This is a very touching story about a dog saving his master from himself....except it was told in a much more self-aware and honest way in [b:Dog Years|106241|Dog Years|Mark Doty|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347457335s/106241.jpg|1701440]. While [a:Mark Doty|61509|Mark Doty|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1200335729p2/61509.jpg] brought you with him in his descriptions of staring at the Hudson River, contemplating suicide and while you felt the blackness of depression descend over you and the author both, in [b:Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life|2002857|Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life|Bruce Goldstein|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348064888s/2002857.jpg|2006731], the author weighs down his story with cliches and focuses way too much on coming up with snappy metaphors. To be honest, the snappy one-liners in the book are too tiresome for me to go back and find some as examples, but suffice it to say, they are along the lines of "my puppy is as jittery as a coke-head on coke".
I like stories like this, I really do. I myself am a pet owner, and can say from first-hand knowledge that there are some episodes in a human life that are made bare-able only by having a best friend by you who won't disagree with your point of view and will love you reagrdless of your hard times and regardless of how much of your hard times are self-inflicted. However, knowing the sentiment and reading the experience are two different things, and [a:Bruce Goldstein|909933|Bruce Goldstein|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1212391957p2/909933.jpg] just doesn't write the story very well. Good enough - I finished the book - but while I have handed out [b:Dog Years|106241|Dog Years|Mark Doty|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347457335s/106241.jpg|1701440] to at least a handful of my friends when they've gone through hard times (those with and without pets), I know I won't even mention this particular book to even those friends that are of the die-hard my-dog-is-my-child camp.