Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs

Pack of Two The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs At the age of Caroline Knapp author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking A Love Story found herself confronted with a monumental task redefining her world She had faced the loss of both her pare

  • Title: Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs
  • Author: Caroline Knapp
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  • Page: 487
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  • At the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task redefining her world She had faced the loss of both her parents, given up a twenty year relationship with alcohol, and, as she writes, I was wandering around in a haze of uncertainty, blinking up at the biggest questions Who am IAt the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task redefining her world She had faced the loss of both her parents, given up a twenty year relationship with alcohol, and, as she writes, I was wandering around in a haze of uncertainty, blinking up at the biggest questions Who am I without parents and without alcohol How to form attachments, and where to find comfort, in the face of such daunting vulnerability An answer materialized in the most unlikely form that of a dog Eighteen months to the day after she quit drinking, Knapp stumbled upon an eight week old puppy at a local animal shelter, took her home, and named her Lucille Now two years old, Lucille has become a central force in Knapp s life In her, she writes, I have found solace, joy, a bridge to the world Caroline Knapp has been celebrated as much for her fresh insight into emotional and psychological issues as she has been for her gifts as a writer In Pack of Two, she brings the same perception and talent to bear on the rich, complicated terrain of human animal relationships In addition to mining her own experience with Lucille, Knapp speaks to a wide variety of dog people from animal behaviorists and psychologists to other owners whose dogs have deeply affected their lives about this emotionally complex, sometimes daunting, often profoundly healing alliance Throughout, she explores the shift in canine roles from working partners to intimate companions and looks, too, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, becomes a template for what we most desire ourselves.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Caroline Knapp was an American writer and columnist whose candid best selling memoir Drinking A Love Story recounted her 20 year battle with alcoholism.From 1988 95, she was a columnist for the Boston Phoenix, where her column Out There often featured the fictional Alice K In 1994, those columns were collected in her first book, Alice K s Guide to Life One Woman s Quest for Survival, Sanity, and the Perfect New Shoes.Knapp won wide acclaim for Drinking A Love Story 1996 , which described her life as a high functioning alcoholic and remained on the New York Times best seller list for several weeks She followed Drinking with Pack of Two, also a best seller, which recounted her relationship with her dog Lucille and humans relationships with dogs in general from

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    1. I found this book all too easy to put down, I m afraid I m not sure why, I guess the reason is the fact that I wasn t a fan of the writing style or the author s extremely neurotic personality The book, for all of its love of everything dog related, is rather a dreary read and somewhere around the midway mark becomes of a collection of vignettes about dogs who become neurotic because their owners make them so It almost makes one feel that to love a dog too much makes one incapable of having a he [...]


    2. I wasn t quite sure what to make of the book at first I thought it was going to be along the lines of the McConnell books I ve read trained animal behaviorist giving anecdotes and scientific fact to back up her claims That turned out to be far from the truth The book is about the journey one woman takes after getting her dog, a journey into a discovery of what being a dog person is all about She does explore the bonds between humans and dogs, but from an entirely personal way It s all done thro [...]


    3. I want my Hoover back This stupid book is so emotionally affecting, it s all giggles and fond memories and a thousand tissues remembering your life with your first dog Seriously, I am crying now just typing this and it has been two years since I read the book and 12 years since the dog in question went to puppy heaven.Living on your own is never as good as you want it to be without a dog.


    4. I wanted to read this book after reading Let s Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell s memoir of her friendship with Caroline Knapp, who died at 42 from lung cancer And oh, also, because I love my dog so much and, in the past year and a half, she and I have definitely been our own little pack of two Although Knapp acquired her pup, Lucille, on a bit of a whim to fill the void left by the recent deaths of both parents, the end of a long term relationship and a newly won sobriety after 20 years of [...]


    5. This is the creed one must take whenever one begins to read a dog book, The I m beginning to read a dog book Creed I realize that the lifespan of dogs is significantly less than the lifespan of humans I accept that when reading a dog book, the chances of me falling in love with the dog and the author then documenting the dog s death are very high I affirm that this dog book will make me cry while riding the T Thus concludes the I m beginning to read a dog book Creed.Surprisingly, the dog didn t [...]


    6. i can see now, why my dear friend in California sent me this book to ensure that I wouldn t flit off to another book on my long list , and has been bugging me for a long time, to just READ IT I called her the day after I finished her, to thank her There are only a certain group of people who would really get this book Yes, it s well written, and the only reason I ve put it off is because SO many people thrust animal books upon me.But this one is different It s about the closeness that some of us [...]


    7. Well, it s not what I expected And I don t mean that in a good way While Caroline Knapp chose the title Pack of Two, she presents maybe I didn t count 200 packs of two packed with study results I wasn t prepared for tidbits about one dog person relationship after another plus analysis reinforced by study after study I should have paid attention to the subtitle The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs.About one third of the way through the book, I m Hamlet, asking, to finish or not to finish S [...]


    8. What can I say, I am loving these memoirs by middle aged women from Cambridge I ve been walking a golden retriever at one of my jobs, and it s made me want to get a dog as soon as I don t live in a studio and have a steadier income It was also interesting and moving to read this right after finishing Let s Take the Long Way Home, a memoir by Knapp s friend Gail Caldwell about their friendship before Knapp s untimely death.


    9. The first few pages made me wonder whether I hadn t written it myself, so accurately did it describe my relationship with my own sweet one But her writing is far beautiful than I could have managed I still remember the day a friend loaned me this book and at the end of the first paragraph of the prologue I cried It was that intense and cathartic crying that happens with grief I really could not stop It had touched a very deep and solemn corner of my psyche And later I cried at regular intervals [...]


    10. I wanted to like this book the premise of a single woman whose closest confidante and relationship was with a dog and struggles with confidence self esteem mirrors my own life However, despite the book being only around 250 pages, it seemed to drag on and on and repeat the same comments She constantly worries about what her dog is thinking about her and what others think about her based on her dog s training She is so worked up over the idea of being the pack leader and showing her dominance ove [...]


    11. This was a sweet look at the relationship between people and there pets I could see myself in many of the anecdotes and could sympathize with many of the situations The book also helped me rationalize that I am not as crazy a pet parent as I thought I was


    12. I will read just about anything with dogs in it, and when there s good writing involved, I ought to be doubly engaged I appreciated the parts where she delved into the particulars of her self and her story and her dog I got weary of the writing about other people and their dogs and their neuroses, and of what felt like general hypercogitation about ARE THE DOGS TRULY HAPPY WHAT ARE THEY THINKING OH MY OH MY I am a legit dog maniac, but I could think only of the scary statistics about how much mo [...]


    13. I was drawn to this book because the cover featured a view of the back of a woman beside a pointy eared shepherd mix Author Caroline Knapp had written a memoir about her battle with alcoholism, called Drinking A Love Story, and this purported to be a love story about her dog I was hoping for a narrative telling the story of her life with this dog, Lucille Instead, I felt like I was reading a dog version of the early episodes of Sex and the City, when various women and men on the street addressed [...]


    14. Neurotic pet owner, know thyself I m really glad I read this book before getting a dog People are kuh razy And I could have so easily been one of them If I m ever lucky enough to get a dog of my own it s Monks of New Skeete and Ceasar Milan the whole way This book helped me see how it actually damages the dog to project your own ideas beliefs feelings moods thoughts etc onto an animal And also, that the way you love a dog can actually be a detriment to their mental health I m on board with crate [...]


    15. exactly the opposite of the book i read immediately following this merle s door which was essentially a biography of a dog with a balanced read canine life the first chapter was tough for me but i wanted to give the book a chance and pushed on ultimately ended up skimming whole chapters just to see if the tone of the book changed, or a plot appeared, to no availis is a narrative of a new dog owner s neuroses and the evolving obsessive relationship between herself and the dog that plays these out [...]


    16. If Oprah picked a book club book on dogs this would be it I found this book difficult to read at times it s really a memoir about a emotionally troubled, recovering alcoholic who adopts a dog and discovers inner peace But her evaluation of what it is to live with a dog as a single city dweller is amazing I just adopted my first dog two months ago and her explanation of how we bond and you become interconnected with your dog definitely resonate me I m not sure they would have if I read the book b [...]


    17. On the brink of getting my own first dog, this was a sentimental look at the bond between dogs and owners Knapp explored the meaning of the bond between herself and her dog Lucille, as well as the bonds of some dog owners around her She talks about how the relationship with her dog has helped her to work through the issues with her own past relationships I don t think this book will be for everyone, as a lengthy discussion of relationships isn t everyone s cup of tea If you re looking for a feel [...]


    18. This is a moving look at all the ways dogs enrich and complicate our lives, how we project onto them, anthropomorphize them, use them to cope with our lives and justify the decisions we make The author found herself using the dog as an excuse to cut off contact with people, though she did actually end up building some relationships because of her shepard mix, Lucille There are a lot of anecdotes about how maladjusted owners create unhealthy lives for themselves with the help of their dog Since I [...]


    19. Okay, animal guardians with abnormally close relationship with their pets read on This is a lovely book about a woman and her dog It s loosely based on the woman s life, with some dog trivia sprinkled throughout Her dialogue regarding preferring the company of her pet versus some people in her life was refreshing I read this when I just adopted Ares I was living with a guy who said Ares had to go after we just adopted him I chose the dog over the man and we left that day This book reinforced my [...]


    20. I love dogs, and stories with, and about, dogs This book, however, is not about dogs It is the endless ruminating of an ex alcoholic who has not come to terms with her adulthood, her parents death, her romantic relationships, her own identity, or how to conduct herself when she chooses on impulse to get a dog I was embarrassed for her as she went on and on It was pathetic, and repetitive, utterly self indulgent The book needed serious editing Her obsession about her interaction with the dog was [...]


    21. Not sure what to say about this book Parts of it were great, parts of it made me want to groan The author was clearly dealing with some serious neuroses she did write a best seller about her 20 year battle with alcoholism and these come through loud and clear often projecting onto the dogs, people, and the relationships between them that she describes I m not sure I d recommend this to people really trying to understand the relationship between people and dogs, unless you already have enough exp [...]


    22. If you know me, you know I have a high regard for canines My relationship with Abby, my rescue, is seldom understood this book reinforced my conviction that people need dogs as much, but much differently, than dogs need people Knapp infuses the book with anecdotes underscoring the tranformative power of a dog s unconditional love to help a damaged person trust again I totally relate to Knapp, and mourn her death from breast cancer to this day.


    23. For anyone who has ever lived with a dog, or known someone who lives with a dog, this book is pure joy The author fearlessly shines a lot on her deep love for her dog, and gives some backstory as well It is all the poignant as Ms Knapp passed away but her boyfriend took in Lucille, so not to worry The exploration of the bond between humans and dogs is amazing Probably the best dog book I have ever read.


    24. I m a Caroline Knapp fan and the fact that she got a dog when she was a few years sober and named her Lucille, makes me like her even It was a good read and helped me understand the strong bond we have with our pets, esp dogs




    25. An excellent description of what it s like to get a dog as a single adult I have always loved Knapp s writing, and this book is no exception.



    26. So if you ve read my other reviews you know that Drinking A Love Story is one of my favorite contemporary works of all time As I ve read all of Ms Knapp s essays as well as her friend s memoir Let s Take the Long Way Home of their friendship and Ms Knapp s ultimate death of lung cancer, I ve always left this book unread Two reasons, 1 I m a cat person I love all animals and very much like dogs as much as any other living creature But let s just say if this was a heart wrenching novel of her time [...]


    27. This book demonstrated for me why I shouldn t ever become a dog owner Ms Knapp s description of the qualities and attitudes a person needs to maintain to successfully train a dog do not mesh with my personal qualities at all.However, she also sheds a lot of light on the mysteries of why so many people do love dogs, and that is not a bad thing to know, even for non dog people.She also shed a lot of light on the psychological aspects of the relationship between dogs and people It seems sad to me t [...]


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