Sleeping between Giants:
Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier
Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year

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Meet the Giants and Who's Sleeping Between Them

Humorist Dave Jaffe and his wife rescued a terrier, although why anyone would is beyond them.

Cunning, intelligent, and fleetingly thoughtful, this young, very social, black-and-white, cow-eyed canine is proof of those old adages, “Smart as a terrier” and “Did he break the skin?”

Newly-adopted Budleigh bonds quickly with his Giants Dave and Denise, and as their first shelter dog, proves no more a challenge than if they’d both pursued medical degrees. He is more a challenge to, say, half a loaf of cornbread left on the table in a dark kitchen. But who could blame Budleigh? The streets taught him that talk is cheap, life is tough, and you don’t get much cornbread.

Through essays, cartoons, and comic strips created by the author and drawn from his national award-winning blog, Sleeping between Giants, Book I, Budleigh, the Early Year, learn about the highly successful, though often confusing relationship between Canines and Giants.

Sleeping between Giants offers great wisdom about life, liberty, and the pursuit of rabbits from Budleigh, his older co-dog Brisby, Nature’s Perfect Schnoodle, and a host…well, pack of dog park locals.

They’ve much to teach us. Besides the best spots to poop!


AWARDS:



2021 International Book Awards Winner: Humor

Jaffe’s multiple award-winning book Sleeping between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier. Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year has been named Winner in the Humor category of the 2021 International Book Awards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indies Today 2019 Best Humor Book Award Winner – Sleeping between Giants
Reviewed by Jordan Ehmann, Indies Today
Indies Today Award WinnerIn the immortal words of Cookie and Gerry Fleck, “God Loves a Terrier.” Dave Jaffe walks us through the journey of first time shelter dog adoption in this humorous collection of stories, photos, anecdotes, tips and dog park conversations.

Budleigh is a street-smart roughneck of a dog hardened by his time behind (kennel) bars. He enjoys peanut butter anything, shoes, and menacing the neighborhood with strategically chosen urination locations. His two giants (owners) may or may not be aware of Budleigh’s involvement with a local crime syndicate, although fellow terrier owners will understand! Whether you’re a dog person or not, you’ll definitely enjoy this charming book.

The conversations in the dog park are a true highlight of this book. From retrievers that only want to retrieve and please their giants to ditzy poodles, each breed’s personality really shines. The pictures, embellished though they are, add to the verity of dog ownership. And let’s face it… when you have a dog for a pet, every day isn’t a walk in the park!

Dave Jaffe’s obvious love for animals is matched by his talent for writing. Sleeping between Giants will make you laugh out loud with the author’s Seinfeldian observations on life with a terrier.

 
2021 International Book Awards Finalist: Animals/Pets – General
Sleeping between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier. Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year has been named a Finalist in the Animals/Pets – General category of the 2021 International Book Awards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Finalist: Humor
The Independent Author Network has chosen Sleeping between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With a Terrier as a 2020 Book of the Year winning finalist for Humor.
 
 
 
 
17th Annual Best Book Awards Finalist: Humor
The 2020 Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by the American Book Fest has named Sleeping between Giants, Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year a Finalist for the Outstanding Humor category.

Winner of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award for Best Humor Blog in 2017 and 2018, humorist Dave Jaffe and his wife rescued a terrier, although why anyone would is beyond them.
Cunning, intelligent, and fleetingly thoughtful, this young, very social, black-and-white, cow-eyed terrier, Budleigh, was proof of those old adages, “Smart as a terrier” and “Did he break the skin?”

Sleeping between Giants, Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year explores the highly successful, though often confusing relationship between Canines and Giants through essays and cartoons created by the author and drawn from his national award-winning blog.

 


REVIEWS:


Book Review: Sleeping Between Giants
Reviewed by best-selling author Lori B. Duff, LoriDuffWrites.com

When I tell you that “Sleeping Between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With a Terrier” by Dave Jaffe is a funny book, you seriously have to believe me.

I started to read it in the lobby of the auditorium while I was waiting for my son’s concert to start. I had to stop reading it in public because I was making a spectacle of myself, laughing, snorting, and insisting that my husband quit doing what he was doing so that he could read the passage I was laughing at.

This is a book about Budleigh, a mutt of a terrier that Dave and his wife rescued from a shelter. Budleigh is high energy and Dave is a great storyteller, alternating between vignettes, cartoons, and made-up dialogues between Budleigh and his doggie pals.

Seriously, it’s a funny book. There are a few lines and phrases that have made it into the every day private joke lexicon of my family. Things like “vibrate through walls” and “Comcast Customer Service Evil.” You’ll have to read the book to find out what they are. Of course, we have a mutt of a terrier in our house, Lincoln, who doesn’t much look like Budleigh, but who from all descriptions should never meet Budleigh in person lest they plot and take over the world.

Here’s a picture of Lincoln, laughing after reading the book. (Yes, Lincoln can read. How else could he have hacked into my Wi-Fi? Terriers are smart.)

Lincoln normally prefers science fiction, but this book was about DOGS.

 
Reader Review – BARK, LAUGH, SNORT, BARK AND LAUGH SOME MORE!
By JBKing

Dave Jaffe is hilarious and (thank you lord) a great writer with insight and obvious love for dogs. My husband is a veterinarian and we own a clinic and kennel, so we are surrounded by dogs all the time. I love the business meetings at the dog park that Dave narrates. Reading the conversations between Budleigh and his perfect dog partner in crime had me howling. (See what I did there?) Love this book so much I bought one for friends who “are owned” by a precocious Jack Russell Terrier. This is a really fun book and one that dog lovers will simply “lap up.” Thank you!!