A Big Little Life

A Memoir of A Joyful Dog
Koontz, Dean R., 1945- (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Big Little Life

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The author presents a tribute to his late golden retriever, Trixie, that describes his family's adoption of the retired service animal, the numerous lessons he learned throughout their relationship, and the family's grief upon her passing.

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The best-selling suspense author presents a tribute to the late golden retriever previously depicted in Bliss to You that describes his family's adoption of a retired service animal, the numerous lessons he learned throughout their relationship, and the family's grief upon her passing. 250,000 first printing.

Authors: Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-
Statement of Responsibility: Dean Koontz
Title: A big little life
a memoir of a joyful dog
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 271 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945- Golden retriever Anecdotes Human-animal relationships Anecdotes
Topical Term: Golden retriever
Human-animal relationships
LCCN: 2009014466
ISBN: 9781401323523
Branch Call Number: 636.7527 K
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Jun 10, 2013
  • abpainter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The line editor must have been on holiday when this book was prepared for print! Some sentences have to be read two or three times to get the meaning. Something I found irritating was Koontz's tendency to go back and forth in Trixie's life, instead of chronologically. That said, she really was a smart and affectionate dog, and the book is, as the subtitle suggests, "A Memoir of a Joyful Dog."

Aug 21, 2011
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful, heartwarming tear jerker for all dog lovers.

Aug 09, 2011
  • H19835195 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic insight into the life of one of my all-time favourite authors and the special bond he and his wife shared with their beloved Trixie. She was an incredible dog, and as both a Koontz fan and dog-lover, this wonderful memoir had me both laughing and crying right through. I'm sure all who read this will wish that Trixie could have lived forever.

May 31, 2011
  • KrimsonAndClover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quickly became my favourite!

Jan 01, 2011
  • kprimorac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dean Koontz can make you feel all the emotions he's feeling. If you've lived with pets of any kind in your home, you know exactly how he feels. Such a wonderful insight into just how much they really loved Trixie.

Aug 26, 2010
  • MerrilyatEP rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've never read a Dean Koontz novel in my life, but this memoir of his lovely dog made me laugh AND cry. I am not a dog owner, but I want one like Trixie!

May 19, 2010
  • Whisty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Trixie's story and spirit will stay with you long after you finished reading the book. I had to re-read the entire book and then, re-read parts of it. Both the book and book CD are fantastic, a must read!

Feb 19, 2010
  • anirtak18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a terrific read. Funny, interesting and full of heart, this book made me feel as though I was watching the best movie ever. A must read!

Dec 06, 2009
  • continuum01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Trixie Koontz obviously meant a lot to Dean and Gerda. Re her name: "They told us we could change it and that she could quickly be taught to answer to a new name. But if it sounded more like a stripper than a dog, it sounded more like an elf or a fairy than a stripper. Elves and fairies are magical beings, and so was she."


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Aug 01, 2010
  • ssollie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dean Koontz on Trixie

Dean shares pictures and thoughts on his dearest fur-face, Trixie.

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