What a Difference a Dog Makes by Dana Jennings

by Gwen


Simple. Poignant. Perfect medicine for all dog lovers.

While Dana Jennings was battling prostate cancer he learned some very important lessons from his poodle, Bijou de Minuit (Jewel of Midnight). You see, dogs aren’t just man’s best friend, if you look at them the right way, they are great teachers.

Jennings spells it all out, with a bit of help from Canine Zen Master Bijou and the lessons are things we all need to hear. Things like how dogs live in the moment and the only moment that matters is the one we are living right now. Or good things come to those who wait….in the kitchen.

I am a big believer in dogs and laughter and this book had me in stitches at times. Like here

Funny stuff happens when you have cancer. Seriously.

The classic family one-liner that stems from me having cancer is this: “You take the dog out. I have cancer.” That has morphed into infinite variations, along the lines of : “Can I sit in that chair. I have cancer,” or “Do you mind switching from HGTV to the Patriots game? I have cancer.”

So, please,  read this book and buy two or three more copies for friends and family. I have cancer.

It was a quick read and would make a wonderful gift for a dog lover or someone that is going through a health crisis. I don’t say this because he makes it all about his cancer, he doesn’t. Jennings just includes a good points about taking it easy and enjoying the simple things in life.

What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch by Dana Jennings

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385532830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385532839
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    One Comment to “What a Difference a Dog Makes by Dana Jennings”

    1. LOL! Sounds like some good dry humor! Also sounds like my kids, any excuse to avoid work!

      Do you remember Frazier’s dad’s recliner? It’s worse than that, and it’s still here 🙁

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