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“A Big Little Life” — the latest from Koontz

Dean Koontz, who churns out books faster than Land O’Lakes makes butter, released his newest last month — an ode to his deceased dog, Trixie.

“A Big Little Life” is a memoir of the life and death of his golden retriever — and, the author is quick to point out, not another “Marley & Me.”

“As the reader must now realize, this is not going to be a memoir about a pillow-destroying, cat-chasing, furniture-chewing miscreant kind of canine…”

Quite the opposite. Trixie was a trained service dog with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a charitable organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities — and a group to which Koontz has donated more than $2.5 million. CCI gave the dog to Koontz as a gift.

Koontz, who has sold more than 375 million books in his lifetime, was taken with the charity while he was researching his novel “Midnight,” a book which included a CCI-trained dog.

Koontz wrote three books under Trixie’s name, “Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living,” “Bliss to You: Trixie’s Guide to a Happy Life,” and “Christmas is Good.”  The royalties of the books were donated to Canine Companions for Independence.

Trixie contracted cancer in 2007.  The Koontzes had her put to sleep outside of their family home on June 30 of that year.

Dogs are a recurring theme in Koontz’s big fat body of work. It is “widely thought,” according to Wikipedia, that Trixie was his inspiration for his November 2007 book “The Darkest Evening of the Year,” about a woman who runs a golden retriever rescue home, and who rescues a ‘special’ dog, named Nickie, who eventually saves her life.

Koontz now has a new dog, Anna, who is a grandniece of Trixie.


Comment from 1800PetMeds Blog
Time September 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

She is very adorable! I hope she is well cared for by her creator….. RIP

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