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Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Let's get this clear right away: I'm a dog. I'm 1'10" and weigh 63 lbs, and although I'm a mutt on the outside, I'm a purebred on the inside. My good nature comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family, while my stubbornness is clearly from my Chowchow bloodlines. I've got Rastafarian ears, a black tongue for licking, and paws that should be on a dog twice my size.

Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Citadel (first published September 30th 2005)
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Bo Hoefinger
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's the best dog book I've ever written. I'm the dog who pawed 'Bad To The Bone.' I wanted to let everyone know my book is dedicated to rescue and shelter workers who make this world a better place, one animal at a time. I donate a portion of my proceeds to help homeless dogs (and cats) at rescues around the country.


Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bo Hoefinger is a 1’10”, 63-pound dog who claims to be a “mutt on the outside” but “a purebred on the inside.” Bo takes the reader on a delightful journey as he relays his life, beginning as a shelter dog who finds his forever home through a “revenge adoption”. We meet Bo’s feline sister Moose who suffers from constipation, canine sister Copper who passes gas when she walks, and Bo’s owners, a naïve young couple who don’t know what they’re in for when they adopt Bo. This dog blogger’s antidotes ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs, memoir
I'm declaring this the funniest book of 2010. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading a book. It's the memoir of a dog. His name is Bo and he's a golden retriever/chow chow mix. These are his memoirs from puppyhood in a shelter in New York to adulthood with a loving family consisting of a mom, dad, another dog and a cat with constant constipation in Atlanta Georgia. The first thing I want to share is the inscription inside. I bought this book thru the author's website and ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves to laugh
This book just jumped off the shelf at me (and tried to do something questionable on my leg, but that's been forgiven). Bo is a golden retriever/chowchow mix and a former shelter dog who out-Marley's Marley by leaps and bounds, mostly because he writes and blogs about his many adventures. This book is hilarious from page one to the author's biography on the back cover. I just have to put everyone I know, "dog person" or not, onto the scent of this book, because no one should miss this fine story ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe if you knew the dog/family this would be great but it's not one of the best dog books i've read. had it on my to read list for years, well disappointed.
Susan (aka Just My Op)
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan (aka Just My Op) by: Tara Chevrestt
Bo, the author of this book claims to be 1'10” and 63 pounds of mutt outside, purebred inside. His memoir mostly covers his life after being adopted from a doggie prison, more of a revenge adoption than a well planned decision. It's okay though; it all worked out. Well, except for Rudy, Rocky, and other unnamed creatures. Not that there weren't some difficult times, but together, the family, all of them, weathered them.

This is a feel-good book, great for laughs, for cheering up, for entertainmen
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dog-cat-bird, 2010
This is actually a six star book! I love Bo, the golden retriever/chow mix who wrote this book. I wish I could hug him! Here is how he signed my book my book, "Carol, Never judge a dog by the kind of book covers he chews. I hope you enjoy my 'tail'! Woof Woof, Bo Hoefinger".
Bo gets adopted from a shelter by his mother and father and shares his view of the messes that humans, he and the other animals in this family get into. I really love the fact that he realizes that humans sometimes do stupid
Linda B
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Meet Bo, a golden retriever/chow mix breed shelter dog. Bo has written his life story, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Bad to the Bone is written from Bo’s point of view. We meet his “parents”, his feline friend (who almost didn’t make it into the family), and read about all of his adventures.

Bo’s humor will turn around the story of his injured paw and will make you laugh, as will his dream about being on a compilation of game shows. Also in Bo’s memoir is the inclusion of special pages with artic
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Betty by: received from One Arc Tours
I'm one of the very few people who did not care for the author's writing style. In my opinion, it was too cute with the dog-narrator calling his owners his parents. There were some escapades. Reminded me of our own Golden retriever who we had for 13 years --- when a thunderstorm came up, she destroyed doors, trying to go into another room. She wasn't bad to the bone, and neither is Bo (the main canine character).
If you want a book narrated by a dog, try The Art of Racing in the Rain. I adored a
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a very charming book written by a very charming dog (Bo). As someone who loves dogs and live with 2 of my own, if this wasn't written by a dog then it was written by someone who knows dogs very, very well ;-) . A light, fun read... highly recommended for dog lovers.
Geraldine Hammon
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful story. I laughed so loud my family couldn't hear the television. This is a MUST READ for anyone who has ever lived with a dog.
Jolene Beringer
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! Written from the dog's perspective, it had me laughing out loud!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I read it very slowly because since there’s no main plot, I just wanted to enjoy the adventures of Bo!
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger, by Bo Hoefinger of’s ‘For The Love of Dog’ blog, 2009, 260pp, about 15$

A good book, like a good dog, is hard to find. This is a good book about a good dog (21 customer reviews on and all of then are 5-star). Everyone wants to have a dog like Bo. Every dog wants to be a dog like Bo.

So, it won’t surprise you that I think this book was mistitled: it should be “Bo, the World’s Best Dog.” But, there were some devilish incident
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the day that Bo is brought home from the local animal shelter, he brings mirth and joy into the lives of the Hoefinger couple, as he will into your home, too, if you decide to read Bad to the Bone. As ‘Bo’ writes, “It had taken me seven years to get to a place where I finally had the four F’s: family, friends, fun, and food.” Not being content with only one dog, Bo’s human 30+ parents decide, first of all, to introduce a cat, named Moose, and later a canine sister, Copper, with whom he soon ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From the day that Bo is brought home from the local animal shelter, he brings mirth and joy into the lives of the Hoefinger couple, as he will into your home, too, if you decide to read Bad to the Bone. As ‘Bo’ writes, “It had taken me seven years to get to a place where I finally had the four F’s: family, friends, fun, and food.” Not being content with only one dog, Bo’s human 30+ parents decide, first of all, to introduce a cat, named Moose, and later a canine sister, Copper, with whom he soon ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Books about dogs are a huge trend now, with many of them on the bestseller lists. I am a dog lover; we had Malcolm, a beautiful basset hound, for seven blessed years, so I admit I'm a sucker for dog books.

Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger tells the story of Bo the dog, through his eyes and words. It started as a blog,, and he also posts on

The book started as a Christmas gift for Bo's "mom" from Bo's "dad", and after people suggested it would make a
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bad To The Bone is written and told from the perspective of Bo a former shelter dog, his uncanny storytelling ability is laugh out loud funny, if your an animal lover you must read this book!

I loved reading the antics of Bo and his siblings, Moose the cat and Copper his canine companion. I laughed so hard while reading this book, that I had to put it down a couple of times. His writing style really makes you visualize the stories he is telling, from the tale he weaves where his mother falls out
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'd like to start by reminding readers that Bo, the author, dedicated this book to rescue and shelter workers, and that 10% of the proceeds of the book go help homeless dogs and cats.

As for the book itself, it is a lighthearted, easy read that is very sweet and full of humor. It's written from the viewpoint of a family dog, a quick-witted and boisterous adoptee who leads an adventurous life (often unexpectedly so). Bo is true-to-life, with a unique voice full of spunk in his early years and wisd
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from the first reads program!
This book is written by Bo, the dog. It is about his life with his "parents" after they took him home from the shelter as a puppy through well into his geriatric years. I have to say, it was super cute. I have been in the mood for funny, light books lately, and this book fit that perfectly. Also, I am a huge dog lover. Reading stories, I was comparing Bo to my two dogs. It was also nice to think about the stories from the dog's perspective.

Not all of
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book (BTTB) was such a fun experience to read! If there was someone in the room with me while I was reading it I would yell out quotes from the book (annoying them out of the room). Bo has created a work of art that reaches for your funny bone and grabs ahold. BTTB is the story of a dog who was adopted out of revenge and the ups and downs of his life. He tells us what it was like living in the shelter, being adopted, living with a cat, and growing old. I learned that dogs like to humiliate ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
I absolutley loved this book! I have laughed out loud more times than I can count and would not hesitate to recommend it to any animal lover. I know its a good book when I am reading and have to tell John what "Bo" said! This is a fun book and I just adore Bo (or Beeeee Ohhhhhh, according to a young veterinary staff member!). I took it with me during my lunch hour, and I think I had more than a few stares when I burst out laughing....yep, that's me, the crazy lady, sitting alone at lunch with a ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and was delighted to see a personalized message for me from Bo on the inside and 2 little bookmark cards. Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger is a light-hearted story about Bo and his adventures with his owners and animal housemates. I liked reading things from Bo's perspective and got a few chuckles from his dog's-eye view. I think this book will appeal to dog lovers and pet owners in general. Perhaps in the future, we'll ...more
Dec 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: started-but
I thought it would be cute and it has such great reviews on here.....but I can't stand it. Does a dog really worry about nose boogers and whether or not his fly is undone? And those are just a few examples of the ridiculous writing within the first three chapters. Attempts at being funny just fail with me...I'm sure my 10 year old would laugh but....was this written for adults?
Not sure if I will continue through this one.
Jennifer Osterman
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I received this book through's Early Reviewer Givaway.
This was a cute memoir-style book "written" by Retriever/Chow Bo Hoeffinger of The anecdotes were amusing, not too syrupy as some pet stories can be. There were a few too many fart-stories for my taste, but then again, many silly tales of pet humor involve bodily functions. All in all, a dog story that dog lovers will enjoy, especially because there is no heart-braking ending.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Wish I could rate it 4.5 stars! It was hilarious and I laughed many times while reading it. It is a novel told from the a dog's perspective. The dog's name is Bo. He tells the story of his adoption and the rest of his life with human 'mother and father.' If you've ever had a dog or are an animal lover, you will love this book! Being a dog owner, I could identify so many times with the situations Bo gets himself into with his humans.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Just finished reading this book during a break and I must say, I LOVED IT! Bo is the perfect narrator for his own life story, after is his life. Despite the challenges one may forsee for a dog writer (yes, Bo is a dog and the author), he overcomes them like an obstacle course champion would a hurdle. There are not enough words to describe the fun that awaits you within the pages of this book so I'll leave with with two choice ones from Bo himself....WOOF WOOF. Happy reading! ^_^
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and read it in it's entirety in one day!! Bad to the Bone:Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger is funny, insightful, and the perfect read for dog lovers and pet owners in general. The book arrived in a timely manner and with thoughtful response from Bo's parents. Can't wait to check out Bo online!
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was just okay for me. It was a cute story, but I felt there was something lacking. It is described as "Marley & Me" from the dog's perspective. I would completely agree with that. It is a very quick, easy, entertaining read at the very least. I just thought there would be something more to pull me in.
Marsha Nelson
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after reading about it in Goodreads (after not winning it).
Laugh out loud funny. I know what my doggy friends are going to be getting for Christmas.
Written by Bo, it is the story of his life from shelter in NY to his transfer to Atlanta. The dog and cat point of view in thought provoking hilariousnous. (Not sure if that is a word - but I like it.)
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