My Life in Dog Years

My Life in Dog Years

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My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen

Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440414711
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 47,396
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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I am--I say this with some pride and not a little wonder--a "dog person." I make no excuses for unabashedly loving them--all of them, even some that have bitten me. I have always had dogs and will have dogs until I die. I have rescued dozens of dogs from pounds, always have five or six of them around me, and cannot imagine living without dogs. They are wonderful and, I think, mandatory for decent human life.

All that said, there are some dogs that are different, special in amazing ways....

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My Life in Dog Years 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so cool. I always knew Gary had dogs, but I never knew that he had so many of them!!! I liked Snowball and Rex in paticular. But Josh is my favorite! I would just love to have a dog like him. he sounds so fun to live with!!! This is my favorite of all Gary paulsen's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a Gary Pulsin fan abd even though i haven't read this book i know that it is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!(;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!! I loved it!!!!! :>) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read lots of gary paulsen books but this one is about the dogs that he loves. My favorite part is the dedecation. It is ssssssooooooo moving, i never thought that a dog could be so brave! You have GOT to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book I read about dogs and pets literature. I thought that this book was the most interesting I ever read. I loved it from beginning to end. An outstanding beautifully and excellent written book. To take readers into his life. I read it 5 times for real!!!!! And recommended it and my family and friends loved it!!! If you want something about pets lives that are amazing in many ways read this book. I know you'll love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is great. First of all because I love dogs and Gary Paulson's books. Second he tells about his dogs while at the same time he tells about his life. He had an interesting life so the book was Great. E-mail me and tell me some books you like. I love books about the outdoors. Happy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book hope you read it XD
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This was a very unique book. I enjoyed every chapter, as I learned about each new dog that passed through Gary Paulsen's life. All of them true stories, of course. I do like the author's writing style very much, and it's amazing how descriptive the book is. I'd pick it up and read it again! I loved each & every one of these dog's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this like 20 times every time wondering how cool it would be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who absolutely loves dogs! It tells of all the stories of Gary Paulsen and his many dogs throughout his life. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book as part of a school project/bookreport. It had to be about animals - and it was recommended by the staff at B&N. While my daughter would have perhaps preferred a Geronimo Stilton Book originally (she loves that series) - we recognized the need for more "challenging" material. What a pleasant surprise this book was! Although we don't own a dog (just a cat)-- we were all drawn into the stories she shared with us from the book -- and impressed at how she (at age 10) was able to relate to the author's life lessons along the way. It was sad at times, and joyful at others. But it truly demonstrated why Dog is man's best friend!
WillT7E More than 1 year ago
My life in Dog Years is a great memoir about the dogs Gary Paulson has raised through his lifetime. Each chapter has a different story about one of the many dogs he has owned. In one of the chapters, Gary, at the age of seven, lived in Vietnam during the war, and there obviously weren't very many kids living there at that time. So, as you can imagine Gary was lonely and he wanted a friend, and one day found a black puppy with a perfect white circle on its side, but there was a problem. The dog belonged to a butcher and the butcher was planning on eating the dog, plus the butcher wasn't just going to give up his food without a price! My opinion: This is great book that is exciting, happy, and sad. I would recommend this book to any middle school student that has feelings for dogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book i have ever read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that evrybody should read this book. If you like dogs this would be the right book for you to read.He talks alot about his life and all of the dogs he had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book of people who like to read about the outdoors. It is about a Boy named Brian was got to see his dad and he was on a small plan. The pilot had a heart attack and Brain landed the plan. So if you like outdoors this book is for you
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book by Gary Paulson, telling all about all the dogs that he had had in his lifetime, and how they had made an impact on him. It was very enjoyable, though sad in some parts, and it led me to read his other books. He is a great author, and I love his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book that Gary tells about all his dogs in his lifetime. From Cookie to Josh this book was an enjoyable book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This true story really touches your heart. It tells the story of how Gary paulsen started with dogs, and how he has lived with them all of his life. If you are a dog-lover, this book is an amazing story for you. If you are not a dog-lover, it will make you love them, and want to have experiences as Gary Paulsen did with them. From the first dog to the last, this auto-biography, will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time. Overall it is a great book that everyone should read, and one of my personal favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book every year to my fifth grade students and every one of them loves it! It's an excellent read-aloud book, it hooks the reader with a combination of realism, tenderness, and laugh-out-loud funniness. I never get bored reading it again, the kids love the main subject- dogs! At their age they have a dog or want a dog and can't get enough of Gary Paulsen's dogs. Don't pass it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very unique because it's a story about his life and it's also about the animal he cherishes, dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Life in Dog Years Gary Paulsen By: Sadie Edwards For those of us that like dogs, My Life in Dog Years by Paulsen Paulson is a perfect fit. As a dog lover Paulsen takes the reader through his life using his dogs to explain how his life was at that moment. The most unique thing is that every dog tells its own story. Each of these animals impacts Paulsen’s life and it seems that they were his best friends. Reading this book is a must for someone that enjoys animals and doesn’t mind a few tear jerker moments. This book is dedicated to a dog that he stated he has written about numerous times. The dog that courageously saved his life. The dedication of the book to Cookie shows how important these pets, companions, and best friends were to him. In this story, Paulsen explains that he was trapping beaver and was near part of a pond that had thinner ice. He had left the dogs to rest and was walking over the icy pond when the ice broke and he fell through. His yells woke Cookie and she could wake the other dogs and pull him out of the ice-cold water. In my opinion, this sets the tone for the book. This dedication shows the love that he had for his dogs and the love and loyalty they showed to him. Paulsen’s first dog was Snowball. He was seven years old and was living in the Philippines where his dad was stationed in the Army. Paulsen explains that he was having difficulty adjusting to life there because his parents were always gone and he had a hard time making friends. Paulsen begged his mother to save Snowball from being eaten and he and the dog became instant friends. This dog also saved Paulsen’s life by killing a poisonous snake. When it was time for Paulsen and his family to return home, Paulsen had convinced his mother and father to fill out the paperwork to allow Snowball to come home with them. About two weeks before their departure, Snowball was killed. An Army truck had hit the dog and Paulsen had to leave his friend behind. The next dog that had an impact on Paulsen’s life was Ike. Paulsen advised that he spent much of his time by himself because he was very shy. He stated that his parents were alcoholics and this resulted in him being a very lonely child. At the age of 12, Paulsen received a rifle and decided to begin hunting. He hunted most days but was still lonely. He wanted someone that he could share his adventures with. Paulsen took up duck hunting and wasn’t necessarily great at it. It was especially hard for him to retrieve the ducks from the water. As if his pleas were heard, a dog shows up out of nowhere in the woods. This dog looked to be fed and it acted as if it wanted to hunt. It was in fact a hunting dog. Once the first duck was shot, the dog retrieved it and allowed Paulsen to look at the tag that was around his neck. This dog’s name was Ike but there was no other information on the tag. Ike would meet Paulsen and hunt and then they would separate at the bridge. Ike never traveled home with Paulsen. One morning after many, many hunting trips and shared sandwiches, Ike didn’t show up. It was thirty years later, and Paulsen was giving a presentation about sled dogs at a store that a veteran came to him to tell him about his own dog. The veteran said that the dog was a lab and that they had hunted until the veteran had lost the use of his legs. When he came home wounded, the dog did not leave his side. Paulsen asked the veteran the dog’s name and the veteran said Ike. Paulsen is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Engaging
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book but cute dogs +death means I'm crying. But I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, you should get this book. If you are doubting what I just said, think about who this is coming from. A elementary school teacher who loves a little laugh and reading here and there. I will not tell you all the details, but it is a wonderful book, and yes, you should get it.