dogs that serve in the military, loyal mutts that enter
our families and our hearts, goofy dogs that make us
laugh. As the holiday season arrives, there is no
shortage of books for dog lovers. Here are a few:
for Your Thoughts? Philosophy According to Dogs"
by Andrew Darlow, Ulysses Press, $14.95
offers 95 pages of wonderful photos coupled with short
thoughts. For example, thereís a portrait of a dog
staring into the camera, a sock in its mouth,
accompanied by "Thereís no accounting for a manís
taste in socks." Itís a clever idea for a
stocking-stuffer, and Darlowís photos make it work.
Dogs: Rescue Stories"
Stavrinides, St. Martinís Press, $21.99
proves again she is a rescue dogís best friend with
this collection of stories of canines rescued from
shelters. Celebrity rescue pet owners (Chevy Chase,
Lance Bass, etc.) and average owners tell the story of
their pet and how it came to be part of their family.
Each dogís story includes a portrait of the animal by
Stavrinides. This book will inspire more than a few
people to high-tail it to their closest shelter.
Language of Dogs"
Silver with David Donnenfeld, Gallery Books, $24.99
of the reality TV show "Dogs in the City,"
says that dog owners and their dogs have problems
because they donít speak the same language. In his
book, he explains the dog mind, helping an owner to see
what makes the animal tick. Once you know that, training
becomes easier, using positive commands and the dogís
natural desire to please. Even if you arenít trying to
turn out an obedience champion, Silverís book will
give you a better understanding of your pet.
Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty"
DiBenedetto and the Editors of Garden & Gun,
is editor-in-chief at Garden & Gun, and he and his
editors have compiled this anthology of 51 essays about
dogs. The book is broken down into five chapters ó The
Troublemakers, Into the Field, Manís Best Friend,
Family Ties and Life Lessons. Two particularly enjoyable
pieces are John Ed Bradleyís "Emmett &
Me," about an English bulldog that was brought into
his life by a friend, and Pat Jordanís "Puppy
Dreams," about an elderly couple buying what they
are sure will be their last puppy.
Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love"
Frankel, Palgrave/Macmillan, $26
senior editor for special projects at Foreign Policy
magazine, has been writing about war dogs since 2012. In
this book, she examines not only the history and heroism
of war dogs, but the bond that exists between them and
their handlers, using the often moving and inspiring
stories of individual dogs.