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Author: Ed Breslin Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781481554312
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When Ed Breslin bought a new dog, Miss Dutchie, he wasn’t expecting his beloved pet to help him beat alcoholism. But caring for Miss Dutchie completely transformed Ed’s outlook on life. The unconditional love Miss Dutchie and Ed shared was a crucial incentive to overcoming his devastating addiction, and this moving story speaks to anyone who has ever loved a dog or battled their own personal demons.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So pleasurable to read that it almost overcomes the underlying pain and loss at its heart.”

    Robert Stone, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award

  • “A Labrador retriever taught Breslin more about life than any teacher had…His hymn to Miss Dutchie is heartwarming and heartbreaking.”


  • Drinking with Miss Dutchie is clearly a book that Ed Breslin ‘had’ to write: it’s an expression of grief as pure and as harrowing as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. That it is centered on a dog instead of a human being subtracts nothing from its power. As surely as if Dutchie had been a spouse or a child, her spirit, her splendor, evoked an absolute love from the Breslins, and the translation of that love into grief convinces us of its actual majesty. To borrow a word from Didion’s title, this is a magical book.”

    Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Koko

  • “Ed Breslin’s memoir is tough-minded and tender-hearted. Compulsively readable, it details the darkness of his drinking days and the great light shed by his companion dog, Miss Dutchie. Half elegy, half life lessons, Breslin’s book eulogizes a great-hearted Labrador retriever who taught her master the joy of living.”

    Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

  • “Breslin writes with an elegant simplicity…The book is a sweet, sad tribute to that purest of all relationships.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An intense book, a real page turner, one of the best and also one of the most unusual, celebrating the human-animal bond. It’s the kind of book that one remembers for a very long time.”

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

  • “Breslin writes intensely and emotionally about psychic pain, grief, and the loss of friends and dogs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dutchie is as clearly drawn as any literary figure, and Breslin’s love and gratitude toward her are palpable.”

    Library Journal

  • “She ‘taught me more about life than any teacher I ever had,’ Breslin writes, ‘and she never said a word.’ Breslin is just the man to find those words. Grover Gardner narrates with the consummate skill of an AudioFile Golden Voice.”


  • “In his debut memoir, former book editor Breslin writes about the death of his cherished dog, Miss Dutchie, and how, with her help, he succeeded in overcoming alcoholism…A moving story of love, death, and recovery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Salamone | 11/15/2012

    " Loved this book...found it at the library must read for any dog lover Well written always kept me engaged. l am now going to look for any other books by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manintheboat | 4/4/2011

    " This is not the book I thought it was. If anyone knows which book has a gay dandy author expounding upon his exploits whilst drinking with his dog, let me know, because that is not this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathleen | 3/31/2011

    " A tough read for me as I just lost my beloved pet of 18 years 6 mos. ago. I would recommend for the animal lovers, but it broke my heart to feel the pain of his loss. I guess that speaks well of the author to bring that pain across to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 3/21/2011

    " Good good stuff. Love the link between addiction and dog-ownership and I concur! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 3/5/2011

    " I love dogs so I loved this book. I recommend this book for anyone who loves dogs or is dealing with addictions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wallace | 2/28/2011

    " A good read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/24/2011

    " I won this from a goodreads giveaway. Enjoyed the book. I am an avid dog person, especially labradors...they are my breed. Also loved the size of the book. And thank you to the author and his wife for adopting! "

About the Author

Ed Breslin (a.k.a. E. B. Cross) is a former editor and publisher who spent two decades in the book business. He now writes and edits full time. He lives with his wife in New York City and in the Hudson River Valley.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.