This book sounded pretty good, but I was disappointed. It was more about the people the dog encounters, and less about the dog. Which is ok for some books, but this book could have been so much better. I think that the author just needed a vehicle to tell some short stories, and he just tied them all together with the story of Timoleon Vieta and his owner's messed-up life. The stories are all good, but I mostly didn't like this book because of the ending. I could see two ways for the book to end, one good and one bad, and I was hoping it wouldn't be bad. I was wrong. I should of put it down before I finished it.