Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All

by Hy Conrad, Jeff Johnson

Sourcebooks | March 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Dear Human: Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret.  Okay, a lot of secrets. - We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. - Puppies know that they''re being cute. They''re using you. - We don''t sound anything like those silly voices you use to imitate us. - We hate those ridiculous names you give some of us. Moonbeam is not a dignified name for a mutt. - You might want to check your herb garden for fertilizer. - We are only wearing this stupid birthday hat so we can get some cake. No self-respecting dog cares about his birthday. - We are not spoiled, certainly not in comparison to teenage girls. - We are in charge of the house. We let you pretend that you are. - We''d be lost without you. We love you.   It''s all in our new book, Things Your Dog Doesn''t Want You To Know, as told to humans Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. Even Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) raves about us!  Inside you''ll find revelations such as the reason we at thesofa (leather tastes very similar to rawhide), and what we really think of the costumes you dress us up in. I''m not alone. Ten other courageous canines have stepped forward to tell you what your dog won''t - every last dirty, hairy bit of it.   If you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.75 × 6 × 0.54 in

Published: March 16, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402263287

ISBN - 13: 9781402263286

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I don't know how many of you know this but I'm a huge animal lover, at the last count we had 2 gerbils, 3 hamsters, 2 cats, 2 budgies and 1 golden retriever in our house that goes by the name of Annie so when my favourite book tour company sent me an invite for this book I just had to have it. The day I got it I remember flipping through it randomly and laughing hysterically with my mother who though the book from what she saw was the cutest thing. It also got the kiss of approval from Annie (She licks everything!). So once I got Annie's approval I knew it would be a great book and it was. I mean if you're looking for a serious read and came upon this then you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque Doc. This book had me giggling and laughing hysterically from page one. I loved all the dogs and their little journalish entries. Each dog had their own unique little personalities or in the case of some of the dogs big personalities. I loved the cleverness of the book. I love how the book was written in such a way that the reader could put it down whenever they felt like it (but let's be honest who would want to put it down?). It's a great book to read when you're a bit down, if it's a cloudy day or if you just want to have a laugh and think about what your dog might say about you if they were able to talk. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially the animal lovers out there, this would make the perfect birthday or Christmas present because it has something for all ages to enjoy. I know that I'm going to have a hard time getting my copy back from my mom because she likes it so much! So what are you waiting for folks?! Go get your copy!! *I received a free copy in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little something for all dog lovers FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I love my dogs. It’s really something that’s known to anyone who meets me. I talk about them as if they were my children. I mean, my oldest one is turning 6 this year, so it’s kind of hard not to form a bond with them. The one thing I love about my dogs — aside from the fact that they’re happy to see me whether I’ve left the house for a day, or for 3 minutes — is that they make me laugh by doing silly things. If I’m having a so-so day, Grace will pick up a circular rope toy and it’ll wrap around her head in such a weird way that she looks like a goofball, or; when Cooper was a puppy he’d watch his toy roll off of the carpet onto the scary hardwood floor, gazing longingly at it knowing he will not rescue it from its demise, or; Bailey and how easy it is to get on her nerves by doing silly things like walking backwards or singing Rosemary Clooney songs. They’re my dogs and I love them to pieces. When I saw Jeff Johnson’s book Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All on NetGalley, I immediately requested it because I love reading funny stories about dogs. I thought it was going to be a book that talked about the science behind what does do, but in a funny way. But really, it turned out to be more of a comedy book, with eleven different breeds telling little stories about their lives, from how they love it when you pretend to throw a ball (as a sidenote: Bailey hates this. If you pretend to throw something, she’ll get pretty mad at you.), or how if someone tries to hide poop in a corner, it will eventually be found. I found the stories to be somewhat funny — the galley I received was just a sampler of the book, only 25 pages long, with six stories — but not incredibly funny that I would recommend it to friends of mine. While the stories are humorous, it’s always nice to talk about the funny things your own dog does, as opposed to stories about dogs you don’t even know. That being said, some of the situations rang true – like how owners give their dogs birthday parties (as a sidenote: I have never done this for my dogs. Parties are for adults.), or how the dog is just so hungry that he will not turn down food (e.g. my little Gracie is a food monger. At least 20 times a day, she’ll check the floor of the kitchen for any food like we’re starving her.). Other stories, like the one showcased about a dog who is a drug-sniffing dog, didn’t really suit my fancy. Making it sound like the dog is addicted to cocaine and wondering what drug will be next just wasn’t funny to me. One thing that I did enjoy was the layout of the book. I liked how it wasn’t just chaptered stories from each dog, boring text on a blah-white background, but rather, each dog got its own unique page, with different fonts, a photo of the dog, and some kind of different background to distinguish that dog. It was a nice touch. If you enjoy humorous dog stories, you might like this book. Like I said, I only had a small taste of what it had to offer, but I’m sure — for the dog lover — there’s a little something for everyone.
Date published: 2012-03-31

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Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All

by Hy Conrad, Jeff Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.75 × 6 × 0.54 in

Published: March 16, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402263287

ISBN - 13: 9781402263286

From the Publisher

Dear Human: Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret.&nbsp Okay, a lot of secrets. - We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. - Puppies know that they''re being cute. They''re using you. - We don''t sound anything like those silly voices you use to imitate us. - We hate those ridiculous names you give some of us. Moonbeam is not a dignified name for a mutt. - You might want to check your herb garden for fertilizer. - We are only wearing this stupid birthday hat so we can get some cake. No self-respecting dog cares about his birthday. - We are not spoiled, certainly not in comparison to teenage girls. - We are in charge of the house. We let you pretend that you are. - We''d be lost without you. We love you. &nbsp It''s all in our new book, Things Your Dog Doesn''t Want You To Know, as told to humans Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. Even Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) raves about us!&nbsp Inside you''ll find revelations such as the reason we at thesofa (leather tastes very similar to rawhide), and what we really think of the costumes you dress us up in. I''m not alone. Ten other courageous canines have stepped forward to tell you what your dog won''t - every last dirty, hairy bit of it. &nbsp&nbspIf you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.

About the Author

Hy Conrad has spent his career writing for television - he''s one of the original writers for Monk, the USA series, and he was nominated three times for the Edgar Award for best TV Mystery episode. he has written a mystery series published by Sterling.Currently he is a writer and consulting producer on the TV show "White Collar." Jeff Johnson spent most of his life working in advertising, for giants such as JWT and DWB&B and prestigious creative shops, and he has created successful campaigns in nearly every consumer category. He wrote THE HOURGLASS SOLUTION: A BOOMER''S GUIDE TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
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