Tough

“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! 


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31 comments:

  1. Don't read much fiction, but this sounds a wonderful little story :D
    Miss my cute snarly bitch every day since she passed 4 years ago :) XXX

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  2. Rachel Wright11/18/2011

    He is a beautiful dog. I may just go see if my library has this book thank you for sharing :-)

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  3. Devin O'Branagan11/18/2011

    I am thrilled you enjoyed SHOW DOG SINGS THE BLUES so much! Thank you for the lovely review. :-)

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  4. Linda Wildenstein11/18/2011

    Oh bother. I went to read Bittersweet. I can't believe I missed that post. And now I can't see my screen either. My own love of big dogs and the fact that your Attila is also white faced and wonderful like my Willow darling is enough to break me down.
    I will get the book and cry and remember I am sure. Thanks lovely,
    Psssssst a certain package came in the mail this afternoon. Awaiting instructions wickedy one. Oma Linda

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  5. This story speaks about spirits and what might happen to the ones we love after they are gone. This might be a good read to remember your snarly one.

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  6. Attila is very handsome, Tali and him might be really good friends ;-) Actually, I think he would go for Tali's sister; my Attila is into nature!

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  7. I'm glad I read it. I've recommended it to a few friends, and I think I'll be giving away a few copies for the holidays ;-)

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  8. It is kind of an old post. It was a hard one to write too; Gods, I miss that pup. You Willow sounds like a beauty, I bet they would get along. Attila is quite the sweetie. I always thought that it was extremely funny when people would cross the street when they saw me walking with him. They see a pit and they go crazing; Attila is the most gentle dog in the world. 

    I will email you the instructions tomorrow! 

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  9. Slommler11/19/2011

    What a beautiful fur baby...gorgeous!!!!
    Hugging you
    SueAnn

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  10. I will see if your library has the book. Sounds like such a good  story :)
    My  furry ones have been gone several years now and i still think of them every day

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  11. jonquil11/19/2011

    such a handsome boy!

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  12. Thanks for the hug, I send you one right back ;-)

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  13. They stay in our hearts, don't they? If your library doesn't have it ask them to get it, they are usually good about doing that. This is such a sweet read. 

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  14. Gracias, he looks like his mama lol

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  15. lilacwolf11/19/2011

    I've heard lots of good things about this book.  I know there's another one by this author I want to read...the title escapes me but you are responsible for it being in my head.  :)

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  16. This sounds amazing! I will have to share it with my sister. Thank you.

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  17. DARKWENCH11/19/2011

    Oh no...I went and read your Bittersweet blog..sniff,sniff!!
    Your Attila is like my Gary - he's and AmStaff and I couldn't be without him either.
    I'm sorry for your loss - I know what it's like to have a puppy dog that is a major part of your life.
    We used to have a chihuahua named Troy who was with us for 16 years until he passed away in my arms.
    I know some people say get over it - it's just a dog, and when I have finished stabbing them seven times I think they finally get the picture that it's like having a child and you still go through the same amount of loss once they have gone (or moved away).
    Much love to you my sweet xxx

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  18. I love it because it makes me laugh, cry and nod a lot!

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  19. It is difficult not having my baby, but I feel better knowing that he has enough space to run around and many friends to play with. I bet your Gary is a beauty; I love the breed.

    Many hugs!

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  20. DARKWENCH11/20/2011

    He is a beauty Magaly - I had to give him lots of hugs today after reading your blog :o)
    He is 10 years old now and we have had him since he was 6 weeks old - he is my only child!!
    I love the breed too :o))

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  21. That book sounds fantastic! I'm adding it to my "books I want" list right now!
     
    And, by the way, Attila sounds like an adorable dog!

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  22. It is an awesome novella, indeed. Maybe you can read it to Kero. And, yes, my Attila is a very sweet boy.

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  23. Give him a few hugs for me ;-)

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  24. I love Staffordshires. My ex has American Pitbulls, so Mouth gets to enjoy those when he's up there. They also have one slightly vicious weiner dog that thinks she's a German Shepherd.

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  25. Yay! to Mouth getting to play with the puppies. I had a miniature Chihuahua once, and I swear that dog didn't know that someone could squash him with a tiny little foot. He was ferocious. And tiny. lol

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  26. This book sounds amazing! I love dogs and cats! Your boy is so handsome ;o) Hugs my friend ;o)

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  27. It's a very short read. Ideal to read to the cats; there is even a sweet little kitten in the tale, and his mother of course.

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  28. Devin O'Branagan11/21/2011

    Hi lilacwolf! Magaly has reviewed my novels WITCH HUNT and RED HOT LIBERTY. Perhaps you are thinking about those? I hope you do read them! Bright Blessings...

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  29. lilacwolf11/22/2011

    Oh yes, Witch Hunt...I wanted to review that one too.  ;)  Right now that's all I have time to read is something I'm adding to my blog.  What little blurbs I read sounded fantastic!

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  30. Will definitely have to put this one on my library list.  Thanks for the recommendation.

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