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

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Okay. I've had enough. This is nuts.

I'm wearing so many layers that I've forgotten what I look like, which may be a good thing since I've been eating Milanos like they're a food group since Christmas.

This is the time of the year when they air those Caribbean vacation commercials at 5 am while I sip coffee and wait for the caffeine to penetrate my brain before I get ready for work. All they do is make me angry. I don't like those tan, fit, happy people prancing down the beach. I don't relate to them. After all, they are tan, fit and happy, (which I am not since it's 5 am and I'm preparing to get ready for work).

And, they're prancing. Who prances? Reindeer. Yup, reindeer prance.

Thinking about reindeer makes me think about Christmas. Christmas reminds me of Santa. Santa reminds me that I have wracked up credit card debt because I thought I was Santa.

Thinking about that credit card debt reminds me that I have to go to work, which involves going outside to warm up the car when it's 10 below 0 with the wind chill factor.

Yes. I know how fortunate I am to have a job that I love, even if I hate getting up at 5 in the cold. I also know how lucky I am to have a warm house with a tv, even if annoying commercials make me cranky.

And, I have Milanos.

photo courtesy of outakes.com


  1. Hi Lisa,

    Sorry to hear about all the layers you have to wear and how this had the unfortunate effect of leading you to think about your credit card debt.

    Down here in Australia it is really very hot at the moment, so quite the reverse of what you are going through. Hope it warms up a little for you soon.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    Those trips sound wonderful. I hope you can eventually make it down under, it really is a great place to visit.

    Absolutely don't mind you adding me to your blogroll :) Thanks very much!

    Take care


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