I was contacted a long while back to review a book. I don’t review books – generally anyway. There are a lot of great dog books out there and more and more are being added every day. I WANT to read some of these books but I just don’t have time….or rather, don’t MAKE the time. I am to busy Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, hiking, getting doggie snuggles and attempting to keep my house from looking like something from the show hoarders. (I DO read a little bit…mostly on the internet and mostly how to fix something that has broken)
I do LOOK at the books I am asked to review. This book, Hounded, grabbed my attention right away with the subtitle: The Lowdown on Life from Three Dachshunds. I was curious so I didn’t immediately shoot back a “no” response. Reading on, the book jacket said the author “has taken the everyday comical quirks of three Doxies and distilled them into a series of life lessons”. If there is any type of reading that garners my attention more than fixing stuff, it’s personal development.
I told them to go ahead and send the book because I thought I would actually read this one. That was so long ago that I don’t remember how long it has been..
So here I was, facing the task of reviewing a book I had yet to read. Now, in addition to finding time to actually write the review, I had to find time to read the 260 page book. Luckily the font is big and I am a relatively fast reader.
I am working on, surprise, personal development in the area of time management. I have been trying something new so I decided to apply it here. Instead of doing a thing and letting it go as long as I need to do it I have been flipping it around and laying out a set amount of time and doing as much of the thing as I can in the time I have allowed.
I gave myself 30 minutes to scan and read as much of this book as I could. In the first minute I was hooked. Any book where, in the forward, the author describes his first childhood meeting with a large doggy family member by saying “My first instinct, which at the time, and even today, certainly seemed like the right call, was to crap in my pajamas” and “I am pretty sure the phrase ‘He thinks his shit doesn’t stink’ was coined by a Dachshund owner” is my kind of book.
I read the first chapter and scanned the rest. Each chapter is a series of short stories culminating is a Dachshund life lesson. One of my favorite life lessons was “if you are going to be moody, ‘happy’ is a pretty good choice.” Subsequent chapters such as Poop du Jour and Urine in My World Now has prompted to hold on to the book and read it someday.
I won’t be reading the book anytime soon but when I do I think I will get through it in an hour or two. If you like the quirky Dachshund personality, stories about the human-animal bond, witty, sometimes crass writing or actually reading books I think this one is for you.
You can get the Kindle, Audible or Hardcover versions of the book here (not an affiliate link). You can enter to win a copy of the book from The Bark (contest ends June 28, 2013). You can also follow Hounded on Facebook.