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 23, 2009

A Nice Moist Day at the Movies

I recently had the unique opportunity to see Slumdog Millionare...an outstanding and inspirational film. What made it even better, was that this was an actual movie for adults. I rarely get the chance to go to the movies unless I'm with a posse of 12 year old giggling girls who seem to know the words to every song in High School Musical 3 even before the movie is released. It's either that or something featuring animated penguins.

This was quite the rare occasion. I was actually giddy walking into the theater. Two thirds of the way through the movie, I ran out for a few seconds to visit the ladies room and ran back in so I wouldn't miss any more than I already had. It was dark. Really, really dark. I waited a bit for a scene with more light...none came. So, I stumbled down the aisle on my way back to the approximate location of my seat and quickly sat down. I couldn't figure out why it was so cold. Then...I wondered where that really bad odor was coming from? It sort of reminded me of Grand Central Terminal in the pre-Rudy Giuliani days. It was overpowering, but the movie was almost over and this was an honest to goodness REAL MOVIE FOR GROWN-UPS! I had to stick it out, who knew when this opportunity would come again?

Finally I realized that this wasn't my seat. Also, it wasn't just cold. It was wet. Very wet...I'm talking sponge here. It wasn't soda or fruit punch or water. Nope. It was the end result of what happens when one consumes large quantities of soda, fruit punch or water.

When the credits started to roll, I tied my jacket around my waist and stomped out to my car.
Those animated penguins are looking better than ever.

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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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Printed in the United States of America
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