In his first book, John O'Hurley wrote of the many life lessons he'd learned from dogs' lessons that carried him from the New England woods of his childhood to his life today as an award-winning actor, composer, and writer amidst the bright lights of Hollywood. Now, in Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It, John once again finds himself seeking the wisdom of a canine companion. After years of parenting pets, last December, he became a father to his first child, William. Along with the many new joys of being a dad, John faced a new set of challenges' and it was Scoshi, his wizened white Maltese and faithful confidant for nearly two decades, who, at every turn, pointed the way.
At once poignant, profound, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the joys of parenting pets and children alike, and further testament to the enduring wisdom of man's best friend.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
The Arrival 1
The Fishing Gets Better If You Roll on the Worms 21
Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It 35
On Skunks, Poison Ivy, and Little League 51
A Good Gorilla Is Tough to Find 71
When All Is Said and Done, More Was Said Than Done 83
The Authentic Walk 95
Remember to Put the "U" in Humor 115
On Watches and Wallets: How to Spend Time and Money 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My husband went to a book signing in November 2007 and actually sat thru a reading by John O'Hurley. He loved what he heard and instantly connected O'Hurley with the J. Peterman character from Seinfeld.
He convinced my husband that it would be an unforgettable event to cut the cord when our daughter was born (Feb. 2008) he was undecided prior to their meeting. We proceeded to hold onto the book and read it in the hospital after her birth. We both enjoyed it immensely and I've recommended it to several couples that are expecting.
Highly recommend it!!
This book is both witty and inspirational. Each chapter speaks of a life lesson, summarized by his dog, Scoshi. John O'Hurley often talks through the dog's point of view for the "lesson", yet shares with the reader his life experiences, both triumphs and (often times) embarassing pitfalls, as a way to pass on what he has learned to his son (and maybe to many sons and daughters out there). I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for inspirational reading for yourself or another. You will laugh a lot and sometimes shed a tear. I'm buying multiple copies and including this in a gift package of readings and videos to my two nieces, who are now new mothers themselves. I would highly recommend the audio version of this book; John O'Hurley does the reading and his style of humor is something to be experienced, if you've never heard him talk.
After enjoying the 1st book, I was looking forward to the further insights of O Hurley. This book is beautiful...It is of course humorous, but the messages to his son and his outlook on life are uplifting and a a loving tribute to being a dad.
This humorous work provides an imaginative framework for serving up nuggets of wisdom. If you can make the leap that a family dog is imparting insights about life, you'll find this a breezy and quite enjoyable book.