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Publisher's Summary

In an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, pampered show dog Talisman is switched with a cowdog and has to work on a ranch for the day. By the time her harrowing adventure is over, she is in desperate need of a massage, a session with her Reiki Master, a consultation with the pet psychic, a full grooming, and a pedicure. However, along the way she learns powerful lessons - including the discovery that she's so much more than just another pretty face. Hilarious and touching, a tale for dog lovers everywhere!
This short novella is a spinoff from the comic mystery Red Hot Liberty and is told from the dog's perspective. It was nominated as best humor book of 2011 by the Dog Writers Association of America. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the national Australian Shepherd rescue organization,
©2011 Devin O'Branagan (P)2014 Devin O'Branagan
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5 out of 5 stars
By cdyard on 06-16-14

Love dogs? Love having a good laugh?

If you love dogs and having a good laugh, you'll love this book! Believe me, that's what happened to me.
I bought this book in Kindle format some years ago and loved it so much I was thrilled to learn it was now available as an audiobook. And, sure enough, I wasn't disappointed!
A story of mistaken identity, a pampered show dog having to do the job of her sister Maddie, a cow dog in a real ranch. Now, that's something to look for, isn't it? Oh, and I forgot... This tale is told from the dog's point of view.
Devin O'Branagan does a wonderful job telling us this hilarious story where Talisman (Tali for her friends), a beautiful blue merle Australian Shepherd, finds herself confronted with cows, calves, bulls, geese... Oh, and don't forget the cat and her kitten! I loved this kitten.
All Tali knows is how to "look pretty" in the show ring but she doesn't want to disappoint her sister (who hates being bathed or having a bow in her hair!). And she's determined to do her best, as any Aussie would do. So Tali improvises, she does what no working dog would dream of doing and you'll laugh, laugh and laugh, as I did.
In the end, Tali's faced with a difficult choice, a matter of life or death. She's an Aussie and she's courageous but will courage be enough?
As for the narrator: she does a great job impersonating Tali or Josh, the cowboy working with "Maddie". Giving life to a dog, and a dog like Tali, must have been difficult as well as enjoyable. And, yes, while the story unfolds, you can see what's happening, you have no trouble hearing Tali talking.
All in all, a great book you'll love to listen to again and again. As I'll do!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny A. Kalahar on 06-29-14

Easy to show this dog some love!

If you could sum up Show Dog Sings the Blues in three words, what would they be?

Funny, sweet, exciting

Any additional comments?

I am a sucker for tales of mistaken identity, but this is the first I've encountered of the canine variety. Such fun! Take a sassy, pampered show dog and mix her up with a working dog, add humor and heart in a tale for all ages, and Show Dog Sings the Blues will be the lovely, exciting result! I have read the book and now it was such a treat to hear it read to me, too. Great writing makes this an audio book to hear again and again. Recommended highly!

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