Confessions of a Dog Catcher by Lisa Duffy-Corpix – Book Review

Confessions of a Dog Catcher by Lisa Duffy-Corpix – Book Review

Confessions of a Dog Catcher by Llisa Duffy-Korpics is one of those hidden gems that deserves a wider audience. Even nine five-star reviews probably won’t be enough to save this book, which means it’s likely to be as lost and forgotten as some of the stray animals Lisa collects.

This book is much better written (and infinitely more entertaining) than some of the books offered to us by major New York publishers. Lisa knows how to tell a story. Each chapter shares an episode of her four years as an animal control officer working her way through college in a small town on the Hudson that appears to be Peekskill, New York. Peekskill combines snowy winters, steep hills and spectacular views of the Hudson River. But Lisa shows us an aspect of the city that even residents rarely see: the complex relationships between people and pets.

Lisa shares the good, the bad and the ugly. Sometimes she manages to save an animal’s life. Sometimes he gets into strange situations (like the woman who thought “feed and water the kittens” meant “throw water on them”). And she meets people who are so cruel it takes your breath away.

Even the upbeat ending fits the story. Lisa is a natural writer. She describes substituting as a school crossing guard, making children cross the street. She is a natural with children and must be a pretty amazing person. She is headed for a teaching career where she will undoubtedly make a contribution. I hope her next book gets a stronger publishing platform.

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