures with each other over the years, and is just such a good,good book focused on the dog and the people at the same time. From hallway races with Ryan, to days spent hanging out with Pearl, to the day they leave their New York apartment after 9/11, this is one of my all time favorite true stories about a dog ever. Sometimes tra ...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
Nov 21, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Nothing like a sweet dog book to be a distraction from the onset of winter. Plaskin was a lonely journalist when a friend suggested he ought to have a dog to keep him company. After a failed attempt at pet parenting with a pet store pug puppy, the friend convinced him to think about a Cocker Spaniel like his own. Thus Katie entered Plaskin's life, and from there he met Pearl and Arthur, an elderly couple who lived on the same floor in their Battery Park apartment building in New York City. Pearl ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: dog-books
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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