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My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerley
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Feb 22, 10

Read in February, 2010

I think any writer who is in love with his dog wants to put into words how beautiful the animal is, and do justice to every expression and behavior.

I was completely charmed by Ackerley's account of his dog Tulip. Some critics on Amazon were repulsed by his romanticized description of Tulip's genitalia, for example. It didn't strike me as pornographic, but rather poetic.

I have a female German shepherd who is spayed, so in my mind, she will always be a puppy. But Tulip becomes a "woman," so her life story takes a different path than my dog's.

Most of the book is about Ackerley's efforts to mate Tulip, not because he wants to raise puppies, but because that is what nature intends for female dogs in heat. At the very least, the book is an education in the mating of dogs in captivity.
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