The Labrador Pact

Haig, Matt

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Labrador Pact
The story of a family in crisis and the loyal dog that holds them together, from the witty and imaginative author of The Dead Fathers Club

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2009, ©2004
ISBN: 0143114646
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hai
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 16, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The premise here is that the Labrador breed lives by a set of rules called the Labrador Pact, which says the Family is all-important and the dog must act at all times to protect and support the Family. Prince is being mentored by Henry, a venerable golden lab who is a wise sage. Cracks begin to form in Prince's family and when Henry disappears, Prince is lost. He takes matters into his own hands, er, paws, and then must accept the dire consequences. This book was a bit reminiscent of 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' but with a more believable personality and less philosophizing, also not as heart-wrenching. The writing flows nicely and results in a very quick, easy read. There are inclusions of other breeds and their personalities that give the story a bit of depth and an alternative perspective to the events.

Jul 25, 2013
  • shancock4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clever narrative device, telling the tale from the dog's POV. A bittersweet tale of family, devotion and love.

Mar 19, 2013
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Awww, I found this a sad little book! Right up to the very last page I was hoping for a different outcome, but it wasn't to be ... I really enjoyed the way the book was written from the dog's viewpoint, and the humour in it - if only the ending could have been different!


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