My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Presents a sentimental and sometimes amusing portrait of a man's life with his favorite dog, a German shepherd named Tulip.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., p2011
ISBN: 9781441786388
1441786384
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hrs., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Cosham, Ralph

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jocasey
Sep 30, 2014

Enjoyed this book a lot - although it is very frank about subjects most people don't talk about. Dog urination, bowl movements and sex life... I wasn't expecting that. I was expecting more "Marley and Me". The writing is quite good (and the narration of the audiobook is perfect = love Cosham!) But Tulip wasn't a "bad" dog at all! She was just devoted to one person. Also, this is the best example of WHY pets need to be spayed and neutered (though, at the time of this book it wasn't nearly as common). Ackerley decided against "altering" his dog because it would "change" her from who she was. That it was best if she remained unaltered... this is stupid! And seems like a very "male" argument (sorry to the gents that agree with my argument, but I've known too many that won't neuter their dog because "I couldn't do that to him!"). My dog is fixed and like ALL the other dogs that are fixed, she does not miss anything! You could never convince me that she missed having pups - she just doesn't. The author never had children - did he miss it? Besides, there was much agony over the responsibility of the pups' lives that he allowed his dog to have. Eight pups! **** SPOILERS**** And all of them died or disappeared while with the people he found to take them in... that's awful! And Tulip eventually died of something that would have been prevented by having her spayed, so I don't see his decision as the "best" for his dog... just a decision he made.

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