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Bad to the Bone
Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger

Bo Hoefinger

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Citadel Press

Published : 2009

Copyright : Horst Hoefinger 2009

ISBN-10 : PB 0-8065-3129-0
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-8065-3129-8

Publisher's Write-Up

"Let’s get this clear right away: I’m a dog."

"I’m 1′10″ and weigh 63 lbs, and although I’m a mutt on the outside, I’m a purebred on the inside. My good nature comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family, while my stubbornness is clearly from my Chowchow bloodlines. I’ve got Rastafarian ears, a black tongue for licking, and paws that should be on a dog twice my size."

"I type 60 words a minute."

"My name is Bo, and this is my story."

Bo Hoefinger is not an everyday author - he's a mixed-breed shelter dog with an attitude. His popular blog,, receives over 10,000 page views per month - and his unique voice brings this memoir to life. Bad to the Bone focuses on how he and two seemingly normal people wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world while creating a lifelong bond in the process. All the stories are true and will leave dog lovers laughing out loud. A touching and humorous narrative about the intensely loving and rich relationship between owner and dog.

Bo’s book is dedicated to rescue and shelter workers that make this world a better place, one animal at a time. He donates 10% of his proceeds to help homeless dogs and cats.

'A well-written and fun read…Bo takes you inside his family and you feel as if you’re right there experiencing all the joys and pains with them. You’ll want to hug your own dog after reading this book!'

Dog Living Magazine
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Review by Chrissi (310510) Rating (8/10)

Review by Chrissi
Rating 8/10
Anthropomorphism is a peculiar thing, the ascribing of human traits to things which are not human and yet most of us do it on some level; when it comes to animals, it is hard not to. We love our pets, and they love us. I am sure that there is a pack attachment there, having shared a home with a variety of dogs (not great on the cat thing) I have enjoyed their personality and am probably a much better person for having been the recipient of a rubber bone or soggy sock.

The stories that any pet owner can tell you are an instant bond, an instant attraction and empathy for favourite items eaten, attacks of surprise bodily functions and our pets’ obsessions, be they the post, bird seed or the dirty washing basket.

If only they could talk is question that we have all asked, wondering whether that intent listening pose adopted is just comfort or the opportunity for some one-on-one fuss. This is an interesting tale from a fur-person, an autobiography (warts and all) which shows in glorious light quite how we behave as complete fools around our beloved pets.
Bo is the author and he lives with his staff, and his furry friends. He is somewhat confused by the fact that his staff have other demands in their lives than to attend to his every need. He regales us with the story of his life to date, starting from his being adopted from a shelter, and the psychology of attracting the right staff with the best care package.

He tells us of his upbringing and the relationships with his humans and a cat, but, as with all animals and small children, the funniest stories always have a gross factor, and between the dogs (Bo and his later adopted sister) and the cat, there are enough bodily fluid anecdotes to either make you smile and be thankful that your pet does not suffer these ailments, or go urghh-yuck, if you are not a animal lover.

This is a lovely book written for animal lovers; Bo is a charming rogue, and he does really love his family, even if it is cupboard love.
Chrissi (31st May 2010)

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