My Life in Dog Years

My Life in Dog Years


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Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440414711
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 38,790
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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I am—I say this with some pride and not a little wonder—a "dog person." I make no excuses for unabashedly loving them—all of them, even some that have bitten me. I have always had dogs and will have dogs until I die. I have rescued dozens of dogs from pounds, always have five or six of them around me, and cannot imagine living without dogs. They are wonderful and, I think, mandatory for decent human life.

All that said, there are some dogs that are different, special in amazing ways....

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My Life in Dog Years 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so cool. I always knew Gary had dogs, but I never knew that he had so many of them!!! I liked Snowball and Rex in paticular. But Josh is my favorite! I would just love to have a dog like him. he sounds so fun to live with!!! This is my favorite of all Gary paulsen's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a Gary Pulsin fan abd even though i haven't read this book i know that it is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!(;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!! I loved it!!!!! :>) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read lots of gary paulsen books but this one is about the dogs that he loves. My favorite part is the dedecation. It is ssssssooooooo moving, i never thought that a dog could be so brave! You have GOT to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book I read about dogs and pets literature. I thought that this book was the most interesting I ever read. I loved it from beginning to end. An outstanding beautifully and excellent written book. To take readers into his life. I read it 5 times for real!!!!! And recommended it and my family and friends loved it!!! If you want something about pets lives that are amazing in many ways read this book. I know you'll love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is great. First of all because I love dogs and Gary Paulson's books. Second he tells about his dogs while at the same time he tells about his life. He had an interesting life so the book was Great. E-mail me and tell me some books you like. I love books about the outdoors. Happy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book hope you read it XD
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This was a very unique book. I enjoyed every chapter, as I learned about each new dog that passed through Gary Paulsen's life. All of them true stories, of course. I do like the author's writing style very much, and it's amazing how descriptive the book is. I'd pick it up and read it again! I loved each & every one of these dog's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this like 20 times every time wondering how cool it would be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who absolutely loves dogs! It tells of all the stories of Gary Paulsen and his many dogs throughout his life. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book as part of a school project/bookreport. It had to be about animals - and it was recommended by the staff at B&N. While my daughter would have perhaps preferred a Geronimo Stilton Book originally (she loves that series) - we recognized the need for more "challenging" material. What a pleasant surprise this book was! Although we don't own a dog (just a cat)-- we were all drawn into the stories she shared with us from the book -- and impressed at how she (at age 10) was able to relate to the author's life lessons along the way. It was sad at times, and joyful at others. But it truly demonstrated why Dog is man's best friend!
WillT7E More than 1 year ago
My life in Dog Years is a great memoir about the dogs Gary Paulson has raised through his lifetime. Each chapter has a different story about one of the many dogs he has owned. In one of the chapters, Gary, at the age of seven, lived in Vietnam during the war, and there obviously weren't very many kids living there at that time. So, as you can imagine Gary was lonely and he wanted a friend, and one day found a black puppy with a perfect white circle on its side, but there was a problem. The dog belonged to a butcher and the butcher was planning on eating the dog, plus the butcher wasn't just going to give up his food without a price! My opinion: This is great book that is exciting, happy, and sad. I would recommend this book to any middle school student that has feelings for dogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book i have ever read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that evrybody should read this book. If you like dogs this would be the right book for you to read.He talks alot about his life and all of the dogs he had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book of people who like to read about the outdoors. It is about a Boy named Brian was got to see his dad and he was on a small plan. The pilot had a heart attack and Brain landed the plan. So if you like outdoors this book is for you
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book by Gary Paulson, telling all about all the dogs that he had had in his lifetime, and how they had made an impact on him. It was very enjoyable, though sad in some parts, and it led me to read his other books. He is a great author, and I love his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book that Gary tells about all his dogs in his lifetime. From Cookie to Josh this book was an enjoyable book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This true story really touches your heart. It tells the story of how Gary paulsen started with dogs, and how he has lived with them all of his life. If you are a dog-lover, this book is an amazing story for you. If you are not a dog-lover, it will make you love them, and want to have experiences as Gary Paulsen did with them. From the first dog to the last, this auto-biography, will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time. Overall it is a great book that everyone should read, and one of my personal favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book every year to my fifth grade students and every one of them loves it! It's an excellent read-aloud book, it hooks the reader with a combination of realism, tenderness, and laugh-out-loud funniness. I never get bored reading it again, the kids love the main subject- dogs! At their age they have a dog or want a dog and can't get enough of Gary Paulsen's dogs. Don't pass it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very unique because it's a story about his life and it's also about the animal he cherishes, dogs.
kglucas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I put this on a book review list for 7th and 8th graders during a summer reading program in a public library. The kids decided not to vote for it, yet they couldn't get enough of discussing it, and they remembered all the dogs' names and their anecdotes. The kids got so animated when they discussed this book. What a wonderful book to share with kids who love dogs - but do keep the hankies handy.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book even made me think that having a dog might be kind of fun! Paulsen tells parts of his life story through tales of dogs he had a different points in his life.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulsen has always written books that show us his love of all things nature. Here we have a look at the dogs that have helped shape his life. He dedicates the book to Cookie the sled dog who saved his life. He tells us the story of Snowball, a dog he convinced his mom to purchase for him while they lived in the Philippine Islands. He was trying to save it because the villagers ate dogs. Ike was a dog that befriended him when he most needed a friend. Dirk was a stray that became his protector. He speaks of his experiences with Rex the farm dog, Caesar the giant, Fred who befriended a pig, Quincy small in stature but big in heart. He ends his story with Josh the "smartest dog in the world". I loved this book because it was a realistic look at his relationship with his favorite pet, dogs. I can't say I am a great dog lover. I grew up on a farm. We had several dogs which included a cocker spaniel and a collie. My aunt gave us a German shepherd which had been abused by kids. She figured he would do well at our house. Flash was very quick and very protective. However, screams while playing tag or any other childhood game set him on end and he would attack. A bite from him created my fear of dogs. He finally had to be put down when he bit my baby sister through the eye lid. To try to calm my fears my aunt gave us a cockapoo. This yappy little dog was fun but still scared me. Years later my father brought home a German shepherd. He handed me the leash and told me to walk him. I was terrified and the dog seemed to sense this. He made a point of approaching me slowly. One night while walking back to my house from the neighbors someone came around our house running for me. I knew I would not be able to defend myself with a my leg in a cast and this dog heard me scream, came through the screen on the door and stood between me and my attacker allowing me to enter the house. That was the beginning of my losing my fear of dogs. Years later my husband wanted a rottweiler. I knew how big they were and was terrified. He took me to the house and had me sit on the ground. The owners put a large pan of dog food in front of me and let the rottweiler puppies out. One in particular plopped down in the middle of the pan and all the others had to eat around her. She then stood up, untied my shoelace and then plopped in my lap like she belonged. She was with us only only two years before she was murdered by a neighbor. It is our dream to have some land where we can get another rottweiler. Until that time I will be happy with my favorite pet "the worlds smartest" cat.
JLCasanova on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book discusses how dogs affected the author's life, and the many different relationships he had with them. Science teachers can use this as a starting point to have students research the different breeds of dogs or how interaction with animals can affect a person. Writing teachers can use this to show students an example of how to write an anecdote. Reading teachers can use this for read alouds. Students can also research Gary Paulsen's life, since the book discusses some parts of his life. Each chapter focuses on a different dog and is arranged in sequential order. The writing is interesting and often humorous. While the author does describe each dog in great detail, it would be nice to have pictures to go with each chapter.
mmpvppl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great stories. Fast read.