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When Martin McKenna was growing up in Garryowen, Ireland, in the 1970s, he felt the whole world knew him as just "that stupid boy". Badly misunderstood by his family and teachers, Martin escaped from endless bullying by running away from home and eventually adopting or being adopted by six street dogs. Camping out in barns, escaping from farmers, and learning to fend for himself by caring for his new friends, Martin discovered a different kind of language, strict laws of behavior, and strange customs that defined the world of dogs. More importantly, his canine companions helped him understand the vital importance of family, courage, and self-respect and that he wasn’t stupid after all. Their lessons helped Martin make a name for himself as the "Dog Man" in Australia, where he now lives and dispenses his hard-earned wisdom to dog owners who are sometimes baffled by what their four-legged friends are trying to tell them.

An emotional and poignant story seasoned with plenty of Frank McCourt style humor, The Boy Who Talked to Dogs is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever been told he or she won’t amount to anything. It’s also a unique, fascinating look into canine behavior. In these pages, Martin shows how modern life has conditioned dogs to act around humans, in some ways helpful, but in other ways unnatural to their true instincts, and how he has benefited enormously from learning to talk dog.

©2014 Martin McKenna (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-2020

*Changes, -EVERYTHING

Martin IS "My...Saving Grace"...because he Endured, & Rose above by LEARNING (in a way that No others have -*& THEN sharing with the World a 'Different Understanding' of Dog communications & interactions....he's- Not a "Dog Whisperer", -Not a 'Dog trainer', - Not a 'Dog Psychologist' or 'Dog Behaviorist'...even...he is Truly (Dreadlock) "Dogman" ...relating in a Dogs world, thru 🐕 perspectives, He taught how to Stop "Humanizing" them by communicating on their level, with THEIR natural language...relating, Understanding, instead of trying to get them to do or be, what we THINK, they should be or what we WANT them to be...he "CHANGES.....EVERYTHING" about the way we SHOULD LOVE our dogs, how to be a good stable force in their lives, & how to be a part of their lives in a way that THEY can (and WANT to) be a part of our lives. He's taught me how to be of Value 2 my dogs, & help promote a TRULY NEXT LEVEL RELATIONSHIP with them. I'm ever indebted, & believe THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL LIVING BEINGS, if we JUST STOPPED trying to Control & dominate everything ALWAYS...& INSTEAD if WE forge a "Symbiotic Relationship"......only THEN <🙏 WILL WE ALL WIN 🙏> 💥🔥💥❣ TY ! 😃😇

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  • Sharon
  • 19-10-2014

Amazing story

What made the experience of listening to The Boy Who Talked to Dogs the most enjoyable?

Both the story and the performance were wonderful.

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The entire book was mesmerizing. The boy was a survivor.

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Yes. It was hard to put this book down.

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  • Lydia Leah
  • 27-11-2020

Dog lovers delight

Wonderful story with insight to dog behavior and the cruelty of ignorant people toward animals and humans.

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  • JF
  • 17-12-2018

Heartwarming, instructive, immersive and inspiring

This is a lovely book, and just the right length. I originally bought it because I am a dog lover, and in order to learn more about dog language, the signals dogs give to communicate with each other and to try to communicate with us (often unsuccessfully). But the book told so much more, of the struggles of a boy who was abused and ostracized because he couldn't fit in, and of how he, with the help of a pack of stray dogs and the kindness of a very few people, saved himself.

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