Good Dog. Stay.

Written by:
Anna Quindlen
Narrated by:
Anna Quindlen

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2007
0 hours 43 minutes
'The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed.'

So writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau's, and on the lessons she's learned by watching him: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, 'I smell bacon!'

Of the dog that once possessed a catcher's mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, 'There came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we'll know.'

Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.
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This was a great story, but it was super short. I finished the whole thing in one morning's commute to work. Dog stories are always sad because the dogs always die at the end.

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Peggy Stortz

Near the end of Quindlen's captivating tale, my tears blocked my vision and I had to pull off the road. If you have ever loved a dog, this book is required reading.

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Mary Richards

This was a most enjoyable read. Anyone who enjoyed "Marley & Me" would enjoy this story, and vice versa. Bring your kleenex box though, as well as plenty of laughter.

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