Secrets of a Secret Life of Pets by Dan Gibson
The plot of “The Secret Life of Pets” is cute in a light-hearted way that makes you want to laugh. Louis C.K. creates an immensely fun character that helps the audience identify with him. His writing is witty and hilarious. He draws from real life experiences to create a character that can be both lovable and endearing.
Max (Louis C.K.). is an adopted terrier who loves a nice, comfortable life inside a new apartment in Manhattan. But when he meets Duke, an outgoing giant dog, he decides he wants to spend every day of his life with the great dog. During their first walk outdoors, they come across a pack of wild alley cats, and later, an equally territorial bulldog named Snowball who insists on accompanying them on their next mission.
Although it may seem that they’re just walking down the street and bumping heads with an unruly rabble of cats, Snowball and Duke are actually headed for an adventure far more thrilling than walking around the block. Their mission is to find the feline family of a young woman named Taffy, whom they met while taking a walk. Taffy’s family lives in an old houseboat on the waterfront. When they notice Max and Duke stop by on their way, they decide to adopt them.
However, life goes very slowly for these two lovable characters. They slowly realize that although they are friends, they have to pretend to be enemies. Because of this, they keep their true nature hidden from each other, even from their friendly pet Chunk. When they finally do meet, they bond over their mutual love for animals. Then, Snowball realizes that he has to go on a secret mission, which involves hunting down and capturing a dangerous animal.
This leads them to explore uncharted territory. Along their journey, they encounter many interesting and hilarious situations. Some of the stories include the discovery of the identity of the owner of the mysterious “Furby”, who is a big, friendly dog who likes to swim. Other interesting characters include a strange kitty named Fuzzle, who want to be a pet of Snowball, and a talking frog named Mr. Squigles.
This book is filled with so many hilarious moments. I especially loved how the cats constantly try to get Snowball attention! But the real reason I think this book is so great is because it offers so many insights into the real lives of our pets. It’s almost like they’re really there! One of the things I really like about this book is that it tackles the subject of the real pets as people as well. The author did his research and included some real stories from real pet owners like you and me.
The book has received mixed reviews, with some saying it’s a good read, while others have given it a negative review. What I found interesting was the fact that the author addressed some of the frustrations I’ve experienced as a pet owner. I felt some of the information in this book helped me understand what it’s like to have a real pet. He gave some practical tips as well as providing a bit of background on why some pet owners become frustrated with their pets. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself relating some of the anecdotes to my own daily experience with my pet, Snowball.
I think any dog lover will enjoy this book and possibly even feel a deep sense of satisfaction reading about the ups and downs of owning a real life pet. If you’re a pet owner who feels you don’t know enough about your pet, or are tired of feeling upset, let this book give you a bit of insight into the real world of having a pet. I found myself laughing out loud several times when I read humorous stories about Snowball and his antics. This book will truly make pet owners feel like they’re an important part of something big.