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Good dog : true stories of love, loss, and loyalty
DiBenedetto, David, editor.
First edition.
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New York, NY : HarperWave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
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xiv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Inspired by Garden & Gun magazine's popular Good Dog column, [this is a] collection of true stories celebrating the unique relationship between humans and their canine companions, penned by some of today's top writers, including Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, and P.J. O'Rourke"
My life in dog years / Troublemakers. Appetite for destruction / Into the field. The trophy huntress / Man's best friend. Lapdog / Family ties. A marriage for the dogs / Life lessons. Swim team
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Garden & Gun magazine's aptly named Good Dog column is one of the publication's most popular features. Now editor in chief David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun have gathered their favorite essays as well as original pieces for this must-read collection of dog ownership, companionship, and kinship. 

By turns humorous, inspirational, and poignant, Good Dog offers beautifully crafted stories from such notable writers as P. J. O'Rourke, Jon Meacham, and Roy Blount, Jr. From the troublemakers who can't be fenced in to the lifelong companions who never leave our sides, this one-of-a-kind anthology showcases man's best friend through all of his most endearing (and maddening) attributes.

Author Notes

Gardem & Gun is an award winning national magazine. It focuses on the Southern life and culture. It includes such areas as sports, food, music, art, literature, and Southern people and their ideas. Two of their previous books, The Southerner's Handbook and Good Dog, were New York Times bestsellers. The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories is their latest book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Editor in chief of Garden & Gun DiBenedetto shepherds this heartwarming collection of over 50 essays culled from the magazine column that celebrates canines in all their glory. Given the Garden & Gun's editorial focus, it's expected that there are so many outdoorsmen extolling the virtues of their hunting dogs. The collection is mostly light and reverential but the selection verges on redundancy. Luckily, essays such as Roy Blount's charming piece on why he shouldn't have a dog, Bronwen Dickey's impassioned defense of the much-maligned pit bull, and Beth Macy's account of kidnapping her neighbor's dog, Scooter, provide much-needed variety. Best consumed in small doses, this lighthearted read will even please the diehard cat-lovers among us. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

This is a collection of true stories from the Charleston, SC-based Garden & Gun magazine's column of the same name. The entries are penned by a variety of well-known authors such as Roy Blount Jr., C.J. Chivers, Rick Bass, Rick Bragg, and P.J. O'Rourke, as well as less well-known writers from a variety of occupations, including a chef, a musician, and a game warden. Edited by G & G editor in chief and dog owner DiBenedetto (editor, The Southerner's Handbook), the pieces run the gamut from heart-wrenching to hilarious and are presented in five thematic chapters. For instance, the first section, "The Troublemakers," relates the antics of Spot, an escape artist, and Muffin, an otherwise useless mutt who saves the day for his family-exactly once. Other topics are: working dogs; "Man's Best Friend"; "Family Ties"; and "Life Lessons." Overall, this is a wonderful compilation of well-written short narratives covering all aspects of life with dogs. VERDICT This anthology will appeal to dog owners and enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy Southern culture writing.-Lisa Ennis, Alabama Coll. of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David DibenedettoT. Edward NickensAllison GlockC. J. ChiversKatie CrouchBob McDillSusan Gregg GilmoreHunter KennedyJohn Ed BradleyJonathan MilesLogan WardGeoffrey NormanBen McC MoïseClyde EdgertonDavid DibenedettoGuy MartinThomas McIntyreJeff HullRick BraggCharles GainesJim DeesDonovan WebsterRoger PinckneyJulia ReedAce AtkinsMartha J. MillerRoy Blount Jr.Vanessa GregoryCurtis WilkieJ. M. MartinJill McCorkleCharlie GeerLisa HoworthNic BrownBeth HatcherJon MeachamBeth MacyAshley WarlickDonna LevineLawrence NaumoffBlair HobbsBucky McMahonDominique BrowningPat JordanMary Lou BendrickBronwen DickeyP. J. O'RourkeRobert HicksRick BassJack HittChris HastingsDaniel Wallace
Introduction: My Life in Dog Yearsp. xi
Chapter 1 The Troublemakers
Appetite for Destructionp. 3
Sadie, the white Devilp. 7
The Canine Criminalp. 13
Hurricane Muffinp. 19
Escape Artistp. 24
An L.A. Beaglep. 30
Believing in Chancep. 36
Emmett & Mep. 40
Chapter 2 Into the Field
The Trophy Huntressp. 47
Poodle Powerp. 52
Education of a Bird Dogp. 59
On Patrolp. 67
Chicken Dogp. 72
Training Daysp. 79
The Urban Gundogp. 84
Dog Tiredp. 91
Doubling Downp. 96
The Sweetest Soundp. 101
Chapter 3 Man's Best Friend
Lapdogp. 113
King of Oxfordp. 118
Traveling Companionp. 123
A Good Nosep. 129
Scents and Sensibilitiesp. 133
Ole No. 7p. 139
A Dog to Lean Onp. 144
Dog Gonep. 150
Running Matesp. 154
Literary Caninesp. 159
Delta Dogp. 167
Chapter 4 Family Ties
A Marriage for the Dogsp. 177
Dog Meets Wifep. 182
Golden Snapperp. 187
The Dog Who Lived Foreverp. 193
Two of a Kindp. 198
A Puppy and a Patch of Grassp. 203
Coveting Thy Neighbor's Dogp. 208
Home Is Where the Mutt Isp. 214
My Mother, My Dogp. 219
Lost and Foundp. 224
From Cat to Dogp. 229
Canine Couplep. 236
Chapter 5 Life Lessons
Swim Teamp. 247
Puppy Dreamsp. 254
Last Ritesp. 260
Licked to Death by a Pit Bullp. 265
Fetch Daddy a Drinkp. 271
The World's Greatest Dogp. 278
Guide Dogsp. 283
Sit, Stay, Healp. 287
Who's the Boss?p. 293
How to Name a Dogp. 297
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
About the Contributorsp. 305
About Garden & Gun Magazinep. 317