What the Dog Did (Hardcover)

Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner

By Emily Yoffe

Bloomsbury USA, 9781582345642, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2005

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Paperback (6/13/2006)

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A playful look at all things dog.

Emily Yoffe never thought she'd find herself extracting her bra strap from a dog's rear end; in fact, she never thought she'd have a dog at all. This cat devotee was in for some unexpected surprises when she took in a neurotic rescued beagle named Sasha to satisfy her daughter's desire for a dog.

What the Dog Did chronicles Yoffe's journey from cat person to dog lover. The transformation begins with consternation and culminates with real affection: she becomes a foster mother to a series of homeless beagles; she studies (without success) to be a pet psychic; she visits the Department of Homeland Security to watch sausage- and incendiary device-sniffing canines in action. Everyone who has ever owned a dog, has a story to tell and Emily unwittingly becomes the repository for modern-day dog lore. Filled with adventures of heroic dogs, lovable and lazy dogs, malodorous dogs, phlegmatic and incontinent dogs, What the Dog Did delivers some of the most outlandish and certainly the funniest dog stories on record. But at its heart, What the Dog Did tells the story of how Yoffe's family turned Sasha, the skittish stray, into a wonderful pet-and how Sasha transformed Yoffe into a dog-lover for life.

Winner of the 2005 General Interest Dog Book of the Year from the Dog Writers' Association of America.

About the Author

Emily Yoffe is a contributing writer to Slate.com, and a widely published journalist. She has written for Esquire, Health, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Newsweek, O magazine, among many others. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter and their beagle Sasha.

Praise For What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner

"Amusing….Yoffe fleshes out her anecdotes with fun facts about canines."

"Light and witty."

"A real tail-thumper, a nightstand treasure you can savor a chapter at a time, or the ideal light reading for a beach vacation."

"[An] amiable and funny book…a good read for all dog lovers."