Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

Why write about dogs, with all the turmoil in our country right now, and with little else on my mind but the election and its aftermath?

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

It’s been a tough week, a gloomy week, for me. I feel dispirited and unmotivated. I needed a pick-me-up. The book gods must have looked kindly on me, because this book could not have come at a better time.

Books and dogs are two of my greatest passions. Combine them and you’ve got a win-win.

Dogs and Their People

If you are a dog person — and I venture to say even if you are not — you will get a kick out of Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love.

Why? Because we humans are capable of going overboard for our fur babies and the stories in this book tell you just how far we can go.

Our furry friends have a knack for righting our worlds no matter what is going on. A soulful gaze, a wag of the tail, a sympathetic snuggle — they sense how we feel, and know how to make us feel better with their unconditional love.

So how do we respond to them? With love, care, and sometimes … well, we dress them up. We sing to them. We sleep with them.

Our two pups, Max and Wyatt, are just over a year old. While it often seems like we’ve got two unruly toddlers in the house, life would not be as full without them. Here they are in one of their quiet moments.

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

Filled with beautiful photographs, Dogs and Their People is a book that you can spend as much or as little time with as you choose, and come back to again and again. The stories about our love for our dogs, the lengths we will go to for them, certainly resonated with me.

For example …

Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday with a canine birthday cake?

Do you know the dog people in the neighborhood as “Ginger’s mommy” or “Dylan’s dad?”

Do you tell your dog you will be back soon when you are leaving the house? As if he understands that?

Do you arrange playdates so that your dog will have a social life?

I will neither confirm nor deny that I am guilty of any of the above.

Dogs and Their People will brighten your day. Here is an example.

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

You will read funny stories, touching stories, like the owner who sold her house to pay for the dog’s back surgery or another who went homeless for the sake of keeping a furry family together.

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

I can’t think of a better gift for dog lovers than Dogs and Their People.

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

In this time of uncertainty, there is at least this universal truth: dogs really are a person’s best friend.

Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

That is reassuring to me.

One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of Dogs and Their People. Please leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly selected. USA addresses only, please.

I received a copy of Dog and Their People from Putnam for an honest review, which is the only  kind of review I write.

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47 Thoughts on “Book Buzz: Dogs and Their People

  1. Yes this looks like a cheery pick me up for the gray days of winter. Even though I have gone to the feline side of of domestic sharing, I do love dogs.
    My Dad took a camera to WWII and through out his pictures are pictures of dogs his squad adopted. 70 years later he still could recall the dogs’ names!

  2. I’m a cat person, but I have several dog-loving friends for whom I just HAVE to get this book. I love your phrase about how our furry friends have a knack for righting our worlds no matter what’s going on. So true!

  3. This is really a great gift book for the right people in your life. Just the thought of it makes me so happy.

  4. I have friends who love their dogs like children so would really appreciate this book. Thanks!

  5. Our two little dogs are the glue that binds us together and keeps us sane. They are so funny and full of love. I am definitely one of those people who remembers a person’s dog’s name first in my neighborhood. Or, if we don’t know the dog, it ends up with a nickname.

  6. This looks like the perfect book for these challenging times. I’m so with you about books and dogs. Add some ice cream, and you’ve pretty much reached perfection.

  7. Helene, this made me want go out and get a puppy! We’re still missing our dear Smokey, who was the November Calendar dog for his daycare only two years ago… such a hunk he was… love the post!

  8. I love my pets. I have a dog and a cat. I love how you say people can go overboard with their furbabies–I can relate very well :p I’m sure I will enjoy this book too! It does seem like a good pick-me-up 🙂

    Thanks for sharing

  9. I love this post. I love my little dog, he is part of our family. He is getting older now and can’t walk as far so we even got him a little stroller for outings. He is very spoiled!

  10. Cute book, I loved my dogs so much and can really relate 🙂 They are beautiful creature puppy dogs!

  11. Aw, how sweet. We just have cats, but my daughter wants a dog.

  12. LOL, too cute, sounds like a fun, enjoyable read. We love our dog but have never made him a birthday cake…

  13. This looks like a great book to give as a gift to anyone who loves dogs!

  14. I’m a dog lover and this book is adorable! This is the perect gift

  15. I don’t have pets but my kids want one and I have been avoiding it.

  16. Max and Wyatt are ADORABLE. That photo made me smile.

  17. I’m not a dog person but I have several family members that are. They would love this book.

  18. victoria on November 18, 2016 at 5:18 am said:

    Thanks for this article. I would share this to my friends.

  19. Sounds like a cute book for dog lovers. I don’t have any pets, but I know lots of people that have.

  20. I’m a dog person and I agree with you that dog is really a person’s best friend. My parents have dogs and we love out dogs. I wish to get one for my own someday. Great article!

  21. Dogs and Their People sounds like a wonderful book to read and could be a great gift for Dog owners. I always believe that they become a part of your family & life and I know many who would love this one!

  22. CourtneyLynne on November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm said:

    Omg too cute!!!!! I’m a total animal lover!! Dogs are the best!

  23. Elizabeth O. on November 20, 2016 at 12:13 am said:

    I don’t have a dog but I understand what it’s like to have a pet and it’s really life changing, in a good way. This sounds like an amazing book and I’d love to read about the dogs and their people.

  24. I like reading books like this. I have a dog which I love so much and it’s nice to see people who share the same feelings about their dogs! It makes you appreciate your pets more!

  25. Sue Eppenstein on November 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm said:

    This book sounds like a winner for dog lovers everywhere! Our pooches love us unconditionally, hence, we treat them like our children and cherish them for their childlike ways!

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