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on March 10, 2013 :
Okay, I'm a sucker for dog stories. Have been all my life. And even though my taste in canines runs toward mongrels (we've got two), I've met enough show dog folk to understand them, at least a little. The show *dogs* themselves are another story. That made Devin O'Branagan's novella especially enjoyable.
"Show Dog Sings the Blues" is a pleasant tale told from the dog's perspective and showcases a true love of animals, especially the domesticated variety. It also showcases farm life, something that urban readers should find both interesting and educational. I think younger readers will be particularly pleased with this tale and its gentle humor. I look forward to sharing it with my grandkids.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 02, 2012 :
“I want you to be tough bitches. You can’t ever let others see your paws sweat, or you’ll be flat on your back with your bellies exposed, having to grin submissively, and that’s just not our family’s style. Make me proud, girls.”
These are the words of Tali’s mother in Show Dog Sings the Blues by Devin O’Branagan. Remove the “bitches” and “paws,” and a novella about a pampered Australian Shepherd can apply to many people.
Tali is a cute little thing. Her humans take her to pet masseuses, psychics, and even to get her nails, um… claws, done. But Tali is much more than a pretty bitch. When things get tough, and a new friend is in danger, Tali bares her teeth and shows the world what she is made of.
Show Dog Sings the Blues is hilarious, primal, endearing, and complex. If you have, or had, a pet that is more like an amazing family member, you will want to read Tali’s tale. I’ve read Devin O’Branagan’s novella twice—okay, three times—and every time I reach the last page, my heart is overloaded by memories of my own four-legged best friend.
(reviewed long after purchase)
K. L. Schwengel
on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in a foreign land, unable to speak the language, and mistaken for someone else? That’s the situation Tali, or rather, Spiritsong’s Lucky Talisman of DeMitri finds herself in. Used to the life of a pampered showdog – including manicures, perfumed shampoo, organic kibble and bottled water – Tali never thought her life would involve wrangling cattle or facing off coyotes. That’s her sister’s job. But when Tali gets mistaken for her sister Maddie, and has to spend the day working on a ranch, she learns that sometimes we have to dig deep to find what we’re really made of.
Told from the viewpoint of an Australian Shepherd used to a life of luxury, Devin O’Branagan’s Show Dog Sings the Blues is a lighthearted romp through a day of mistaken identity. There’s action, adventure, laughter, and even a few tears as O’Branagan spins her tale of the power of love and coping with what life sometimes throws us.
Anyone who’s had a working dog and/or a pampered pooch will be able to relate. If you’re looking for a quick, light, and entertaining read, be sure to pick up Show Dog Sings the Blues, or add it as a stocking stuffer for your favorite dog lover. As and added benefit, a portion of the proceeds from this novella will be donated to www.AussieRescue.org
(reviewed within a month of purchase)