Bliss to You

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life
Trixie Koontz, Dog
as told to Dean Koontz
5/5 Stars

I’ll admit it – I love dogs. What amazes me about my dogs is that they are content, not just happy, but completely at ease. I’ve always wanted to be more like my dogs.

Trixie Koontz agrees and calls this state ‘bliss’. Trixie was the faithful companion of author Dean Koontz until her death in 2007. Now on the other side, Trixie has written this book to show humans how to achieve bliss.

According to Trixie, there are eight steps to reaching bliss:

- Calm
- Beauty
- Fun
- Meaning
- Others
- Humility
- Loss
- Gratitude

In each section, Trixie explains how to focus on the important things in life and let go of the trivial.

Along the way, she also bestows important dog wisdom, such as:

“Optimism is like mental cookie.
Cookie nourishes tummy.
Optimism nourishes heart.”

I have to admit that I cried through the Foreword, written by Dean Koontz. Dog books always seem to bring tears with them. However, the rest of the book was incredibly uplifting and enjoyable.

Bliss to You will be released on September 16, 2008. All author proceeds will be donated to Canine Companions for Independence.

Maybe the path to bliss really is paved with dog wisdom. I hope so!

Bliss to you, Trixie.


Ruth said...

This looks like a wonderful book. I'm always amazed at how my dogs always look so peaced out all the time too. It takes so little for them to be happy.

If you're interested in another dog book that doesn't come with tears, check out Dog Park Diary. It's a hilarious look at what really goes on in a dog park, from the dogs point of view.