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Dogs & Their People
Adult Stories With a Dog Theme From Alaska To Louisiana


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                     Reviews

Goldie at Wyngold Brittanys, Bend, Oregon
. . . a great read, I hated to put the book down. Many of the stories I can relate to as a dog owner/trainer and as a child growing up having that buddy to "run the streets with", and the people I have had a chance to meet through my interactions with them. And revisiting my training time with a new dog or in my errant neglect at times when they want their time in the field.
I did post about it on my Facebook page as a MUST READ and while it is not all about hunting dogs it does reflect on how dogs affect our lives and make us thoughtful.

Jodi at Woods Creek Kennels, Monroe, Washington
Four paws up for John Pappas "That Dog Will Never Hunt". I found myself mesmerized and amazed with each and every story. The way he captures the relationships between dog and owner in a wonderfully original, sometimes funny, and their sometimes heartbreaking truths makes you smile as each tale unfolds. You'll never look at man's best friend in quite the same way again.

Stoddard Lane-Reticker, Teacher’s Pet Dog Training, Avon, Connecticut
You’d expect a book of stories about real people and their dogs to be authentic, and John Pappas does not disappoint. Most of the stories are written from the point of view of a man or a boy, and although their dialogue is often simple and occasionally coarse (as is our wont), the writer’s perception of the thoughts and feelings of the characters is by contrast deep, complex, and genuine. From the humorous title story, “That Dog Will Never Hunt,” to the thought-provoking conclusion of “Statues," Pappas’ characters struggle with the world and themselves in ways that ring true every time.

Pappas is concerned with the things that concern men: the beauty of creation as revealed in nature; the desire to be worthy of our position, particularly in the eyes of a dog or a woman; the realization that often we’re not; and the incredible grace of knowing that we are loved anyway or at least have enough hope to get up and try again. The Bible says in Genesis that after God made man, He gave him dominion over the animals. And although this special position was severely damaged in The Fall, we still see glimpses of it in our relationships with domestic animals, particularly (in my experience) dogs. These glimpses fire the imagination and lead to expectations in both man and beast; expectations that can cause us to realize our potential or our brokenness and sometimes both. It is within this tension that these stories reside and have their beauty and poignancy.

That Dog Will Never Hunt is entertaining and sometimes challenging. If you’re someone who knows and loves dogs, you’re really going to enjoy this book. You might even learn something as I did—about greyhounds.

Kent and Debbie Walker, Awreygold Retrievers, Chattaroy, WA
This Book is much more than “That Dog Will Never Hunt,” it is a collection of stories which captivates oneself with the emotional bond between man and canine, embracing emotions of laughter, joy, sadness, grief and fills one’s soul with refreshment. Within the pages, one finds themselves remembering some of their own memories and even dreaming of the deep bonds of devotion and loyalty of a canine. What would it be like to have this relationship? Don’t let the title fool you into thinking only about hunting dogs – it is much more. I found the book enjoyable, touching and refreshing with short stories that left you wanting to know more.

 Lorraine Crimando, Taipei, Taiwan
I just loved it! There were
of course my favorites, Smokey and Run For Your Life, but honestly, I enjoyed the entire book . . . A work WELL DONE. Please let me know of your next endeavor.

 

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Dogs are the connecting thread in the disparate lives of people and events you will experience in this book, sometimes playing a central role, sometimes on the periphery. A long time ago dogs decided to like us and commit to being part of our lives and no animal has devoted so many generations trying to understand and serve us. Down through the ages dogs have known terrible cruelty at the hands of humans, as well as high esteem to the point of being silly. Yet they have never wavered in their dedication to us. Enter these stories and meet the artist who feels if her dog ever leaves her she will no longer be able to paint, the homesteader who counts on his dog to warn of danger, the displaced rancher who’s memory of his dog’s unnecessary death still haunts him, the boy who knows his dog is his closest friend, and many others.

The other connecting thread running through these stories is that they are all based on real people, dogs and events.

Please note some of the initial reviews, they are a writer's report card at the end of a considerable amount of solitary work. We wonder if we've succeeded in communicating our story, and are most thankful for each satisfied reader.

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More Reviews
 
 
Robert Brown, RB Associates, Russellville, AR
Finally!  A really good book about dogs, dog people, and the people around them. AND you don’t have to be a “dog person” to be able to enjoy the book. Bravo! The characters are developed, not exaggerated, and best of all believable. The locales are true to life, and if you’ve been there, you will still see some of the settings mentioned (can anything really change the rural Texas Panhandle country?)
 
But the best thing about the book, of course are the stories. Good solid stories that pull you in and let you see, in your mind, the story unfold. Stories that you don’t have to read for two days (much as I would want to, on a couple) to finish.
In Spain, the expression would be “both ears and the tail”. In this country
I guess I have to be satisfied with “Five Gold Stars”, or “Two thumbs Up”.

However you want say it, John Pappas writes a good story.
 
Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT, Animal Behavior Consultant
I loved that the stories captured not only the ethology of dogs but the varied relationships between people and their dogs . . . each story contained an interesting juxtaposition. They were all love stories . . . If my grandfather was alive, I would buy him a copy of your book . . . they were all beautifully constructed. Your use of dialect was well executed and interesting. All in all, an outstanding effort!

 
Dogs We Love
  Richard Schloff, Seattle, WA
I loved this new John Pappas book! I've lived with many 'dog friends' through life and John offers 12 intriguing stories which connect the dogs with the people in their own unique dramas. As if he predicted the events of today, John presents 'Merle', a Montanan working to clean the beaches of Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What Merle teaches 'Chris' about what-comes-around-goes-around in "Reparation and the Friendly Night" makes those of us who would do anything for our dogs stand up and take notice!
The imagery is perfect: ("Little Star Lake" --'Tony') "Strange, dark-haired boy from the coast that had landed here as if from space, had landed complete with local dog that never left his side, a dark caramel border collie...Skip" And 'David' in "Short Story" who abandons his comfortable chair, scotch and cigar in hand, to take the anxious 'Rollo', tail wagging and ears perked on a last minute, late day hunt.
All "Dog People" owe it to themselves to give this book a read!
 
 
Mari Meehan "Northwest Coast art collector," Coeur d'Alene, ID   
The people who shared their stories with John Pappas have shared an abiding respect for, if not love of, dogs. I learned a lot about the ways of hunting dogs (bird) and their owners, some likeable, some not. I learned a lot about Greyhounds that I hadn't known before. It was a plus in understanding why my niece and her family are so crazy about the breed.