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The Dog Log, written as a daily notation to the sheriff’s department, begins as a simple complaint about a barking dog, but it soon becomes a powerful self-exploration and confessional. It's a touching, hilarious, and cleverly sneaky memoir of a man in Los Angeles who inadvertently rediscovers himself through helping his elderly neighbor after she falls, when he reluctantl ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Chicago Review Press
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Joy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this memoir and I’m glad I came across it! As a dog lover myself, I can relate to how Richards life was changed when he started to take care of his elderly neighbor’s dogs. He’s a great writer and I highly recommend this book!
Joe Lynn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a man overcoming a frustrating, maddening situation through an incredibly generous and kind effort, all while coming to grips with his own depression and life's challenges. It is often witty and funny (I especially liked the movie and literary analogies that creep in from time to time, and his description of the lengths he went to safeguard his health had me chuckling), but also dark and sometimes brooding as he works through his problems through detailed self-reflection.

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Krystle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure here, I’m a cat person. So, when someone recommended I read and review The Dog Log, I thought “This might not go so well.” I should also disclose that when I read or watch stories about animals I’m terrified that they’re going to die some horrible death and I’ll be devastated, so I broke the most sacred rule of book lovers and I read the end first just to prepare myself. Go ahead and judge me, I accept full responsibility. I also won’t spoil it for you, because I’m going to recom ...more
Tracy
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book! The Dog Log is incredibly funny...I laughed and laughed until it broke my heart and the tears started...and then I laughed again, often through my tears. It’s a true “who rescued who” memoir and dog story featuring a yappy little dog, her oblivious senior citizen owner, and Richard, their fed-up-to-here neighbor. But, it’s really about finding a path out of that 50-feet below rock bottom place from which many don’t escape. Richard’s journey through loneliness, indecision ...more
Margaret J. Frizzell
Yorkies are irresistible

I read this book because Yorkies are special to me! I was glad to see the ones featured in this book came to happy endings. The format of the book was entertaining and well written, but for me had way too much detail about the personal problems of Richard, the main character (and author of the book). Toward the end of the book I found myself skipping over paragraphs because the pity party was getting to be weary. Loved the Yorkies, however!
Kayo
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cute book. Loved it.
Elizabeth R
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Heart warming and humorous.
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