10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me: Life Lessons from a Man's Best Friend [NOOK Book]

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Poignant, funny tales about a man and his dog—and the lessons learned about responsibility and enduring friendship.

It is love at first sight when Carlo De Vito, an aspiring book editor, first meets Exley, the rambunctious, rescued German Shorthair Pointer he adopts and who becomes his faithful companion. In 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me, De Vito writes about their experiences growing up together—and the life lessons that invariably result from their adventures. Ultimately, when ...

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10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me: Life Lessons from a Man's Best Friend

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Overview

Poignant, funny tales about a man and his dog—and the lessons learned about responsibility and enduring friendship.

It is love at first sight when Carlo De Vito, an aspiring book editor, first meets Exley, the rambunctious, rescued German Shorthair Pointer he adopts and who becomes his faithful companion. In 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me, De Vito writes about their experiences growing up together—and the life lessons that invariably result from their adventures. Ultimately, when his beloved friend is gone, De Vito discovers some truths about love, loss, and lasting friendship.

"It had been Exley's job to raise me. All that time we had been having fun, going for walks, getting into trouble, being companions and friends in some great adventure. And I had spent so much time teaching him to sit, stay, lie down, roll over. But all along, he had been teaching me. It is the child that makes the man, and in this case it was a dog. All along it had been the dog doing the teaching, not me. How do you like that? And I love him for it to this day and will for the rest of my life."

Writing in the heartwarming, bestselling tradition of Pack of Two and My Dog Skip, De Vito captures the spirit of that tie in a way that will resonate with not only dog lovers, but all those who share their heart and home with a pet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609616496
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,161,183
  • File size: 670 KB

Meet the Author

CARLO DE VITO, a publishing executive, is a writer and editor and the author and coauthor of 10 books including The Everything Dog Book and The Everything Puppy Book. He lives in Freehold, New Jersey.
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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    Heartwarming Story

    I decided to buy this book because I too have a German Shortahir Pointer. The book brought both laughter and tears to my eyes. I have been around many different kinds of dogs throughout my life but not one has compared to my GSP. She is the best dog I have ever owned and she is both loyal and affectionate and GREAT with kids. This book lets you see the wonderful personality these dogs have. It's worth getting especially if you own a GSP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Even better than Marley & Me

    Even better than Marley & Me -- should be on the NY Times best-seller list! Terrific writing, engaging story-telling, a uniformly good read, all from a writer who really knows dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    Satisfying, engaging, funny, warm and real

    This is a fantastic read! The author recounts how his dog helped him mature and traverse through a variety of life defining stages. I believe 10 secrets predates 'Marly and Me,' and I feel Carlo Devito's examples, reflection and writing are FAR more intersting and touching than those in 'Marley and Me.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    Great read for dog lovers!

    I just had to read this book! I own a GSP also and they are the greatest dogs-energetic but not against a soft couch or bed when they are tired, goofy, and very mischievous! Dog owners are simply the luckiest people in the world and this book shows you why that is true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    GSP Love Story

    I loved reading this book. I am a german short hair pointer owner and can relate to the bond between dog and owner. My GSP is my best girlfiend and companion. I found alot of the GSP qualities of Exley in my dog, Maggie. The comical, mischevious, loyal and loving relationship has bought alot of joy and love to my life. This book makes you realize the short time a dog is with you and makes you know the important factors in a true, loving relationship. Relationships with a human or animal is precious and should always be cherished!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    A Heartwarming Story

    This book will touch your heart. It made me laught out loud and also cry. So many of the anecdotes in the book reminded me of my dogs and my experiences with them. This is a must read for dog lovers and rescuers.

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