Years before he played J. Peterman on Seinfeld, danced his way into the hearts of America as the first-ever champion of Dancing With the Stars,
and hosted NBC’s National Dog Show, award-winning actor, composer, and
writer John O’Hurley was devoted to dogs. From the New England woods of
his childhood to the manicured lawns of Los Angeles, he has never known
life without the pleasure of a dog by his side.
Now, in It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump,
a charming and hilarious book about the enduring wisdom of dogs,
O’Hurley brings his love for dogs to listeners, exploring with his
characteristic wit and warmth personal yet universal lessons learned
from a life lived with canine companions.
Within these pages we
meet the dogs of O’Hurley’s life, both his and others’, who have served
as some of his most valuable and enlightened teachers: Taffy, O’Hurley’s
first dog, a dachshund who demonstrated that compassion is best
expressed by listening; Betty, a sweet bearded dachshund/black Lab mix,
who encourages us that not only will a safety net appear if we’re brave
enough to leap, but that every moment has the potential to change our
lives; and Scoshi, a wizened Maltese and O’Hurley's loyal companion for fifteen years, who reminds us to always bark the truth, to be grateful for
every meal and every moment, to never fear a face-off, and to never miss
At once poignantly moving and laugh-out-loud funny, It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump is a must-read for dog lovers everywhere.
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