10 SECRETS MY DOG TAUGHT ME
Life's Lessons from a Man's Best Friend
By Carlo de Vito
From the author of The Everything Dog Book and The Everything Puppy Book comes both a memoir and guidebook about the dog and the lessons of a lifetime. In 10 SECRETS MY DOG TAUGHT ME: Life Lessons from a Man's Best Friend (Rodale; October 5, 2005; $12.95) Carlo de Vito shares the stories and sangfroid of Exley, part time teacher and full time puppy-and truly his best friend.
Carlo DeVito, a somewhat wild, somewhat irresponsible, entirely devoted dog lover and 29-year-old New York City aspiring book editor rescued an incorrigible German Shorthaired Pointer, who he named Exley, while living in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
From bachelorhood to adulthood, from life in the big city to survival in the suburbs, DeVito not only learns devotion and patience, through Exley, but also that you can fall in love at first sight, that obedience does bring greater freedom, and that no one minds kindness or undivided attention.
"It had been Exley's job to raise me," writes DeVito. "All that time we had been having fun, going for walks, getting into trouble, being companions and friends in some great adventure. And I had spent so much time teaching him to sit, stay, lie down, roll over. But all along, he had been teaching me. It is the child that makes the man, and in this case it was a dog. All along it had been the dog doing the teaching, not me. How do you like that? And I love him for it to this day and will for the rest of my life."
Filled with engaging anecdotes, on-point quotes, and true reminders of how to live life the best way possible, 10 SECRETS MY DOG TAUGHT ME is a beautiful story of friendship, maturation, and love. Order Now from Amazon.com!
can never be enough reports of up-close encounters with loveable aliens-here's
one; warm, funny, and filled with insight into the 8th wonder of our planet:
the dog's mind. Don't miss it!"
-Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., author of Dogs Never Lie About Love
is the story of Exley, a dog who often must have thought that his name was 'Noooo...!'
It is a true tale of how a dog brought warmth, love, chaos, humor and eventually,
insight, to a man and later to his family. It is an amusing and gentle read
for a snowy winter's evening or a lazy day in the sun."
-Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence Of Dogs and How Dogs Think
illuminating, sleek as a shorthair's coat, 10 Secrets offers 10 x 10 secrets
of the dog-human partnership. Carlo and Exley model the capacity for a relationship
to transform us, embarrass us, awaken us, and shake us up. Beautifully, thoughtfully
written and a joy to read. If I had a tail, I would wag it for 10 Secrets."
-Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals As Teachers And Healers
Secrets My Dog Taught Me might well be subtitled, "The dog is father to
the man." Carlo DeVito has written a charming memoir of his eduction at
the paws of his rescued German Shorthair Pointer, Exley--charming and amusing
up to the heartbreaking moment when he must put his boon companion down. All
dog lovers have been there more times than we care to remember, but it never
gets easier, and Carlo, to his credit, unveils the raw emotion of the moment.
He's clearly a dog man, Exley's a dude, and Dominique's a saint for putting
up with the both of them. Reading this book is like taking a long walk with
an old friend."
-Mark Derr, author of A Dog's History Of America and Dog's Best Friend
are any number of good books that offer terrific advice on what you can be teaching
your dog, but much more rare--though just as important--is the good book telling
us what our dogs may be teaching us. 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me, as the title
implies, is just one such book, letting us learn by his experiences as a dog
companion. Carlo DeVito has learned his lesson well--a good student of a good
- Terry Bain, author of You Are a Dog
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