From the New York Times bestselling author —and his dog— more woofs of wisdom In his first book, John O’Hurley wrote of the many life lessons he’d learned from dogs—lessons that carried him from the New England woods of his childhood to his life today as an award-winning actor, composer,... read more
In his first book, John O’Hurley wrote of the many life lessons he’d learned from dogs—lessons that carried him from the New England woods of his childhood to his life today as an award-winning actor, composer, and writer amidst the bright lights of Hollywood. Now,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In his first book, John O’Hurley wrote of the many life lessons he’d learned from dogs—lessons that carried him from the New England woods of his childhood to his life today as an award-winning actor, composer, and writer amidst the bright lights of Hollywood. Now, in Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It, John once again finds himself seeking the wisdom of a canine companion. After years of parenting pets, in December of 2006, he became a father to his first child, William. Along with the many new joys of being a dad, John faced a new set of challenges—and it was Scoshi, his wizened white Maltese and faithful confidant for nearly two decades, who, at every turn, pointed the way.
At once poignant, profound, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the joys of parenting pets and children alike, and further testament to the enduring wisdom of man’s best friend.
“I do know that I get myself in trouble when I open my mouth. The same cannot be said for fish, however, as the safest place for any fish will always be the pond where I'm fishing.”
“Men are defined, in my experience, by what we commit to. I have known times when I responded to no other impulse than whim, and they were the loneliest times of my life. I am more complete myself by my commitment to others.”
“I hope you dedicate yourself, Will, to leaving the world a fairer place by taking responsibility for your actions. Judge others by what they do, not by who they are. Do not shun others or compare yourself to them, and be careful about associating with groups. More often than not, groups are less mature than the individuals in them because the heart of their purpose is to ostracize others... it is perfectly okay, however, to hate the New York Yankees.”
“The quiet of the night, deprived of light and distraction, often brings contemplation instead of sleep.”
“Fear is the worst way to spend time. When we are afraid, we have empowered our imagination with the notion that we cannot handle what comes our way. This notion is simply and categorically wrong. We have been given by God the ability to cope with all things, ALL THINGS, even the moment of death.”
“When I met your mother, I decided that I no longer wanted to define myself by my bachelorhood, so I changed the direction of my life. This was the second time I posed the question of how I wanted my life to end. I decided that I wanted to leave this world embracing her as deeply as I could hug and remembering how much we loved each other. So I do everything I can to provide the healthiest environment to make sure that time, God willing, is a long way off. I work out. I take care of my body and my mind to delay the inevitable entropy, and because of that I am a healthier, more vibrant being than I was without her.”
The Arrival 1
The Fishing Gets Better If You Roll On The Worms 21
Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It 35
On Skunks, Poison Ivy and Little League 51
A Good Gorilla Is Tough To Find 71
When All Is Said And Done, More Was Said Than Done 83
The Authentic Walk 95
Remember To Put "U" In Humor 115
On Watches And Wallets: How To Spend Time And Money 127
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