My Life with George: Surviving Life with the King of the Canines

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When Judith Summers met George, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it was love at first sight. George was seemingly the perfect puppy, brimming with love and joy. But it wasn't long before King George ruled the roost in Judith's home. Willful, possessive, and badly behaved, he refused to eat anything other than organic roast chicken and suffered from every allergy and illness under the sun. On top of that, George was accident-prone. But just as his naughtiness was boundless, so was his devotion to Judith and her ...

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When Judith Summers met George, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it was love at first sight. George was seemingly the perfect puppy, brimming with love and joy. But it wasn't long before King George ruled the roost in Judith's home. Willful, possessive, and badly behaved, he refused to eat anything other than organic roast chicken and suffered from every allergy and illness under the sun. On top of that, George was accident-prone. But just as his naughtiness was boundless, so was his devotion to Judith and her young son. A foot-warmer on cold nights, a good listener, and a fierce (okat, not so fierce) protector, George was always by their side—and much of the time underfoot. My Life with George is a memorable and moving story of how, after one woman's tragic loss, an impossible but adorable dog named George changes her life.

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"The sentiment is keen, the journey captivating and the pain heightened by the charming honesty of the writing."—Good Housekeeping

"Humorous and poignant, reminiscent of John Grogran's Marley & Me."—Library Journal (starred review)

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"The sentiment is keen, the journey captivating and the pain heightened by the charming honesty of the writing."
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Coping with the loss in an 11-day period of both her ebullient husband and her beloved father in 1998, Summers, then the mother of a nine-year-old son, bought a puppy to fill the gaping emptiness in their lives. From his first night in his new London house, George, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, proved he was top dog when he finagled his way into Summers's bed. George's piercing barks could only be quieted by an early morning nosh; he vomited on carpets and beds after swallowing a foam ball; rang up astronomical bills at the vet and dental hygienist for frequent illnesses and mishaps; and ran off one of Summers's beaus with licking, farting and neediness. Summers's spiteful cat, who peed on the couch and let George take the rap, was sent packing to an animal refuge. George was devastated when Summers split with another boyfriend who pampered him with take-out Chinese, and the pooch survived a vicious attack by a bull terrier on Hampstead Heath. Although unnecessarily expanded from a newspaper article, Summers's (Casanova's Women) genial, sweet Marley-wannabe tale should appeal to other pet owners whose rambunctious animals dominate their existence. (Nov. 6)

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In a period of one month, author Summers (Casanova's Women; Dear Sister) lost her husband and her father and was left to fend for herself and her eight-year-old son, Joshua. Her memoir recalls her emergence from grief and her son's journey to adulthood with the help of one bossy, poorly trained, beautiful Cavalier King Charles spaniel named George. Not knowing how to rouse herself from her paralyzing mourning, Summers agreed to her son's request to purchase a dog. From the start, George was demanding. Roasted chicken was his diet of choice. Summers's bed, even when it was occupied by a new romantic partner, was his chosen spot for rest. Shredding papers, particularly notes for a new book, was his preferred form of exercise. George was accident prone and disposed to skin and ear problems, and the vet bills added up. Yet, Summers concludes, "George found us when we were lost, and anchored us when we were adrift." Humorous and poignant, reminiscent of John Grogan's Marley & Me, this charming book is highly recommended for public library pet and self-help collections.
—Florence Scarinci

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401340858
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Summers is the author of four novels and two non-fiction books. She has written widely on the 18th century and the history of London, where she lives with her son.

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