the wrong dog: an unlikely tale of unconditional love
NOW IN PAPERBACK!
By David Elliot Cohen
The award-winning memoir The Wrong Dog is coming out in paperback! In The Wrong Dog, New York Times bestselling author David Elliot Cohen tells the humorous, engaging story of what happens when puppy pick-up instructions go disastrously awry and a boisterous rough-and-tumble ball of energy bursts onto the family scene. So begins the chronicle of the unexpected love between a big family and their giant lug of a high-spirited Lab that culminates in a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, revels in the glories of the human-canine relationship and, along the way, ponders the crucial difference between a good death and a bad death. In a memoir as poignant as it is funny, Cohen shares the true story of Simba II, a ninety-pound white Labrador retriever with honey-dipped ears and a proud bearing.
Simba enjoys most of his fourteen years living with his large blended family in bucolic Marin County, California. But then, when he is old and ailing, the family has to relocate across the country. The initial plan is to fly Simba to New York but the vet nixes that idea, citing Simba’s failing health. With the rest of his family already in Manhattan, Cohen and his best friend Erick decide that their only choice is to load Simba into the back of the family station wagon and embark on a 3,291-mile road trip across America. The goal of the journey: to reunite Simba with his loving family while hitting some of the high spots along the way.
Together, this trio of unlikely adventurers motors coast to coast, encountering mobs of Las Vegas tourists, the Petrified Forest, and a host of wacky Route 66 oddities, including the world’s tallest thermometer, Meteor Crater, Cadillac Ranch, and Graceland. The constant question is: Will Simba live long enough to make it to New York City?
The Wrong Dog is an insightful story filled with historical and geographic trivia and told with self-deprecating wit and mature perception. It lovingly reminds readers that a good death is our final blessing.
THE WRONG DOG: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love By David Elliot Cohen
Published by Yellow Pear Press
Praise for The Wrong Dog
Independent Press Award
National Indie Excellence Awards: Animals/Pets Category
International Book Award
“Exceptionally well written, consistently engaging, highly entertaining, The Wrong Dog is especially recommended for those with their own canine companion.”
—Midwest Book Review
“I thoroughly enjoyed Cohen’s book cover to cover and believe you will as well.”
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer Canine Chat blog
“The Wrong Dog is an insightful story filled with historical and geographic trivia and told with self-deprecating wit and mature perception. It lovingly reminds readers that a good death is our final blessing.”
—PetConnections Magazine Pittsburgh
“A beautifully written memoir…funny, sweet and sad.”