Spotted in France: A Dog's Life . . . On the Road

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Gregory Edmont is just another American sojourning in Paris . . . until he adopts a sophisticated Dalmatian named JP. Suddenly his life is charmed: He’s met with smiles every time he and JP step out, acquaintances become friends, and the City of Lights becomes home. The good fortune continues as the rest of France beckons, and the duo set off on a mission of love.They leap into action after a call from the eccentric Dalmatian breeder, Madame Clix: JP’s services are needed to sire a new litter of puppies in ...

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Overview

Gregory Edmont is just another American sojourning in Paris . . . until he adopts a sophisticated Dalmatian named JP. Suddenly his life is charmed: He’s met with smiles every time he and JP step out, acquaintances become friends, and the City of Lights becomes home. The good fortune continues as the rest of France beckons, and the duo set off on a mission of love.They leap into action after a call from the eccentric Dalmatian breeder, Madame Clix: JP’s services are needed to sire a new litter of puppies in Provence. The adventure begins with a near-arrest, as the French authorities question the legality of a two-wheeling Dalmatian. They escape, but the roller-coaster of a journey includes a breakdown or two, a coven of witches (who thankfully possess scooter-repairing skills), eleven-course meals at five-star restaurants (JP is served from a silver platter), a cleaver-bearing butcher’s wife, and much more. When they finally arrive at their destination, they discover the power of love . . . just not quite as anyone expected. Amusing and poignant, it examines the role of fate in our lives and surprises us with its unexpected twists and turns.

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"John Steinbeck and his beloved Charley have nothing on Gregory Edmont and his sophisticated Dalmation, J.P. . . . they take us on a funny, mesmerizing, and unexpectedly poignant adventure."—Jon Katz, author of The New Work of Dogs and A Dog Year"Wonderful and quite funny..."—Chicago Tribune"An entertaining and fast-paced tale of adventure..."—Dog Fancy (starred review)"The numerous endearing and eccentric characters will have the reader in sticthes...magical."—Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592287369
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,503,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Edmont writes for film and television. He divides his time among New York, London, and France.

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JP's sad eyes penetrated mine. I looked into the office window of the gendarmerie from the parking lot where we had been "impounded" for more than three hours while [the young gendarme] researched the legality of dogs on scooters.
JP mounted the scooter, panting. I could feel his thought: Why are we sitting here? And I was thinking: Why didn't I turn left and let JP play with the Labrador? Let's go, [JP] whimpered.
It was tempting: There was enough room for a scooter to squeeze past the barrier, and I had all my [identification] papers. I was infused with that naive invincibility one sometimes feels in a foreign place, where ignorance of the law is an excuse. I slid up the kickstand and rolled JP past the barrier. My chest was pounding. I didn't dare look again in the direction of the office, but focused instead on the open road beckoning us. I pushed the scooter harder, faster, and when I was sure we were safely enough away, started the motor.
I accelerated until my heart stopped racing. As the countryside replaced villages, bright ribbons of red and yellow began to form ahead of us, glimmering in the sunlight on the horizon. With the warm wind in my hair (my helmet was strapped to my arm, which definitely was against the law), I felt a proud exhilaration. Being pursued for no real crime seemed unlikely, and getting caught seemed like an impossibility; but even if we were to end up behind bars, it would have been worth it for this moment of thrill. As if sensing this, JP turned his muzzle up and out to let the full force of the air into his mouth, sucking it in. I revved the engine as high as it would go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    Delectible Dining with a most Delightful Dalmation

    Entertaining, clever and witty, and a true love story for all animal lovers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Okay, I admit it.

    I'm a cat person and when I heard about this 'dog book-travelog' that's going to be a film, I thought I'd slam it--no pet could be a better traveler than my Siam. Was I wrong. Not because Siam is any less humanlike than the star of Spotted in France, but because this is not a dog book OR a travelog. It's an insightful study of human nature and European culture, and just a wonderful, magical story. It's probably one of the best books I've read in ten years. Can't wait to see the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Captures Life with a Liver and White Dalmatian

    Utterly CHARMING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    Light hearted 'Incredible Journey' Travel/Adventure

    Very entertaining and absorbing book. The culture of France, the countryside and the people all come to life in this light hearted and spirited adventure. Great for those warm sunny Sunday afternoon get-a-book-and-read days.

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