My Life as a Dog
Author: L.A. Davenport
Perhaps with him I am a dog
What was Kevin? He was earnest yet playful, boisterous yet lazy, a little rough sometimes, extremely direct and always sure of what he wanted. He was also sensitive, kind, supportive and caring, not to mention highly communicative and supremely understanding towards children.
My Life as a Dog is the funny, heartwarming and moving story of a life shared between a black and tan dachshund and his owner.
Told over two days and a weekend drawn from their many years together, it explores how Kevin overcame his cruel upbringing to flower into a self-confident dog that left everyone he met spellbound. And as they grew together, his owner learned to live in the present and navigate the difficult times they faced together.
But with Kevin rejected by the canine world and their connection ever-more profound and symbiotic, the question was: What does he think I am?
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My Life as a Dog is a short and relatively easy read with a good premise – the undeniable bond between a dog and their owner. While the premise is intriguing, the story itself and the writing style just weren’t for me. The writing felt very telling and lacked much creative writing elements that show the reader what is going on. Because of this, I found it somewhat hard to read because it didn’t captivate my interest. There were lots of mentions of turning onto so and so street and it didn’t paint a picture of what was going on, making it feel like I was doing exactly what I was doing – reading words. The other element I found frustrating was that it appeared as if the dog, Kevin, dictated a majority of the narrator’s life instead of the narrator being seen as more of the dominant. This can be seen with how Kevin would essentially dictate where they would go on their walks and never learned to leave what is on the ground alone.
Despite me not being drawn to the story due to the writing style, the concept is there. It would be a great and quick read for anyone who wants something that they can likely, at times, relate to when thinking on their life with their own dog(s). It shows what a non-troubled life our pets lead and how we have them for such a short period of time, but we are present for everything that matters to them in their short lives. If you can get over the writing style, I would recommend this book to age ranges of elementary and middle schoolers to help demonstrate the huge influence we have on our pets’ lives. I also appreciated how it emphasized living life to live and be with those we love, in this case the narrator being with Kevin, instead of just living to work and being constrained to the mundane 9-5 lifestyle that eats into so much of our time for ourselves and our families that so many of us lead.
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About the author:
L. A. Davenport is author of the suspense thriller Escape, and the short story collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories.