Good dog : true stories of love, loss, and loyalty / [edited by] David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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"
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      Introduction: My life in dog years / David DiBenedetto -- Chapter 1: The troublemakers. Appetite for destruction / T. Edward Nickens ; Sadie, the white devil / Allison Glock ; The canine criminal / C.J. Chivers ; Hurricane Muffin / Katie Crouch ; Escape artist / Bob McDill ; An L.A. Beagle / Susan Gregg Gilmore ; Believing in Chance / Hunter Kennedy ; Emmett & me / John Ed Bradley -- Chapter 2: Into the field. The trophy huntress / Jonathan Miles ; Poodle power / Logan Ward ; Education of a bird dog / Geoffrey Norman ; On patrol / Ben McC. Moïse ; Chicken dog / Clyde Edgerton ; Training days / David DiBenedetto ; The urban gundog / Guy Martin ; Dog tired / Thomas McIntyre ; Doubling down / Jeff Hull ; The sweetest sound / Rick Bragg -- Chapter 3: Man's best friend. Lapdog / Charles Gaines ; King of Oxford / Jim Dees ; Traveling companion / Donovan Webster ; A good nose / Roger Pinckney ; Scents and sensibilities / Julia Reed ; Ole No. 7 / Ace Atkins ; A dog to lean on / Martha J. Miller ; Dog gone / Roy Blount, Jr. ; Running mates / Vanessa Gregory ; Literary canines / Curtis Wilkie ; Delta dog / J.M. Martin -- Chapter 4: Family ties. A marriage for the dogs / Jill McCorkle ; Dog meets wife / Charlie Geer ; Golden snapper / Lisa Howorth ; The dog who lived forever / Nic Brown ; Two of a kind / Beth Hatcher ; A puppy and a patch of grass / Jon Meacham ; Coveting thy neighbor's dog / Beth Macy ; Home is where the mutt is / Ashley Warlick ; My mother, my dog / Donna Levine ; Lost and found / Lawrence Naumoff ; From cat to dog / Blair Hobbs ; Canine couple / Bucky McMahon -- Chapter 5: Life lessons. Swim team / Dominique Browning ; Puppy dreams / Pat Jordan ; Last rites / Mary Lou Bendrick ; Licked to death by a pit bull / Bronwen Dickey ; Fetch Daddy a drink / P.J. O'Rourke ; The world's greatest dog / Robert Hicks ; Guide dogs / Rick Bass ; Sit, stay, heal / Jack Hitt ; Who's the boss? / Chris Hastings ; How to name a dog / Daniel Wallace.
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      Garden & gun.
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LJ Reviews 2014 November #1

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

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PW Reviews 2014 November #1

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.)

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