While not technically a book about animals, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog– The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by crime fiction author Lisa Scottoline deserves to be reviewed here because Scottoline’s love for her assorted menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens comes through in almost every single one of this collection of her wildly popular columns from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Scottoline writes about life, love, family, pets, and murderous toasters, among many other things. As a woman of a cetain age, you will find yourself nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and applauding the author for both her irreverance and her sense of humor as well as her deeply felt and beautifully expressed love for her family, both human and furry.
I love Scottoline’s novels and I’ve always wondered about how much of herself was in her heroines’ characters. This book answers that question, and it made me like a favorite author even more.
In some of the animal related chapters, she writes about her two kittens; one of whom adores her, and the other, in the author’s words, “wishes me dead.” She writes about Ruby, the corgi on Prozac. She writes about Lucy, her golden dog in more than just breed.
Here are some examples of Lisa’s wit and wisdom:
“Mothers are a natural force and maybe an alternate source of fuel.”
“I have never been in an accident, unless you count my two marriages.”
“My mother taught us that if you eat baked beans from a can that has dents, you will get botulism. This was before people injected botulism into their faces. Nowadays, the dented can will kill you, but you’ll look young.”
“Ruby (the Corgi) was intended to replace Francesca (her daughter), which is not working out exactly as planned. How many parents can say that their dog is on drugs but their kid isn’t?”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. These brief, funny, sometimes biting, but always warm-hearted slices of life will resonate with most women, and they will also delight animal lovers.
For more information about Lisa Scottoline, please visit her website.
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