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Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 ratings  ·  273 reviews
From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the o
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Mariner Books
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the book covers the whole lifespan of the dog, so the answer is yes.(less)

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Becky
I didn't like this book as much as I liked "Calling Dr. Laura," and I also didn't like Georges in it as much as I did in her earlier graphic memoir. I felt throughout a lot of it that small anger I get at bad dog parents. It's kind of annoying to me that Georges "gets" Beija enough to write her dog manifesto and to get frustrated with people who won't leave her be, but this is the same person who rented an apartment specifically because she needed to live somewhere else with her dog and then got ...more
Joy
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been saying for years that I want to adopt a dog but I haven't yet. This is a love story about a woman and the little dog who meant so much to her. It's a touching book with great illustrations. I really enjoyed it. I'm even more determined to find a dog of my own now!
Raina
Of course it made me cry.

Georges' work always hits home for me. Here, she tackles the issue of problematic pets you love (sometimes, BECAUSE they're problematic).

I, too, lived with a dog with issues for years. Callie (maybe unlike Beija, Georges' dog) was fluffy and blonde, and looked super friendly - until another dog came along or you put your face too close to hers, or otherwise made her feel unsafe. Then, a Jekyll/Hyde transformation took place and her snarl was legitimately terrifying. She
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Kevin
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicole and Beija co-star in this sweet and funny graphic novel/memoir. The story, weaving youthful memories and adult follies, is heartfelt and accountable. The panels/artwork is the best I've seen from Georges, one of my favorite comic storytellers today.
Chelsey
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, often hilarious portrait of an unpredictable childhood and a complicated yet magical queer punk coming-of-age in Portland in the early millennium, all through the author's relationships to animals--most significantly her difficult, damaged, beloved soulmate dog Beija. The drawing is wonderful, the storytelling captivating, and the ending is somehow both heartbreaking and heart-repairing. (I wept.) Captures a time and a scene and a personal experience so beautifully, both visually an ...more
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Loved it! Be prepared to laugh and cry. Check out this review/interview with the author I did for Autostraddle ...more
Peacegal
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars -- Graphic memoir enthusiasts and pet lovers alike will plow through this unique and affecting comic, and will be happy they did. Nicole Georges chronicles her 15 years with Beija, a small mixed-breed dog whose personality might charitably be called "eccentric."

But this isn't "just" a dog story. It's also the story of a young woman's struggles for growth and independence with a personal background that is marred by chaos and irresponsible parenting. A young girl's struggles to create
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Mari
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic, memoir
One of my favorites from 2017! I laughed, I cried, I bought it for a bunch of my friends.
Denver Public Library
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hana, graphic-novel
Famed zinester and graphic memoirist Nicole Georges ripped my heart from my chest. It has been a bit since I have been actively sobbing over a book, but the recipe is clearly a coming-of-age story with a surly and ill trained dog. Georges is known largely for her graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura, detailing her reliance on radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger to process an onslaught of life altering moments: discovering her family lying to her about her father being dead her entire life, only discov ...more
Stewart Tame
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fetch is the biography of a beloved pet. Or perhaps “friend” is a better word than “pet”. Anyway, this graphic novel is about a dog: Beija. Georges tells how they met, and of the ups and downs of their lives over the years.

Since Nicole was still in high school when they met, the book is as much about her own young adulthood and discovering who she is as a person as it is about Beija. There are all the moves and breakups and relationships and roommates and bands and so on that tend to go with tha
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Emily Joyce
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
💖✨Beija✨💖
Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i have been waiting for this book to come out. i pre-ordered as soon as i could, and when it arrived i started reading immediately. i ended up reading the whole book in less than a day because i just couldn't stop myself. this book is heartbreaking and beautiful and brilliant and i loved everything about it. if you love dogs (especially difficult ones), zines, queers and coming of age memoir you really have to read this book.

i've been reading Nicole J Georges zines for years and years and have a
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Robert
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dog-oriented graphic memoir from that fine Portland-based cartoonist, Nicole Georges. Full review on tcj is here: http://bit.ly/2slD8RO ...more
mad
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
oh h*ck.

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review. Trigger warning for allusions to rape, child abuse, domestic violence, animal abuse, alcoholism, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.)

I first discovered Nicole Georges's artwork nestled within the pages of Bitch Magazine . Instantaneously smitten, my adoration only grew when I learned that Georges was a vegan who referred to her furry sidekick Beija as her "canine life partner." Her 2010 Invincible Summer Queer Animal Odys
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Content warning for mentions of (unintentional, maybe?) pet violence in review:

I dunno, this will have a lot to offer many readers but I don't think I'm one of them. I was already not enjoying myself, and then I reached a page where she admits to kicking her dog so hard in the head she literally thought the dog was dead (it wasn't), with a footnote saying, "I'm not saying I recommend kicking your dog in the head, but Beija never gave me any trouble after that day" or something to that extent. Th
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Roxana
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
How could you not love Beija? Nicole Georges’ drawings really brought her little firecracker pup to life and I think now I’m ready to adopt at least 8 or 9 dogs.
Isaiah
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To see a full review check it out here

I love Breija more than almost every other dog on the planet.
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Rachel C.
An object lesson in why not everyone who loves dogs should own one.
Kelly Dashiell
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was particularly painful to read, since I just lost my cat Levi to cancer as well. We were mates for 17 years, and the similarities between our relationship and the author's relationship with her dog were pretty spot on. If you ever had a pet that you felt was your "external heart", as Georges put it, you should probably read this.
Hannah Garden
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh I really want to tell you how magical and special this book is but I can't even think of high enough praise, tbpf. It is a jewel, so full of love it will crack you.

I remember reading Georges' first book and being like oh holy frijoles I can't WAIT till she writes a new one.

Please go buy copies of this for all your animal companions, it is legitimately a celestial body.
Heidi
Not the story for me. I did not connect with the writer or the story and was appalled at some of the choices made regarding the dog. Moving into an apartment where dogs aren’t allowed, not containing the dog when in public, either with a muzzle or short leash, etc. I struggled to finish this book.
Jen
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wonderful book that explores the depth of the relationship between a pet owner and her fur baby. The book also highlights PNW zine culture.
Sam
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I knew this book was going to emotionally wreck me. This is the story of Nicole J. Georges and her dog, Beija. Beija is a shar-pei/corgi mix with some behavioral troubles. She's not comfortable with people petting her, she's somewhat aggressive when people emit different kinds of energy levels. She is constantly told by people that she is a horrible, no good, bad dog. However, reading this graphic memoir you can see through Nicole George's perspective tha
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Sharon
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first time I picked this book up, I sat it back down. The first few pages reminded me uncomfortably of the passing of our dog, Katie, last November. Like Beija, this book's dog heroine, Katie was a eccentric who was wary of strangers and had her own particular ways. She was not an easy dog. She was 15 when she left us.

I picked up the book this morning and read the entire thing in one sitting. Toward the end, tears were flowing. Nicole adopts Beija initially as a gift for her boyfriend, but i
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Megan (ReadingRover)
This graphic novel was amazing. It’s like Nicole created it personally for me. I know what it is to live with a let’s just say “quirky” dog. This book was funny, warm and heartbreaking all at once. I adored it. I work with dogs and I have a certain soft spot for difficult ones. The anxious, fearful and aggressive ones are always the ones I bond with. Beija and Nicole were a wonderful pair. Their bond was something most people would never understand. That’s what made it so special. Everything abo ...more
Rachel
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A standout graphic novel about the 15 years Nicole Georges spent with her lovable but problematic pooch Beija. Highly recommended for dog fans, however, with the caveat that Georges is not without her own flaws especially when it comes to pet care. In fact, I’d wager some of Beija’s problems stemmed from the unstable environment and individuals she was around for much of her life. That being said, for her faults, Georges undeniably loved Beija and the two had a special bond that dog people know ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was disturbing and compelling to me at the same time.

Georges had an unusual, but maybe too common, upbringing. Her attitudes at time surprised and perhaps disappointed me - when her dog bit another dog she was sorry but had no money. She sent a picture to the injured pet owner instead....the response of an eight year old?

I do credit her with keeping Beija all of those years - a dog who had many problems. As a dog owner I felt that she could have been more careful with Beija...a leash
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Emily
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not crying, you're crying. Darn dog stories! A beautiful graphic memoir about growing up and caring for a difficult pet. This one spoke to me because of the author's ongoing search for love and self-understanding as a person, a woman, and an artist. Our care for our pets speak volumes about who we are, what we need, and what we (and our pets) might become.
Waverly Fitzgerald
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, graphic
I have this problem with graphic novels. I start reading and I can't stop turning pages. I got this book from the library and read it within the next hour. It's an enchanting story about a "bad dog" (a dog that doesn't like most people) and how the author's devotion to this creature transformed her life. She shaped her life around her dog's needs and that resulted in certain choices which ultimately were to her benefit.
Monica Washenberger
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This simultaneously heart warming & heart wrenching read chronicles the years that follow adopting a shy dog with all of her quirks. ...more
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Nicole J. Georges is an award-winning writer, and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Nicole has been publishing the autobiographical comic Invincible Summer since 2000, and has toured the country extensively, including two month-long appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit: Next Generation. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Tin House, Vanity Fair, and Slate.com.

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