Dogs Who Grew Me: A Tribute to the Six Dogs Who Taught Me What Really Matters in Life

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Join Ann Pregosin and her six singular dogs in this delightful "walk in the park." First meet her childhood Moppet, the lively little American Cocker Spaniel who taught her about love; then Della, the sleek black Great Dane who taught her devotion. Tag along with Timber, the wolf-hybrid whose extraordinary beauty inside and out taught her grace. Meet Boo, her iron-willed Rottweiler, who taught her that no one is exempt from the bad things in life. Indulge yourself as Daisy, her chocolate American Cocker Spaniel, ...

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Join Ann Pregosin and her six singular dogs in this delightful "walk in the park." First meet her childhood Moppet, the lively little American Cocker Spaniel who taught her about love; then Della, the sleek black Great Dane who taught her devotion. Tag along with Timber, the wolf-hybrid whose extraordinary beauty inside and out taught her grace. Meet Boo, her iron-willed Rottweiler, who taught her that no one is exempt from the bad things in life. Indulge yourself as Daisy, her chocolate American Cocker Spaniel, becomes the Master Instructor of the merits of "creature comforts;" and celebrate with Tyler, her Bernese Mountain Dog, who is teaching her how essential it is to really appreciate the joys of life. The other lessons taught by these six dogs that "grew" Pregosin as a person are as seemingly simple, but ultimately as profound as the unfettered wag of a happy dog's tail.

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This is a memoir of a life spent with six dogs, spanning from childhood through middle age, but it is also an extended essay on the uniqueness of each animal. There is Moppet, the cocker spaniel who comforted an awkward little girl; Della the bighearted Great Dane, who both doted on and defended her youthful mistress; Timber, the quarter-wolf hybrid who amazed everyone who saw her; Boo the Rottweiler, who unfortunately lived up to his breed's dangerous potential; the self-absorbed Miss Daisy, a cocker spaniel bought for the author's daughter; and lastly Tyler, the all-loving, highly intelligent Bernese Mountain Dog who continues to share life with Pregosin and her family. Pregosin writes with experience, expressing her patience and love for all her animal companions (including a couple of cats). Her anecdotes will ring true for anyone who has ever owned a dog or cat. Both the humorous and exasperating situations contribute to the life lessons that Pregosin learns over the years. Each dog's traits (including those not "typical" for the breed) are detailed in a manner that will appeal to all animal lovers; each dog's passing will likely bring tears of empathy. A nice addition to the animal section of any library. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Capital Books (22841 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166), 205p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Katherine Gillen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931868525
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Pregosin is a frequent contributor to animal and general interest magazines including Dogs, Ladies Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and Working Woman. For Fox News Channel's "Pet News," she was the expert on medical, training, and breed specific issues. She is the author of How Not to Kill Your Houseplants. Ms. Pregosin lives with her family and two dogs in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 This Little Girl's Moppet 1
Chapter 2 Della the Devoted 35
Chapter 3 Timber: The Glory Years 65
Chapter 4 A Rottweiler Named Boo 101
Chapter 5 The Inimitable Miss Daisy 159
Chapter 6 Tyler: The Joy-of-Living Dog 181
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