Jack: Just an Ordinary Dog in the House by Susan Tarr Susan Tarr Jack: Just an Ordinary Dog in the House by Susan Tarr Purchase: Buy on Amazon The author’s signature humor made me devour this book in only a day. Most of the time I laughed out loud,

Jack: Just an Ordinary Dog in the House by Susan Tarr

Jack: Just an Ordinary Dog in the House by Susan Tarr Purchase:
  • Buy on Amazon

The author’s signature humor made me devour this book in only a day. Most of the time I laughed out loud, and other times I stopped to wonder how she managed to get perspective so well on what a dog thinks or feels.

I’m Jack. I’m a real pedigree dog, and I’ve got real papers to prove it.

My parents have abandoned me into boarding kennels in the Far North of New Zealand, while they travel the world. I’m not at all happy about that. However, I shall do my best to maintain my dignity while getting on with the job.

Among these unruly and noisy mutts, I intend to remain aloof and guarded.

And as for that black cat with the skinny tail and missing eye, there’s no way she’s getting anywhere near me. At all!

And I’ll keep a diary so when my parents return they can read how absolutely miserable I have been all these months. Yes, I shall keep a diary…

Review by Melinda Dee Ross:

Susan Tarr
Susan Tarr

A unique story, told from a unique perspective. Jack is a hilarious and sometimes deeply introspective dog who keeps a diary, writing in his own vision the things that go on in both his world, and the human’s.

The author’s signature humor made me devour this book in only a day. Most of the time I laughed out loud, and other times I stopped to wonder how she managed to get perspective so well on what a dog thinks or feels.

And she masterfully created my other favorite character, Lady Cat, who begins by being the bane of Jack’s existence, when he arrives at the kennel, not knowing he would be abandoned by his masters.

All in all, a great read, fit for both children and adults. Mostly for adults though.

Review by JLC13:

I spent a delightful evening reading JACK: just an ordinary dog in the dog house. And what I found out was that Jack is anything but ordinary. He is a charismatic, comical canine that stole my heart. The premise is that Jack’s parents have left him at his Aunty and Uncle’s kennel while they go off on a trip. As the story unfolds, Jack keeps a diary chronicling his adventures.

I was highly entertained by the shenanigans perpetrated by him and his kennel buddies. There were all sorts of unexpected mishaps that kept me riveted from one chapter to the next. Jack is just the best dog ever. He has a unique perspective on the world and a keen eye for describing his surroundings.

I laughed out loud when he documented the arrival of other animals to the kennel. There was a parade of various breeds from the very large to the very small. Jack’s perception of them and their human parents kept me in stitches. I was very impressed by his inner strength and optimism in regards to his health.

Jack has diabetes and deals with all the ensuing complications on a daily basis. And although there is nothing funny about the disease, he brought humorous elements to his sufferings.

Susan Tarr spins a truly unique and touching tale. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend this book to children and adults alike.