Bad Dog: A Love Story

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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(A true story.)
 
Meet Hola. She’s a nightmare, but it’s not her fault if she tackles strangers and chews on furniture, or if she runs after buses and fried chicken containers and drug dealers. No one ever told her not to. Worse yet, she scares her family. Hola may be the most beautiful Bernese mountain dog in the world, but she’s never been trained. At least not by anyone who knew what he was doing.
 
Hola’s supposed master, Marty, is a high-functioning alcoholic. A TV writer turned management consultant, Marty’s in debt and out of shape; he’s about to lose his job, and one day he emerges from a haze of peach-flavored vodka to find he’s on the verge of losing his wife, Gloria, too, if he can’t get his life—and his dog—under control.
 
Desperately trying to save his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the world of competitive dog training. Unfortunately, he knows even less than Hola, the only dog ever to be expelled from her puppy preschool twice. Somehow, together, they need to get through the American Kennel Club’s rigorous Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, Hola first needs to learn how to sit.
 
It won’t be easy. It certainly won’t be pretty. But maybe, just maybe, there will be cheesecake.




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BAD DOG: A Love Story

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A recovering alcoholic finds redemption in the training of his 90-pound mountain dog.Kihn (A$$hole: How I Got Rich and Happy By Not Giving a Damn About Anyone, 2008, etc.) recalls hazily "swimming in ... Read full review

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Have you seen the TV shows about how training dogs helps prisoners gain a sense of self-worth, responsibility and joy? This book, Bad Dog by Martin Kihn shows how developing a routine of training and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
21
Section 4
22
Section 5
34
Section 6
37
Section 7
41
Section 8
49
Section 20
126
Section 21
132
Section 22
136
Section 23
138
Section 24
142
Section 25
148
Section 26
155
Section 27
160

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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About the author (2011)

Martin Kihn is an Emmy Award–nominated former writer for MTV’s Pop-Up Video and the author of House of Lies and A$$hole. He has worked at Spy, Forbes, and New York, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Details, and Cosmopolitan. He lives in Minneapolis.


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