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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Kihn Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet Hola. She’s a nightmare, but it’s not her fault if she tackles strangers and chews on furniture, or if she runs after buses and fried chicken containers and drug dealers. No one ever told her not to. Worse yet, she scares her family. Hola may be the most beautiful Bernese mountain dog in the world, but she’s never been trained—at least, not by anyone who knew what he was doing.

Hola’s supposed master, Marty, is a high-functioning alcoholic. A TV writer turned management consultant, Marty’s in debt and out of shape; he’s about to lose his job, and one day he emerges from a haze of peach-flavored vodka to find he’s on the verge of losing his wife, Gloria, too, if he can’t get his life—and his dog—under control.

Desperately trying to save his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the world of competitive dog training. Unfortunately, he knows even less than Hola, the only dog ever to be expelled from her puppy preschool twice. Somehow, together, they need to get through the American Kennel Club’s rigorous Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, Hola first needs to learn how to sit. It won’t be easy. It certainly won’t be pretty. But maybe, just maybe, there will be cheesecake.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book because it's about redemption, humility and getting a handle on one's place in the world. The framework of all this is the training of a lovable, possibly untrainable Bernese Mountain dog named Hola. Hola's training is the road back to life for her alcoholic, wife-separated owner, who, along the way, learns just as much about himself as he does about his dog as they make their way--and not always without missteps--toward triumph. A poignant, heartfelt memoir that offers as many life lessons as it does lessons in dog behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betty | 2/11/2014

    " What a delightful story...a great read for any dog lover. I learned a lot about dogs from the author's trials and tribulations. It never ceases to amaze me how clever dogs are...we seldom enable our dogs to reach potential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 2/5/2014

    " author describes training his badly behaved bernese mountain dog, and his struggle with alcoholism. seems a bit disjointed at the beginning. worth sticking with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betsy | 1/29/2014

    " This is probably the closest I'll get to reading a "dog book" - whether it be a "Marley and Me" heartwrencher or a how-to-raise-an-obedient0dog guide - because it has a touch but not too much of that genre. It's more of a memoir about a smart, talented alcoholic whose marriage is on the rocks in part because of his unruly Bernese mountain dog Hola but also, although it's not all that clear, because of things like the author's drinking. What makes the book such a great read is the writer's wit - he's a tv comedy writer and it shows. Apparently he also went to my high school. I also learned what it takes for a dog and owner to earn a Canine Good Citizen Award (CGC) from the American Kennel Club - and that my Vizsla Ernie and I are not likely to do so anytime soon. "

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About the Author

Martin Kihn is an Emmy Award-nominated former writer for MTV’s Pop-Up Video and the author of House of Lies. He has worked at Spy, Forbes, and New York, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Details, and Cosmopolitan. He lives in Minneapolis.