Saturday, September 15, 2012

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know by HY Conrad and Jeff Johnson

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263286

Dear Human:

Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand.

But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret. Okay, a lot of secrets. We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. Puppies know that they're being cute. They're using you. We don't sound anything like those silly voices you use to imitate us. We hate those ridiculous names you give some of us. Moonbeam is not a dignified name for a mutt. You might want to check your herb garden for fertilizer. We are only wearing this stupid birthday hat so we can get some cake. No self-respecting dog cares about his birthday. We are not spoiled, certainly not in comparison to teenage girls. We are in charge of the house. We let you pretend that you are. We'd be lost without you. We love you.

It's all in our new book, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know, as told to humans Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. Even Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) raves about us Inside you'll find revelations such as the reason we at the sofa (leather tastes very similar to rawhide), and what we really think of the costumes you dress us up in.

I'm not alone. Ten other courageous canines have stepped forward to tell you what your dog won't - every last dirty, hairy bit of it. If you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.

My take on this book:
This book will certainly tickle your funny bone, and is certainly a delight to read, whether or not you are owned by dogs. If you have ever looked at a dog and wondered what might be going on in their head , this book is certainly for you. 

This book features eleven different dogs, and I actually could see a bit of my dogs in the tongue wagging snippets these dogs shared. There is Orson the Bulldog who just happens to be a foodie, who is never quite full, which totally reminds me of my dog Marley who can and will eat any place any time. Axelrod is a Yellow Lab who lives in the burbs with his family and the story he shared about liking a smelly bathroom was to funny! Rufus T. is a Blood hound who is a country dog  who feels a bit out of place, his best friend is a little boy named Toby, whom he often wakes with wet slobbery licks!  He is a little bit different because he likes being lead around on a leash!

Overall this was one of those books where I intended to read one story and found myself unable to put it down. It was so much fun to meet each dog and learn there "secrets." I plan on giving this book to all my dog loving friends. 


  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! I think it would make an awesome gift to my dog loving friends and family too.

  2. Hi Brenda
    Thank you so much for reviewing my new book. And I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it. And, of course, I'm even more thrilled that you are going to give the book to friends. Thank you!

  3. This sounds like a delightful book. As a dog lover, I'm sure I would enjoy it.
    Thank you for the review.


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