Friday, November 9, 2012

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know
by Jeff Johnson and Hy Conrad

1 star - ugh

Dammit! This book had so much promise. Dogs telling tales about what they are really thinking? Fantastic.

But, no, icky, barely got into it. Why? My biggest complaint is that the dogs all had the same voices. And their voices were mainly well constructed sentences with complete thoughts. Even the attempts to go into short attention span activities (like waiting for dinner to be served) lacked punch.

The authors should have consulted with some of the amazing dog bloggers out there who pen blogs on behalf of their dogs. Now those dogs have personality. In dogs that blog land there are dogs who can't spell, dogs with peculiar speech patterns, and, most of all, dogs who really express themselves as, well, dogs. 

Ish. Since the binding isn't broken, my edition is still good as new so I'm donating it to the charity auction at work. 

You want to know how dogs really think? I'll give you one example from the blog of my (now deceased) mastiff, Mango. Read it here. Or check out Dexter's blog here. Then, of course, there is Miss Puddles who has a remarkable way of telling her stories. Check her out here.


  1. Yep, I echo the shout-out for the skills of doggie-bloggers (although I've not read this particular book)
    Mango certainly had a unique voice. When is the 'Mango madness' being published?
    Sending lotsaluv to you and, as always, I love reading your reviews. :)

  2. Gosh, I'm so sorry you didn't like it. But I'm glad you donated it to a good cause.

  3. Where to start. This book was not on my radar and still isn't. But props to the author for a classy response and CHEERS to Mango Momma for becoming such a force in the book reviewing world that [still living] authors care about her thoughtful reviews! The authors that are dead, of course, are impervious.

  4. Oh of course dogs who write have their own 'voice.' Any human who thinks they would write just like a human, well, they probably don't have a dog. And they certainly weren't taking dictation accurately. ;)

    Annie & Ruger