Bad Dog

Bad Dog

A Love Story

Book - 2011
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Describes how the author's life as an alcoholic spiraled out of control, to the point that his wife left him and his only chance at redemption was launching himself--and his unruly Bernese mountain dog, Hola--into the world of competitive dog training.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307379153
Branch Call Number: 636.70092/KIHN
Characteristics: 213 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2013

"Bad Dog describes how Bernese mountain dog Hola joined author Martin Kihn's family as a puppy, intended as a companion to Martin's wife, Gloria (Martin, an alcoholic, had been neglecting her). When it became clear that the growing Hola was unmanageable and potentially dangerous, Gloria left - just when Martin had sobered up with Alcoholics Anonymous. Realising that he needed to get a grip on himself and on Hola, Martin enrolled them both in AKC Canine Good Citizen classes. Martin's account interweaves his efforts to win Gloria back, stay sober, and train Hola, into a hilarious but heartfelt narrative that will have readers cheering for the success of both the Kihns' marriage and Hola's training." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter

Dec 01, 2012

Pretty good, actually. The dog mostly isn't as bad as the title would have you believe, except for biting his wife, and the reason for that isn't very clear. But I thought it was interesting, and there is an overview of different ways of teaching dogs to live with us.

carrilis Nov 28, 2011

Dog owners and recovering alcoholics will enjoy this book. Otherwise, not one of the better dog stories I've read.

Aug 26, 2011

The author's honesty about his personal issues and his very keen ability to find a light and quirky humorous touch when talking about his dog, himself and others, make this book a really good read. It's hard to put down and it is not just for dog-lovers/owners. If you enjoy witty writing you'll enjoy the book.

wolfgurl830 Jun 30, 2011

Such a good book for all you dog lover. Hola is your female Marley. Martin is a funny character and brings out the imperfection we all feel at times.


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