Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You Tell Your Dog First by Alison Pace + Giveaway

Reviewed by Charlotte

Alison Pace is an author known for her “dog lit” books, but for many years she has a been a dog lover without a dog.  She grew up with numerous dogs of many shapes and sizes always being a huge part of her family.  You Tell Your Dog First is a story of how a dog person without a dog completes her life by finding the perfect dog for her.

Alison writes a series of short stories or essays in her book You Tell Your Dog First of living a dogless life.  Living in New York it is not easy to find a dog friendly apartment, but she proves if you want it bad enough you can make it happen.  Myself, not being a dog person, rolled my eyes and sighed a few times at some of the extremes, like arranging her schedule so Carly would be at he dog park at the right time meet her “friends” or going to a therapist because Carly liked to go.  But again I am not a dog person, but I do rearrange my schedule and do things just cause of my kids so I could easily relate.  

I enjoyed that this was a dogs story, but also the owners story.  Her struggles with places to live, where to work, if the works she was doing is what she should be doing, and of course the trials that come with dating and finding Mr. Right.  Many times I could relate and sympathize with Alison.

Alison’s writing is wonderful.  Wisdom and humor are so easy to enjoy and read.  You can truly feel Alison’s joy in finding her dog mate.  You Tell Your Dog First is a quick read that any dog lover should definitely check out.

Buy You Tell Your Dog First by Alison Pace


  1. I fell in love with dog books after reading THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. Wow!

  2. I don't own a dog, but I dog sit a lot for a friend and have grown to love them through taking care of her. I think it would be interesting to read these essays.

  3. I have a German Shepherd/Chow mix. His name is Otis and is a sweetheart!

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  4. I don't have a dog, but am a dog lover! We're planning on adopting one when my daughter is a little older.

  5. We have a great dog! Shadow is a Shepherd/Husky/Lab cross and full of energy even though he turned 10 years old this year. He says Hi.

  6. Sounds like an awesome book! We have a sweet black lab named Abby :)