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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Jennings Narrator: Dana Jennings Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307735188
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A must-read for every dog lover—a short, tender, and uplifting tale of a cancer survivor and the life lessons shared with him by his beloved family dog.

Our dogs come into our lives as “just the family pet,” but before we know it they become drinking buddies and fuzzy shrinks, playmates and Cheerios-munching vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks and sleeping partners. And, in their mys­terious and muttish ways, our dogs become our teachers.

When Dana Jennings and his son were both seriously ill—Dana with prostate cancer and his son with liver failure—their twelve-year-old miniature poodle Bijou became even more than a pet and teacher. She became a healing presence in their lives. After all, when you’re recovering from radical surgery and your life is uncertain, there’s no better medicine than a  twenty-three-pound pooch who lives by the motto that it’s always best to play, even when you’re old and creaky, even when you’re sick and frightened.

In telling Bijou’s tale in all of its funny, touching, and neurotic glory, Jennings is telling the story of every dog that has ever blessed our lives. The perfect gift for animal lovers, What a Difference a Dog Makes is a narrative ode to our canine guardian angels.


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Quotes & Awards

  • A poodle named Bijou teaches her cancer-stricken master how to savor his life in this heartfelt gift of a book. Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human
  • The setup is moving and Jennings is a charming writer... [his] wry sense of humor shines through... It's the rare reader who won't take some pleasure in Jennings's strength (and how smitten he is with the noble Bijou). Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/20/2014

    " "What a Difference a Dog Makes" is a wonderful tribute to our canine friends. Dana Jennings captures the spirit of dogs and their relationships with us. I could see the dogs that I have known and loved in little Bijou. This is a great book to read curled up with your own furry friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/24/2014

    " I'm wanting to study to become a veterinarian and this book really was an eye-opening helpful read! I realized a lot of the things my dog and I do, are not as weird as my boyfriend says they are. ;] Whenever your dog licks your toes, they think it's a salty, yummy, delicious potato chip! That was probably my favorite part. But not only was this book about the love your dog has for you, it was about the care and loyalty a dog really can do for you, especially if you are like Dana and have cancer. This was an inspiring story and I recommend it to dog lovers everywhere! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " Cute, sweet tidbits from one dog and her person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/20/2014

    " Audiobook. A feel good story about living through cancer and life with a dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Todd | 12/22/2013

    " I found this in e-book form and there's a mixure of humor, inspiration, and an over-all heartfelt honesty. Enjoyed it immensely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 12/17/2013

    " Very sweet book, great for all dog lover's "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 12/16/2013

    " This book was weak at best. The writer was not really sympathetic in spite of having cancer and the book didn't flow at all. It didn't do the dog justice and wasn't really funny or sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/7/2013

    " I love the story of Bijou de Minuit and Dana Jennings. It's a love story about an adorable black poodle and a person afflicted with cancer. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 11/25/2013

    " Dana's writings on the New York Times compelled me to read about his battle with cancer with his miniature poodle at his side. His sense of wonder and gratitude make this a worthwhile read even as you know he has experienced debilitating pain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/16/2013

    " Perhaps it's just because I've read so many great dog books - "Marley & Me", "A Dog's Purpose", "The Art of Racing in the Rain", and a few good non-fiction ones as well, but this just seemed disjointed and shallow to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendi Olson | 10/8/2011

    " Loved this book. Quick read, lovely story. If you love dogs, you will love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 9/27/2011

    " This book was ok. I am more of a cat person though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 3/20/2011

    " This book was weak at best. The writer was not really sympathetic in spite of having cancer and the book didn't flow at all. It didn't do the dog justice and wasn't really funny or sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/31/2010

    " I love the story of Bijou de Minuit and Dana Jennings. It's a love story about an adorable black poodle and a person afflicted with cancer. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/25/2010

    " I recently received this book from Goodreads. It was a quick read and very good. Whether you are a dog lover or not there are some wonderful life lessons in this book. Thanks Goodreads, I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann in tx | 10/22/2010

    " I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

    thank you! a good reads First Reads win! i'll be starting this book next! "

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