Last Dog on the Hill - Steve Duno

Last Dog on the Hill

By Steve Duno

  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
From 197 Ratings

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The moving story of the author's adopted Rottweiler mix, Lou, a free-thinking heroic dog who changed his life forever

Born of guard dogs on a secret marijuana farm in Mendicino County, Lou truly was one dog in a million. On the winter day that the ailing, tick-infested feral pup was rescued by Steve Duno, neither dog nor man had a clue as to what they were getting into, or where the relationship would lead.

Last Dog on the Hill tells the story of an indigent young Rottweiler mix who, after abandoning his pack and the hills of his birth, went on to change the lives of hundreds of people and dogs, including the author's, whose career as a behaviorist and writer was made possible through Lou's extraordinary intelligence and heart. Lou won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, caught a rapist, fought coyotes and kidnappers, comforted elderly war veterans and Alzheimer patients in their final days, taught ASL to kids, learned scores of unique behaviors and tricks, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs and saved them from euthanasia. He was also a clown, consummate performer and Steve's best friend for sixteen years. His story will make readers laugh and cry in equal measures.


  • Extraordinary! Highly Recommended

    By Melanie001
    This book rates in the top two dog stories I've had the pleasure of reading (the other being "Following Atticus" by Tom Ryan.) Steve Duno writes an endearing and often very funny memoir about his 16 years with Lou, a brilliant, lovable, athletic dog with élan and a sense of humor and fair play. Lots of people have dogs, then there are those of us whose dogs are an essential part of our lives and families: this book was written for those who fall into the second group. Very well-written and engrossing- get ready to be enchanted by Lou and his devoted owner.
  • Last Dog on the Hill

    By Zoe's rescuer!
    Knew I couldn't finish this without a good cry. Beautifully written with such love for his dog and the true understanding of what a dog can mean in your life. Have had to put a few over the rainbow bridge myself and truly believe we will be together again. Hope the author has shared his love with other fortunate dogs as we will always share our home with a furry friend in need of a home.
  • Last Dog on the Hill

    By susghost017
    An excellent book! For all dog owners, lovers and prospective dog owners .....This story was about the amazing dog, Lou and his owner, Steve. How Steve takes a feral dog from the wild and working as a team, the two develop extraordinary rapport and use it to successfully rehabilitate behavioral problems in thousands of dogs. The book is a quick read. It is filled with many enjoyable accounts of Steve and Lou's adventures, points in dog training and how dogs creep into your heart and soul when you are lucky enough to have one in your lif.
  • Good dog, Lou

    By Barb in Milton
    What a lovely love story. Here is a dog we all wish we could have had in our lives. God speed, Lou.
  • Loving Lou

    By Trouble an
    Your accounting of time spent with the best friend anyone could ever hope for touched me very deeply. I've had a few very special four legged best friends that I cherished to the very end. I have another big Rott laying across my feet as I write this review and undoubtedly this 2 year old will grace me with unprecedented companionship and enjoy a wonderful, yet way too short extraordinary life. Rower!
  • Wow. What a great story

    By Lhku
    I loved this book so much. So great to love a dog so much...I finished this in one day...and I am sitting here crying like a baby....
  • Outstanding!!!!!

    By littlelulu5463
    What a wonderful story. A must read for every dog lover. You will never forget the story of Lou.
  • Last Dog On The Hill

    By Aleanie
    This book touched my heart and also made me aware of what I didn't teach my dog! if you've every loved a dog so much during the good times and the bad you will understand the feelings of the author. definitely a book for animal lovers....others may not get it..
  • Ms.

    By Bonnie jayne
    This was a great book. If you have ever loved a dog, this is a must read Lou was an amazing dog. Steve an amazing writer.
  • Could not put this book down

    By Crazy MikeF
    If you have ever had a dog, read this book.