i found this book to be beautiful, the way Doty writes is like poetry, it is a moving, touching story and one that every dog owner can (should) be able to relate to. losing a dog is like losing a friend, and it is a painful time however this book is not all about tears and sorrow, it is a celebration of his dog's lives, which is beautiful.
This is a very moving story about a man's close relationship and appreciateion of his dogs. The writing is very beautiful, funny at times, and makes you think.
From the acclaimed poet and memoirist Mark Doty, comes the story of his life with his two canine companions, Arden and Beau, in Dog Years.
When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog to keep his dying partner company, he brings home a large golden retriever named Beau to join the black retriever named Arden already at home. In the face of tragedy, these two dogs become close companions as they help to heal him at a profoundly dark period in his life. A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year, winner of the Israel Fishman-Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction, and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, Dog Years is a profound reflection on the lessons that animals can teach us about living, love, and loss.
--from the HarperCollins website