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The Company Of Dogs

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A lasting tribute to dogs and a necessary addition to every dog lover's library, this collection features stories by such accomplished contemporary writers as Ann Beattie, Ethan Morden, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Maxine Kumin. The contributors share their love for dogs not only through their marvelous stories, but by donating their profits to agencies providing care for an ...more
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Published November 1st 1996 by BBS Publishing Corporation (first published September 1st 1990)
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Paige
Aug 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs
I was really dissapointed with this book. The stories covered a lot of death, dogs dying of old age (fine, that's expected) but then a lot of owners killing (murdering) their dogs. I don't know why I kept reading it, I kept thinking that the stories would get better.
Melissa Salyers
Apr 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
This book is the worst book of dog stories ever. Who ever picked these stories either hates dogs or knows nothing about people who love dogs. It's all stories about neurotic people and there is kind of a dog somewhere in the background or the people kill the dog and are happy about it. With all the beautiful dog stories out there why did he editor choose this garbage? DO NOT READ this if you love dogs. Awful stories.
Mitzi Brummett
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not at all the kind of stories I expected! Don't bother!
Stacy
Sep 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: animals
This is not the book one might think based on the title. The introduction is incredibly pompous. The stories themselves are dark and can be hard to read. They are vignettes, often about how awful people can be in relation to animals. This is not the feel-good-about-pets-in-your-life one might understandably assume.
Michelle
Mar 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR A BOOK THAT CELEBRATES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS !
Worst piece of writing I have ever laid eyes on. From the endlessly boring and self-aggrandizing introduction, through the disgusting and sometimes horrifying stories that absolutely do NOT celebrate dogs as companions, the only good thing I can say is that I did not have to purchase this book. It should come with a strong x-rated warning on the cover, so that someone would not hand this book to a dog loving child! Hideo
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Jim
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The book is a collection of stories, not so much about dogs themselves, but about the relationships between dogs and people. As I feared, most of the stories concern dogs aging, getting injured, and dying.
There is some beautiful writing, such as the following: "And this is what I learned about the dead: It is not always their absence that haunts us. So I still hear the clink of a chain collar against a porcelain bowl, the skittering of toenails across a wooden floor, the thump and sigh of a we
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Maryann
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael J. Rosen does a fine job editing books about critters.
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Nonetheless: Michael J. Rosen is an American author and illustrator with over 120 books of fiction, nonfiction, humor, picture books, poetry, and more. With a strong interest in nature and animals, reflecting his animal behavior degree from Ohio State University, Rosen resides within a peaceful crease of Central Ohio
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