Tales from a Dog Catcher

Tales from a Dog Catcher

"In the tradition of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small and John Grogan's Marley & Me, Tales from a Dog Catcher is a humorous and heartwarming collection about love, laughter, loss, acceptance, and fate, in the world of an animal control officer."
- Publishers Marketplace"

...Writing in a style reminiscent of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, she recalls her experiences in 22 vignettes that dispel and replace stereotypes with an image of a compassionate individual concerned with animals and people alike. Like Herriot, she is a gifted storyteller and an astute observer.... At times amusing and heart-wrenching, this memorable book deserves wide readership. Highly recommended for public libraries. "
- Library Journal (starred review)

... In Tales from a Dog Catcher, she brings together these experiences in a magical book that is funny, touching, and heartrending by turns." - Amazon.com

"This is a wonderful book. I had a hard time putting it down. I was laughing and tearing up, sometimes at the same time! I didn't want it to end..."-Nina Killham, Bestselling Author of Believe Me, How to Cook a Tart, and Mounting Desire

"Having good writing skills isn't a prerequisite for getting a job as a dog catcher, but the two certainly make a good combination for the author of Tales from a Dog Catcher...Some stories are funny - some may move you to tears. I may be barking up the wrong tree, but I think they will appeal to animal lover's and even those who don't care for pets will enjoy reading about the eccentric people involved in these tales from a dog catcher." ...Phyliss Davidson - INFO Metropolitan Library System Magazine. Oklahoma

"Summer reading! Enjoy tales about hero hounds, crazy cats. Great dog books just made for Summer Reading! ... Here's a list of some of our favorite books ... Tales from a Dog Catcher by Lisa Duffy-Korpics is a collection of real stories about people and the animals they encounter...this book is in the tradition of "All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot. The stories are funny, sad, uplifting and even silly." ...Laurie Denger - Dayton Daily News. Ohio

"...In Tales from a Dog Catcher," author Lisa Duffy-Korpics recounts her years as an animal control officer in a series of fascinating and engaging stories...the stories can be funny and heartbreaking, often simultaneously...However, there is no shortage of entertaining encounters. Animal lovers will appreciate the candid tales, and enjoy a new perspective on an often unexamined profession."...Dog Channel.com

"Lisa's numerous on-the-job adventures are compiled in this collection of sad, charming, delightful and humorous short stories. ...Animal lovers of all ages will appreciate Lisa’s recollections of her memorable encounters with domestic animals and injured wildlife in the beautiful Hudson Valley." ...Rachelle Nones - Tri County WOMAN magazine. New York

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Differences between Dogs, Kids and Adults...

After teaching for almost twenty years, I've been reflecting a lot on the past. Of course much of this has to do with the book which had me immersed in writing and re-writing and editing and editing, and did I mention editing? Mostly however, it's about remembering - and realizing that the transition I made from a job surrounded by dogs to a job surrounded by kids was pretty seamless. The reasons for this are many, but to mention a few;

Dogs don't know life is short, they live in the moment and experience every moment of it with total abandon. Sleeping in a warm spot of sunshine - incredible! Dinner - even more incredible! Dogs can sense who they can trust, and who they can't. Something new and exciting could happen at any moment - and a dog is ready for it. If you treat your dog with respect and affection, they will reward you with complete loyalty.

Kids understand that life is not endless, but they don't dwell on it -they make the most of it. Whatever they are feeling they feel with intensity and sincerity. They'll tell you what they think, whether you like it or not, and more likely than not, it will be the pure unadulterated truth. Kids are ready to have fun at the drop of a hat. If you treat them with respect and value their opinions, they will reward you with complete loyalty.

Adults know life is short, and they still waste precious moments on things that don't matter. They feel guilty for enjoying the simple things in life, or angry at those who don't. They're always waiting for the other shoe to drop. They schedule meetings in order to schedule subcommittees to schedule more meetings. And sometimes if you treat them with respect and affection and value their opinions, they'll turn around and hurt you simply because they need to feel powerful in some distorted way.

Dogs don't do that. Kids don't do that.

The adults I like the most are the ones that in some ways, never grow up. Like my friends and family who can make me laugh so hard that I can't breathe, or who tell me I look like total crap when I'm sick.
Adults like my 71 year old Uncle who had a bike accident when he was 10, and this year decided that he was going to get back on it and try it again and sent me a photo of himself on his new bike with the caption "60 years later...I'm no quitter!"

So if someone ever tells you that you are lazy as a dog, or as immature as a child, it may not be the worst thing in the world.

Actually, it may be a compliment.

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The Lyon Press, Guilford,Connecticut
The Lyons Press is an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press
Cover design by Georgiana Goodwin
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US $16.95 / CAN $19.95
Tales from a Dog CatcherDuffy-Korpics © 2009
Dewey: 636.7
Dogs — New York (State) — New York — Anecdotes. Dog rescue — New York (State) — New York — Anecdotes. Duffy-Korpics, Lisa