Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2009 - Pets - 304 pages
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Dogs have been our muses, our mentors, and our playful and noble co-pilots. They’ve had a profound influence on us as healers and spiritual guides, and also as co-workers, helping to guide, hunt, herd, search, and rescue. Our bond with dogs is deep and unbreakable, and there’s no better source a reader can turn to for a richer understanding of that complex and wonderful relationship than The Bark.

The Bark began as a newsletter in Berkeley, California, that advocated for an off-leash area where dogs could cavort and play. Within a few years it had become a full-fledged, award-winning glossy magazine that published work by some of the best writers in America today. And as it grew, the magazine embraced a much larger canvas: to cover the emerging phenomenon of “dog culture” that has been developing over the past decade, as dogs have moved out of the backyard and into our homes, communities, and, indeed, the very center of our lives. As editor Claudia Kawczynska writes, “The implications of integrating another species into society’s daily fabric go well beyond how we nurture our dogs. It calls for a revamping of the standard etiquette—respecting the concerns and interests of society at large. This new relationship, along with an appreciation for our rich and unbounded future, comprises what we call dog culture. This is what The Bark set out to chronicle.”

Dog Is My Co-Pilot is an anthology of essays, short stories, and expert commentaries that explores every aspect of our life with dogs. Fifty percent of the material here has never been published before. The book is divided into four sections: Beginnings explores that first meeting, “the initial murmurings when a dog-human relationship is formed.” Pack investigates the theme of “togetherness” and pays tribute to the dynamic of multiple personalities in the canine-human relationship. Lessons examines what dogs teach us, from love to enlightenment. The final section, Passages, reflects on the themes of true friendship, transformation, and loss.

Included are pieces by Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Maeve Brennan, Margaret Cho, Carolyn Chute, Alice Elliott Dark, Lama Surya Das, Pam Houston, Erica Jong, Tom Junod, Caroline Knapp, Donald McCaig, Nasdijj, Ann Patchett, Michael Paterniti, Charles Siebert, Alexandra Styron, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, and Alice Walker. In selections that are humorous, poignant, truthful, sometimes surprising, and frequently uplifting, Dog Is My Co-Pilot embraces the full experience of the world’s oldest friendship. For people who love great writing and, yes, great dogs, it’s a book to be both shared and treasured.


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Review: Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship

User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

I somehow found this book when looking for something to read which might articulate something about dogs, and having them in one's life. This search was prompted by the death of our dog, Rocky. This ... Read full review

Review: Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship

User Review  - Abby - Goodreads

A charming collection of literary essays about the relationships between dogs and their humans. I was especially taken with it because of its avoidance of the syrupy emotionality that often comes from ... Read full review

Contents

Crimes Against Dog by Alice W11eer
3
The Existence of Dog by Elena Sigmmz
15
Mutts by Maxine Kumin
25
The New Girl by Margmer C10
35
Pack
52
A Womans Best Friend by Erialjorzg 51
64
The Dog Is a Ilam by Louise Bernibow
71
Why We Dolft Play Chess by George Singleton
77
Darwins Dogs by Marie Derr
148
Lala the Loot by Michelle Hmleven I 5 7
166
Breathe by Donna Kelleller D WM
180
The Bite by Alexandra Szyron
192
Dogs by Lynda Bmy
198
The Children Are Very Quiet When They Are Away
214
Accident by Mark Dazy
221
One Dogs Response to 9 11 by Lee Forgorson
231

Evolution? Or the Crown of Creation? Has Dog Become Master?
84
Donna and Harry by on Iézrz
93
A Story by Pamela Painter
107
Ten Things My Dog Taught Me That Made It Possible for Me
119
Love Is Never Having to Say Anything at
130
A Story by Alice Eliort Dark
136
Comfort by Abigail T 10771111
237
Navajo by 1asa1jy
248
Saying Goodbye to Shelby by Tmm _ones
256
Dog Years by Ybm fzmod
267
Credits
278
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About the author (2009)

Claudia Kawczynska is editor in chief and Cameron Woo is the creative director of The Bark, which they cofounded in 1997. Recognized as one of the Most Notable Magazine Launches of 1999, The Bark has garnered numerous honors, including a Folio Gold Award and Best Alternative Press Award. The Bark is published out of Berkeley, California, where the editors live with their dogs Nellie, Callie, and Lenny, and cats Sammy, Hoagy, Bailey, Maggie, and Big Mama. Visit The Bark at www.thebark.com.


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