A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching cross-country RV trip into the heart of America’s relationship with dogs.
“I don’t think my dog likes me very much,” New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey. Over the next four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his canine companion attempt to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world.
On the way, Denizet-Lewis—known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life—meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog’s poop.
Travels With Casey is a delightfully idiosyncratic blend of memoir and travelogue coupled with an exploration of a dog-loving America. What does our relationship to our dogs tell us about ourselves and our values? Denizet-Lewis explores those questions—and his own canine-related curiosities and insecurities—during his unforgettable road trip through our dog-loving nation.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer with The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College. He is the author of Travels With Casey, America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, and has contributed to Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Details, Slate, Salon, Out, and many others. Denizet-Lewis lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Follow him @BenoitDLewis.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
1 In which Casey hates the RV 15
2 In which dog-loving humans (okay, New Yorkers) behave badly 51
3 In which Casey and I encounter cats, cows, PETA, and the "dog-poop lady" 81
4 In which I drive down Hillbilly Circle, up Wit's End Way, and past Hell for Certain Road 113
5 In which Florida isn't nearly as awful as I expected it to be 136
6 In which I cry over dogs in West Texas, hire a bed bug exterminator in New Mexico, and meet gay cowboys in Colorado 167
7 In which Casey gets a little sister 199
8 In which I hang out with Cesar Millan, homeless teenagers, and my former middle school English teacher turner dog masseur 226
9 In which we hightail it home, with some heartbreak along the way 259
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a shame. Taking a potentially heartwarming tale full of potential in regards to visiting canine related resorts and escapades and reducing it to a gay tale of angst and loneliness. Its a book about travels with an aging dog! Not a romantic desperate display of loneliness. So much potential lost. What a shame.
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I loved Casey, Benoit not so much. And unfortunately the book is more about the author than his wonderful dog. I had hoped to see the trip through Casey's eyes. I also feel the author used this as his "soap box" leaving me upset at times about animal abuse. I enjoyed the beginning because it took place in my state (Virginia).
disappointing; some interesting facts this dog lover didn't know but not the travelogue I hoped
First off the front cover was delightful with Casey holding a post card, loved the pose of his feet, his loving eyes caught me, I was anxious to get into the book. We are introduced to Gold a psychoanalyst. I quite enjoyed their conversation and the bit about Freud. If you love dogs or don't, either way this book will grab pull in. Feeling good along with daily life and a little sadness, this book covers it all. I was emotionally touched by the author's sharing some of his personal life and friends with us. I just felt for some of the nice people he met along the way. While reading I was taking notes of books he suggested helped him. I think my favorite part in the book if I had to chose was they stay in Marfa area. To the border patrol stop to the San Antonio largest animal shelter. I am glad he sheds light on this. I had lived in the area for several years. If I could I would give this author a hug. His writings restores my faith a little in humans that there are still some good people left in the world out there. Dog lover or not I don't see how you could not like this book. I loved it. I do not care what the other reviews had to say give this book a read.
I quit reading after about 50 pages. The book is terrible.