The beginning covers Ella's early years and her therapy work. From the moment Konik laid eyes on Ella, he knew: This dog was meant to be his. I was afraid to read it at work because by the time I got to page 3 there were tears in my eyes. Dogs and Europe, how can you go wrong? He tells how the bookmakers are affected by the cabal and how the big bettors force them to change their point spreads in order to attract other bettors to balance the action. But the land I live in, the greatest country in the world and I mean that sincerely, without any sarcasm at all , does not feel about my magnificent friend as I do. Los Angeles Public Library, volunteer literacy tutor; animal therapist, with Ella the dog, at hospitals and nursing homes.
Thankfully, it's also free of cutesy Hallmark sentiment. Find sources: — · · · · March 2015 Konik was a singer and bass player for the 1980s band. To me she is a lady: elegant, smart, and endlessly amusing. But soon this journey of friendship, love, and discovery must come to a close. Having never visited Europe, t Non-Fiction The author takes his beloved dog, Ella, on a sight-seeing trip through Europe. Her paws were slightly too big for her body, and when I looked carefully, I could see that she still needed to grow into her ribs. From the moment Konik laid eyes on Ella, he knew: This dog was meant to be his.
Taking a gondola ride in Venice. Michael Konik has contributed to more than 100 publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, and Travel + Leisure. I was in the canyon primarily for a vigorous weekend hike through unspoiled wilderness and, just as an afterthought, not because I was obsessed or anything, because I had heard that Runyon Canyon was always teeming with dogs. It didn't all take place in Europe as the guy lives most of the time in Los Angeles, so I could relate to the places he talked about. To hear Mike tell his tale, Ella was welcomed with cries of affection almost everywhere she went. When I leave without her, Ella hangs her head and refuses to look at me as I remind her how much I love her.
Ella is exceptionally well-behaved and he would like to be able to have her accompany him to stores, restaurants, and the like. Once, in the midst of my being divorced, Ella and I were involuntarily kept apart for nearly six months. But soon this journey of friendship, love, and discovery must come to a close. Naifeh is determined to find the real-life counterpart of Burningbush, although it turns out few Scots have heard of Murphy's novel; Konik accompanies Naifeh simply out of love for the game. I re-read the last few pages where Michael Konik is bittersweet about knowing there will be a time most dreaded in having to say good bye. Like most dogs, Ella has given me far more than I could ever give her.
And revisited Runyon Canyon hundreds thousands? I attempted my usual opening gambit. With the turn of a page Ella is in Europe with her grinning human. The trip must have been awesome for the author. New York Times Book Review, December 10, 2006, Scott Veale, review of The Smart Money. But once Ella and Michael got to Europe, there weren't many tear-jerking passages. But soon this journey of friendship, love, and discovery must come to a close.
This tale of the author's adventures in Europe with his dog is more than just your standard-issue travelogue. Ella swimming in the Danube. Please help to establish notability by citing that are of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. As I told my son all about Ella and how she was welcomed literally everywhere, restaurants, tourist sites, hotels, etc. Ella was welcomed almost everywhere, including pubs, Venetian gondolas, and even upscale restaurants—a marked difference from the situation in the , where most places of business do not admit canines. I leaned in close to her muzzle, close enough to see her blond eyelashes and smell her soft odor, that comfortingly pleasant smell of puppies. This book was so super cute.
She was not allowed in museums or cathedrals — she stayed outside with either Sandrine or Mike while the other perused the great art works of Europe. I was in a joyous mood because my dad was scheduled to visit my new home in less than a week, and when he arrived we planned to visit the local shelter, where he would help me select my very first Dog of My Own. Europe is much more relaxed about dogs in public places than the U. Without being instructed, she sat down. Nicklaus, and In Search of Burningbush. Excerpts Chapter 1 Less than a week after arriving in Los Angeles, I was walking in Runyon Canyon, a nature preserve tucked into the Hollywood Hills, just a few blocks above the lurid electricity of Sunset Boulevard.
If Darryl became entranced by something rustling in a nearby tree, so did his diminutive buddy. Are you looking for a home? Konik and his Labrador-greyhound mix Ella toured Europe for six weeks, covering Austria, Belgium, the , France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. I was in the canyon primarily for a vigorous weekend hike through unspoiled wilderness and, just as an afterthought, not because I was obsessed or anything, because I had heard that Runyon Canyon was always teeming with dogs. The search for a plot of grass in Venice for Ella to relieve herself elicited laughter when I recounted it to a friend. Ella is incredibly well behaved taking her throngs of human fans in stride right along with all the sights she gets to visit. Library Journal, December 1, 2004, Sheila Kasperek, review of Ella in Europe, p.
As they explore Europe's most beautifuland surprisingly dog-friendlycities, Konik is amazed at the experiences he and Ella can share. It had been a fine hike. It is sad when a dog is better travelled than you are. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately. What a treat to hear the devotion Michael has for his beautiful Ella girl and I wish and hope there are more people like that.
Konik spends much of the book in near shock that he can take Ella to stores, hotels, tourist attractions and even fine restaurants. I certainly identified with his deeply personal connection to his pet, and his thoughts on the nature of dogs vs. He talked about so many places she could go in Europe, vs the United States so true and how well behaved she was, etc, etc. But soon this journey of friendship, love, and discovery must come to a close. Konik's next book is Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventures.