- Title: From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us about Life, Death, and Being Human
- Author: B.J. Hollars
- ISBN: 9780803277298
- Page: 246
- Format: Hardcover
What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of man s best friend And broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four legged brethren managed to enrich our lives Why do we love them What can we learn from them And why is it so difficult to say good bye Join B.J Hollars as he attempts to find out beginning with an ancient dog cemetery in Ashkelon, IWhat is it that dogs have done to earn the title of man s best friend And broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four legged brethren managed to enrich our lives Why do we love them What can we learn from them And why is it so difficult to say good bye Join B.J Hollars as he attempts to find out beginning with an ancient dog cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel, and moving to the present day.Hollars s firsthand reports recount a range of stories the arduous existence of a shelter officer, a woman s relentless attempt to found a senior dog adoption facility, a family s struggle to create a one of a kind orthotic for its bulldog, and the particular bond between a blind woman and her Seeing Eye dog The book culminates with Hollars s own cross country journey to Hartsdale Pet Cemetery the country s largest and oldest pet cemetery to begin the long overdue process of laying his own childhood dog to rest.Through these stories, Hollars reveals much about our pets but even about the humans who share their lives, providing a much needed reminder that the world would be a better place if we took a few cues from man s best friends.
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I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.From the Mouths of Dogs is definitely a book for the dog lover. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on pet cemetaries (to be distinguished from Stephen King’s Pet Semetary), services dogs, dog othortotics and the often dark times of those that toil in the animal welfare field. Not for the faint of heart, it is nevertheless a very balanced treatment of a very sensitive subject of animal con [...]
Review: From The Mouths of Dogs - What Our Pets Teach us About Life, Death and Being Human by B.J. Hollars Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (30 November 2015) ISBN: 978-0803277298 Source: NetGalley Rating: 4* Synopsis:What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of “man’s best friend”? And more broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four-legged brethren managed to enrich our lives? Why do we love them? What can we learn from them? And why is it so difficult t [...]
I received this book through Bookcon. I picked it up because it was free. It is a very moving story and emotional. It is a short book. I loved the lessons and the quotes throughout the book.
From the Mouths of Dogs does not simply look at what dogs teach us through the general act of being our companions but what they teach us in times of difficulty or pain. Though some aspects of the book will make any dog lover tear up, these instances are examined for what we as humans learn. Some of the lessons come from talking with a county humane officer, a blind woman who uses a guide dog, a pet cemetery owner as well as others involved in taking in dogs or building aids for dogs with physic [...]
I probably wouldn't have read this book if I hadn't just acquired a new dog. The fact that I am besotted with my new furry friend didn't make me like this book--though I did find that the stories in this non-fiction account of dog-owners' love for their animals squared entirely with my own experience. I enjoyed it because the writing is good, and the book blends philosophical ponderings and anecdotes very skillfully. Animal owners of all breeds and types will enjoy this romp through the memories [...]
*Many thanks to the University of Nebraska Press for providing an ARC!*Every pet owner should read this book. It's so beautiful. I got really emotional reading about these people and their experiences. They make such a great work and care so much for the animals. My childhood dog passed away last year (she was 16, I'm 25) and I still miss her every day. I got a new dog a few days ago and I'm starting all over again, because my first dog taught me all the lessons we find in these stories. Their l [...]
As a dog lover, this book is a must. I cried in parts but it was just an honest doggy book. Very Informative and a lovely read
From the Mouths of Dogs focuses on the realities of human/animal relationships by showing us the lessons every dog can teach us. This book follows the author, B.J. Hollars, as he interviews various dog lovers and their furry friends who, together, have experienced all walks of life, including a shelter officer who places the health and lives of animals before her very own, a couple who built a shelter from the ground up dedicated exclusively to senior dogs, a family with the dream of creating a [...]
This review originally appeared on my blog at gimmethatbook.Thanks to the University of Nebraska Press for providing this ARC!Author BJ Hollars has a unique writing style, at times wonderfully evocative, and at others somewhat cloying. He is great at describing the scene, whether it’s a dreary shelter or a well furnished blind woman’s home (he realizes that the decorations are for the sighted visitors, in an “aha” moment that pulled me up short, as did him).He is also unashamed to descri [...]
If you love animals, you need to read From the Mouths of Dogs. The book is a powerful tribute to our beloved pets and a testament to how much they influence our lives. Hollars also addresses issues we often shy away from discussing.Through the chapters, Hollars interviews a wide range of people about their experiences, from humane officers and a woman running an adoption facility for senior dogs to the family of Bruiser, a bulldog whose impairments require a specially designed orthotic. Hollars [...]
Wonderfully written with lots of insight and love for man's (and woman's) best friend. I was nervous at first not wanting to read stories of animal abuse and the author covers in the second (?) chapter that while awful cases are out there, he doesn't want to tell them - phew! I enjoyed the momentum of the stories and the intertwining of them as well. A great read!
First let me be fair and say that as a book about dogs, it doesn't need to do too much to impress me. But these chapters weave dog-loss grief delicately while also giving some great insights to various dog related activities (older dog adoption, work dogs, animal welfare agents, euthanasia). A lovely book.
If I hadn't attended BJ Hollars' talk and book signing at The Mark Twain House recently, I wouldn't have heard of him or his books. The talk was delightful -- BJ struck me as a kind, compassionate, and generous person. I finished the bok two days after the talk and while it was very good, a part of me wished there was a chapter on hearing-ear dogs for the deaf.
I enjoyed reading this book and the many ways pets effect our lives in the here and now and after. At times the book mad me sad as I just had a fur kid cross over the bridge so assume some stories were just to close to home.
Be positive, don't believe in can't, live your life with hope, don't judge a book by it's cover and help others anyway you can.
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