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One Good Dog

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  14,973 ratings  ·  1,919 reviews
Adam March is a self-made Master of the Universe. He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam’s ...more
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Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man, A dog.......better to be loved than powerful and feared.

On the most important day of his career, a frustrated, out of control Adam March gives his new (annoying) PA a slap on the face and his life is changed forever. With two years probation, loss of his heavyweight job and divorce from his rich-bitch of a wife on the horizon, Adam is assigned the embarrassing task of a community service job working for a local soup kitchen where he eventually loses a bit of his arrogance and gains a new

Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who has ever loved a dog, or anyone who just likes dogs, or cares about other living creatures, or appreciates a good love story, should read this book. And I defy anyone to read it without sobbing.

And, not incidentally, Michael Vick, the dogfighting football player, is the lowest form of scum on earth.

Just saying.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, animals
On the day that Adam March's corporation is to launch a hostile takeover of another company and elevate him to the CEO chair, an errant phone message causes him to lose it and slap his secretary in the face. As a result, the wealthy, Harvard-educated March is fired, his wife divorces him, and he's charged with and convicted of assault and sentenced to a year of community service serving meals to men at a homeless shelter. While trying to do a begrudging favor for one of the men from the shelter, ...more
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Liberty by: Diane
All I can say is One Good Dog is One Good Book!
Have the Kleenex handy because you're going to need them!
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
The most important day of Adam March's career was not off to a great beginning. Firstly, his alarm didn't go off on time, which meant there was no time for his morning run, which left him with very "me time" which he was going to need with such a hectic day ahead of him. Only once he arrived at work, Adam's day went from bad to worse within minutes. After getting a message from his secretary, Adam loses control and lashes out at her with slapping her across the face. He was on the brink of becom ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Sep 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, arc
As a blue collar, middle class woman, I have absolutely nothing in common with Adam, the main character of this novel so it really is no wonder that I had a hard time relating to him. However, he is just plain unlikable nevertheless. He is rich, snobby, and looks down on people that are a little more "down on their luck." Yes, he comes from a rough childhood but that doesn't mean it is ok to judge others. I felt little pity for him as he has a nervous breakdown and loses his high paying job, his ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I'm such a sap for a good old dog story. Got me for sure! I can imagine all of it about the humans in the tale, and I really enjoyed the dog's POV.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fresh starts, we all need them, sometimes more than once. So it goes with a man named Adam and a dog named Chance. Both find themselves at the end of their respective roads, a couple times. The only real difference is that Chance finds himself at the end of his road through no fault of his own.
Adam, is a rich man. A self made man with all the trappings of success and then some.Not too long into one of his busy days, he snaps. He delivers a slap to the face of his secretary who has been(he feel
Lisa Montanaro
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals-dogs
I really enjoyed this book! It is about a male protagonist who is a hard-core arrogant businessman. Something happens very early on in the book that shakes his world and completely changes his life. The book is really about his journey to finding himself, forgiving himself, forgiving others, growing, changing, etc. Along the way, he winds up meeting and eventually adopting a beaten down pitbull dog who used to be fought by a bunch of punks. These two misfits wind up getting thrown together. Ther ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
This is the first review I have written. I don't normally write reviews because I"m not a good writer myself and always have trouble putting my feelings into words. But, I felt I needed to say something about this book. I am a world-class dog lover, and will read pretty much anything that has to do with a dog. But I also love well-written books. I abandoned this book before finishing it, so some may say it is unfair of me to judge it, having not seen the story through to the end. But I could see ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 17, 2018
Second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’m re-posting a 2012 review in honour of the Year of the Dog. Wishing all my friends who are celebrating a great doggie year. Woof woof!

Anyone who has ever had a pet dog he or she loves will find Susan Wilson’s “One Good Dog” a heartwarming read. The story is alternately told from the perspective of two narrators: man versus dog. The first is a third-person account by Adam March, a top executive whose life spun out of control in one rash ac
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love dogs and have read a lot of dog books, but none that kept me glued to the book and at the end, I was sobbing.
Adam March is in the higher echelons of a company in line to be CEO and then he slaps his secretary. He loses his job and his family and most of his money. He is sentenced to serve a year's community service at a men't homeless shelter.
A pit bull is trained to be a fighter until he is injured too badly to fight. He escapes as the men try to take him away. Out on the streets, he fen
Jo Anne B
"But when I felt those tremors, heard his raspy voice, I realized that I was still needed, maybe as much as ever. I had chosen this one and I owed it to him to see him through this new pain. It's my job; I'm a pet."

I am an animal lover. They give true unconditional love. They don't judge you and are always there for you. I believe they can heal emotional wounds. That is what happened to Adam in this book.

Of course this was a predictable book. A spoiled rich guy had to learn humility and what bet
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unforgettable, 2010
Clever and intelligent. Great words to describe this novel filled with a satisfying mixture of dog and human narration. I really enjoyed this book as it creatively illustrates the unbreakable spirit and bond between a man and his dog and, with the most perfect words, showcases their unspoken communication. One Good Dog reveals life in full circle, in a way. This is a story of salvation and liberation, the freedom of one's soul; a rebirth of two, I think, deserving friends.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several Doggie narrated stories .. LOVED & enjoyed them all. But this one was truly different ..
I actually had difficulty in the beginning with Adam March's narrration, capsuling his life .. ie his attitude / his views .. But I kept being drawn into the book, trying to send Adam hope totally WILLING him to want sweet doggie Chance.

I found the book to be very well written and will look forward to reading her next "doggie" book: THE DOG WHO SAVED ME .. :)
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog helps heal wounded man as he changes priorities and learns important life lessons. Man teaches previous pit bull dog fighter about trusting and maybe even growing to love humans. Sometimes, I'm just in the mood for sentimental stories and I read a lot of dog books. So, what's not to love? There's a few damp tissues lying around, OK , maybe a lot but oh so satisfying.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. An angry man changes his life to one with less anger. The dog has a supporting role, not the main part.

I have complaints, but it’s a thoughtful book and above average.

I’ve read a number of books in the women’s fiction genre, but almost none in men’s fiction. This is the latter. It’s about a man with anger and abandonment issues. He is extremely successful in the corporate world and then loses it all due to an angry action. He loses his job, his wife, and his money. He’s now living alon
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self-made Adam March makes a calamitous mistake at work, sabotaging both a rising career and his marriage to a society girl. He manages to avoid jail, but is assigned community service at a center feeding and sheltering homeless men. With no friends left, he is alone and his financial resources dwindling. Trying to help one of his charges, Adam inherits a fighting-damaged pit bull. Together, they try to put Adam's life back together. Good suspense at the end.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: Audio contents perhaps not suited for a family road trip. Grim scenes of dog abuse (most of it occurs off camera). Some swearing and religious cussing. One sex scene, but it fades to black immediately.

3.5 stars, bumped up to 4 for the excellent narration. I have a few quibbles with the book (listed further below), but none with the superb performance by Fred Berman and Christina Delaine. I appreciated hearing two distinct voices, clearly differentiating the characters. I liked the way the
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having shared my life with a pit bull that I rescued from a kill shelter, and who was the sweetest dog in the world, I have a hard time reading stories about how they are bred and used for dog fighting and then thrown out like trash once they've served their purpose as a bait dog or are no longer a money maker. It made the story in this book difficult to read at times. My heart ached reading about Chance's life and mistreatment before he and Adam found each other. I know what kind of life a dog ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is well worth reading. Some of the reviews by readers were very critical but most really like the book. Maybe it isn't the very best writing or maybe there are some cliches, or other things mentioned. One reviewer said it should be marketed for young readers, which I disagree with. Regardless of all of the criticism, the underlying message of how Adam is healed emotionally with the help of the dog is excellent. When bad things happen to us in life, even if we have brought it on ourselv ...more
Wow! This was an extremely clever way to have both a human and animal narrate a book. One Good Dog by Susan Wilson is a creative novel of the unbreakable spirit of both man and dog, no matter how severe the life situations can be. I found this book in our town library and realized that it would be great for several GR challenges I am involved in. But it became more than just a way to fill in the blanks - I laughed, cried, swore, and then smiled in almost every chapter. Life is brutal for humans; ...more
I was needing a light, entertaining, feel good audiobook. This was perfect.
I gotta admit though, I teared up a little towards the end...
Already listening to another by this author.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Characters whose affiliations deplete and destroy instead of nurturing them – ONE GOOD DOG by Susan Wilson provides two such characters, and only one of them is a dog. Adam March draws the reader's sympathy as his past is slowly revealed in brief snatches of recollection. Abandoned to foster homes as a child, he has almost completely erased his past, filling it with his ambition for social status and material success. These are his answer to the impotence he felt as a child. Adam is completely o ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had one of those moments when you needed all of your willpower not to smack someone upside the head? One Good Dog is the story of what happens when one man’s willpower fails and someone does get smacked.

The most important day in Adam March’s life begins with a failed alarm clock, only gets worse, and culminates with a furious slap to his secretary. Predictably, his career and personal life immediately unravel during the ensuing legal battles. Left with nothing, Adam rents a run-dow
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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A wonderful feel good tale of a man, out of touch with himself and in shock over the crumbling of his carefully controlled life, inadvertently acquires a dog he doesn't want.
Paul Pessolano
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adam March receives a message from his personal assistant, "Your sister called". This causes Adam to do something that will ultimately change a life that had him on top of the corporate ladder and a part of high society.

The message should have read, "Your sister-in-law called".

Adams actions caused him to lose his high paying job, his wife and daughter, his several homes, and many of life's luxuries. His actions hae also caused him to be part of a law suit that leaves him doing community service
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
Sadly, an attempt at a good message does not make a good book.

I had so much hope for this one. As someone who works with rescue dogs the idea of a story of a man rescuing a former fighting Pit Bull and learning to be a better person through helping this dog sounded like a beautiful story.

First, I just want to take a second to recommend my all time favorite documentary, The Champions, which attempts the same message and excels in a way this book does not. It’s the story of the dogs rescued from M
Oct 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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“The two, man and dog, stare at each other for a moment, the man taking great comfort in the reflection of himself in the dog’s brown eyes—the only eyes that don’t look at him with disappointment.” 3 likes
“Everyone knew of the guy who chose to live on the street rather than in his home, where his abandoned wife or caring children couldn’t keep him. Common knowledge. Or the guy who just fucked his life up so badly, no one wanted to be near him, his own violence and temper putting him on the street. The guy who won’t even try to hold on to his family.” 0 likes
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