I Want to Kill the Dog

I Want to Kill the Dog

Book - 2012
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A humorous rant about the author's struggles with his wife's difficult dogs relates his frustrations at constant canine drama, aggression, and behavioral issues.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780399162039
0399162038
Branch Call Number: 636.089 COH
Characteristics: 125 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.

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AL_RACHEL Nov 08, 2016

Oh man! I loved this book. I am a certified pet-hater married to a man who just happens to work at an animal shelter. And quite passionately I might add. Our opposing viewpoints were perfectly mirrored in this bite-sized ode to a pet-free life.

CatherineG_1 Sep 05, 2016

A really cute, fast read written by Meredith Viera's husband, Richard Cohen. He tells about his love/hate relationship with their dog, Jasper. Viera is a human magnet for pets. Many showed up on their door without Cohen's knowledge or more importantly, his permission.
Loved his description of all the frightened delivery people who just threw packages over the fence rather than deal with the dogs.

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TheMadTabby
Apr 27, 2013

For the first half the book was funny, but when this family ends up with 4 dogs that are neurotic freaks who attack people on a regular basis, you have to wonder what is wrong with them to create such a situation, and no it isn't just the "wife's" fault.

DanniOcean Jan 14, 2013

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette January 2013

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DanniOcean Jan 14, 2013

North Americans love their pets. I mean, they LOVE their pets. No question. You just have to look at the number of boutique pet stores, the blinged-out collars, the puppy-paw-protectors that owners buy into – it’s a billion-dollar industry.

But it must be said that not everyone loves animals, or gets why an otherwise sane-looking person would get down on all fours to give their pet a snuzzle while cooing “who’s a good widdle puppy? Who’s my pwetty-bitty pookums?” Not that there is nothing wrong with that. But maybe there is something wrong with that, particularly if the pet-owner with whom you cohabit cannot see a pet’s flaws for its fur.

This is the case with author Richard M. Cohen, husband to TV personality Meredith Vieira. Meredith’s dog Jasper hates Richard, and the feeling is mutual. “I Want to Kill the Dog” is Richard’s printed outburst against all that is wrong with the pet-pedestal culture: the anthropomorphizing that leads to gourmet dog food, pet-pampering spas, pet-psychologists and pet-pharmaceuticals. Let us remember that the prices we pay for the above could probably go a long way to stocking several food-banks or medical clinics in Africa for a solid year.

Cohen’s unapologetic arguments are those of the counter-pet-culture, but he illustrates his points with tales of the many pets that have come and gone through the Cohen-Vieira household, and it must be said that they seem to have particularly bad judgment in choosing pets, from the accident-prone Willie to the hand-chomping, unladylike Samantha. But again, it may be a nurture-nature thing – do the canines have conniving tendencies before adoption, or does having a doting ‘parent’ who is willing to excuse any behavior create a doggie monster?

You can decide while reading this memoir-manifesto, which is by turns indignant, poignant and more often than not, laugh-out-loud funny. Still, it made me stop and think the last time I considered purchasing that $20 chew toy for my own wee-cuddle-wuddums – who truth be told is just as happy with an empty toilet-paper roll -who owns whom here, anyway?

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