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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (6 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330520024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330520027
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lou's story is an emotional and deeply felt tribute to the powerful bond between dogs and humans. Last Dog on the Hill will make you long for that one special super-dog that can truly change your life. We should all be so lucky to have a dog like Lou in our world.' --Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Last Dog on the Hill is a wonderful mixture of humor, heartbreak, and high jinks. I couldn't put it down. Lou will steal your heart." --Janet Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series

"When making your pile of 'best dog stories ever,' make space for another one. This book is great! Lou is a real working dog, not just a pile of emotive fluff. His exploits and accomplishments are nothing short of heroic. You will cheer for this dog and the fullness of his life. The relationship between Steve Duno and Lou is remarkable. We all want to know a dog like Lou. Here's your chance. There is a tear or two, but they are tears of joy for lives well-shared." --Greg Kincaid, author of A Dog Named Christmas

"There's nothing whispery or mysterious about the connection between Steve Duno and his remarkable Rottweiler mix Lou. It's a full-voiced love story, a vigorous tale of rescue and mutual redemption, and an eloquent human-canine conversation that grows richer and deeper through the years. Last Dog on the Hill reminds us not only how much dogs can learn, but more importantly, how much they can teach us about the things that really matter -- loyalty, honor, hard work, and plenty of sheer delight." --Steven Winn, Author of Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Do

"Everyone needs to experience a dog like Lou; and every dog needs a person like Steve Duno. Last Dog on the Hill is one of those rare animal memoirs that isn't sentimental, yet moves the reader to tears as easily as laughter. It also makes me wonder how many vocabulary words my dog knows."
--Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog

"If Jack Reacher had a dog, he'd be Lou. If Jack Reacher were a dog, he'd be Lou." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

"There are so many accounts and testaments that verify beyond doubt that a dog is man's best friend. What makes this story special is that Lou, in terms of fate, was destined for a rough and unspectacular life. Lou and Steve found each other by sheer chance. Lou's life was richer for being Steve's dog, but the real twist of fate is how Steve's life and the lives of all those who knew Lou, were enriched forever." --Nuala Gardner, author of A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

"Anyone who has ever loved or lost a dog, or both, will be touched by this spellbinding story about two beings who crossed the human-dog divide and met on the other side." --Stefan Bechtel, author of Dogtown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Redemption

"Steve Duno describes Lou and himself as `neither dog nor human but family, just family.' Anyone who has ever loved with their heart wide open will want to come along for this ride. Unpredictable, heroic and funny...just like Lou." --Monica Holloway, author of Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story

'Terrific true story about a trainer and behaviourist Steve Duno's very special dog of a lifetime. Nearly overlooked as a sickly, tic-infested stray, Lou becomes mentor, trainer, bodyguard, crime fighter, and career and life-changing friend.' --Your Dog magazine

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The heartwarming and hilarious story of a dog called Lou, who overcame the odds to change the lives of those around him.

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I've read a great deal of books about Dogs and their owners. This is the best so far. I challenge anyone not to be emotionally moved by this story of Steve and his best friend Lou. Steve's and Lou's story touched so many dogs and people's lives and will continue to do so through the pages of this great book. It's a great read from the first to the last page and I urge you to give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
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The story of a lucky dog rescued from almost certain death. The right time and the right place for the even luckier author Steve Duno. A Happy - Sad, Humorous, and very emotional tale of one mans relationship with his ultimate best friend. Everyone should have a Lou in their life. If this story doesnt pull at your heart strings, you have never known the love of a good dog. Read it and weep !
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This is a wonderfull book, reading it changed my life, I had determined never to have another dog after having to put my last dog to sleep; the pain was just to much, but this book gave me the strength to buy another dog, it is a great read, both funny and sad in good measure, it shows how much greater a persons life can be when shared with a well behaved dog, who will become your best friend. All dog lovers should read this book.
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Just finished reading this in what seemed like minutes... What a great story. Never sentimental or mawkish, not anthropomorphic, it's the tale of man (Steve) and dog (Lou) who "find" each other and their ongoing relationship.

Steve's writing style is easy and pacey; his descriptions of Lou's behaviour and body language (conversation, even? "Rower!") are as good a characterisation of a dog as I've ever read. Even if you're not a dog lover you will feel you know him and those of us who share our lives with dogs find ourselves nodding and smiling throughout. There are also descriptions of some of the problem dogs Steve and Lou worked with and snippets of information useful to those of us who live with less than perfect specimens.

Once in a lifetime there comes along your "heart dog" - the canine equivalent of "The One" - and it seems that Lou was Steve's. The sense of wonder and gratitude that Steve has for Lou's presence in his life is powerful throughout the book, but it's also Steve's story with its highs and lows. I can recommend "Last Dog on the Hill" as a thoroughly good read for everybody.
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Until you have given your heart to a dog you can never understand the bond between dog and human. This book is amazing - written in a very matter of fact and very down to earth style - and the love shines out from every single page. This man was proud to have a dog like Lou, and Lou was proud to have a human like Steve Duno, and while i was reading this book i actually felt i was sharing some of what they shared in their life together. Its entertaining, its funny, its heartbreaking but you will leave it feeling uplifted. Make no mistake though, if you have loved and lost a dog, this book will have you re-living every moment - from those first precious days with your new pup, through the ups and downs of adolescent dog, to the wonderful understanding that follows and on until the final chapter where your tears will fall with the authors tears. highly recommended.Last Dog on the Hill
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"Last Dog on the Hill" is the story of 'Lou' who is a real rescue dog. Anyone who has ever had a dog will love this book. Anyone who is contemplating getting a dog should also read this book so they will be aware of the hard work involved in dog ownership but also of the huge rewards that a dog gives to it's humans. Steve Duno's style of writing is brilliant and the book is one that you cannot put down as you want to turn the page to find out more about 'Lou' and what he is up to.
Brilliant read.
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I wouldnt normally read a book like this, Strictly an action fiction man normally but there was just something that made me want to pick this up and give it a go. Steve Duno writes about the amazing Lou with such affection that you feel like you're there with him for their amazing adventure. Just brilliant, go on meet Lou.
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I know Im a sucker for shaggy dog stories but this one takes the biscuit,, what a delightful read of one man and his clever, soppy, lovable dog.Its very amusing in parts,, when Steve is teasing Lou with the ceiling fan.. dont ask,, just read the book.I can totally understand how one dog can have such an effect on peoples lives ,,and Im a cat person !!You find out early on in the book that Lou has died but that didnt help me at all,, I put off reading the last couple of chapters cos I wanted to be own my own when I cried,, I did feel however that Steve put his own feelings first and not that of Lou when he was obviously nearing the end of his life,,I know the vet said that Lou wasnt in pain but if a dog is doubly incontinent and needs a sling to support his back legs to walk then surely however sad then the time has come ??It is a lovely book and one I will read again and cry over.. again,
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