Last Dog on the Hill

Last Dog on the Hill

The Extraordinary Life of Lou

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The moving story of the author's adopted Rottweiler mix, Lou, a free-thinking heroic dog who changed his life forever

Born of guard dogs on a secret marijuana farm in Mendicino County, Lou truly was one dog in a million. On the winter day that the ailing, tick-infested feral pup was rescued by Steve Duno, neither dog nor man had a clue as to what they were getting into, or where the relationship would lead.

Last Dog on the Hill tells the story of an indigent young Rottweiler mix who, after abandoning his pack and the hills of his birth, went on to change the lives of hundreds of people and dogs, including the author's, whose career as a behaviorist and writer was made possible through Lou's extraordinary intelligence and heart. Lou won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, caught a rapist, fought coyotes and kidnappers, comforted elderly war veterans and Alzheimer patients in their final days, taught ASL to kids, learned scores of unique behaviors and tricks, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs and saved them from euthanasia. He was also a clown, consummate performer and Steve's best friend for sixteen years. His story will make readers laugh and cry in equal measures.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312600495
Call Number: 636.7092 DUNO
Characteristics: 323 p.
Subjects: Dogs -- Behavior.
Human-animal relationships -- Anecdotes.
Dog owners -- Anecdotes.
Dogs -- Anecdotes.


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Dec 19, 2015

A touching account about the impact of an owner's relationship with a very special animal. It's about the journey as dog and owner make each other better and get the most out of life by mutual teamwork. It really excels in its sense of a life well shared.

Lou was obviously incredibly smart; any smarter and this book may have been an auto-biography.

The book is heart wrenching because one can see that no other dog could possibly fill the hole in one's life created when such a noble dog, and truly the author's friend of a lifetime, passes on.

Jun 28, 2013

It’s a story about the life of an owner and his dog. Shows the struggles that come with owning a dog, as well as the best times. Excellent book. Warning: It tugs at your heart.

May 23, 2011

Must read for every dog lover! Well written, humorous and moving tribute to an extraordinary dog!

Dec 30, 2010

I'm not sure if I like this book...Seems sorta like Marley and Me.

Oct 21, 2010

I wanted to like this book. I firmly believe that I had the best dog in the universe so I really wanted to like this book about the author's life with another "best dog in the universe." Unfortunately, I didn't learn enough about the author or the dog besides "Lou was a great dog" and "I love dogs" and "Lou was a great dog." I can't say exactly how, but I just think this could have been a better book.

Sep 11, 2010

More than your average dog book. This book is a true honor to the memory of a very special dog, and his relationship with his human, who paid attention to the details all along their journey. Lucky us.


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