You Tell Your Dog First

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You Tell Your Dog First…

About the date you just had…about the questionable results of a medical test…about the good and the bad…about everything.

For years, award-winning author Alison Pace was a dog person without a dog. And then, she got Carlie—a feisty and fluffy West Highland white terrier. She could weed out bad boyfriends with a sniff of her button-black nose and win the hearts of lifelong friends with an adoring gaze. Suddenly, Alison ...

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You Tell Your Dog First…

About the date you just had…about the questionable results of a medical test…about the good and the bad…about everything.

For years, award-winning author Alison Pace was a dog person without a dog. And then, she got Carlie—a feisty and fluffy West Highland white terrier. She could weed out bad boyfriends with a sniff of her button-black nose and win the hearts of lifelong friends with an adoring gaze. Suddenly, Alison had a constant companion and confidante, who went with her on long morning rambles in Central Park, on trips to the country and the beach, and on her search for inner peace, love, and happiness. Through Carlie, Alison found herself connected to the world as never before.

With her trademark warmth, wit and humor, Alison shares her stories…the tales of a dog person who found her dog.

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For years, there was something missing in Alison Pace's life. It wasn't boyfriends; they came and went with disturbing frequency. No what lacking was a constant companion, someone who listen sympathetically to all her problems and be there, tail wagging, for all good news. You Tell Your Dog First renders the story of how the author of Pug Hill filled that void with Carlie, an elegant and sometimes rambunctious West Highland white terrier. A well-turned, six-footed love story; a trade paperback and NOOK original.

From the Publisher
"Alison Pace's You Tell Your Dog First is a collection of heartwarming, soul-filling, funny and eerily relatable pooch inspired essays. This book is a great gift for dog lovers and those that want to understand them better. I loved this book."

-Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof

"A remarkably sweet and affecting tale of inner growth."

(Kirkus Reviews on PUG HILL )

"Smart and witty."

(Library Journal on PUG HILL )

"Endearing...craftily portraying the balancing act between work and play, family (be it four-legged or two) and friends, and food and fasting."

(Publishers Weekly on THROUGH THICK AND THIN )

Kirkus Reviews
A popular writer whose fiction often features dogs (A Pug's Tale, 2011, etc.) lets fans in on the events in her life that served as inspiration. Pace's 2008 novel City Dog starred her beloved Carlie, a West Highland white terrier who is also pictured on the cover of this memoir. When she was 29, a confirmed New Yorker with two published novels under her belt, the author decided that, while she would like to find the man of her dreams, what she wanted most was a dog to share her life. Coming from a suburban home in Long Island filled with canines, this was not too surprising. Her family was so seriously into dogs, she writes, that when they gathered for holidays, the stories they would share were all about their pets; she still dates major events by which dogs they had at any given time. A feature writer with an advance on a third novel, she was working from home and able to care for a dog even in a city apartment. The first hurdle was finding a rental apartment that accepted pets, near enough to Central Park for dog-walking. That done, Pace settled on a 13-month-old Westie trained to be a show dog but disqualified by bow legs. Carlie quickly became the center of her besotted new owner's life. The author shares her experiences accustoming a nervous pet to city living, taking her along to social events and vetting prospective suitors based on how they hit it off with Carlie. Stranger-than-fiction moments include the discovery that another neighborhood Westie and Carlie were half siblings and the author's encounter in the park with a fellow Westie owner who became her therapist. A charming memoir about the special joys of having a pet and the ups and downs of single living.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425255872
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,555,236
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Pace is the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had A Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick And Thin, City Dog, and A Pug’s Tale.  Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including Howl: A Collection Of The Best Contemporary Dog Wit. She lives in New York City where she is at work on another book.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Wonderful, with wisdom and humor

    Alison Pace is an author known for her “dog lit” books, but for many years she has a been a dog lover without a dog. She grew up with numerous dogs of many shapes and sizes always being a huge part of her family. You Tell Your Dog First is a story of how a dog person without a dog completes her life by finding the perfect dog for her.

    Alison writes a series of short stories or essays in her book You Tell Your Dog First of living a dogless life. Living in New York it is not easy to find a dog friendly apartment, but she proves if you want it bad enough you can make it happen. Myself, not being a dog person, rolled my eyes and sighed a few times at some of the extremes, like arranging her schedule so Carly would be at he dog park at the right time meet her “friends” or going to a therapist because Carly liked to go. But again I am not a dog person, but I do rearrange my schedule and do things just cause of my kids so I could easily relate.

    I enjoyed that this was a dogs story, but also the owners story. Her struggles with places to live, where to work, if the works she was doing is what she should be doing, and of course the trials that come with dating and finding Mr. Right. Many times I could relate and sympathize with Alison.

    Alison’s writing is wonderful. Wisdom and humor are so easy to enjoy and read. You can truly feel Alison’s joy in finding her dog mate. You Tell Your Dog First is a quick read that any dog lover should definitely check out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Who right that much these days guys


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