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Travels with Casey

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  604 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
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A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching cross-country RV trip into the heart of America's relationship with dogs.

"I don't think my dog likes me very much,"New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Rose Ann
Aug 21, 2014 Rose Ann rated it liked it
First of all, I love dog books! I was really looking forward to this book expecting a fun, uplifting story of author's travels. I was sad to say there was way too much in the book about animal cruelty. Some passages I had to skip so as not to have that image in my mind. I am not naive to think that cruel treatment doesn't exist but I hate reading about it and did not think this would be the type of book that would have this content. Also, author interjected his love life which would have been fi ...more
Steve R
Oct 01, 2014 Steve R rated it it was ok
I received this book as a Goodreads winner book. I bid on this book for a few reasons; being a dog lover, having a daughter named Casey, owning a travel trailer and enjoying camping (although we have not attempted with our animals). I was expecting a book that contained fun and uplifting dog stories along with sharing interesting views of our vast country through the eyes of a dog on a long road trip via a camper. As mentioned in some other reviews, there contains a on-going narrative (which is ...more
Nadine Jones
Dec 15, 2015 Nadine Jones rated it it was ok
I really like Denizet-Lewis's writing, and when I heard he was writing a dog book, I happily followed his Facebook page about it from the very start. Which means two things:
1. I had high expectations for this book.
2. I was already familiar with a lot of the stories.

I was destined for disappointment.

Firstly, the book doesn't know if it wants to be a personal memoir or a travelogue of the interesting dog people he meets. It bounces back and forth. I wanted it to just choose a side and stay there.

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Bruce Christopher Carr
Travels with Casey, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis and due out in July, is well worth the time for anyone who has ever had a dog in their life. It is packed with reports from scholars, scientists, literary types and whack jobs, all of whom weigh in on this enduring bond. One can also be exceedingly grateful that Denizet-Lewis has done all the very hard work of research, study and wheels-on-the-ground investigation and interviews to create this heartfelt tribute to the wet-nosed ones all around us. Anot ...more
Jen
Jan 13, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok
I was drawn to the happy looking yellow lab on the front cover, not unlike my own sweet girl. The book sounded like a travel adventure - who wouldn't love to be able to drive around with the puppies wherever whim and a few preplanned activities took you? It all sounded lovely to me and I jumped right in the book. It was a little bit of a slow start with the author talking about why he'd undertaken this journey and discussing a lot of hangups with his dog, his family, etc. Okay, ready for the tra ...more
Georgia hillstrom
Aug 04, 2015 Georgia hillstrom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was given this book through goodreads, firs reads giveaway. First off the front cover was delightful with Casey holding a post card, loved the pose of his feet, his loving eyes caught me, I was anxious to get into the book. We are introduced to Gold a psychoanalyst. I quite enjoyed their conversation and the bit about Freud. If you love dogs or don't, either way this book will grab pull in. Feeling good along with daily life and a little sadness, this book covers it all. I was emotionally touc ...more
Nancy
Oct 31, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
To be honest I didn’t care much for Benoit at the beginning of his book—too neurotic about his dog Casey. What won me over was when he rescued Rezzy. I think I began to like him maybe, when he began to like himself. His book is filled with interesting facts and trivia about dogs, some funny, some warm and fuzzy, some heart-wrenching. I was fascinated by the relationship American Indians have had with dogs over the years, one of my favorite parts of the book. I commend the author for his research ...more
Jim
Aug 28, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
The author rents a motor home and takes off with his dog Casey on a road trip across the continental US and back, beginning in Massachusetts. Along the way they stop for just about anything dog related. This sounds like it should be a fun book to read and parts of it are, but too much of it is like listening in on someone else’s therapy session—not much fun, and not what I was hoping for. There is enough here that has something about dogs to keep it interesting, but I could have done with a lot ...more
Lori
Aug 20, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
I was a goodreads first reads winner of the book "Travels with Casey'Benoit Denizet- Lewis is a writer for the New York times. He decides to go on a roadtrip in a RV with his dog Casey, a laborador-golden retriever mix. He plans on spending the next few months traveling across the United states. he stays in certain areas and gets to know some of the people and their dogs. His plan is to interview people and learn about the relationships they have with their dogs. He visits dog parks,he meets peo ...more
Lindsay Underwood
Mar 24, 2015 Lindsay Underwood rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Blew through it. Super easy read filled with fun travels and tons of information. I loved reading all the cool stories about dogs. Did you know that George Washington once sent a lost pup back to his British commander owner? I DO NOW. That's right. These are the types of fun facts you can glean from this book. I'm giving it 4 stars only because the writing wasn't that awesome. There was a bit of traveling that jumped around a bit. Overall I LOVED.
Kris N. Wilson
Jul 04, 2015 Kris N. Wilson rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Travels with Casey through a Goodreads giveaway months ago. I go through alternating bursts of consuming books as if they were water and only picking away at them slowly as life permits and lately I've been in the slower cycle. D'oh!

The time I spent reading Travels with Casey was pleasant and if I'm being entirely honest here, I was up until around five AM last night with my nose in the book, despite knowing it was late already and that I had a busy day ahead of me courtesy
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Madalene
Mar 29, 2015 Madalene rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this book. But early on, the author reveals that he thinks his dog doesn't love him enough because he sighs a lot in his presence, and that pretty much sets the tone for his journey across the U.S.

The upside is the side discussions on how we see our relationship with dogs in the U.S. - particular coverage to the specific struggles at the biggest shelters, our feelings on certain breeds, the change to a societal pressure to pick up dog poop, and how we are marketed to. These w
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Sep 23, 2014 OpenBookSociety.com rated it really liked it
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Travels With Casey is a ride along story of the author Denizet-Lewis and his dog Casey’s journey across America in an RV. Mr. Denizet-Lewis thinks Casey doesn’t really like him. He is coming off an ended relationship and had just spent time in the office of a Manhattan psychoanalyst who specialized in our relationships with our pets. He sets out to write about the different relationships people in America have with their
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Bobby
Sep 12, 2014 Bobby rated it really liked it
I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to read Travels With Casey. Maybe I thought it would be too much about an author I didn't know and not enough about dogs. Whatever it was that made me hesitant was a moot point when I won a copy through Goodreads. That's part of the deal: if you win it, you read it.

What a nice surprise this book turned out to be! We're introduced to the author and his yellow lab Casey and their, at least in the author's mind, not perfectly healthy relationship. As the two of them trav
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Linda Brue
Jun 19, 2016 Linda Brue rated it liked it
Just as John Steinbeck did with his dog Charlie many years ago, Benoit sets out to travel America with his dog Casey. He rents an RV and sets off on a 4-month trip, traveling through 32 states and 13,000 miles to discover American dog lovers and learn what human-dog relationships are all about. He meets many people in his journey, dog lovers, dog rescuers, Cesar Milan, homeless people, pet psychics, and a K9 cop, and spends time in dog parks, an overnight stay in a dog-shaped bed and breakfast, ...more
Georgia hillstrom
Aug 20, 2015 Georgia hillstrom rated it really liked it
Shelves: done, finished
I was given this book through goodreads giveaway.
First off the front cover was delightful with Casey holding a post card, loved the pose of his feet, his loving eyes caught me, I was anxious to get into the book. We are introduced to Gold a psychoanalyst. I quite enjoyed their conversation and the bit about Freud. If you love dogs or don't, either way this book will grab pull in. Feeling good along with daily life and a little sadness, this book covers it all. I was emotionally touched by the au
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Donna
Aug 20, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
I was still loving on Dogtripping, and Denizet-Lewis was, in my irritated mood at the time, shaping up to be the equivalent of George Will talking about baseball -- a little highfalutin. Dogtripping was just about the DOGS -- saving their lives and then getting them across the country. Travels With Casey is about our relationship to dogs, and his relationship to Casey. Perhaps it was a little too close to home -- he laments to a psychiatrist that Casey doesn't seem to like him much. I have somet ...more
Melissa
Travels with Casey; one immediately compares the title to the Travels with Charlie written by Steinbeck. And that's kind of the point. The author thought about that classic book and then decided to do his own spin on it. Take his dog on a trip around the country in an RV, but instead of learning about the people, he wanted to learn about the dogs of the country.

Denizet-Lewis never really felt connected to his dog. Sure he took care of Casey well, made sure he had everything he needed, but he alw
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Jacqueline (Fall In Love With The Sound of Words)
I was a First Reads winner for Travels with Casey, and I have to say, I am not dissapointed. In Travels With Casey, Benoit Denizet-Lewis has attempted what most would consider a vacation of a lifetime; traveling across the united states with his dog. Of course this is all in preparation to write a book on Americas love affair with 'mans best friend'. In today's society filled with funny cat videos and memes its hard to imagine that there are more dog people than cat people. However, it is clear ...more
Sarah
Aug 22, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a book about the author traveling around the USA with his yellow lab, Casey and with a black dog, Rezzy, that he picks up along the way. The author has the unique privilege of going to places and meeting people that most people will never be able to experience. He has done quite a bit of research for the book and gives the reader interesting information as is referenced in his 13 pages of notes in the back of the book. Being a book about dogs, our re ...more
Carrie Kent
Aug 17, 2014 Carrie Kent rated it really liked it
This is a really wonderful book of you are a dog owner, and I would bet it is pretty entertaining even if you are not. Unlike its luminous predecessor (Travels with Charlie) this is not a work of fiction, but an actual travelogue through dog country, and through the author's relationship with his beloved Casey.

The author took a country-wide trip in an RV with his lab Casey, visiting a wide variety of interesting dog related sites (some urban, some not.) Along the way, the worried tentativeness t
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Deborah Darsie
Mar 29, 2015 Deborah Darsie rated it really liked it
Lots of smiles, laughs and head-shaking moments and one brief . Lots of wonderful moments of exploration of personal motivation, quirks and expectations of his relationship with Casey.

Casey seems like a dog who is likely what can be considered as a dog's dog. He enjoys Benoit's companionship, but is often just as satisfied by being around other dogs for company.

The Travels sure did highlight a broad sweep of dog-loving communities and their motivations. Dog shows, local variations in animal con
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Dawn
Sep 11, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it was a great look into Benoit's life with his dog(s). Some people disliked how much it was about the author but I enjoyed that about the book.

Other's thought that he should have left out some of the harsher stories, especially about the dogs on the st. louis streets, but I really appreciated those stories. It gave a man purpose in life to help those dogs and to help other people with their dogs who live there.

I only am sad because it left me wanting more. I wanted more in d
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Merrikay
Aug 20, 2014 Merrikay rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book. The author travels around the US in an RV with his dog Casey with whom he has an ambiguous relationship. That in itself is quite refreshing after all the sappy dog books out. Each chapter addresses a different topic so there is nice variety. I also travel in an RV with a dog so found it all pretty interesting. Some topics: dog park drama, (:)), dog rescue, strays in general, strays on reservations, different cultural attitudes toward pets, homeless people with dogs ...more
Karen
Feb 19, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
I had a hard time reading this book...at times.. I travel in a 24 ft RV with my dog and we have a great time, so I was excited to read this book (given to me by my sister-in-law) for Christmas. I loved the human nature stories and the stories about the actual dogs, the actual travelogue. But I found the psychological theories (boring) and the authors love life not necessary or interesting to this particular story. The romantic issues were just stuck in here and there with little purpose to my vi ...more
Annie
Mar 23, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to learn about the range of views that the people he visited had about dogs & the different ways that they were treated. In particular I knew nothing about the Indian Reservation dogs & the kind of life they had. I'm glad that the author had developed a better relationship with Casey the dog by the end of the trip, and a better understanding of himself. The book was more about the author struggling to know & accept himself than ...more
Suzanne R
Jul 27, 2014 Suzanne R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Travels With Casey is one of the best books I have read. Benoit Denizet-Lewis had my heartstrings immersed in his adventures with his dog, Casey. Such a wonderful read for all dog lovers. I have taken small trips with my dogs, and have had some pretty amazing adventures, which made this book all the more incredible to me!

My dogs now live with my parents on their farm, since I'm in the city, and I must admit that I found myself relieved to know that I am not the only one who has wondered if my d
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JD
Nov 16, 2014 JD rated it it was ok
Not terribly interesting or insightful.Far too much navel-gazing on the part of the author and his personal problems.
Hannah Weinberger
Jul 27, 2014 Hannah Weinberger rated it liked it
Great toe-dip into elementary analysis of the reasons for and effects of canine-human bonds. Funny in parts and maudlin/melodramatic/navel gazing in more places than I'd like (the author made a good decision trying to get out of his own head by undertaking such an extensive project), the book was deeply-researched throughout. The book didn't aim to solve any outstanding issues regarding human and dog psychology or sociology, but instead, introduce people to current thought in each field; investi ...more
Linda
Aug 10, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
If this makes any sense, it kept me reading but I wouldn't pick it up to read again. I learned a lot and the author, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, certainly did his research on canines and their behavior and history. The people he met were interesting as a whole. I was much less interested in his personal life and truly think he worried too much about Casey liking him. Luckily once he got a second dog, Rezzy, who seemed to be the affectionate that I think Benoit was looking for he relaxed and understood ...more
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