Bad Dog

Bad Dog

A Love Story

Book - 2011
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(A true story.)
 
Meet Hola. She's a nightmare, but it's not her fault if she tackles strangers and chews on furniture, or if she runs after buses and fried chicken containers and drug dealers. No one ever told her not to. Worse yet, she scares her family. Hola may be the most beautiful Bernese mountain dog in the world, but she's never been trained. At least not by anyone who knew what he was doing.
 
Hola's supposed master, Marty, is a high-functioning alcoholic. A TV writer turned management consultant, Marty's in debt and out of shape; he's about to lose his job, and one day he emerges from a haze of peach-flavored vodka to find he's on the verge of losing his wife, Gloria, too, if he can't get his life--and his dog--under control.
 
Desperately trying to save his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the world of competitive dog training. Unfortunately, he knows even less than Hola, the only dog ever to be expelled from her puppy preschool twice. Somehow, together, they need to get through the American Kennel Club's rigorous Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, Hola first needs to learn how to sit.
 
It won't be easy. It certainly won't be pretty. But maybe, just maybe, there will be cheesecake.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780307379153
Branch Call Number: 636.70092 KIH 2011 22
Characteristics: 213 p. : ill

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ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2013

"Bad Dog describes how Bernese mountain dog Hola joined author Martin Kihn's family as a puppy, intended as a companion to Martin's wife, Gloria (Martin, an alcoholic, had been neglecting her). When it became clear that the growing Hola was unmanageable and potentially dangerous, Gloria left - just when Martin had sobered up with Alcoholics Anonymous. Realising that he needed to get a grip on himself and on Hola, Martin enrolled them both in AKC Canine Good Citizen classes. Martin's account interweaves his efforts to win Gloria back, stay sober, and train Hola, into a hilarious but heartfelt narrative that will have readers cheering for the success of both the Kihns' marriage and Hola's training." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=712601

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JudithE
Dec 01, 2012

Pretty good, actually. The dog mostly isn't as bad as the title would have you believe, except for biting his wife, and the reason for that isn't very clear. But I thought it was interesting, and there is an overview of different ways of teaching dogs to live with us.

carrilis Nov 28, 2011

Dog owners and recovering alcoholics will enjoy this book. Otherwise, not one of the better dog stories I've read.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 26, 2011

The author's honesty about his personal issues and his very keen ability to find a light and quirky humorous touch when talking about his dog, himself and others, make this book a really good read. It's hard to put down and it is not just for dog-lovers/owners. If you enjoy witty writing you'll enjoy the book.

wolfgurl830 Jun 30, 2011

Such a good book for all you dog lover. Hola is your female Marley. Martin is a funny character and brings out the imperfection we all feel at times.

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wolfgurl830 Jun 30, 2011

wolfgurl830 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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