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Year of the Dog

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  20 reviews
When her husband dumps her for an old girlfriend and sets all of Peachland, South Carolina, gossiping, Janey Daniels has to get away--far away--for a "sabbatical" year. She flees to Burlington, Vermont, home of Aunt May, her mother's only living relative. There she adopts Beulah, a Labrador puppy in training to become a companion dog for the blind. Not for a moment does Ja ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by University of Texas Press
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Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers
First: NO dogs die. :)
Second: A (another?) book that shows that sometimes running away is the way to find yourself.

Third: Ok, i did in fact read the last page or two JUST TO MAKE SURE that no dogs died--(hush B, C, K, and P!) and even though at that time I was only half way through, it made me cry. I finished the book and cried again.

Overall-- a few quirky characters who are not drawn with lots of detail and background, but I still felt that I could see and know them. The author is good with su
Jan 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Did not finish which is extremely rare for me. This is the second book on my could not finish shelf. Writing style is dull, and the story was uninteresting. I thought I could read this while working, something I do effortlessly with other books, but apparently not with this one.
Champaign Public Library
This is a quick, pleasant read in which a young woman whose marriage has ended finds a way to start over. Janey is from a small town in South Carolina and when her husband dumps her in a most humiliating manner she is eager to get away. She decides to move for one year to Burlington, Vermont, home of her mother's aunt, and takes on the project of raising a puppy to be a Companion Dog for the Blind. The puppy is probably the most appealing character, but I enjoyed Janey's process of connecting wi ...more
Jim Grimsley
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This is my introduction to Shelby Hearon; the book was very readable, clear, and moved forward nicely, the story of a woman who must reinvent her emotional life after a divorce. The most interesting part of the book is that she chooses to train a companion dog for a year, leaving home and her job in a pharmacy to do so. Along the way there is the story of a reunion between an orphan and his birth parents, some comic scenes with the protagonist's parents, and other encounters that are interesting ...more
Sherry Morgan
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
a Sweet Book...
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I wonder why so many books about getting one's life together/finding true love seem to involve the main character getting a dog? I got a dog and it certainly didn't fix anything in my life, not that I expected it to. It actually rather complicated things! Haha.

I found the main character, Janey, oddly "bloodless," if that makes any sense. She was just kind of hard to connect with. It felt like she got divorced and moved away for a year and just expected change to happen to her, so whatever came a
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Though the book had great expository, the story was only so-so for me. I could have lived without the drabness of living conditions, sex life and baggage the main character brings with her, but I guess when set beside the southern hospitality gestures and peace that comes through gaining familiarity with a new place, I enjoyed the contrastingly good parts better. So, what I absolutely loved the most would be the dog, Buelah! the main character is training her to be a companion dog for the blind, ...more
Kat Pennylegion
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and feel like I learned something about the training that goes into seeing eye dogs, and a little bit of what life in Vermont looks like. I used to live in Greenville, SC, so it was fun to hear about Peachland (I'm guessing that's Gaffney) and references to life in South Carolina. A fun, light-hearted read I'd recommend to others. ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, pets
I happened to pick this up when I was doing a book display called "A Year Of ..." and this title fit the theme. And since I will read about anything that has a dog in it, of course I had to give it a try. I ended up liking it a lot and was pleasantly surprised. ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
After her husband leaves her for his former girlfriend, Janey leaves her small town home in South Carolina and moves to Vermont. She spends a year there, raising a puppy to be a guide dog for the blind. OK story. Nothing special.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's an easy, light, sweet read that makes me want to get another dog. The writing isn't outstanding, but if you're looking for something that you can read in a day or two this book is a good pick that leaves you feeling good:) ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A nicely paced book that tells a concise story and explores relationships in a way that the reader empathizes.
Michelle Stevens
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
very good
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
A very lightweight read...I wanted to know about the puppy training for the blind. It could have been a short story.Ally, please don't ban me as a friend. ...more
Oct 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It would have gotten 5 stars from me if the ending had not been wrapped up so perfectly.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I have to really not like a book to not even bother to finish it. The protagonist is a 25 year old woman who has repeatedly pointed out that she is old. Done and done!
Got from Nelson County Public Library sale rack.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful writing
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girly women who like dogs
I have been waiting to rent the movie and every time I walk into Blockbuster its out! Sooooo I found the book at the library. Its beautifully, simply written and the story is sweet and sad.
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