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Dogs We Love: With Jane Smiley, Armistead Maupin, Ann Beattie, Edward Albee, and 14 Other Dog People Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653583
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderful.... Touching" Los Angeles Times Book Review"

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Some of us just "feel incomplete without the company of a dog or two," Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee admits in this timeless tribute to beloved dogs by some of the nation's most beloved writers.

A literary "best of show," Dogs We Love features a pedigree lineup. Bob Shacochis endures the tribulations of remaking a one-dog into a two-dog household (and along the way offers his own "rules of the table" for humans and dogs). Jane Smiley (another Pulitzer Prize winnner) muses over her retriever's mark of genius: her relentless pursuit of the tennis ball. New Yorker cartoonist Danny Shanahan provides an illustrated guide on your dog's body language, including how to understand "the twitch," "the cocked-head," and "jumping up on guests" (dogs like the feel of fabrics, as it turns out!). Ann Beattie debates upgrading from "occasional dog sitter" to full-time dog owner. Arthur Yorinke recounts the dramatic rescue of his blind border collie as a hurricane prepares to batter the Nova Scotia coastline: "When it comes to dogs," he concludes, "even true stories are miracles." With a veritable dog park of sheepdogs, malamutes, papillons, bulldogs, and magnificent mutts, Dogs We Love is sure to include your dog, whether in breed or in spirit.

The eloquence of the authors' stories, combined with the humorous, endearing, and sometimes mysterious photographs of Robin Schwartz, makes Dogs We Love a captivating, charming testament to our companionship with dogs: it's a must-have for those of us who share our lives with one or more of America's 75 million dogs, and whose ears know no sweeter music than the barking of our own. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some four dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including SAILING THE UNKNOWN: Around the World with Captain Cook; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and THE HOUND DOG'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Dog Lovers.
Other favorites are The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm (which I both wrote and illustrated with some 400 photographs); A Drive in the Country; Don't Shoot!; A School for Pompey Walker, and Elijah's Angel. (And, yes, there's the Britiish Michael--no "J."--Rosen whose many books are often confused with mine.) For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.


for lots more about MY DOG!, including recipes, training tips, cool projects, games, and so forth: www.workman.com/mydog

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Nevermind VINE VOICE on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This small book contains essays as well as heart melting pictures of dogs. Mind you, these are real dogs, the kind who relentlessly continue to hunt for slippers and chew them to bits and bits, dogs who have problems like blindness and still--still--make us smile and love them.

As Cynthia Heimel reports "Let me see if I can say this without being a nasty booger-head. Some people are morbidly warped and don't like dogs at all. We shall not even discuss such deviants. Some people love only their own dogs...These people are dog-impaired...And then there are the dog-besotted, the dog-goofy, those lunatics who worship at the Holy Church of Canine" (p 95).

Each essay discusses some new and entertaining aspect of dogs and dog ownership. The yellow stains on the carpet. The drool. The big eyes that gaze into your with love.

A book to savor.
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By diana blue schmied on February 1, 2012
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great book about the love and laughter people receive from the beloved pets. a great read and it was a great gift for another dog lover.
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I enjoyed these essays. It is a book you can pick up, read a short essay and put down. I kept it on my night table for night time reading. Just enough for bedtime.
Amusing stories.
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