A 14 year old mongrel is the central character here although actor Price has plenty of other animals in his life. Joe's character and exploits and his adventures around his canzon home, his appearance in court, and his relations with the author's friends and family, are expansively detailed, while the careers of the dogs who had preceded Joe are built into the picture. Then there are animals met professionally -- a goat, a chimp, a camel, and assorted beasts and birds encountered on stage and screen, which have or embarrassing situation. But center front is Joe -- with his dignity, temperament, independence and sense of responsibility -- who has filled his owner's life with greatest pleasure. For the omnivorous reader of dog stories this will he most satisfactory.