Review: It’s Just a Dog

Posted on May 22, 2013


its just a dog cover 625x1000 updated kindle2It’s Just a Dog
By Russ Ryan
Amazon Digital Services
May 2013
190 pages

When Charlie Keefe’s Jack Russell terrier Pete died at the ripe old age of 16 – and a half—Charlie lost more than his “precious pal.” He lost his “meal ticket.” You see, Charlie is the world famous “painter of dogs” – the “Picasso of the Pooch Portraits.” And his most popular subject was, alas, the dear departed Pete. Devastated, Charlie grieves for months, unable to paint or function, like a normal human being, much to the exasperation of his friends and especially his business partner. With the help of Janelle the dog rescuer lady and a cute little spaniel named Brownie, Charlie gradually starts putting his life back together. But he’s haunted by the ghost of Pete. One day at the most inopportune moment, Pete’s ghost appears and starts shooting off his mouth. From then on Charlie takes a swan dive into the abyss with Pete the wise-cracking, ghost dog by his side.

It’s Just a Dog is a hilarious sendup of the dogoir genre. Reminiscent of the tongue-in-cheek satire in the film “Best in Show,” Ryan captures the nuance of the quirky characters that inhabit the world of dog lovers with blithe affection but never sarcasm. Clearly Ryan is just another delirious dog lover with a highly-developed sense of humor. It’s Just a Dog is a fun-filled romp through this dog park of life.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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