oni B. Cole is the person you want to be sitting next to whispering snarky comments and witty observations about the people around you. In this collect of essays about adopting the perfect dog and coming to grips with the whole aging thing, she discovers that she is not quite perfect and therefore needs a dog that will match her uniqueness - oh, and maybe get a book out of the deal. She find her match in Eli (aka E Pie Pie), an adorable misfit of a breed called a Chihuahua Bat. Cole was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and I have found that the parties responsible for this one, completely understand my wants and needs from a literary award. I have never been disappointed with any of their selections.Yes, there are quite a few bad dog tales in this one, but seriously, her spray tan debacle should come with a warning label. Do not drink while reading this book since it will come out your nose while you laugh. There are also some very wonderful stories about fitting in, the pain and agony of getting older and the grieving process. Ok, the grieving process in the essay is about her foot pain, but still, it makes a lot of sense once you are at a certain age. Overall this is a book to hide in your bathroom, so you can pick it up if you ever need an escape. If you enjoy Celia Rivenbark, Dave Barry and Jen Lancaster, you will adore this one as well!