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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061575615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061575617
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,889,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nikki Moustaki, M.A., M.F.A., founder of www.dogfessions.com and host of MSN.com's web TV show Celebrity Pet Dish, is a dog trainer and animal expert. With numerous books and articles to her credit, she has been featured on national TV and radio shows and works to help pet owners take better care of their furry and feathered friends. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach, Florida, traveling with her two schnauzers and three parrots.

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It reminds us why we love dogs.
E. Adamson
It's a coffee table book, so don't look for substance or facts here, look for laughter, heart-warming phrases and lots of cute (very cute) dog photos.
G. Beaubrun
Nikki Moustaki's wonderful book, Dogfessions, is a must for anyone who loves dogs.
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Format: Hardcover
Only if you have a sincere and devoted love for the dogs in your life could you possibly understand and enjoy this book by Nikki Moustaki.

When your dog looks at you with that intense gaze of love, what might he really be thinking? Does he know that he is guilty of a garbage-related crime in your kitchen, or is he just playing dumb (and cute!)?

What are the secret confessions of both dogs and their people? Do you tell your dogs your most secret of secrets? Do your dogs know more about you than your own spouse or psychiatrist? Well, the secret confessions of both dogs and their humans are all here and presented in such an amazingly cute and inventive way with photos, illustrations and collages that the real dog lover will instantly recognize the truth here, even though others may definitely not.

It's also nice to know that Harper Collins made a donation to dog-friendly charities in honor of Dogfessions -- a most wonderful book to own and give as a gift for the other dog-lovers in your circle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Beaubrun on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a unique collection of the best photos (each with an amusing phrase) submitted to the Dogfessions website. A "Dogfession" is a confession by a dog, or about a dog. They are almost all either very funny or quite touching and I really enjoyed them.
It's a coffee table book, so don't look for substance or facts here, look for laughter, heart-warming phrases and lots of cute (very cute) dog photos. No posed professional photos here, these were really sent in by loving owners (OK I confess I sent one, but I don't know the author nor do I get any payment except the fun of telling friends "Lacey's in a book.")

If you are a dog-lover you'll totally get the concept of this book. (If you aren't, you might still like the fun photos.) I laughed out loud at lots of the Dogfessions, but what surprised me most was how easy it was to identify with the touching "dogfessions" of other dog-lovers. Phrases like: "I told my dog I was pregnant before I told my husband." or "I missed a date just to stay home and watch my puppy sleep." are easily understood by those of us who are "owned" by our dogs.

The only negative I found is that the printer put a few of the photos across two pages and that took away from the impact of those shots, but it was only a few.
A couple of people who did not know my dog was in the book, recommended it to me, so there are some unbiased reviews. I may be biased, but I still recommend it highly. It makes a great gift for any dog-lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although not a die-hard dog lover, I've been around enough dogs in my life to appreciate their finer (and not-so-fine) attributes. Ms. Moustaki has done an excellent job of putting together a book that captures the true insights and feelings of both our canine companions and their owners.

Think of DOGFESSIONS as POSTSECRET for dogs. Just as POSTSECRET came about as the result of thousands of postcards mailed anonymously to a website, DOGFESSIONS happened the same way. Based on the website readers sent in postcards filled with photographs, illustrations, headlines, and confessions centering around man's best friend.

Some "dogfessions" are laugh-out-loud funny, such as the poor dog dressed up in a Halloween costume with the caption: "They told me dressing up would be fun. It was a web of lies." Some are heartbreakingly sad, while others manage to be both sad and uplifting: "Somebody dropped him off to be euthanized. He was just 6 months old. We've had him for 10 years now. They don't know he is still alive...I hope they still feel guilty." Others, however, are a little disturbing: "When no one's watching...I eat poo," and "I think I kiss the dogs more than I kiss my husband."

Overall, though, DOGFESSIONS is a book sure to delight the humans who care for these wonderful animals. The fact that a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book are benefiting two charities, Petfinder Foundation and the Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue Center, is a nice added bonus.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise Fleck on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
DOGFESSIONS is a must-read not only for those of us who feel living with dogs makes our life complete, but it is also an eye-opening adventure for anyone who has never experienced the joy of a canine best-friend. Life viewed through the eyes of a dog is life at its simplest and finest, and DOGFESSIONS reminds us to 'take time to smell the flowers" and all those other cliches that really do in fact explain the true meaning of life and love. Life without a dog...I just can't imagine that, and after looking at the soul-filled canine eyes in this great coffee-table book, DOGFESSIONS will touch your heart and make you realize how much greater life is thanks to you four-legged best friend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Vaughan on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was inspired by the Dogfessions website - owners can send in their secret confessions about their dogs or their dogs can send in secret confessions of their own! A wonderful concept for those who love their fur babies. This book is filled with candid photos and confessions of all sorts - if you need your daily warm and fuzzy, just open this book. Any dog owner will read this book and agree, sympathize, laugh - you name it. It's our coffee table book and so many visitors have enjoyed it!! You will read this book and immediately want to hug your dog!!! A fabulous purchase and we enjoyed it so much we bought three more copies to give as gifts for Christmas!
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More About the Author

With more than a half a million pet books in print and hundreds of articles on pets and their care and training to her credit, Nikki Moustaki, author of the memoir, The Bird Market of Paris, is considered one of the country's leading pet experts. She also is an award winning freelance writer, animal trainer, and pet industry expert, and her tireless work feeding shelter pets with her innovative website, The Pet Postcard Project, along with her hands-on rescue efforts and vocal advocacy for homeless animals has led her to be dubbed "Saint Nik."

Nikki Moustaki is also considered an "Urban Dog Guru," specializing in training city dogs for their particular needs. She has published more than 42 books of nonfiction, primarily on the care and training of pets. Her pet books and articles have been translated into 5 languages. Along with working as a dog trainer, Nikki is one of the country's foremost experts on parrots, having authored more than 24 books on birds and their care and training. Her expertise in pets ranges from dogs and cats to fish and hermit crabs, and everything else in between.

An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki currently hosts a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and she hosted, co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host. Nikki has appeared on CNN, Howard Stern (XM Sirius Radio), NBC News, FOX News, CBS News, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio, Animal Radio, Pet Talk Radio, and Talkin' Pets Radio, among others, and was the animal handler for the second season of the Tony Danza Show, where she often appeared on-air along with her parrot and dog. Nikki has also been featured in The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, The Humane Society Magazine, and Dog Fancy, among others.

Nikki also writes, collaborates and co-writes books on a variety of topics. She also created a canine focused blues album, Dog Training Tracks: A Musical No Bark Solution: Blues for Buster, for "alarm barkers" and dogs who suffer from separation anxiety.

A self-professed "pet product geek," Nikki also enjoys working as a consultant for pet product manufacturers, helping them brand, position, and develop their products and succeed in social media. She has worked on projects ranging from microchips to dog toys to pet food research and development. Her many years of expertise with pet products at both the consumer and the trade level give her unique insight, and she is able to communicate about pets and pet products in any medium.

Nikki's two primary interests - writing and animals - collide in her work, allowing her to travel through both the landscape of the literary writer and the interesting world of the pet industry. She writes feature articles for many pet-related magazines, including Dog Fancy, Popular Dogs, Dogs USA, CATS Magazine, Cat Fancy, Pet Product News, Bird Talk, Birds USA, and Water Garden News, among others. Nikki has written for Latina Magazine, the Village Voice, Jane, Time To Spa Magazine, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Magazine.

Her popular websites include The Pet Postcard Project, a fun and charitable site that raises awareness, food, and funds for shelter animals, and has raised over 120,000,000 pieces of kibble for shelter pets. The site has no advertising - all of her efforts are to help feed the homeless pets.

Nikki holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from NYU. She taught creative writing at several universities for 10 years, including both NYU and IU, as well as at The New School in New York City. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, and has been awarded many national prizes and honors for her writing, including two Pushcart Press nominations, and her poetry and essays have also appeared in various anthologies and college textbooks, including Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and America Now, chosen by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series.

Before beginning her career as a freelance writer and editor, Nikki worked as an acquisitions and development editor at Macmillan Publishing and IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., where she specialized in the non-fiction market and edited more than 60 non-fiction titles. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach with her two rescued Schnauzers, Pepper and Zoey, one rescued Schnoodle named Pearl, and two parrots. When she's not writing, you can find Nikki rocking out on the drums, teaching herself 80s metal on her Gibson guitar, rescuing dogs from the shelter, and working on her various charity projects.