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Good Dog. Stay.

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“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
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Random House (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish this was longer. Just as I was settling in to listen to a great Quindlen piece, not wanting to listen to what's on the news or read my other two books, it was over. (It's less than 45 minutes on audio.) A sad and moving eulogy of sorts, following the euthanasia of her beloved lab, Beau. I'm a cat person but I know too well the same emotions expressed here. So beautifully described by Anna Q. ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“In a world that seems so uncertain, in lives that seem sometimes to ricochet from challenge to upheaval and back again, a dog can be counted on in a way that’s true of little else.”

I have read the author’s works before but this bittersweet memoir about her dog, Beau, gave me a renewed appreciation of her writing. It is less than 100 pages, many of which are filled with full length dog photos, but a profound read. It resonated so much with me and my own dogs that it was very personal, and a remi
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan Rice
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago, and just have a memory of loving it! I think there were many zingers that pierced your heart, as well as some rich laugh out loud moments. We don't even have a dog, but I've given this to many friends and family members over the years, and they've all agreed with my assessment! ...more
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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
Donna Davis
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers.
Brief, personal, and poignant. Quindlen narrates her own audiobook here, and at a key moment or two it sounds as if she is struggling to keep her voice level and even because of the emotion behind her memory of her dog, who was a very good boy. Just about anybody that has had a dog will enjoy this warm, resonant memoir. It's more of an essay length; the audiobook took less than 45 minutes to listen to. Recommended to dog lovers, though if you are grieving a pet recently lost, you should decide w ...more
Very sweet, but short, memorial to her late dog Beau. As always, I love her writing and could put myself in her place because I, we, have traveled the same path with our beloved dogs. Got a little teary, but not too bad. A short story, but just long enough to not get too maudlin.
Liza Fireman
I think I am not a dog person, there are few dog books that I like (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron are two amazing ones). A dog's purpose actually got me very emotional when getting the reader into a dog's mind in an outstanding way.

This one is really really short, and it has a few great anecdotes. But it is not a great book in any way. It is very heartwarming and very touching. In a world that seems so uncertain, in lives that seem sometimes
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!! ...more
Lynn G.
A short, sweet, love-filled memoir about the author's dog, Beau. Quindlen's beloved Labrador Retriever's death sends the author into a reflective frame of mind contemplating the relationship between dog and human. She doesn't anthropomorphize Beau, doesn't regard him as any more or less than the family's beloved, quirky, loyal, and ever-present pet. One of the questions that Quindlen ruminates about is one that many pet owners must deal with: Why do we keep our aging, aching, declining, dying pe ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the dust jacket I knew this would likely make me cry some, especially just having lost my baby girl less than a month ago. I also knew Quindlen's short book would be funny, bittersweet and honest, and I wasn't disappointed at all.

But, I wasn't prepared for the sobbing I ended up doing, so make sure you have plenty of Kleenex on hand! I won't spoil by telling about the part that "got me," but I'm sure you can make an assumption.

I think this is a great book for any pet lover, not onl
Kris Lodwig
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Listened to this on a walk with my dog, cried at one point, which was not pretty at all, but aside from getting emotional at that one part, I feel like my emotions were because of the love I have for my dog, I didn’t get lots of dog love coming from the author. Oh well, cost me nothing, only took up about 45 minutes of my time, so yes, 2⭐️ and I move on.
Lena Wright
Jan 22, 2012 is currently reading it

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
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"With people, it's assumed you'll do everything; with animals you have the luxury of doing the right thing."

This may have been a reread for me, but I was in the mood today to reflect on what our dogs have meant to me and my family and to enjoy Quindlen's writing.

Beau, the black Lab mainly featured in this memoir, was given to Quindlen by good friends as a fortieth birthday present. Quindlen traces his life, from his wild and mischievous puppy days through his long life which ended at almost fif
Book Club Mom
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Michael P.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was on its way to no stars until the sentimental ending. Frankly, the author comes across as a real jerk who does not love her dog. She is condescending about those who understand dog psychology and motivation differently than she does, she ADOPTED a dog but discounts similarities between child rearing and dog rearing, and she complains about the dog's behavior but does not seem to have done the work to curb it. Beau seems to be just a thorn in Ms. Quindlen's side until it is time for ...more
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought there were no words to express the difficulty of losing a beloved dog, but Quindlen has created a beautiful sentiment to the dogs we cherish and love for their lifetimes. I read this in one sitting on the day we made the difficult choice to ease Chloe's pain and dementia. I have highlighted so much of this beautiful writing because it has truly helped ease the grief and sadness.
I love you, Chloe, you had a beautiful life and made ours so much fuller.
(May 6, 2004-July 10, 2018)
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Kathy Cox
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Frances Bessellieu
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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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