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A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  8,736 Ratings  ·  969 Reviews

"In each little life we can see great truth and beauty,
and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe."

DEAN KOONTZ thought he had everything he needed. A successful novelist with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit, Dean had forged a career out of industry and imagination. He had been married to his high school sweethear

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2009)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
"To us, Trixie was more than a dog. She was a child, entrusted to our care so that we might find in ourselves greater tenderness than we had imagined we possessed."

I literally just finished listening to Christopher Lane’s brilliant performance of Dean Koontz’s poignant A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie, stopping only long enough to blow my nose and wipe the tears from my eyes before writing this review.

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a belo
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What was it that made me roll my eyes repeatedly while reading this book? It certainly wasn't the dog, Trixie, who seemed to be a perfect canine ambassador. It was the author's "hey, look at how great I am" attitude that ran throughout the entire story. From the house that he mentions took 10 years to build (with several floors, in-home theater, elevator, "sweeping staircase", ocean view, etc etc) to Trixie's weekly appointment at the groomers (this is in addition to the 45 minute daily morning ...more
Tom Mueller
As a member of the and a lifetime lover of animals, dogs in particular, I know of the intelligence and emotional awareness of dogs. Koontz vividly explores his very special Trixie's emotions, self awareness and intelligence and moreso, conveys her impact on his life and the lives of all who knew Trixie.
I am honored to have been given a glimpse of Trixie's being through her and Koontz' writing during the time they had together.
I thank Dean Koontz for the solace he's given u
Susan Mangigian
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers everywhere
This was a beautiful book. Dog lovers, beware. It's a memoir, so it's not a spoiler to know that he writes about the end of his dog's life. Just about killed me to read it, but so worth it. Dean Koontz is a wonderful, funny and charming storyteller and not at all like I imagined him to be. He's silly and self deprecating and even though we are on opposite ends of the spectrum as far as organization and neatness, I can imagine being his friend. He and his wife are kind, caring, funny and dog love ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I haven't read any of Dean Koontz's books, but was given this one by another dog lover. What a great story and he wrote this story so well. It made me laugh in so many places and I felt like I knew his furry daughter, Trixie. I think his insights to dogs and their intelligence (and everything) is really so incredible. I have been a dog lover and mom for most of my life and I share in many of his experiences with Trixie. He and his wife were so fortunate that things worked out fo ...more
Gary Taylor
Oct 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sappy pooch portrait produces cornball canine cartoon

Dean Koontz's attempt at nonfiction in A Big Little Life is a presumptuous and predictable love letter to his dog. Reading it was like being trapped at the office Christmas party by a co-worker whose kid made the little league all-star team over the summer.

But I found an escape. Just when I considered tossing the thing a third of the way through, I realized I actually wanted to see how the master of suspense would handle the death of his belo
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of Koontz's other books. I think he mostly writes mysteries. This book is about his golden retriever named Trixie. Guess where he got her from?! CCI! If you've read my blog you've seen the pictures of my dad and his wife's new dog Emma (formerly known as Marla). Emma was given to them by CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) because he and Trudy do fundraisers and other volunteer work for them. How surprised I was then to see how much A Big Little Life focuses on the CCI p ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trixie the Golden Retriever was Dean and Gerda Koontz's dog/child. Adopted after her retirement from being a assistance dog, she turned their lives into more fulfilled lives. That's the book. No need for spoiler alerts, you have to know this is the way this book goes.
Now Miss Trixie gets five stars from me. She was a stellar ambassador for her breed and for canines in general. Having been owned by several dog /children over the years, I can attest to the fact that my life would be so much less
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going to sound cliche, but there is no other way to put this. If you love animals, especially dogs, you must read this book. My next statement is cliche too. The book made me laugh out loud and cry real tears. It really did. I have never read anything Dean Koontz has written, but I have become a fan of his because of this book.

A Big Little Life is the story of Trixie, Dean and Gerda Koontz's adopted service dog. Trixie is a golden retriever with so much intelligence, beauty, joy, and lov
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of a sucker for dog stories that rein in the sappiness a bit but still yank the heartstrings. I listened to Marley and Me on CD during a road trip but was frustrated most of the time with how irresponsible the humans were in the story, although I did cry pitifully in the car for miles while the last part unfolded. There is only one way that these stories end, and Dean Koontz really hits hard when it's his turn. Do not read the last two chapters in public, as if you have a heart, then yo ...more
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Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na
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“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish - consciously or unconsciously - that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.” 385 likes
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” 148 likes
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