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?
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.
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.
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.
I can’t think of a better gift for dog lovers than Dogs and Their People.
In this time of uncertainty, there is at least this universal truth: dogs really are a person’s best friend.
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.