You don't have to be a regular reader of Garden and Gun to enjoy this collection of essays, compiled from the magazine's monthly column of the same name. Each author has challenged himself to try to get down in words exactly what about his dog is worthy of remembrance. The selections here feature a stellar cast of characters: some of the most spirited, steadfast, whip-smart, lovable troublemakers you'll ever meet. That is to say, you meet dogs. Can a writer make you love (really love!) his pet in just a few pages each? I have known and cherished several dogs -- all special, and all recognizable in snippets from these stories. But dog lover or not, you'll find yourself blinking back tears at these quick, bittersweet snapshots into southern life, where having a dog is essential to better understanding yourself, and "good" is in the eye of the owner.— Emmy
Inspired by Garden & Gun magazine’s popular “Good Dog” column, a rich collection of true stories celebrating the unique relationship between humans and their canine companions, penned by some of today’s top writers, including Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, and P.J. O’Rourke.
When Garden & Gun magazine debuted a column aptly named “Good Dog,” it quickly became one of the publication’s most popular features in print. Now, Editor-in-Chief David DiBennedetto (proud owner of a Boykin spaniel) and the editors of G&G have gathered the most memorable stories, as well as original pieces, in this collection of essays written by some of most notable dog owners in literature and journalism.
Good Dog offers memorable, beautifully written stories of dog ownership, companionship, friendship, and kinship. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who won’t leave our sides, this poignant anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his most endearing—and sometimes maddening—attributes. By turns inspirational and humorous (just like the dogs we love), Good Dog is a must-have collection for dog lovers everywhere.
About the Author
Garden & Gun is a national magazine that covers the best of the South, including its sporting culture, food, music, art, and literature, and its people and their ideas. The magazine has won numerous awards for journalism, design, and overall excellence, and its two previous books, The Southerner's Handbook and Good Dog, were New York Times bestsellers.
David DiBenedetto is the editor in chief of Garden & Gun magazine and the former editor of Salt Water Sportsman. His writing has appeared in numerous publications and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing and Take Me Fishing: 50 Great Writers on their Favorite Sport. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Jenny, and their two children.
“A sparkling collection of 51 dog stories… this selection of vignettes is varied, entertaining and frequently heartwarming.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The pieces run the gamut from heart-wrenching to hilarious… this is a wonderful compilation of well-written short narratives covering all aspects of life with dogs.”
— Library Journal
“I love this book.”
— Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
“A heartwarming collection that will please even the diehard cat-lovers among us.”
— Publishers Weekly