Book Review: Follow the Dog Home
Follow the Dog Home by Bob, Samantha, and Kevin Walsh, is an epic story that spans 17 dogs, 3 generations, and 70 years. It’s core message, with which I agree, is that dog lovers raise generations of dog lovers.
I’m going to be honest. I could not finish Follow the Dog Home. I gave it several tries over several days, but in my current state of real-world mourning, my heart simply could not take it.
By page 88 the story bridged 6-7 dogs, including those canine friends who were hit by cars, who were poisoned by evil neighbors, and who dug a hole in which to lie down and croak on their own.
I’m sure the book’s narrative arc gets somewhere good in the end, but in my weakened state (with the additional worries about Lilly’s adverse rabies vaccine reaction and the decline of several dog friends from her “generation”), I don’t have the oomph to go along for the ride.
As a fan of high-style, high-concept narrative, I also found the writing too “straight.” Major, major events sometimes get dispatched in a single, short paragraph.
Many of these vignettes, I believe, could have been whole chapters of their own.
Still, you have to give the Walsh family credit for covering so much ground — 7 decades from many perspectives — in just 307 pages. And, some of the authors’ conversations and debates over the details of stories and even word choices (to use “poop” or not to use “poop” … that is the question) are both darling and funny.
So, Follow the Dog Home is perfect if you:
- Want a fast, easy read
- Seek lessons in raising dog-loving families
- Need wisdom for tough dog-life times
- Enjoy the perspective of gained from generational experiences and various points of view
Follow the Dog Home Book Giveaway
If I had more time and had planned better, this would have made a nice Father’s Day gift for someone. Sorry about that.
As usual, we’ll do a random drawing of those who post a comment to this book review of Follow the Dog Home. The deadline to post a comment is midnight (mountain time) Sunday, June 17, 2012.
Next week, I’ll contact the one winner via email to get a mailing address and such.
I received a FREE copy of Follow the Dog Home to review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.