Memoirs of a Papillon: The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad

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Want to know what your dog really thinks of you? In this hilarious exposé, Genevieve, a two-year-old papillon, takes you into the inner sanctum of dogdom, revealing canine secrets never before shared with humans. Genevieve sinks her teeth into such topics as driving tips for dogs, the tragedy of doorbells in TV commercials, measuring the intelligence of humans, finding a reason for cats, how prehistoric dogs saved the caveman’s bacon, converting your house into an agility course, and productive kitchen behavior. ...
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Want to know what your dog really thinks of you? In this hilarious exposé, Genevieve, a two-year-old papillon, takes you into the inner sanctum of dogdom, revealing canine secrets never before shared with humans. Genevieve sinks her teeth into such topics as driving tips for dogs, the tragedy of doorbells in TV commercials, measuring the intelligence of humans, finding a reason for cats, how prehistoric dogs saved the caveman’s bacon, converting your house into an agility course, and productive kitchen behavior. IMPORTANT - read this book before your dog does!ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dennis Fried has &#34enjoyed" careers in college teaching, marketing, advertising, nightclub ownership, software development, and stand-up comedy. He holds advanced degrees in physics and philosophy, both of which he considers essential to successful dog ownership. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Katrina, and his trainer, Genevieve.
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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Magazine
Humans usually narrate memoirs, and furthermore, humans usually author them. Memoirs of a Papillon deviates from this norm: Genevieve, a pure bred Papillon, narrates her puppyhood, her life with Katrina and Denny, and the advantages and disadvantages of living with humans.

Genevieve's memoirs of the first two and a half years of her life include a trip to obedience school, the terrors of the veterinarian, and her first birthday party. Her observations cover familiar territory, but are never cliché nor typical. Genevieve explains, for instance, why humans are wrong when they attach reasons to everything canines do: "Sometimes we chew on the curtains, not because we're bored, but because they're waving around, making fun of us."

Early in the book Genevieve tells the touching story of how Denny resisted when Katrina attempted to bring a pet into their lives. His first dog, Sardo, had been the family pet for fourteen years, and after he died, Denny had avoided committing to another one. Nonetheless, Katrina continued to look for the right dog should he change his mind. Only when Denny found the cute pet toys that Katrina had hidden away in their closet--just in case he changed his mind--did he give in: "The thought of poor Katrina wandering around the store, picking out toys for a dog that wasn't to be, melted his heart."

The Appendix provides a quick quiz to answer the question that many canines must have asked about their owners, titled, "How Intelligent Is Your Human?" Genevieve measures intelligence in humans by whether or not they possess the keen logic skills of a canine.

11. What does your human do when you lick his face?

a) Jerks his head away. 0 points

b) Closeshis eyes and makes a face. 1 point

c) Looks at you and smiles. 2 points

d) Licks you back. 3 points

The higher you score, it seems, the closer you are to intelligence.

Genevieve has received the aid of Dennis Fried, Ph.D., or Denny, to put this narrative onto paper. Memoirs of a Papillon is well written and provides humorous insight into exactly what your pet is thinking. For non-pet owners, it should help clarify what they are missing by failing to bring a Papillon into their life. Genevieve has fashioned a book that will further lift the veil on the relationships between canines and humans.

Internet Book Watch
Wonderfully witty, Memoirs Of A Papillon: The Canine Guide To Living With Humans Without Going Mad is the story of Genevieve, a two-year-old papillon, who "comments" to dog owners through her human companion Dennis Fried on such diverse issues as driving tips for dogs, the tragedy of doorbells in television commercials, measuring the intelligence of humans, finding a reason for cats, how prehistoric dogs saved the caveman's bacon, converting a home into an agility course, and productive kitchen behavior. This little compendium of canine wisdom and insight is a "must" for all dog lovers and companions!
—Internet Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967933504
  • Publisher: Eiffel Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 820,755
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    What a true account of living with dogs...I mean living with humans.

    Genevieve really hit the nail on the head. She is so smart and really explains alot of what my dogs do and why they do it. I just "get it" now. I fell so in love with Genevieve that we are now Facebook friends! She is one of the best authors I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    This is one funny book

    This is one of the funniest books that I have read in a long time. It would be funny to someone who didn't even know what a papillon was, but as an owner, I can see my guys nodding their head in agreement with Genevieve's lighthearted approach to everyday life situations. Denny, Genevieve's translator, does a great job in putting her thoughts into words that even a child can understand. This book is an easy read, even after a hard day at work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Literary Pearls from a Papillon

    Another delightful look into Miss Genevieve's world through her eyes. She doesn't miss much and definitely tells it like it is. This little Papillon (7 lbs on a good day...) will have you laughing out loud. If you are owned by or know a Papillon (Ms. Poppyseed and Mr. Ricco, that means you!), prepare to double the laugh quotient! Ms. G. will personally 'paw' gift copies, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Absolutely WONDERFUL!

    I laughed my way through this book! When I finished, I actually thought to myself, 'Wow, Geneveive really knows how to write a good book!' My 13-year-old daughter enjoyed it so much, she used it for her book report (A+)! HIGHLY recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Hysterically funny

    Genevieve will have you rolling on the floor laughing. She has a wicked sense of humor. Any dog lover will enjoy her explanation of the Papillon attitude toward life. Small dog owners will really relate. I too am hoping that Genevieve not only writes a sequel, but that she does a whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Hysterical!

    This book is so funny. I couldn't put it down. Anyone with a dog with spunk will relate to the dog's view of this story. It is well written and easy to read. I'd read 60 pages in a flash, laughing the entire time. I truly hope Genevieve is planning a sequel soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    FUNNY, FUNNY, AND MORE FUNNY

    This book is a must read for all dog owners. I wolud read this book over and over again. I love that little papillon. No books get funnier then 'Memoirs of a Papillon'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Humorous and Entertaining!

    Intersting perspective to write a book from a dog's point of view. It was clever and well written. Dennis Fried captured Genevieve's personality in a humorous and entertaining way. I could see Genevieve barking at the doorbell, hiding under furniture with just her cute nose poking out, and zooming around the house. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Debbie Acton October 10, 2000

    For those of you who really want to laugh your back ends off, this is the book you've GOT to have. Written with lots of imagination and humor it had me laughing over and over. Who would have thought our dogs knew all this stuff. Just goes to show that even though one is born in a 'Home for Unwed Mothers' they can really make something of themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    A must read for anyone owned by a dog!

    Genevieve gives great insite to how our dogs perceive us. It also helps us to understand what goes on in the heads of our beloved pets and how what we do and say seems just a bit odd to them. Miss G is truly a talented little Pap, and rules her home with much grace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    Memoirs of a Papillon - Wonderful

    I absolutely loved this book. The writing was very clever and hilarious and had me laughing all the way through it. I especially loved the chapter on elementary education, and how the trainer who Genevieve called the terminator, was written. You could really visualize what was going on in Genevieve¿s little tricky mind, and laugh about how she was going to outwit Judy the trainer. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves animals and likes to be entertained. Funny, funny, funny!

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