Author: Alison Pace
Publisher: The Berkeley Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0-425-25587-2

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace,” is a quote from Milan Kundera. Alison Pace found her Eden when she writes about living in New York with her beloved dog, Carlie, in her book, You Tell Your Dog First.

With two hundred and thirty-two pages dedicated to her charming canine, the paperback book has a photograph of a white West Highland terrier looking up as she walks down a New York street on the front jacket. The back cover has content about the book, three reviews, and author biography and photograph. The book is geared toward any person who adores, relates or enjoys dogs, especially male or female singles who share the common bond of being responsible for a living, breathing animal.

Pace’s story recants her childhood and upbringing being around the plethora of dogs she had while growing up – lots of dogs. She correlates times in her life to a dog, not to her age per se, but to which pet was in the family and how the animal reacted, its personality and connection to her as she grew up. As she creatively tells how she lived on her own in New York and noticed something besides a mate missing in her life, she moved specifically to a dog-friendly apartment near Central Park so she could get and love her very own pup. She hunts for the perfect dog, ending up with a darling one year old
Westie that changes her once unfulfilled life to a more social, happy and contented one.

The author’s stories are charming, endearing and enlightening, written through the eyes of a single, professional writer who puts so much energy, love, adoration and time into her precious pooch, Carlie. The men she dates, the places she does or does not go, the physical limitations of dog ownership in a city and the relentless walks with dog friends are willingly approved, shyly shunned, gleefully accepted or ferociously unaccepted by her constant companion. A reader not only learns about the different breeds’ nuances and traits, but about the intimacies, thoughts and dreams of the writer on a very personal yet sometimes amusing and comical level.

For anyone, especially a single male or female looking for realistic, long-term companionship, this book is a marvelous, tender read about growing up, making decisions and maturing with an engaging four-legged creature to share and bear your heart and soul to everyday. With her dog as her best friend, Pace leaves the reader waiting for the next book to see what happens to Carlie.
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