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

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Metropolitan Library System Magazine Review

Info Metropolitan Library System Magazine
Reviews & Recommendations

n info METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM magazine n August 2009

August 2009. 636.7/D858t on shelf

The ancient Romans called these the caniculares dies, the “days of the dogs,” referring to those weeks of late summer when Sirius, the dog star--the second brightest one after the sun itself—rose at or near sunrise. It’s August and the dog days of summer are nipping at our heels, but what’s really hot this summer are the things that are happening at your neighborhood Metropolitan Library System library. In this issue we’ve got an article about some computer instruction classes you can sign up for at three different libraries, andanother article on the resounding success of our downloadable audio books. Cool your puppies with a trip to the library for a basketful of good books, DVDs, and audio materials. We won’t send you barking up the wrong tree.Looking for something different to read, watch, or listen to? Check out the books, DVDs, and CDs that caught our reviewers’attention this month.

Tales From a Dog Catcher

by Lisa Duffy-Korpics

Reviewed by Phyllis Davidson

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.

She worked as an animal control officer for four years and has preserved 22 of her most interesting and moving memories from that time. Most of the stories begin with a call to go check on an animal’s welfare or to resolve a complaint. More often than not, they turn their focus on the people who love the animal, hate the animal, or neglect the animal. One is an elderly lady with dementia who knows exactly how many cats she has—which is about twenty more than she can afford to feed. One is a woman who complains that two voyeuristic raccoons watch her undressing through the window in her bedroom—closing her curtains isn’t an option. Another is a woman who thinks the black dog that appears in her backyard is the reincarnation of her late husband. One of my favorites is the episode in which the author was invited to give a presentation at a school. That visit convinced her to choose teaching as a profession. 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 lovers, and even those who don’t care for pets will enjoy reading about the eccentric people involved in these tales from a dog catcher.

-Phyllis Davidson is a reference librarian at the Downtown

Library. She is the editor of a family newsletter, teaches geneal-

ogy classes to customers at the library, and delves into her own

family history outside the Library walls.

INFO is the official magazine of the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County, info, is published monthly by MLS Marketing & Communications, 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City OK 73102.

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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
Tales from a Dog CatcherDuffy-Korpics © 2009
Dewey: 636.7
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