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

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tim Schulz, a veteran of two wars, my cousin and now a student accepted to Columbia University!

Nobody deserves it more. After signing up for the Army on September 10th, 2001 - the day before the world changed forever....he served first in Iraq in intelligence and just when he was able to come home, was told he was stop-lossed and sent back to Afghanistan...days before Christmas. He came home older obviously, but wiser and focused and with a wider world view. He wanted to complete his degree, but so many schools seemed wrong as he was past the average college student mentality....parties, fraternities....these things no longer fit into the vision he had for his future. After a few false starts he located the Middle Eastern Language and Central Asian Cultures program at Columbia University. They recognized what a unique, and brilliant young man he was, with so much to offer the world. He will be starting in the fall and bringing along his beautiful wife Christina and a new baby boy who will get to be part of this incredible journey.

From Scots Immigrant Coal Miners to blue collar workers to the Ivy League. His ancestors who all worked hard to help each generation achieve just a bit more than they could - are smiling down on him now. In Ancient China, there was a major belief that our ancestors guided us in our decisions and helped us along in our quests to better our lives. I believe our ancestors are doing alot of celebrating right now! I know of no one more deserving than Tim. His service to our nation was recognized and rewarded...the many lessons he learned in Iraq and Afghanistan have added to his incredible potential. My wish for the future is that all of our veterans are given these same opportunties they deserve...I am so proud of him.


  1. Lisa, what a wonderful story about your cousin. Congratulations to him. And thank you for putting me on your blog roll. Your book sounds great and I can't wait to read it! Thanks again, Nina Killham

  2. Thanks Nina! We are all very proud of him.
    Are you coming out with another book soon? I love them all!


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
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