Living with three strong-willed, highly individual Dachshunds can be equal parts entertaining, frustrating and rewarding. Just ask Matt Ziselman.
Armed with a fresh, creative voice that is unabashedly cranky one moment and profoundly poignant the next, Ziselman mixes hilarious canine stories, with heartfelt reminiscences from his own life, the results of which is a memoir of illuminating life lessons, courtesy of the three thoroughly Teutonic Dachshunds that he shares his life (and couch) with: Baxter, Maya, and Molly.
Seemingly mundane moments, like Baxter's incessant, neuroses-inducing staring, Maya's inexplicable refusal to walk through the front door, and Molly's obsessive compulsive love for a torn and tattered blanket become, through Ziselman's insightful eyes, a treasure trove of observations that any dog-lover will appreciate. In a market where Americans spend more than $40 billion a year on their pets, this work of razor-sharp wit and quiet tenderness will reach out and grab listeners everywhere by the heartstrings and - quite possibly - their leashes.
Hounded wraps universal insights in hot-dog-shaped packages, providing true dog lovers with many knowing nods, honest belly laughs and an accurate, warts-and-all reflection of the fascination, wonder, and love that they have for their dogs. And that Matt Ziselman obviously has for his.
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©2013 Matt Ziselman (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
I can't rank them, but this was a lovely, cosy listen.
It seemed a very honest autobiography of a man who had still not come to terms with the premature deaths of his parents, his obsessive, and at times depressive, personality and his love of his family, both human and hound.
I really enjoyed this book. It isn't really a book about dogs though, as the cover and the blurb imply. The dogs feature large. They are a central part, but it is a rather nice autobiography - sometimes sad, sometimes interesting, often funny.
The story of the author is interwoven with life lessons from his dachshunds which is funny touching and sincerely presented.
Everything...I must confess sometimes I fall asleep to an audio story but this one kept me interested.
Like the the tone of his voice and the voice change with another characters statements
Give it a listen !! You will be glad you did for sure :)
"This book was hard to put down.!"
This book spoke about life and the struggles we all have with it wrapped up in a warm,wet dog kiss.
"Life lessons the Doxy way"
I thought I was getting a cute little book about a guy and his 3 dogs. This book is so much more than that. Ziselman lets us into his soul in this book. I'm sure it was therapeutic for him, but it touched me deeply. His clear affection for his flawed (but loving) dogs, his wife, and his daughter shine through the stories.
Yes, I have 2 Dachshunds. Yes, they are a quirky as his. That isn't why I loved the book.
I loved the book because it touched something in me as he worked his way through the death of his parents and the lasting damage those deaths did to his life. I like honesty in writing, and I felt that was what I got in this little book.
In addition the author has a nice light style that makes the listening delightful. The narrator does a great job letting the author's voice come through, too. I'll be looking for more books by this author and this narrator.
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