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Bad Dog

Nonfiction: Memoir / Personal Memoirs
Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/27/2012

Bad Dog

A Love Story

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611747485
Digital Download ISBN:9781611747492


A hilarious, acerbic, utterly unleashed story about recovery, and about winning back years of squandered trust—two-legged and four-legged.

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Product Description

Meet Hola. She’s a nightmare, but it’s not her fault if she tackles strangers and chews on furniture, or if she runs after buses and fried chicken containers and drug dealers. No one ever told her not to. Worse yet, she scares her family. Hola may be the most beautiful Bernese mountain dog in the world, but she’s never been trained—at least, not by anyone who knew what he was doing.

Hola’s supposed master, Marty, is a high-functioning alcoholic. A TV writer turned management consultant, Marty’s in debt and out of shape; he’s about to lose his job, and one day he emerges from a haze of peach-flavored vodka to find he’s on the verge of losing his wife, Gloria, too, if he can’t get his life—and his dog—under control.

Desperately trying to save his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the world of competitive dog training. Unfortunately, he knows even less than Hola, the only dog ever to be expelled from her puppy preschool twice. Somehow, together, they need to get through the American Kennel Club’s rigorous Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, Hola first needs to learn how to sit. It won’t be easy. It certainly won’t be pretty. But maybe, just maybe, there will be cheesecake.


“This wry memoir of the human-dog bond is one that eschews the usual treacly sentimentality in favor of a raw, deeply sincere, and self-aware homage to this powerful bond.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

“Poignant. . . . a surefire heartbreaking bestseller along the lines of Marley and Me.”
      —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“This tale of a man who forgot he was a man and the dog who ultimately reminded him is the most touching, original buddy story I've come across in ages. Sit. Stay. Read.”
      —Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

“A bittersweet tale of renewal. . . . An endearing read full of hope, humor and humility.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

“Not a cozy Marley and Me duplicate or Cesar Millantype training book . . . this sharply written, darkly funny memoircumdog storycumrecovery tale will serve a wide audience well.”
      — Library Journal [HC starred review]

Author Bio

MARTIN KIHN is an Emmy Award-nominated former writer for MTV’s Pop-Up Video and the author of House of Lies and A$$hole. He has worked at Spy, Forbes, and New York, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Details, and Cosmopolitan. He lives in Minneapolis.

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