Review: Bad Dog

Posted on June 23, 2011

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Bad Dog: A Love Story
By Martin Kihn
Pantheon
April 2011
224 pages

Marty and Gloria scoured the earth for a Bernese mountain dog puppy because they are cute and trendy. They finally purchased an adorable puppy, named her Hola, and fell madly in love with her. But they never bothered to train her. When Hola turned five she cornered Gloria one day and snarled at her. Gloria moved out. But Hola wasn’t the only problem in that household. Marty was an alcoholic. Eventually he faced up to his problem and simultaneously began the AA treatment program for himself and the Canine Good Citizen training for Hola. Kihn cleverly weaves these two methods together through the book to show once again the healing power of animals – or in this case a dog. Kihn’s whimsical metaphors and witty observations make this an entertaining read.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Peggy Tibbetts

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