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My Life with George: Surviving Life with the King of the Canines [Hardcover]

Judith Summers , Martha Richler (Marf)
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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2 Aug 2007

When Judith Summers’s husband and father both died within the space of two weeks, she found herself floundering. Life for her and her eight-year-old son Joshua seemed relentlessly bleak. Then George bounced into their lives.

A loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with film-star looks, George reawoke their joie de vivre. Yet Judith soon discovered that living with George had its drawbacks. He was a full-time job and as expensive to run as a Ferrari. Wilful and badly behaved, he refused to eat anything other than roast chicken, preferred travelling by car to walking, and became as jealous as a spurned lover if any man dared show an interest in her. And when a near-death tangle with a Staffordshire Bull terrier resulted in costly sessions with an animal psychologist, Judith found that it was she who was put on the couch . . .

My Life with George is the hilarious and moving story of the impossible but adorable George — recounting how he filled the huge void in Judith and Joshua’s lives, while driving them absolutely barking mad along the way.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718153278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718153274
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Animal enthusiasts will love this story of four-legged emotional rescue but beneath the surface there is a touching and bravely charted narrative of bereavement and its aftermath (Daily Express ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In the summer of 1998, Judith Summers lost her husband and her father to cancer. Life for Judith and her eight-year-old son Joshua looked bleak.

But then George bounced into their lives. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a loving character and a penchant for chewing up paper, George re-awoke their joie de vivre and gave them back their sense of humour - whilst driving them barking mad along the way. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a touching and funny account of a family tragedy - with all the stoicism and self-deprecating humour one would expect from a witty and sophisticated English author, who had to face life after her beloved companion died suddenly of cancer. it was her onerous responsibility to bring some light into the house once again, and her sole concern was for her sensitive, only son, who at such a tender age had to witness the illness and death of his father. what follows is a brave romp through trials and misfortune, and ultimately, happiness, and a reconciliation with the thunderbolts life brings. the little King Charles Spaniel, George, is the little fluffy and mischievous hero who brings fun and joy back into a family grieving for their beloved Udi. Highly recommended. With illustrations by the cartoonist Marf.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book is touching, heartbreaking, and moves you to tears and then laughter. It is written from the heart, like a letter from a long-lost friend, without any pretensions to literature. it is refreshing and funny, and manages to enter the catatonic realm of cancer with jollity, humour and heartfelt anguish and rage. what is so amazing is that the spirit of the little dog called George rules - showing how love and fun triumph over tragedy. i love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog lover!!!!! 23 Aug 2007
Did not buy this for myself but decided to browse and I actually cried laughing. This is such an enjoyable book. It was also an eye opener to the unseen or ignored pain of friends that you may 'think' are copeing with their loss. Just loved this book and will be buying for Xmas presents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk in Beauty 23 Aug 2007
This book is an absolute must in "HOW NOT TO DO IT" for anyone who is thinking of bringing a dog into their home. Having said that, Judith slips the cord over our necks and leads us along the totally predictable path of mistakes and responses, on both ends of the rope. I laughed out loud and wiped tears from my cheeks. It is a really good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it really about the dog? 29 Jan 2008
I just felt sorry for this little guy as I read it. His owner didn't seem to understand her part in these events and misfortunes and misbehaviors involving what seemed to be a really typical dog. I can't imagine reducing my little guy to comments about being inconvenienced by his pooping, farting, what he looks like, and how much money I parted with over him. If a dog is truly understood, surprise....not so many issues!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable at times..... 16 Feb 2010
This book is written very well which keeps the reader reading on, but at times events in the book are quite shocking. The treatment of animals is exactly what not to do i.e rubbing a dogs nose in mess, is just terrible. As an animal lover parts in the book about like when a character dumped his cat and sat back while his family tried to find it were awful and the author thought this was hilarious. She is an example of people who shouldn't own pets as they don't have the gumption to understand that you have to understand an animal on their level, not force it to fit into your own life and disrupt it's natural instincts etc. When you take an animal on it's for better or worse, not convenience and given away when it suits.
The book really was very disappointing after looking forward to it, as an past owner of a King Charles Spaniel, Max.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did what is said on the cover 6 Jan 2009
My little Blenheim was chosen for me by my mother after the death of my previous Blenheim. Within a few weeks she was diagnosed with cancer and died a few months later. Hugo like George has kept me sane and has kept laughter in the house. Yes George did take over and became a channel for love, just like my little fella has. Good on you George, thank you for keeping up the traditions of the CKC Spaniels and well done Judith for writing a no-nonsense book with the ups and downs of life with a perfect companion. Fantastic read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Life! 26 Jun 2010
By Jae79
I first read this book a few years ago when someone lent me a copy...I fell in love with George then and had always loved the cavalier breed - I recently took the plunge and purchased a 8 week old ruby cavalier puppy and wanted to re-read this book to remind me of the funny/hearwarming stories that Judith shares. There has been a lot of chuckles when reading this again and some of the stories are already feeling familiar! This is a great book (if you enjoyed Marley and Me you should buy this now!) showing the true joy and chaos a dog can bring! I initially read this book as a cat owner and three years later I have my own mini warned these dogs are addictive!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Doggie Lovers read this book
I loved this book, I have Cavaliers myself and the author captured their characters very well. It was a well written book I bought it because I had read reviews on it and likes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I love my own King Charles so this is an amusing story everyone should read - now I will have to go buy another one....
Published 6 months ago by Jacqueline Crawley
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Gift
I brought this book as a gift for someone who lost a partner and they were very pleased with it. The story I am told is very warm and endearing and deserves a recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Smoothie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any Cavalier owner
George is a typical King Charles Cavalier. Thinks he's royalty because it is in his name! I saw a little bit of all my cavaliers, past and present, in George. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andria
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This was a really good read some parts sad and some very funny most enjoyable look forward to reading the follow on
Published 11 months ago by sunraybright
5.0 out of 5 stars Read first
bought the follow up worth reading what a lovely little dog, brings humour back into your life so must read
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. W. Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars My life with George
I considered the other reviews on this book before purchasing and took note of one ladies comment that the author spent too much time stewing on her relationships with men and not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wendy ,dog addicted
2.0 out of 5 stars You have to love the character
I'm afraid I just got bored. I read avidly, and am a dog owner, but I couldn't be bothered to finish this book. Probably just me ......
Published 13 months ago by Susan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read.
A fantastic book and a must-read for dog lover and especially for anyone who has ever owned a cavalier king Charles spaniel.
Published 15 months ago by Julie Leckey
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarmingly hilarious
In a word 'Brilliant' the sequel too, also 'Brilliant'!
It goes to show how owning a dog can ease the pain of lifes disasters
Published 15 months ago by Mr M J DENNIS
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