Thursday, March 08, 2012

Early Review: Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know by Jeff Johnson, Hy Conrad

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All
Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know
by Jeff Johnson, Hy Conrad

Expected publication date: April 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks

Why do dogs always dash to a rug when they have to throw up? Why do they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby? And why are they always absolutely starving? Get the inside scoop on the other half of the conversation in this lively, clever gift book filled with unforgettable canines who will tell you the truth about dogs—every last dirty, hairy bit of it. Peppered with charmingly devious photos and "my dog does that too!" stories that any dog-lover will recognize, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know is a must-have for anyone who has a soft spot for a pooch. It's a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.



My Review

When I first saw this book available for review on Netgalley, I just knew I had to read it. I knew it would be charming and fun, but it turned out to be so much better than I expected! 

"Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All" is a very short, very cute book. In it, we're first introduced to our lovely canine characters, all of different breeds, ages, behaviors, families and opinions. (and, oh, boy, do they have opinions! LOL). Then we get to read their stories. Their narratives are hilarious! You can actually picture your dog thinking like that. 

I, for once, know I'll never look at mine the same way again. They tell us about how they hate their names, how they disagree with humans about parenting, about how they are the ones who run the household, about how confused they are about why they can't eat those awful shoes or drink from the toilet, and about how much they love their human friends... it's very heart-warming. 

The authors were able to really capture the goodness and innocence of dogs. You can't be mad at them when you see the special way they see the world and their own actions. All they want to do is please their owners... but sometimes their naive actions don't get the exact outcome they expected. And they can't wrap their heads around it. Just like us. LOL.

One of my favorite quotes:
"Did I turn up my nose and say "No thanks, I just ate. Why don't I save this for tomorroy?" No, that would have been rude. And dogs aren't rude. Cats are."
Dog lovers will go crazy with this book!!

You know this book is going to be great just looking at the authors. Hy Conrad writes for television (he's one of the original writers for Monk!).Currently he is a writer and consulting producer on the TV show "White Collar." Jeff Johnson works in advertising and wrote THE HOURGLASS SOLUTION: A BOOMER'S GUIDE TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

So, if you love dogs and enjoy humor, you'll love Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know. I did. :D

* I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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