Author of Rooster-Oriented Memoir on "Talking Animals"

Talking Animals Dec 12 2012 9:00AM - 10:00AM Add to Calendar

My guest on "Talking Animals" Dec. 12 will be Brian McGrory, a veteran, award-winning journalist and editor at The Boston Globe, currently writing a twice-a-week column for the paper.

McGrory is also an author, most recently of “Buddy: How A Rooster Made Me A Family Man,” which chronicles McGrory falling in love with and marrying the veterinarian, Dr. Pam Bendock, who cared for his beloved dog, Harry.

McGrory also recounts the challenges of shifting from a life of footloose city guy, regularly hitting restaurants and ball games, to that of a suburban guy living not only with Bendock, but also with her young daughters—and with the titular rooster, who battles McGrory to be the family’s alpha males, often leading beak-first in those efforts.

“Buddy” has drawn favorable comparisons to “Marley and Me” and generated a number of glowing notices—an extended, laudatory review in The New York Times cites McGrory’s “sure hand for polished storytelling,” observing that “he is able to wring maximum comic effect from the Terrible Pet genre and also to tell a heartwarming family tale without trying too noticeably to warm the heart.”

Brian McGrory will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on Dec. 12 at 11am, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (



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