My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip

Audiobook CD - 2011
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"Distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd named Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the 'ideal friend' he had been seeking in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of their sixteen-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, Ackerley tells of Tulip's often erratic behavior and very canine tastes and of his own fumbling but determined efforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness " -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio Inc 2011.
Edition: Library Ed.
ISBN: 9781441786388
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO BIO ACKERLEY J. Ackerley 08/2011
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (ca. 4.3 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Cosham, Ralph


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Sep 30, 2014

Enjoyed this book a lot - although it is very frank about subjects most people don't talk about. Dog urination, bowl movements and sex life... I wasn't expecting that. I was expecting more "Marley and Me". The writing is quite good (and the narration of the audiobook is perfect = love Cosham!) But Tulip wasn't a "bad" dog at all! She was just devoted to one person. Also, this is the best example of WHY pets need to be spayed and neutered (though, at the time of this book it wasn't nearly as common). Ackerley decided against "altering" his dog because it would "change" her from who she was. That it was best if she remained unaltered... this is stupid! And seems like a very "male" argument (sorry to the gents that agree with my argument, but I've known too many that won't neuter their dog because "I couldn't do that to him!"). My dog is fixed and like ALL the other dogs that are fixed, she does not miss anything! You could never convince me that she missed having pups - she just doesn't. The author never had children - did he miss it? Besides, there was much agony over the responsibility of the pups' lives that he allowed his dog to have. Eight pups! **** SPOILERS**** And all of them died or disappeared while with the people he found to take them in... that's awful! And Tulip eventually died of something that would have been prevented by having her spayed, so I don't see his decision as the "best" for his dog... just a decision he made.


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