This book is 70% funny, and about half of that is genuine-chuckle-to-straight-up-laughter humor.
Even when the story is yanking on your heart strings, comedy is always there.
Henry was an adorable boxer puppy when he came home with Erin Taylor Young and her husband and sons.
As a child Erin's best canine friend was a beautiful and brawny boxer, the easiest dog you could ever hope to own.
It was time to replicate that experience for her boys.
Henry had an impressive pedigree. His breeder had spared no expense to pair the finest animals, and the numerous offspring were destined to be standard-setting champions. Except there were only two pups, and neither were show quality.
But they would be perfect pets, of course.
I bet you can guess that this wasn't the case.
Henry was something else entirely.
Thus begins this dog's tail, and we get front row seats to the drama!
We hear about....
K9 University, where Henry was enrolled after a fellow customer in Petco diagnosed him as "dominant."
(I don't think Henry ever graduated from this obedience school.)
Doggie life-vests, for visits to the lake, and rides in a bass boat, and discovering flocks of ducks.
Erin's strategies for wearing out her high energy pup. These include riding a motor scooter while walking the dog. Riding a bicycle while walking the dog.
Ending up in the hospital after the bicycle incident.
I'm not doing the humor here justice at all. You really have to read it, and it's great for read aloud sharing!
I love laughter, but a book has to *make* me laugh. Some of Mary Roach does. Some of James Thurber does.
Now I know that Erin Taylor Young does too.
Thank you Revell Reads for my review copy!