Read Robert Rodi's posts on the Penguin Blog. qA charming, hilarious look at a little-documented world.q -- People In dog years, Robert Rodi is 350. Age, however, couldn't possibly have prepared him for his experience with canine agility-the athletic cousin to best-of-breed shows. Rodi, an epicure and urban intellectual, picks up agility with aspirations for blue ribbons. His dreams of glory quickly fade when faced with the competition: hearty Midwestern handlers and their ferociously fit pups, who annihilate scrawny, scruffy, Dusty, Rodi's rescue dog and would-be champ, in the ring. The duo is utterly lost in the agility circles, but as in the best human/pet stories, they forge an everlasting bond to carry them through. Combining the wit of Christopher Guest's Best in Show and the charm of Marley a Me, Dogged Pursuit is an uproarious account of a neophyte's year in the dog show world that abounds in humor and warmth.Out of desperation I briefly consider hiring a car service. Arriving in a Saab 9-3 garners me enough dirty looks; pulling up in a Lincoln Town Car with a driver in a jacket and tie would be pushing my rep right over the edge. Plus ... For the fist time something like grief gets hold of me, and I have to choke back frustrated tears.
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