A Big Little Life

A Big Little Life

A Memoir of A Joyful Dog

eBook - 2009
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Dean Koontz thought he had everything he needed. A novelist for nearly forty years, with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit , his career was thriving. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Gerda, since the age of twenty, and together they had forged a happy life for themselves in their Southern California home. It was the picture of peace and contentment. Then along came Trixie. Dean had been researching his novel Midnight -- a book which includes a service dog named Moose -- when he came across Canine Companions for Independence. Never having had a pet, the last thing he was looking to do was adopt a dog ... but that's what happened a few years later when a beautiful golden retriever named Trixie was retired from CCI service because of an elbow injury -- and that put her in need of a home of her own. Once in Dean and Gerda's home, Trixie very quickly found a way into their hearts. A Big little life tells the story of unexpectedly falling in love with a dog in middle age. It details Trixie's life with Dean and Gerda, the tremendous impact she had on them, and the things she taught them along the way. A lively and joyful read, it presents Trixie in all her complicated glory -- her smarts, her lack of vanity, and her uncanny knack for living in the present. A powerful tribute to a beautiful friend, A Big little life will remind readers everywhere that the love of our canine best friends is a love that lasts more than a lifetime.
Publisher: [New York] : Hyperion eBook, 2009
ISBN: 9781401394554
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (271 p.) : ill


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IndyPL_JillW Feb 08, 2019

If you are familiar with Dean Koontz's fiction titles, this is definitely a change of pace. A Big Little Life is the story of a 3-year-old rescue dog who came to live with the Koontz family. In this true account of his life with Trixie, Mr. Koontz shares many tales of the trickster. During obedience class, trainers would leave the room with dogs on a "sit/stay". Trixie moved down the line of dogs, trying to get one to break the command, running back into place when hearing the doorknob rattle. She was also very bright. While on a walk, Mrs. Koontz tried to get Trixie to leave the tennis court before she found a tennis ball. Trixie spoke, "BAW." She had never uttered anything similar to that before. Trixie taught Mr. Koontz that joy can be found in the simple things in life. If you want to learn more about Trixie, check out her series of books!

Jun 18, 2015

Dean Koontz and his wife lived a quiet, happy life as a family of two for more than thirty years. Then in September 1998, Trixie Koontz, a three-year-old golden retriever, recently retired as a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, turned them into a family of three. In this book, Koontz describes how their precious "daughter" changed their lives. For nine years Trixie was a member of the Koontz family. During that time she taught her "dad" how to trust his instincts, make time for play in a busy work schedule, and most importantly renewed his sense of wonder in the world.
Whether or not you're an animal lover, you should enjoy this memoir.

JCLHannahJaneW Oct 16, 2014

Whether or not you have a dog you will immediately feel welcome in Dean Koontz’s memoir about Trixie, his golden retriever.

Trixie is not just a cuddly retired service pooch who can issue a “sotto voce woof.” She is a genuine angel with a soft spot for lounging on rafts (“I’m moving through water! Without swimming! Brilliant!”), the word ‘nachos’ and pranks galore (including the bucket-bottom move).

Before you have a chance to jump into this book, it will leap into you.

Favorite quote?

“This may be the primary purpose of dogs: to restore our sense of wonder and to help us maintain it, to make us consider that we should trust our intuition as they trust theirs, and to help us realize that a thing known intuitively can be as real as anything known by material experience.”

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 07, 2014

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 7/16/2012.

This is the story of Trixie Koontz, the beautiful, smart, funny, and generally awesome dog belonging to well known author, Dean Koontz. All these years, I’ve heard about Trixie, but I didn’t realize just how special she was until I read this book. That dog was great at calming other dogs down in the middle of a vet hospital visit. She refused to throw up on a hard-to-clean carpet. She was a perceptive dog who knew when on the tennis ball hunt that one had been left behind.

This was an amazing story of an amazing dog. I laughed out loud until I cried. And then I cried so hard I sobbed. A truly wonderful book that any dog lover should read. Even if you’re not a Dean Koontz fan, you’ll love this book, and you’ll hopefully come to realize (if you haven’t already) just how special dogs really are. Especially dogs like Trixie Koontz.

Jun 10, 2013

The line editor must have been on holiday when this book was prepared for print! Some sentences have to be read two or three times to get the meaning. Something I found irritating was Koontz's tendency to go back and forth in Trixie's life, instead of chronologically. That said, she really was a smart and affectionate dog, and the book is, as the subtitle suggests, "A Memoir of a Joyful Dog."

emerald2pac Aug 21, 2011

Beautiful, heartwarming tear jerker for all dog lovers.

Aug 09, 2011

What a fantastic insight into the life of one of my all-time favourite authors and the special bond he and his wife shared with their beloved Trixie. She was an incredible dog, and as both a Koontz fan and dog-lover, this wonderful memoir had me both laughing and crying right through. I'm sure all who read this will wish that Trixie could have lived forever.

May 31, 2011

Quickly became my favourite!

Jan 01, 2011

Dean Koontz can make you feel all the emotions he's feeling. If you've lived with pets of any kind in your home, you know exactly how he feels. Such a wonderful insight into just how much they really loved Trixie.

Facchintr Aug 26, 2010

I've never read a Dean Koontz novel in my life, but this memoir of his lovely dog made me laugh AND cry. I am not a dog owner, but I want one like Trixie!

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