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It's Just A Dog (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Russ Ryan
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Présentation de l'éditeur


What if your dog died and then came back as a ghost…that could talk? Would you welcome him back with open arms, or run away scared to death?

This is the premise of IT’S JUST A DOG, a humorous, heartwarming new novel about love, pet loss, and one man’s ghost dog who rises up yapping from the grave as a talking dog.

Charlie Keefe is not just your typical dog lover –– he’s a world famous dog painter, a.k.a. “The Picasso of Pooch Portraits”. Unfortunately, Charlie’s beloved muse, Pete, his lovable Jack Russell terrier, has just died. And he’s totally grief-stricken by the loss of his furry best friend.

So, after months of suffering over his dearly departed soulmate and wondering if he ever made it to The Rainbow Bridge, Charlie reluctantly agrees to foster a new puppy –– a cute Cavalier King Charles named Brownie from the local animal shelter. Soon after, Charlie is surprised to find himself falling head over heels with this new puppy girl, his ‘Rebound Dog’, as he calls her –– as well as being romantically attracted to Janelle Jordan, the head hound at the dog rescue.

But then complications arise when the ghost of his old dog, Pete, mysteriously reappears one night and comes back to haunt him and the new puppy –– setting off a bizarre chain of events that throw Charlie’s life, career, and entire belief system into chaos!

If you like funny dog movies and have enjoyed such classic dog books as Old Yeller, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Marley and Me, and A Dog’s Purpose, then you are bound to find a place in your heart for IT’S JUST A DOG.

It's Just A Dog is for anyone who has ever lost a pet –– and learned to love again. Regardless of whether you're a fan of literary fiction, women's fiction, or just yearn for an old-fashioned love story with humor, you will find something to smile about in this laugh out loud romantic comedy -- an Amazon Kindle Bestseller!

*A portion of the proceeds have been donated to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (in San Francisco, California), a rescue which believes that every dog deserves a happy ending.

Listen to what all the big dogs are barking about after reading It’s Just A Dog:

“If you read just one dead dog book this year, make this the one!”Old Yeller

“IT’S JUST A DOG…is not just for dogs. It’s for people, too!”Scooby Doo

“If books could kill...”Cujo

“Do yourself a favor and take a bite out of this dog novel. Literally. I wish it had more pages. I ate it up in less than an hour!”McGruff the Crime Dog

“Is this dog heaven? Nah, it’s just fiction. But I’ll take it.”Lassie

“This sweet, catchy novel was like music to my ears!”Nipper the RCA Dog

“Genuinely heartfelt and inspiring. An American original. Now where’s that cold beer you promised me?”Spuds MacKenzie

“Romancing the bone!”Benji

“Awww shucks, I loved it. And I can’t even read!”Pete the Pup from 'Our Gang' (a.k.a. The Little Rascals)

“It’s a gas!”Walter the Farting Dog

“If I was granted three wishes, I’d wish that everybody take the time to read this uplifting, humorous Kindle book…After Shakespeare and all the great Elizabethan poets, of course." - Wishbone

"I prefer the movie." - Uggie from The Artist

Biographie de l'auteur

Aside from being a dog widower, Russ Ryan has written screenplays with the Hollywood producers of American Pie, Final Destination, and Fireflies in the Garden. He was also a writer on a really bad teen comedy, National Lampoon’s Repli-kate, starring Eugene Levy. This is his first novel.

In addition, he is the creator of, a vintage movie poster blog that focuses on the greatest movie poster artists and illustrators from the 1940s-1980s to present day.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 191 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fun 1 octobre 2013
Par Zephora
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A funny but moving tale - read it in one sitting. Dog owners will love it. Woofed it diwn with my Jack Russell on my lap:)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An hilariously wacky sad dog story with more pathos than bathos 21 mai 2013
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur
Russ Ryan doesn't come to this novel without background or credentials: he has written screenplays with the Hollywood producers of AMERICAN PIE, FINAL DESTINATION, and FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN and his own REPLI-KATE and he has probably absorbed more Hollywood history then most through his sidebar hobby blog that focuses on the art of movie posters going far back in time. From all of this exposure to dealing with dialogue, hearing movie ideas played out in the resource room, and staring at ideas that pop out from the great art of movie posters, he has come up with a very original and very wonderful first novel that should boost his career in the business (someone will doubtless option this book for a movie!) and provide hours of entertainment - and solace - to dog lovers, especially those who have gone through the loss of their `man's best friend. Ryan is a dog widower times two, sadly.

In a very casual conversational manner we meet a young artist who has a history as a child of losing a pet dog Starsky who was euthanized without much explanation. Jump to present time in Malibu, California and after our down and out artist (who goes by the name of Charlie Keefe) is dumped by his live-in girlfriend, he decides to go to the animal shelter and get a dog. And there is Pete - a mutt, but a Jack Russell Terrier who in a very brief time works his way into Charlie's heart and life. Charlie begins to paint dogs (sort of a `Thomas Kinkade knock-off imagery' of his main model Pete) and with Charlie's artist rep Donny's help the business becomes lucrative - The Picasso of Pooch Portraits - and Charlie and Pete become famous globetrotters. But of course Pete ages and while Charlie is on an exhibition trip to Paris, Pete dies and Donny cremates him. Charlie is completely devastated, unable to function and in the deepest level of grieving for Pete. Charlie meets bouncy Janelle who is committed to finding foster homes for orphaned or unwanted dogs and after the two strike up a `friendship' Charlie finally adopts Brownie, a Cavalier King Charles female, whose every cell speaks love and affection. Charlie and Brownie and Janelle bond and though Charlie retains the core of his heart for his deceased Pete, he loves Brownie, too.

Business starts to thrive again, and all is moving forward until Pete returns as a talking ghost dog - during a bed tumble featuring Charlie and Janelle. And from that point life becomes "complicated': Pete is a mouthy sass of a ghost, only Charlie can see him, and every one thinks Charlie has lost it. The rest of the story is a path that leads through a new relationship between Charlie and Pete, a disruption with Janelle and her transient paramour Milo, a new kind of painting that features Pete as a heavenly creature (a genre that fails to attracts Charlie Keefe's following) and a couple of car crashes and a temporary loss of Brownie - and to tell more would take away from the very fine ending of this story.

Where Russ Ryan takes us in this extremely impressive debut novel is not only into the realm of comedic writing, but also into that arena of gaining and losing a dog, the effect that dogs have on our lives, and the profound tragedy of becoming a dog widower. He can touch our hearts and compassion as competently as he can weave a fantasy story of the return of talking ghost dogs and never for a moment does he lose us. This is very fine writing from a very talented and generous artist: he is donating a portion of the proceeds to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Buy this book for your own healing, for your entertainment, and for all the Petes out there! Grady Harp, May 13
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it. A regular guy's dog book. 24 mai 2013
Par Craig Maddux - Publié sur
I picked up "It's Just a Dog" on my way out the door as I left for vacation. Three days into my two-week vacation and I need a new book. I wish Mr Ryan understood that vacation books are supposed to last the entire two weeks, not finished in three days. I am not a book "devourer." I usually read about five pages a night before I doze off and am awoken by the book or iPad hitting me on the nose, but I scarfed this one down.

The author performs an amazing balancing act in "It's Just a Dog." It's sarcastic, hilarious and heartfelt (by which I do NOT mean "sappy" -- I hate that) and most of all, authentic.

He tells us a wonderful tale where artist Charlie Keefe moves through the seven stages of dog loss with the addition of the little-known "Spectral Visitation" stage, during which the ghost of Pete, his Jack Russell Terrier, returns to simultaneously torture Charlie and put his life back on track.

I don't think you have to be a dog lover or have suffered dog loss to enjoy the book, but it probably helps. I am and I have, and the author does hit that part square on. Like I said, "authentic." I was amazed to read bits of the book that seemed to be my own thoughts and feelings transferred to the page in front of me.

I loved this book and think it would make a great movie. And now I have eleven days to read it again -- more than once apparently.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loss, Love, and New Beginnings... 25 mai 2013
Par Susan B. Kottwitz - Publié sur
If you're a dog lover, you need to take a deep breath. Relax. You read that book title and began to clench your teeth, right? Well, this book isn't at all what you're thinking.

When my beloved Lucy passed away last year, I felt as though my heart had been ripped out. I was sure that my life would never be the same. After all, not only was Lucy my heart dog and constant companion, she inspired my business, For Love of a Dog.

Lucy is the dog in my business logs and without her I may never have created my business. When Lucy died, a bit of the fire that fanned my muses died as well. Life really was not the same in any way.

Some people just didn't get it. "It's just a dog," they said (or thought to themselves.) Russ Ryan gets it. Oh, dog! He really gets it.

It's Just A Dog is dedicated to Petey Ryan and Charlie Dickens. You guessed it: dogs. Petey, a Jack Russell terrier, was over 14 years old when he died in 2010. Charlie, a
Terrier / Retriever mix and rebound dog, died suddenly right before publication of this book.

Ryan notes: "Being a dog widower has taught me that it doesn't matter if you have a dog ten years or ten months - the pain and hurt is still the same. Fortunately, the good part is that the love never dies!"

Your teeth just unclenched, didn't they? And now you're reaching for a tissue or two, right? Now you're ready to read a great new dog lover book. It's Just a Dog is a hilarious tale with lots of heart and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's Just A Dog is a story about loss, love and new beginnings, told in a humorous, informal style. I immediately felt as though I was reading about a friend. I'm very cautious about dog books. I'm always afraid something terrible will happen to the dog. Indeed, this story really begins with the death of our hero's beloved dog, Pete.

However, I was hooked when Charlie (our hero) explained: "Losing Pete felt like losing a child - although that's not really fair since I've never even had a kid, let alone lost one. In any event, all I can do is share with you the depth of my own personal painful experience, so please bear with me. Besides, loss is a contest that nobody wants to win."

However, lest you think this book is a serious downer, hilarity does ensue, along with witty banter. As Charlie deals - or rather doesn't deal well - with his grief, he travels the bittersweet road of loving another dog, has numerous encounters with the ghost of his departed dog, and becomes (more than just friends) with one of the local crazy dog ladies. All along the way, the author skillfully harmonizes humor with pathos.

The day this book arrived, I began reading and simply devoured it. If you're looking for a great dog story full of fun doggie hijinks and written by an authentic dog lover, then pick up a copy of It's Just A Dog by Russ Ryan. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun-filled romp 22 mai 2013
Par Peggy Tibbetts - Publié sur
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When Charlie Keefe's Jack Russell terrier Pete died at the ripe old age of 16 - and a half--Charlie lost more than his "precious pal." He lost his "meal ticket." You see, Charlie is the world famous "painter of dogs" - the "Picasso of the Pooch Portraits." And his most popular subject was, alas, the dear departed Pete. Devastated, Charlie grieves for months, unable to paint or function, like a normal human being, much to the exasperation of his friends and especially his business partner. With the help of Janelle the dog rescuer lady and a cute little spaniel named Brownie, Charlie gradually starts putting his life back together. But he's haunted by the ghost of Pete. One day at the most inopportune moment, Pete's ghost appears and starts shooting off his mouth. From then on Charlie takes a swan dive into the abyss with Pete the wise-cracking, ghost dog by his side.

"It's Just a Dog" is a hilarious sendup of the dogoir genre. Reminiscent of the tongue-in-cheek satire in the film "Best in Show," Ryan captures the nuance of the quirky characters that inhabit the world of dog lovers with blithe affection but never sarcasm. Clearly Ryan is just another delirious dog lover with a highly-developed sense of humor. "It's Just a Dog" is a fun-filled romp through this dog park of life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's never "Just a Dog" 23 mai 2013
Par Cathy - Publié sur
What a wonderful book, I loved it.

"It's Just A Dog" is a heartwarming read for anyone who has ever loved a dog. The author Russ Ryan takes you through Charlie Keefe's grief over the loss of his beloved dog, Pete, a Jack Russell terrier who took over his heart and made his career as a world famous dog painter.

After going through months of grief over the loss of Pete and finding and falling in love with a special girl "Brownie" a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who he agrees to foster, his beloved Pete returns! As a ghost that can talk!

There's humor and upheaval in Charlie's life when Pete returns along with the conversations we would all love to have with our precious departed fur babies. There are some very special moments between Charlie and his special buddy Pete. They brought tears to my eyes.

It's a wonderful book that one would want to read again, I know I will! Truth is when one has loved a dog, we all know that it is never "Just A Dog".
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