EDITED BY STEPHANIE JOHNSON
— Stephanie Johnson, Auckland, 2016
the proverbial long lead, thanks to their constancy and co-evolution with humans; beguiling
their way into that special place in our hearts. As Joe Bennett once wryly commented, ‘The
correct way to teach your dog not to climb onto your bed is to sleep on the floor.’
dogs, who feature in this collection, her canine relationships have endured through good
times and bad. The poetry, short stories, slices of novels and non-fiction that are shared
in this volume glimpse dogs as companion, philosopher, worker and comedian. Much like
revealing much of themselves in the process. Here, we meet in word and a scattering of
photographic images, Kevin Ireland’s little hound Mighty Sid, Sue Orr’s Lakeland terrier
Buddy, and Michele Leggott’s guide dog Olive. We also reacquaint ourselves with the
work of many of New Zealand’s foremost writers, including CK Stead, Sam Hunt, Vincent
O’Sullivan, Fiona Kidman, Paula Morris and Alison Wong.
companion volume to bestselling anthology The Cat’s Whiskers, edited by Peter Wells
(Vintage 2005) about cats and their literary owners, Good Dog! is a funky, fresh and
admirable piece of publishing. And a devilishly handsome one, too.