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Bark If You Love Me
Bark If You Love Me
Author: Louise Bernikow
A single city woman meets Mr. Right-he has amber eyes and a wily heart. There's only one catch . . . he has four legs and a tail. Relatively indifferent to the natural world, allergic to dogs, and happily independent, writer Louise Bernikow never had a pet and knew nothing about caring for one. But one day while running along Manhattan's Hudson ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780156010955
ISBN-10: 015601095X
Publication Date: 9/13/2001
Pages: 228
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
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runcysmom avatar reviewed Bark If You Love Me on + 163 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. It is a delightful story about a single woman who finds a stray and takes him home with the intention of finding a home for him. In the process she falls in love with this whimsical boxer and ends up keeping him. A wonderful story about companionship and love. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book by Louise Bernikow expresses quite well the love between a person and their dog. I ordered this book because of the cover photo. It reminded me of the boxer that was a member of our family for 10 years. The heartwarming story that Bernikow tells of her relationship with her boxer will appeal to anyone, dog person or not.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed Bark If You Love Me on + 907 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I love animals and especially dogs. This is the cutest story about a dog found with antics galore. I found myself smiling as anyone who has ever had a dog can relate to this loveable dog that gets brought home. True story.
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Helpful Score: 3
An abandoned dog. A woman who lives in an apartment in New York. One needs a home; the other needs a companion. They become friends, share everyday living in the city together. She learns that the boxer is her true friend; the one who remains loyal. They do things boxer-style in the city. A fun, quick read for the animal lover.
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Helpful Score: 2
Cute story about how a pet can change one's life.
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Dallas011 avatar reviewed Bark If You Love Me on + 36 more book reviews
Most people find that there are defining moments in life: a child's birth, getting married, even chance encounters can all divide an individual's experiences into "before" and "after." For Bernikow, a journalist and lecturer on women's history, life is divided neatly into "before fate dropped a dog into my world" and "after my first pet store visit." While running in Central Park one afternoon, this dedicated pet-hater came upon a crowd gathered around a police car. She wandered over, saw an abused pooch in the back seat and didn't exactly fall in love, although she soon found herself with leash in hand and an admiring ring of spectators. After a few days with the brown boxer she named Libro (Spanish for "book"), she discovered that they were mismatched but splendid pals, so she set off to chat with fellow dog lovers in the park's fenced-in dog-run area. In its lesser moments, the book can be schmaltzy and forced, as when Bernikow speaks of fate and epiphanies, attributing supernatural powers and uncanny intuition to her dog friend. Fortunately, these passages are tempered by Bernikow's description of trotting Libro around New York, meeting people who normally wouldn't bother to talk with her. In these vignettes, she allows her sense of absurdity to shine through, and the work takes on a cosmopolitan tone: "Many people said they'd grown up with boxers or their grandmothers had boxers, which made me feel rather retro, the kid still in stretch pants on the ski slope while everyone else wore microfiber." Her delightful riff on her dog's life will be snapped up like a delicious treat. Agent, Lisa Bankoff, ICM.


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