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Off the Leash
A Year at the Dog Park

OFF THE LEASH is about the strange, wonderful, neurotic, and eccentric dog people who gather daily at Amory Park, overlooking Boston. And it’s about Matthew Gilbert’s transformation from dedicated homebody to joyful member of the dog park club: an oddball group of dog people with fur on their jackets and biscuits in their pockets.

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“A wonderful, engaging, surprising book. It’s what I’ve walked past all the time without having noticed until now, since my dog is from Hammacher-Schlemmer. It’s also any dog’s dream of how to be written about, and a real squeak toy love fest of a memoir by displacement, in which social form, social interaction, and the vicissitudes of the social order are convincingly examined and explained via the presence of a wet snout.”
Ann Beattie
“Dog Park People are one of the most committed, loving and often neurotic subcultures in the booming companion animal world, Matthew Gilbert has written a wonderful man-and-his dog books that takes us inside a year in this quite wonderful, funny and sometimes poignant universe.”
Jon Katz, author of Second Chance Dog: A Love Story
“Your local dog park is a world on to itself — full of laughs, drama and life’s revelations. Matthew Gilbert’s new book captures it all delightfully and astutely”
Claudia Kawczynska, editor in chief of The Bark magazine, Read more reviews