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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tri-County WOMAN Magazine - book review and interview!

Tri-County WOMAN magazine is a regional women's interest publication for females 24 to 65+ who live or work in Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster County, New York. It is published by Tigerlily Communications. The Editor in Chief is Felicia Hodges - photo-journalist, mom, writer, editor, publisher, college instructor, breast cancer survivor and activist, and as of this month...a Black Belt!

Each issue of Tri-County Woman has features on area women who are doing great things in their communities ("Movers and Shakers"), ("Book Nook"), articles for parents and parent-to-be ("Matriarch’s Manor") and relationship articles ("You and Your Mate"). Some departments, including "Business Spotlight," "In This Corner..." (local information of interest as well as product and movie reviews), "Book Nook" (reviews of local authors' books) and "HERStory" (dates of interest to women). Their readers are smart career-, education- and family-minded women - be they stay-at-home moms, single CEOs, graduate students or retired grandmothers - who want to take advantage of all the area has to offer. It has been proudly produced by Mid-Hudson Valley women since 2005. In June 2007 - Tri-County Woman won the WRPA (Women's Regional Publications of America) Gold Award for Editorial Excellence, Best Special Insert, Best Internet Content and WRPA Silver Award for Magazine of the Year.

For the June issue, I had the privilege of being interviewed for the "Movers and Shakers" section by one of their contributing writer's Leah Black. I admire Leah so much....she was so thorough and helped me feel comfortable being on the opposite side of an interview for the first time. Add to this, the fact that she did this interview in several parts with a brand new infant AND a toddler in the background. She is definitely an excellent multi-tasker!

Tales from a Dog Catcher will be the book reviewed in the "Book Nook" in the June edition as well. Thanks go out to my dear friend Felicia who published my first paid published piece many years ago as an editor for Hudson Valley PARENT Magazine's "Parent's View" section. It was titled "Baby Shoes" and my son was about two - he's 15 now and his shoes are a great deal larger! That essay was reprinted in Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul about a year or so ago.

Thank you Felicia...you are a role model for women everywhere! Check out Tri-County WOMAN at the link here or above.


  1. Awww - way to make a girl blush! Thanks for the shout out, Lisa. And as far as the kudos for you - they are richly deserved :-)

    Felicia H.

  2. Hello Lisa! Thanks for your comment and the link. If your book tour takes you through Houston let me know!

  3. Congratulations, Lisa! Well done. You definitely deserve it. Great photo.

  4. Thanks Nina! This was painful - I hate having my photo taken, but my friend Felicia made me as comfortable as I could possibly be. My daughter is so different - if there is a camera within a mile she can sense it like she has radar and will strike a pose!

    How are you? Writing anything new?


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The Lyons Press is an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press
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US $16.95 / CAN $19.95
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Dewey: 636.7
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