My Dog Tulip, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, Illustrations, ports.
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781590174142



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I was expecting a sweet memoir of a dog owner. While the book is hilarious, I’ll admit it isn’t for everyone. Excepting a chapter on Tulip’s bowel habits, the book is almost entirely about Tulip in heat, and how Ackerley responds. He seems to obsess over his dog's sexual needs, but somehow I didn't find it too strange. He's not a normal sort of dog owner anyway; that his observations of her tend to anthropomorphosize her may point more to how he feels about himself than interpret her behavior. This memoir does show Ackerley’s true devotion to his dog, for all her faults; and her devotion to him, for all his.

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This book is linked to the fictional We think the world of you by the same author, and it is a true account of a bachelor who obtains an alsatian bitch. Although the dog is a monster and Ackerley doesn't really understand her behaviour or try to correct it, he likes to think he does understand and always defends the dog. It's an interesting read where Ackerley projects his own needs onto the dog, and gradually looses a sense of reality where she is concerned (although he is unaware of this). This makes the book fascinating as an insight into the state of mind of an owner who becomes too fond on his dog to the exclusion of humans.

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Ackerly' memoir of his Alsatian (German Shepherd) bitch, Tulip. It started off really cute - how devoted she was to him, what they spent time doing together. Then he goes into her problems stooling and her difficulties with her anal glands. After that, 3/4 of the book is about Tulip in heat, looking for a suitable mate (or husband in Ackerly's terms), her sexual difficulties, her pregnancy and her puppies. It was a good book, but, I'd recommend it only to those people that are really into dogs. Actually I think this book is for those people who are obsessed with their own dogs and would like to read about a man obsessed with his dog.