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A Big Little Life:  A Memoir of a Joyful Dog A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz
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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.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
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“When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure, from those we befriended and loved, can make us cynical and turn our hearts into flint – on which only the matches of anger and bitterness can be struck into flame. By their delight in being with us, the reliable sunniness of their disposition, the joy they bring to playtime, the curiosity with which they embrace each new experience, dogs can melt cynicism,and sweeten the bitter heart.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
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“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. If we alow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty of the ordinary, we begin to see that all things extraordinary. ”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world’s stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp – and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it’s immensity cannot be embodied in one tidewashed pebble.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Too many of us die without knowing transcendent joy, in part because we pursue one form or another of materialism. We seek meaning in possessions, in pursuit of cosmic justice for earthly grievances, in the acquisition of power over others. But one day Death reveals that life is wasted in these cold passions, because zealotry of any kind precludes love except of the thing that is idolized.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Dogs’ lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and for the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“A man and a woman cannot live together without having against each other a kind of everlasting joke. Each has discovered that the other is not only a fool, but a great fool.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“In August of 1998, I completed Seize the Night, the sequel to my novel Fear Nothing, one of many of my books in which a dog is among the cast of principal characters. Every time I wrote a story that included a canine, my yearning for a dog grew. Readers and critics alike said I had an uncanny knack for writing convincingly about dogs and even for writing from a dog's point of view. When a story contained a canine character, I always felt especially inspired, as if some angel watching over me was trying to tell me that dogs were a fundamental part of my destiny if only I would listen.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“May I tell you a wonderful truth about your dog? ... In our religion, we believe in reincarnation. We live many times, you see, always seeking to be wiser and more virtuous. If we eventually lead a blameless life, a perfect life, we leave this world and need not endure it again. Between our human lives, we may be reincarnated as other creatures. Sometimes, when someone has led a nearly perfect life but is not yet worthy of nirvana, that person is reincarnated as a very beautiful dog. When the life as the dog comes to an end, the person is reincarnated one last time as a human being, and lives a perfect life. Your dog is a person who has almost arrived at complete enlightenment and will in the next life be perfect and blameless, a very great person. You have been given stewardship of what you in your faith might call a holy soul.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“May I tell you a wonderful truth about your dog? ... You have been given stewardship of what you in your faith might call a holy soul.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“We are fictioneers.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“On the other hand, dogs eat with gusto, play with exuberance, work happily when given the opportunity, surrender themselves to the wonder and the mystery of their world, and love extravagantly.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“This may be the primary purpose of dogs: to restore our sense of wonder and to help us maintain it, to make us consider that we should trust our intuition as they trust theirs, and to help us realize that a thing known intuitively can be as real as anything known by material experience.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Dogs might love a place, as people do, but the only place they love beyond all others is the place where you are.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“A dog can be a living work of art, a constant reminder of the exquisite design and breathtaking detail of nature, beauty on four paws.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“We took comfort in the knowledge that God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one. THE”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Their perpetual readiness for play is endearing, and their willingness to forgive deception time after time is one of the key differences between the heart of a dog and the human heart. Trixie”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“Protracted self-promotion drains something essential from the soul,”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“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.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
“The life of a seamstress is no smaller than the life of a queen, the life of a child with Down syndrome no less filled with promise than the life of a philosopher, because the only significant measure of your life is the positive effect you have on others, either by conscious acts of will or by unconscious example.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

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