The Wrong Dog: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love

By David Elliot Cohen

The Wrong Dog, by New York Times bestselling author David Elliot Cohen, is the heartwarming, often hilarious, story of Simba II, a mischievous white Labrador puppy brought home by accident.

As he grows into an enormous ninety-pound dog with a huge personality, Simba cements the bond between two families and enriches their lives in countless ways.

When the family moves from San Francisco to New York, the author is charged with bringing Simba to the family’s new home, so he and his best friend, Erick, load the old hound into the back of a station wagon and set out on a 3,300-mile once-in-a-lifetime road trip across America.

With stops at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace; the Las Vegas Strip; Meteor Crater; the Painted Desert; Cadillac Ranch; Winslow, Arizona; Gallup, New Mexico; Graceland, and other all-American landmarks, this engaging and poignant volume chronicles an epic journey, the unconditional love between one dog and his family, and the vast and benevolent role dogs play in American family life. But most of all, The Wrong Dog shows us how the end of life can sometimes be the richest part of all.

Hardcover, 264 pages
5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches

What’s being said about The Wrong Dog

Independent Press Award Winner 2018

Winner, 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards: Animals/Pets Category

2018 International Book Awards Winner

“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.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette