Starter Dog: My Path to Joy, Belonging and Loving This World


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$19.95  $18.55
ECW Press
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5.7 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Rona Maynard is the author of the acclaimed memoir My Mother's Daughter. She capped a stellar career in magazines with a decade at the helm of Canada's premier women's title, Chatelaine. She lives in downtown Toronto with her husband and the rescue mutt known as Casey.


"Among the many canine classics I've read, Starter Dog is the leader of the pack. It's a beautiful tribute to a long marriage in which kindness toward a dog unlocks stored affection between spouses. It is also a powerful meditation on the pleasures of a life spent discovering the world from a dog's perspective instead of slogging at the office. With humor and insight, Rona proves that some things about being human are best learned from a dog. I loved this book." -- Catherine Gildiner, New York Times bestselling author of Good Morning, Monster
"A delightful romp with a mutt for all hearts." -- Donna Morrissey, bestselling author of Pluck
"An elegant and engaging tale. With this tender invitation to get to know her beloved pup Casey, Rona Maynard makes dog lovers of us all -- even the most ardent of cat people like me!" -- Mark Henick, mental health advocate and bestselling author of So-Called Normal
"As a late convert to the world of dogs myself, I devoured Rona Maynard's gorgeous, engaging prose as fast as my pup wolfs down her morning kibble. Starter Dog is far more than a tale of a woman and her dog. This gem of a book showed me it's still possible to find simple, everyday beauty in an uncertain world and that love and connection, discovered one daily walk at a time, beat ambition and accomplishment. I loved the heart and wisdom woven through this inspirational book, and -- dog lover or not -- you'll love it too." -- Laura Davis, author of The Burning Light of Two Stars and The Courage to Heal
"A wise woman's reassessment of life and love, Starter Dog is a beautifully felt, thoughtful and often funny read. While the rescue mutt may be billed as the star of the show, Maynard herself commands center stage, evolving in surprising ways. Unfailingly observant, this book is deeply life-affirming -- a joy to read." -- Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
"When you buy yourself a copy of this funny, honest adventure of a book (and you must), you're going to want to clear a few hours and read every word. God, Rona Maynard is a good writer." -- Abigail Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of A Three Dog Life and Still Life at Eighty
"Starter Dog is an enchanting love story between a pet and his human. Rona Maynard shows us with marvelous wit and sensitivity how the world is expanded and enhanced by the companionship of a dog." -- Hilma Wolitzer, author of Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories