As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “meh”.
It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump by actor John O’Hurley is a book I consider a treasure.
Mr. O’Hurley, probably best known for the role of J.Peterman on Seinfield, writes about moments with dogs he’s known. Some shared his life and home, while other canines belonged to friends or worked as therapy dogs in organizations the author was familiar with.
With poignancy and humor he writes about the “life lessons” the dogs taught him–just by being dogs.
The author makes a few references to acting roles, but does so in a matter-of-fact way. He never displays an attitude of “I am a star!”, which is one of the things that I like about this book. He always swings the attention back to the dogs and their attitudes.
While dog lovers in particular would like this book, anyone who has ever contemplated the relationship between animals and humans and what animals can teach us, will enjoy it.
Comment: I read this book twice so far; the “lessons” are worth learning. I’m sure I’ll read it again. At 160 pages (hardback) it can be read in a few hours.