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Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  352 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to der ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published July 29th 2014)
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Guard this book! Every time I set my copy down on the table, I’d come back to find someone had picked it up and started reading it. My husband said he was caught at the first line….”Our dog has special needs, the greatest being the need for a lobotomy.” I had to resort to hiding this book so I could finish it. Good thing it’s a fast read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. How can you not like a book that talks about “random bursts of hazardous intelligence” or “lethal stupidity”? I laughed out loud
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I could just see myself sitting down next to Erin with her scrap book of pictures as she was telling me all about her friend Henry. What an adventure Erin has had with her lovable but challenging friend. "Surviving Henry" by Erin Taylor Young is an excellent read for anyone. It's not just another dog book. It is an inspiration. "Surviving Henry" will take you on a funny yet insightful journey through raising a dog who wants to be good but finds himself in many precarious sit ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A delightful fast read about an alpha boxer with great personality but has troublesome attributes that needed special handling. Here I had a slight problem with some techniques used. These problems are hard-head, determination and acting before thing used. There were time I was laughing as I remembered some of the antics our dogs pulled. For a light read I highly recommend this book.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Revell through Netgalley for an honest review. I would like to them f
Victor Gentile
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erin Taylor Young in her new book, “Surviving Henry” published by Revell brings us Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe.

From the Back Cover: Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.

You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Henry, a pure-bred boxer who varies from the ultimate in adorable to a canine embodiment of the Tasmanian devil, is completely different from Erin's loveable, reliable childhood dog. Instead of taking turns playing with him, the kids take turns watching him so his lack of impulse control and stubborn nature don't get him into too much trouble. Despite all the damage, the difficulties, the occasional temptation, and the constant battle with this overly energetic, obedient-when-he-wants-to-be dog, ...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hysterical book that is so encompass the life of dogs and their owners alike.We all have this lovely picturesque view of what it will be like to own a dog and how great and obedient they will be to their master. (laughing) Reality is the dogs own us. We obey them,placate to them and pray they will at least pretend we are the master when company comes over. As a boxer owner of two, I could relate to this book. Boxers are too smart for their own good. Curious, loveable and wonderful defenders of f ...more
Barb Klein
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading this novel by Erin Taylor Young, I came away thinking, “Oh good, another Erma Bombeck.” Ms. Taylor wrote “Surviving Henry”. Henry is a boxer mix puppy, full of energy, mischief and mayhem. I definitely related to her “Henryisms” because we are in puppy mode with a new puppy also. However, I am forever grateful that ours is smaller…much smaller than Henry. I actually laughed out loud at some of the mannerisms and machinations that Henry exhibited. I’ve never heard of a dog with a de ...more
Lisa B.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
You do not have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book. The author has a great sense of humor and it comes across in her writing. Very entertaining.

I'd like to thank Revell Publishing, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this fun books in exchange for an unbiased review.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fond memories of her perfectly behaved childhood boxer, spurns Erin Young to purchase a boxer puppy for their family. He has charisma, is a fantastic example of the boxer breed, and turns everyone’s head with his stunning good looks. The Young’s are sure they have the perfect pet. It didn’t take long for them to realize Henry was anything but perfect!
His antics are off the charts! From endangering his life more than once with his exploits, to barely passing obedience school, along with many othe
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
My husband and I have owned 5 boxer dogs over the past 20 or so years, and currently have 2 in our home, so when I saw this cover, I immediately knew I had to read this book. I was provided a copy by Netgalley and Revell Publishing and I cannot thank them enough. Henry is definitely a trying dog. I have been lucky enough to never quite have a Henry, but I did have a Cooper, who suffered so badly from separation anxiety when he was young that I quickly learned the inside workings of several piece ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
First I should state that my first dog was a boxer, and I have an affinity for them, and all dogs for that matter. Yes, I am a dog lover! That being said, I have never had a dog like Henry, and am so glad of that!
Surviving Henry is one amazing and well written, and wonderfully delightful read. Erin Taylor Young has done a great job, and made me feel I was part of the family or her to be exact. I felt that Henry doesn’t have an off button, and he is just to darn smart, sometimes to smart for his
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As an animal lover, especially dogs there was no way that I could look at this cover and not read the book! Henry is one of those dogs that just loves life, and well also one who seems to find his way into various situations that are often laugh out loud funny, and truly capture the essence of what it truly means to be owned by your dog. Such an easy to relate to story, this book had me reminiscing about my own canines and the puppy stage that caused more than a few mishaps in my own home. The a ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is more or less a remake of Marley and Me, I enjoyed reading it and seeing what happens in Henry's escapades. Henry is a out of control one. He is a non-stop torpedo.
The first time he is boarded, he escapes from his kennel at 3:00 am (setting off an alarm), escapes from the training room and makes it to the store area, where he proceeds to eat and/or play with everything in reach. One day he is outside, and decides to come back in, by jumping through the window at w
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was given to me free by netgalley for a honest review
heart warming story about a boxer called henry who is accident prone written in the same genre as jon katz and marley and me. you cannot get to love henry the dog as we go through all his ways of barking at ducks and going with windows and the owners many attempts to get henry to obey them
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
There are dogs and then there is Henry.

This was an entertaining and quick read about the death defying antics of a boxer named Henry. This dog has a never say die attitude and an adventurous streak a mile wide. Anyone who loves dogs, will like Surviving Henry and if you've ever owned a difficult dog you will totally relate.
Laura Duffy White
A great read for any animal lover. This book had me laughing and then crying in a matter of seconds!
Misty Melsheimer
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dogs, memoir, non-fiction
I should known that I would not find reading a book about a "canine catastrophe" funny. Much like Marley & Me, "Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog," the title indicates that the blame for poor behavior lies with the dog, when in fact, it's poor dog ownership. First off, the author went to an irresponsible breeder, which should have been my first clue. Then the book is filled with training tactics that made me cringe: the author pulling the choke chain with the full weight of her body, ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I did not necessarily love the writing style, I’m a Boxer lover, and I read this book in one sitting. Since childhood, I’ve had 6 Boxers in my life (so far). When I read about the destructiveness episodes, I could name at least one of my Boxers who did the same thing, mostly as puppies. If you can’t chalk that stuff up to being part of the cost of having a Boxer, then the breed is not for you. Thank goodness I haven’t had a dog as difficult as Henry, but I understand the desire not to g ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laughter & Tears

This is a book that brought both laughter and tears. The escapades of Henry will bring anyone to laughter, lots and lots of it. They also reminded me of the wonderful dogs I've had that are no longer with me. This is a great book that will charm every dog lover and probably even those who aren't big dog fans. Everyone will come away a Henry fan.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I come from a "boxer family" and consider myself a dog lover. For these reasons, I found this book an interesting read.

I didn't find the stories about Henry especially captivating - I expected the book to be laugh-out-loud funny. I think the situations Henry created could have warranted it, but I didn't find the writing to encourage it.

Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny book!

This very funny book is about a crazy dog and all the unbelievable things he does. Also, it’s about a family who doesn’t give up on him. They learn many things through owning Henry.
June Sadlick
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
fantastic read. if you've ever owned a trouble making puppy you will relate. very funny
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tuti-s-shelf
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
OH.MY! All dog lovers will enjoy Henry's story. Henry's story is wonderful example of what it means to truly love. I highly recommend this book.
Cheryl Jones
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Well, it took me 2 1/2 years to read this book, so...
Janet Popish
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun and lovely story with a Christian moral that I didn't see coming until I read it.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Henry the Boxer has more challenges than every cat I’ve ever been owned by put together! And he looks like such a sweet, adorable pup on his FB page! Yet, appearances can be deceiving – not only in pets, but in people. It is often the most well-groomed, attractively prepared person or pet who needs the most love and attention and yes – guidance from the Father or in Henry’s case, his owners. And Surviving Henry is just as the title suggests – surviving the antics of this handsome, headstrong dog ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, boxer
Well I finished this book a little over a week ago but I've put off commenting on it because I'm unsure what to say about it. The concept, I loved, the results, I'm disappointed in.
Thru the beginning of the book, I loved it. I found myself nodding while reading about Henry, atho I was quite bored during the author's visit to her doctor and the whole blood sample thing. That chapter didn't need to be there.

Next comes the disappointing part. While I'm impressed that the family has stuck with Henry
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, so this was a book that came in one of my Kindle emails...I can't remember if it was a Kindle First pick or on the free/bargain book list. Typically, on the Kindle First list, I choose one of the selections offered that seems to be interesting...quite literally judging a books by it's cover...because gosh, I don't want to squander a free book op...but it may be months before I actually get to reading it, if at all. I have favorite authors just like most people, and new releases from those wr ...more
A.C. Cuddy
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers' hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a
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