Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Paperback)

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It's difficult to capture the essence of this book in a few short sentences.  The story of Nicole and her dog Beija.  This is so much more than just another "I love my dog" memoir.  Abusive childhood leads to dysfunctional adult.  Dog does not save the adult, the adult saves herself.   By shear force of will (and for being responsible for an equally dysfunctional dog) Nicole learns how to live, love, and care for others, be it animal or human.  I was a bit emotionally devastated when I finished it. 

— From Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home a Graphic Memoir, Nicole Georges


From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix--a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her "Don't Pet Me" bandana.

Georges's gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing--a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija "sit," but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544577831
ISBN-10: 0544577833
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Pages: 328
Language: English