Hounded: The Lowdown on Life from Three Dachshunds by Mat Ziselman is an absolutely charming and hilarious read about a man and the ever important life lessons taught to him by his madcap band of doxy’s – Baxter, Maya, and Molly. I cannot properly express how much I loved this book. It was a hidden treasure amongst a book shelf filled with potential masterpieces. No doubt it was made even more delightful thanks to my own Dachshund mix who was snuzzled up next to me as I turned the pages.
Beyond the comical stories of a life shared with three zany and outrageous Dachshunds was the story of a man who struggled with the navigation of this thing called life. Heartfelt and heartwarming, I found myself repeatedly identifying with the author. I was awe struck by how much our lives paralleled one another, especially when it came to our interpretations of and interactions with the world at large. At several points during my read through I found myself stopping to comprehend the connectedness I felt with the writer. I saw myself in his stories, in his struggles, in his love for his dogs. He was me; just in the form of a fifty plus Jewish man.
When the final pages of the book drew near, what I began to appreciate most about the author’s lyrical musings was that someone out there loves and adores their dog just as ferociously as I do mine. The shared love between my dog and I is something that I never will be able to properly express with words. And while my heart will be nothing short of shattered when we have to part ways in this world, what this book reminded me of time and time again is to be grateful for every moment I have with my beloved half Dachshund, Dora. She has a lot of lessons to teach and I should be a willing and eager student.
Read this book. Dachshund owner or not, your soul will thank you. It is an honest and insightful read about what it means to be human – with help from some very charismatic four legged life coaches.
Next up on the book shelf: 10% Happier by Dan Harris