Novel Review – Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog by Samm Hodges, Phinehas Hodges, Idil Gozde (Illustrations)

Dogs are too good for us. I am glad that they put up with us silly humans.

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About

From the publisher, “A book of haiku and illustrations from the mind of Martin, the talking, angst-ridden, introspective dog from the ABC TV series, Downward Dog.”

My Thoughts

“Every day you leave
me, sure as the rain falls in this lingering autumn
I dreamt I found
myself alone under dark stars—
your smell led me home.”
I am not crying… you’re crying.

I started reading this thinking that this would be light and fluffy. It is not.

Once again, I am not crying you’re crying.

This is serious stuff but funny too. The relationship with one’s dog is fraught with happiness, glee, laughter, scolding, and in the end a moment of bittersweet pain that seems to last forever. Any dog lover knows what I am talking about. This book puts those complicated emotions down on paper in the form of 35 haikus written by Martin the dog on the short-lived show of the same name. It will hit you in the gut remembering good times and sad with all the feels. 1600x640-Q90_355a8fd8180cc93501569a03ed7a0816.jpgI want to wrap this prose around me like a warm blanket. It is lovely and perfect for a dog lover or anyone who can appreciate the better half of a dog/human relationship. Truly I think dogs are too good for us humans. A wonderful book.

Shame: all the food has
vanished before I notice
I started eating

Ps. I miss my dogs.

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