English Summary/英文概要： Charming, humorous and utterly engaging, this is a book that will make readers laugh and cry. It is “written” by Lonesome, the author’s dog, and these observations of life in the wilds reveal a dog with great character, charm — and attitude.
Named for her first home, remote Lonesome Lake in British Columbia’s Tweedsmuir Park, Lonesome was a first-rate companion: obedient, mannerly, brave, and occasionally cynical. She did not share her human’s love of the wilderness, and wore a martyred expression for most of her life. She would have much preferred a life in the suburbs, “with nice safe walks in the park and a cozy bed inside the house.”
But, Lonesome writes,“Any dog worth her milk bones,” Lonesome writes, “must accept her lot in life—fording rivers, swimming lakes, camping out in bitter weather and, worst of all, bears. Yes, bears. It’s a wonder I am still around to tell this tale.”
Lonesome’s memoirs paint a vivid picture of her life with Chris, and her dog’s-eye view provides thought-provoking commentary on human s and how they behave.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： 知名作者與生態學家Chris Czajkowski在野外居住超過21年，曾出版過四本書記錄他的生活。然而克麗斯身邊最忠心的夥伴，陪出生入死的羅森(Lonesome)也有話要說。
Awards/获奖情况： Lonesome was the first dog to live with Chris Czajkowski in the wilderness. She was present throughout the activities denoted in Cabin at Singing River and Diary of a Wilderness Dweller. However, Lonesome feels she had not been given proper recognition for her contribution to Chris’ life so she has written her own version of these events.
Lonesome hated the wilderness, but as she says: "Any dog worth her milkbones must accept the idiosyncracies of her human without complaint" - and then proceeds to do just that. She adds "This story is all perfectly true. I have just changed some of the names to protect the privacy of the dogs."
Lonesome is engaging, faithful, lonely, and very real. She learns to swim wild rivers, sleep out in bitter weather, and wear a backpack; but best of all she loves company and when she visits the city she loves to check out her p-mail.
Lonesome is not really a kid’s book but more a comment on society. It should appeal to people - and especially animal lovers - of all ages.---No 4 on November, 2004 Canadian Bestseller Canadiana list