Poignant, funny tales about a man and his dog–and the lessons learned about responsibility and enduring friendship.
It is love at first sight when Carlo De Vito, an aspiring book editor, first meets Exley, the rambunctious, rescued German Shorthair Pointer he adopts and who becomes his faithful companion. In 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me, De Vito writes about their experiences growing up together–and the life lessons that invariably result from their adventures. Ultimately, when his beloved friend is gone, De Vito discovers some thruths about love, loss, and lasting friendship.
“It had been Exley’s job to raise me. All that time we had been having fun, going for walks, getting into trouble, being companions and friends in some great adventure. And I had spent so much time teaching him to sit, stay, lie down, roll over. But all along, he had been teaching me. It is the child that makes the man, and in this case it was a dog. All along it had been the dog doing the teaching, not me. How do you like that? And I love him for it to this day and will for the rest of my life.”
Writing in the heartwarming, bestselling tradition of Pack of Two and My Dog Skip, De Vito captures the spirit of that tie in a way that will resonate with not only dog lovers, but all those who share their heart and home with a pet.
About Carlo De Vito
Carlo De Vito, currently a publisher at Penguin Group USA, is a writer and editor and the author and coauthor of 10 books, including The Everything Dog Book and The Everything Puppy Book. He lives in Freehold, New Jersey.
“This is the story of Exley, a dog who often must have thought that his name was “Noooo…!” It is a true tale of how a dog brought warmth, love, chaos, humor and eventually, insight, to a man and later to his family. It is an amusing and gentle read for a snowy winter’s evening or a lazy day in the sun.” —Stanley Coren, author of THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOGS and HOW DOGS THINK
“Funny, illuminating, sleek as a shorhair’s coat, ’10 Secrets’ offers 10 x 10 secrets of the dog-human partnership. Carlo and Exley model the capacity for a relationship to transform us, embarrass us, awaken us, and shake us up. Beautifully, thoughtfully written and a joy to read. If I had a tail, I would wag it for ’10 Secrets.’” —Susan Chernak McElroy, author of ANIMALS AS TEACHERS AND HEALERS