“I want you to be tough bitches. You can’t ever let others see your paws sweat, or you’ll be flat on your back with your bellies exposed, having to grin submissively, and that’s just not our family’s style. Make me proud, girls.”
These are the words of Tali’s mother in Show Dog Sings the Blues by Devin O’Branagan. Remove the “bitches” and “paws,” and a novella about a very pampered Australian Shepherd can apply to many people.
Tali is a cute little thing. Her humans take her to pet masseuses, psychics, and even to get her nails, um… claws, done. But Tali is much more than a pretty bitch. When things get tough, and a new friend is in danger, Tali bares her teeth and shows the world what she is made of.
Show Dog Sings the Blues is hilarious, primal, endearing, and complex. If you have, or had, a pet that is more like an amazing family member, you will want to read Tali’s tale. I’ve read Devin O’Branagan’s novella twice—okay, three times—and every time I reach the last page, my heart is overloaded by memories of my Attila. I haven’t seen him in a few years. Read “Bittersweet” to find out why. Isn’t he a handsome furry baby? He is clever and loving, too.
|The most adorable Stafforshire Bull Terrier lying in the middle of a potted herb garden. |
He has a pink freckled, nose, silky white fur, and expressive dark eyes.
Wondering what to give to that friend who loves books and dogs?
Wonder no more!