My Buddy Butch: Confessions of a New Dog Dad by Jeff Marginean

My Buddy Butch: Confessions of a New Dog Dad
Jeff Marginean
Jemar Entertainment, Inc. (2008)
ISBN 9780981462103
Reviewed by Danelle Drake for Reader Views (12/08)


Oh my goodness, what a great feel-great book.  How refreshing in a time when there is so much negativity in the world.  “My Buddy Butch” is a great story about how a little sassy Boston terrier gives Jeff Marginean a new lease on life.  When Jeff and his sisters decide to get his dad a little Boston terrier to keep him company after the death of his wife, they didn’t know the greater impact this small decision would make.  Falling in love with this little doggie, Jeff often visits his father and finally makes the decision to get a little bundle of joy all of his own.

Just like a little bitty baby, Jeff is instantly engulfed in parenthood and all the trials and tribulations that go along with it.  Many tales from this new dad dog will have dog lovers rolling in the floor.  Chapters such as “Grooming, Dating, and the Chick Magnet” and “The Smartest Dog of All Time” seem written by any person who has that special bond with their canine offspring.  A book to be cherished and embraced by all, I found this chapter near the end of the book to be phenomenally moving. 

“I have had a good life and it is, hopefully, far from over but things have drastically changed over these many years and not all for the better.  It’s a time when society seems to be crumbling before our very eyes; natural disasters are occurring somewhere in the world every few months; terrorists and lunatics are prowling the streets, schools, and malls, killing anyone they come across; government running amok; wars being fought; racism of every kind still dividing countries and people.  Yet with all of these things happening around us, there is something about looking into a dog’s eyes that calms the worry of the day.  It is a peace that can be found there based on an understanding that we as humans have not yet learned.”

How true is that – Way to go Jeff Marginean!  “My Buddy Butch” is great!

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