Marty, a so called "High functioning alcoholic" (no such animal), and his dog Hola have problems. Marty's wife, after being attacked by Hola, leaves him. After this, Marty gets the idea that if Hola can pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) then his wife will come back to him. The book rambles, a lot, and reminds me of my Grandfather when he was drunk. I don't understand it, because Marty was suppose to have not been drinking at this time. This is why I just could not enjoy it. I also have a problem with Marty insisting on keeping a dog that has attacked his wife. I love dogs myself, but if any of our dogs (no matter how much they are loved) had attacked my Mother, that dog would have either been put down or sent to a dog shelter. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.