Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Big Little Life

You've all heard of bestselling author Dean Koontz, but how many of you know about the other bestselling Koontz, Trixie? Not ringing any bells? Well you're in luck, because Dean wrote a book all about her: A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog. Oh, I guess I forgot to mention that Trixie was a golden retriever, but that's an honest mistake since Dean always believed she was so much more than a dog. Trixie came to live with Dean and his wife, Gerda, "not as a puppy but as a highly educated and refined young lady of three." She'd been trained as an assistance dog by the Southwest Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence in California, and due to her early retirement from the program, she needed a home. It was love at first sight, and both Dean and Gerda noticed right away that Trixie was special--innocent and joyful, but also mysterious and solemn. Ever the prankster, she lived up to her name time and time again, whether she was getting laughs at a dinner party with a cowboy doll or repeatedly fooling Dean into taking a look at what she'd found beneath the furniture (hint: nothing). Trixie was also a fountain of doggie wisdom, and her first published book, Life is Good (with Trixie Koontz) actually sold more copies than Dean's first hardcover novel. She followed that up with Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life, and the philosophy she expressed in both could be summed up as follows: "Love and sausage are alike. You can never have enough of either." Trixie spent almost nine years with Dean and Gerda, and though she was just a little thing in this big world, in "all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life." If you're a fan of Dean Koontz, or you just love dogs, or both, give A Big Little Life a try. Trixie Koontz is sure to bring a smile to your face and a sense of wonder to your heart. 

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