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, August 7, 2009

St. Baldrick's Foundation - Raising Awareness about Childhood Cancer

St. Baldrick's is an organization that devotes itself to battling Childhood Cancer of all types. Rather than focusing on one type of cancer, or just their own organization, St. Baldrick's helps send these funds directly to places that fund research and fellowships to fight all types of Childhood Cancer. The school I work at has been a large supporter of this organization, with teachers shaving their heads or growing a Mohawk or other similar incentives to reach a higher goal of donations each year. What makes this fundraiser different than others, at least around my neighborhood, is that it is run primarily by students. They take the initiative, plan, organize and publicize each year to reach a higher goal than the last. We've had a lot of graduates this year who were very active in recruiting interest in St. Baldrick's, particularly a young lady named Brenna Brown, who is probably the most altruistic person I've met in a long time. She's headed for college very soon and I keep encouraging her to think about a Public Administration program since she's such a natural at this sort of thing. I could really see her running a non-profit organization in the very near future, plus she makes a mean apple pie! (which she taught me to make, and after only five times, I got it right!).

So, it is with these thoughts that I wanted to bring some attention to St. Baldrick's today, and if you click on the link above it will take you to a Mom's story about daily life with her son, who has been battling childhood cancer for four years, a large majority of his life. There are multiple ways you can get involved, and not all of them involve shaving your head! You can access the main site at www.stbaldricks.org


  1. I read Catherine and Mason's story and besides pulling at the heartstrings it really makes you take stock of the blessings you have in your own life.
    Thanks for your comment on my personal blog, you didn't intrude at all, it was lovely of you to comment.
    I must admit I keep my personal blog and my book review blog separate, at the moment my personal blog is a tad neglected, while book reviews are getting lots of attention lol.

    Someone who I think combines sharing of herself personally while promoting her books is author Emily Bryan. Her blog is http://www.emilybryan.blogspot.com
    You may get some ideas there and she is also a delightful person.
    BTW Tales From A Dog Catcher sounds lovely :-)

  2. Thanks Teddyree! I will check out that blog. I hope you are feeling well and having a nice stress-free weekend.

    I had a bumper sticker on my car for years until I got a new car and couldn't find it again, (maybe I'll have it made), it said "Donate Kidneys, Don't Bury Them" My husband thought it was a little strange, but he was wrong because I got so many positive comments about it. If I find any I'll send you one:) Take care.


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