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A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends Hardcover – November 21, 2012
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"This is a real must-have for your dog-lover friends"
Columnist Liz Smith
"Sweet, poignant, heartfelt--the love songs to the dogs are perfectly complemented by Layton's tender photographs."
"A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends features letters written by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Tony Bennett to Willow Smith. Their stories celebrate belly rubs, endless games of fetch, fuzzy ears and waggy tails, and most of all-unconditional love. Complete with stunning photography by Robin Layton, A Letter to My Dog is the perfect book for anyone who considers their dog a part of their family. So cuddle up on the couch with your pooch, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and dive in to this unique and beautiful book."
About the Author
Kimi Culp's unique specialty is generating original ideas and concepts and bringing them to life across multiple media platforms. Her experience includes work as a producer and story developer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, ABC's Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a partner at Long Story Short Media, a production and creative consulting company. Based in Los Angeles, she loves spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, and playing at the beach.
Lisa Erspamer, a dog lover since birth, most recently served as Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to OWN, Lisa served as Co-Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she produced hundreds of shows and oversaw such memorable episodes as the biggest Flash Mob in history, the legendary car giveaway, Oprah's After Oscar Specials, Whitney Houston's final interview, and many others. Currently, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her precious Yorkie, Lily. Lisa dedicates this book to her beloved boy, Louis, who sadly passed away this year.
Top Customer Reviews
But as I read through this book, I instinctively understood the "heartfeltedness" of the letters within. Writing a letter to a creature - whether canine, human, or otherwise - who will never read it brings out an honesty of emotions that most folks typically tend to repress. I suppose that's why some therapists encourage this sort of activity. You can almost feel that some of these letters were only written after agonizing effort; "What do I say? How do I say it? What words should I use, none of which effectively capture what I feel?" I wonder how many tried and failed.
Like many people who will read this book, I started a letter of my own, to my "old lady who is now fourteen and in the twilight of her life." I couldn't finish it. Words failed, and eventually blurred. If you are reading this review, you are a dog lover, and I am guessing you have been in this same place, and have seen your own words blur as you struggle to capture your feelings. That's a good thing. Even though I've never met you, I like you already.
But perhaps even more poignant would be the "what if" thoughts that will surely spring to mind as you read this book. If your dog could write, if your dog could put pen to paper, what would it say to you?
NOTE: ONE OWNER WROTE EVERYTIME MY DOG STOPS WHEN HE IS OUT ON A WALK AND SMELL ANOTHER DOG OR ANIMAL I JUST LOOK AT IT LIKE HE IS READING HIS MAIL. SO NOW, I WILL GIVE MY DOG TIME TO STOP AND READ HER MAIL.
I think I am gonna write a letter to my 3 dogs.
I would highly recommend this book as a great gift to a dog lover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product. Cat lovers out there, there is a feline version.Published 11 days ago by Alanda Whelan
This isn't a story but rather a collection of letters written to dogs from their owners; some young, some old and even some celebrity letters are thrown into the mix. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bri
I haven't even finished this yet and already it's my favorite book in the world. I'm laughing and I'm crying and I can't put it down! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Georgia Kassing
Great book for anyone who has a dog. I'm not much of a reader but you don't have to be for this. I tend to pick this up here and there when I find myself sitting around doing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bobby Marquez
This book will make you laugh and cry - and fall in love with your dog all over again. A perfect gift for all dog lovers.Published 6 months ago by Kathy Lanni
A great read when you have just a few minutes at a time, or if you want a quiet hour or so of peace and quiet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by caroleann