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Many readers wonder what inspires the creative genius of bestselling suspense writer Dean Koontz. Much of the credit must go to Trixie, the golden retriever who has taught him things about life that no human ever could.

Trixie shows us how to be happy every moment of the day, except those fleeting moments after a meal when the dish is (temporarily) empty. Dogs know how to work hard and to play even harder. With words of wisdom only a bird dog knows, and beautiful photos to warm ...

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Overview

Many readers wonder what inspires the creative genius of bestselling suspense writer Dean Koontz. Much of the credit must go to Trixie, the golden retriever who has taught him things about life that no human ever could.

Trixie shows us how to be happy every moment of the day, except those fleeting moments after a meal when the dish is (temporarily) empty. Dogs know how to work hard and to play even harder. With words of wisdom only a bird dog knows, and beautiful photos to warm your heart, this book will lift your spirits and make your leg shake uncontrollably with pleasure!

Trixie wrote LIFE IS GOOD to support her friends who are service dogs for people with disabilities. She is donating her royalties to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), the national organization that breeds and trains assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972942775
  • Publisher: Yorkville Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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"To be happy, use your nose.  Every day is rich in smells....a cliché, sure, but
   if you got roses, smell 'em."

"Books make life good!  Books are fun. Dad's books are especially fun. (I know where my kibble comes from.) Some books confuse me.  Read WAR and PEACE by Tolstoy.  Long book. Very long book.  No dogs in significant roles. Why anyone write very long book not about dogs?  Figured I read bad translation.  Read it again in original Russian language. Still no dogs.  Tolstoy was maniac, writing very long books not about dogs.  WAR and PEACE gets a no-cookie rating from this critic. Plus I peed on book. Critic is entitled to strong opinion.
Read Dad's new book. Can give honest opinion even though I know who scoops my kibble. Am dog, after all. Am corruptible. 
Dad's new book is suspenseful, funny, full of emotion, but has no dog in significant role. Am afraid Dad is losing mind.  Will end up as nuts as Tolstoy though not Russian.
Your life is an epic novel.  Dare to be the hero."

"Smack your lips loud!"
"Be thankful for your bowls. Good things come in them.  Sometimes water. Sometimes juice. Sometimes kibble.  Sometimes cantaloupe.  Always show thanks for what's in the bowls.  Smack your lips loud. Lick chops. Drool. Drooling is best way to say thank-you.  Can't fake drool.  Humans would be happier if drooled more. More drool equals nicer world.  Nicer, wetter, stickier.  Wear rubber-soled shoes, stain-resistant fabrics.  Drool, be happy."


"Trixies's  Top 8 Reasons WHY DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE CARS"

1) We are by nature obedient. Would break no traffic laws. Except when toilet stops require brief parking in front of fireplugs.
2) Look so cute.  Sight of driving dog lift spirits of human drivers, make highways friendlier.
3) Because ears tend to flap in wind, dogs make better use of convertibles than humans do.
4) Dogs do not drink alcoholic beverages.  So can never drive under influence and never blast passengers with beer farts.
5) Guide dogs who drive could better serve blind people.
6) Is civil rights issue.
7) Have better self image, bark less, wag more.
8) Dogs don't need maps. Can smell our way anywhere.

"To lead good life, must have curiosity......even if sometimes the mystery in the bushes turns out to be skunk."

"Don't struggle against life.  Float with it.  Be Bouyant.  You won't sink unless you expect to."

"Loving nature makes joyful life. 
Mother Nature made me, made you.  Also made scorpions, cockroaches.  Mother Nature is little nuts but very creative.  Mother Nature gives warm sun, cool rain, pretty ferns.  She gives us tornadoes, hurricanes.
Mother Nature is like wacky aunt from Cleveland, comes visiting with nice gifts, also eye-watering garlic breath and killer farts, but is family, so you got to love her."


"Accept affection.
Encourage affection.  Position yourself in hallway or other high-traffic area.  As giver-of-affection approaches, look cute, reach out with one paw, then roll onto back with all four paws in the air, offering glorious furry belly for rubbing.  If you don't have glorious furry belly this might not work as well for you as does for me."

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Table of Contents

work a little
PLAY, EAT, SLEEP
work a little
EAT, SLEEP, PLAY
work a little
SLEEP, PLAY, EAT
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    Ideas for living that we all need, a wonderful gift

    I bought this book when it first came out because I have a Golden who, like Trixie, failed out of being a service dog. He has been a certified therapy dog for six years and an inspiration for at-risk children and elderly people that he visits because he is always happy. His ideas for living are exactly like Trixie's, but I never really thought about them until this book. I keep it out on my coffee table and read it over and over for the message that it brings about enjoying life. I haven't read Trixie's Christmas book, but I love her new book about how to achieve Bliss. Dogs do it, why can't we?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Life is Goood, Trixie makes it better

    Trixie is as immortal and compelling as the life she loved so much. An inspiration to us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    You Will Fall in Love

    This is a marvelous, wonderful, total feel-good book. You will laugh, cry and marvel at the down-to-earth wisdom of one of God's greatest creatures - the dog. I have always admired Dean Koontz enormously, now he goes to the absolute top of my list. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    Awsome Book

    I love this book. It's cute, funny, and really makes me wonder what my own dog thinks of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    GOOD BOOK, GOOD

    Trixie likes to hear her mom and dad say 'Good dog, good' and knows this is high praise. I can't think of a better way to praise this book. This is the best book of its genre, written with true love and devotion for all things canine. I hope Trixie is as prolific as her dad. We could use more life lessons from such a thoughtful philosopher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Love is the Golden's Light

    I read this book in one sitting and I slowed down the closer to the end I got, simply to savor each word and each picture. This book is a heart-sparkler. I laughed so many times and my face is still sore from wearing a big smile from the first page to the last. Insightful, delightful, touching--this book is a treasure. If you have ever shared your life with a Golden, the words and pictures in this book will serve as an affirmation to the deep, shining love and the ever-positive nature of these furry beings. If you have not had the honor of sharing your life with a Golden fur kin, it matters not, Trixie's words will speak to your heart and soothe your soul. --Kathy Anne Harris

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Trixie Koontz receives 5 paws for this book!

    A wonderful feel good book for everyone. Take her advice and lay in the grass you will feel better. Trixie writes the truth (per my 3 Golden Retrievers)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Golden Lover

    This is the best book to buy for anyone who is lucky enough to have a golden retriever in their life. The pictures are wonderful and it is amazing how much these dogs resemble each other, not just in a photogenic way, but the personality that goes with it. Several of these photos are identical to ones I have taken. It was like looking at a photo album of my golden treasure.... the best friend I ever had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Feel Good Book!

    This book is outstanding and a good read for any age. It's written by a retired assistance dog with a wonderful prospective on life. Assistance dogs have the best tempermanent and love life. It spreads to all of those around the dog as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Wonderful!

    This is an excellent book for any age. It's a 'make-you-feel-good' book; guaranteed to brighten up anybodys day. The photographs are great, but the captions are priceless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2004

    Great Gift Book

    This is the cutest book it is so beautiful the pictures are wonderful. I would recommend it

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