The Resource The Boy Who Talked to Dogs : A Memoir, Martin McKenna

The Boy Who Talked to Dogs : A Memoir, Martin McKenna

Label
The Boy Who Talked to Dogs : A Memoir
Title
The Boy Who Talked to Dogs
Title remainder
A Memoir
Statement of responsibility
Martin McKenna
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Biography type
autobiography
Biographical or historical data
Martin McKenna is known in Australia as the "Dog Man." He has been a guest on more than 450 radio shows and is the author of "What's Your Dog Telling You?" and "What's Your Dog Teaching You?" published by HarperCollins Australia. He lives in Nimbin, Australia.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
Dewey number
636.70835
Index
no index present
Language note
Text in English
Literary form
essays
Summary expansion
When Martin McKenna was growing up in Garryowen, Ireland, in the 1970s, he felt the whole world knew him as just "that stupid boy." Badly misunderstood by his family and teachers, Martin escaped from endless bullying by running away from home and eventually adopting--or being adopted by--six street dogs. Camping out in barns, escaping from farmers, and learning to fend for himself by caring for his new friends, Martin discovered a different kind of language, strict laws of behavior, and strange customs that defined the world of dogs. More importantly, his canine companions helped him understand the vital importance of family, courage, and self-respect--and that he wasn't stupid after all. Their lessons helped Martin make a name for himself as the "Dog Man" in Australia, where he now lives and dispenses his hard-earned wisdom to dog owners who are sometimes baffled by what their four-legged friends are trying to tell them. An emotional and poignant story seasoned with plenty of Frank McCourt-style humor, "The Boy Who Talked to Dogs" is an inspiration to anyone who's ever been told he or she won't amount to anything. It's also a unique, fascinating look into canine behavior. In these pages, Martin shows how modern life has conditioned dogs to act around humans, in some ways helpful, but in other ways unnatural to their true instincts, and how he has benefited enormously from learning to "talk dog."
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general
The Boy Who Talked to Dogs : A Memoir, Martin McKenna
Label
The Boy Who Talked to Dogs : A Memoir, Martin McKenna
Publication
Note
Paperback / softback. Trade paperback (US). Unsewn / adhesive bound
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two dogs and ten humans -- Irish weather -- Always at the bottom -- The railway culvert -- Stupid boy -- Padraig O'Rourke's barn -- Outsiders -- The Garryowen Horse Fair -- Tige's enchantment -- Supreme boss of all the dogs -- Fight back or give in forever -- My patch -- Dirty war -- Sterner stuff -- Getting wilder -- Joining the human world again
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9781510702806
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Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9781510702806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) MH_116481

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