Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Dogs are the best dogs by Gene Weingarten

Anyone who has ever loved an old dog will love Old Dogs. In this collection of profiles and photographs, Weingarten and Williamson document the unique appeal of man's best friend in his or her last, and best, years.

This book is a tribute to every dog who has made it to that time of life when the hearing and eyesight begin to go, when the step becomes uncertain, but when other, richer traits ripen and coalesce. It is when a dog attains a special sort of dignity and a charm all his own.

If you've known a favorite old dog, you'll find him or her on these pages. Your dog might go by a different name and have a different shape, but you'll recognize him or her by the look in an eye or the contours of a life story. There is the dog who thinks he is a house cat; the herder, the fetcher, the punk and the peacock, the escape artist, the demolition artist, the patrician, the lovable lout, the amiable dope, the laughable clown, the schemer, the singer, the daredevil, the diplomat, the politician, the gourmand, and the thief. Plus, as a special bonus, you will find the first Latvian elkhounds ever photographed.

Old Dogs is a glorious gift book and a fitting tribute to that one dog you can't ever forget.

I bought this book last year when I still worked at Barnes & Nobles and I love it. I don't usually go in for the mini picture story type release, but this one spoke to me. Weingarten does a tremendous job at using just a few words with a candid black and white shot to connect the reader to the dog. Some are sadder than others (this book is about old dogs), but each story is almost sickeningly heart warming and I love having this book on my nightstand because I can read a few pages and relax into sleep with no problem.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

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