Preface: The Perfect Dog and Chapter One: And Puppy Makes Three
• The author talks about the dog he had as a child.
• He and his father picked the dog out a mutt ranch.
• He chose him by ratting the cage to test the dog's nerves.
• He named the dog Shaun.
• Shaun was the "perfect dog" and all other dogs would be measured against him.
• John and Jenny Grogan had been married for about a year.
• They both worked for newspapers.
• Jenny was worried about her ability to care for plants, let alone future children.
• One day, John found Jenny circling ads for puppies.
• John thought about the dogs they had and realized that raising a dog is different than raising children.
• They went to Lori's, who was raising puppies parented by her two adult Labs.
• They liked a hyperactive dog who'd been reduced in price.
• They realized as...
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