5 star rating
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe
By Erin Taylor Young
ISBN# 9780800723569
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers’ hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially a canine catastrophe like Henry, will enjoy this lighthearted book about a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.


In Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe Erin Taylor Young brings laughter, humor, compassion and love into the adventures of getting a dog. This book came at the perfect time for me. I have just adopted a rescue dog and the trials and joys he has brought to our family can sometimes be overwhelming and at the same time wonderful. Ms Young and her canine catastrophe Henry made me realize that, “Hey we don’t have it so bad”. I was literally laughing out loud for the first chapter and again many times while reading this wonderful book.

After having the perfect dog as a child, Ms Young and her husband figured it was time for their boys to experience that love. Little did they know that a hurricane in the form of a show dog reject pup named Henry. I am happy to say I have not had to deal with all the things this great family had to endure, but it sure made me feel good to know I was not alone. This book is not only hilarious, but also heart warming and helpful to anyone with a dog or thinking about getting a dog.

In this book, I saw so many of the experiences my friends and I have gone through after bringing the blessing that is DOG into our lives. I am happy to say I have never had some of the feelings Ms Young had about any of my dogs. This book is the perfect book for anyone who loves dogs and laughter. And honestly you can not love dogs if you do not enjoy laughing. This book brings the reader full circle from the crazy pup that drives Ms Young to the point of no return all the way to the moment she realizes what a blessing Henry is to their family. One of the best books I have read in a long time.