It's Okay To Miss The Bed On The First Jump (and other life lessons I learned from dogs) by John O’Hurley is a very funny but insightful book which had me laughing out loud and smiling almost continuously. 

Being a confirmed cat person but loving ALL animals, it’s easy to see why John’s great affection for his dogs has spilt over into his writing and he has taken what he knows and written a book around it.

Each chapter has a heading which relates to dog behaviour. John expounds in great humorous detail giving short analogies of his own dogs’ behaviour or that of dogs he’s met in his life and then relates that to our own human behaviour. John shares lessons that he has learned from his life with his canine companions.

It’s very well written and a clever idea. It will also help the reader to better understand not only why their pet dog does what it does, but also why we all do what we do. 

Sample chapter headings are:

When a Dog Barks – Listen

A Cold Can of Meat is Still a Feast

Every Fifteen Minutes is a Brand New Day

When Someone Stops Petting You, Move On

Own Your Own Fur

Never Miss a Nap ...... to name but a few. 

It’s available in paperback from or, and

The ISBN is: 978-0-340-95137-8

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