Bad Dog (a love story) by Martin Kihn. Library Call Number: SF426.2.K49 2011.
Martin Kihn, a former television writer, was working as a management consultant, when alcoholism got the best of him. On the verge of losing his job, family and home, he was also burdened by his pet, a huge 5-year old, untrained Bernese Mountain Dog, who knocked down visitors, chased buses, drug dealers and fried chicken boxes and frightened his entire family.
Can an older dog be trained to behave? Both Martin—and Hola—would find out the answer to that question, as Kihn took his dog back to obedience school (where it had flunked out twice before), hoping that he could remain sober, and Hola could discover some manners. Both would need some discipline in their lives, but maybe, just maybe, he could get his life back together and Hola could win an American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen award.
Kihn’s story follows both protagonists in their journeys, the two of them linked in a bond that eventually becomes clear.