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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810982870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810982871
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This hilarious adventure into the mind of an everyday dog will delight dog lovers. Illustrated with colorful woodblock prints of a black Labrador retriever (based on artist Stephen Huneck's own dog, Sally), this book captures the true spirit of doghood. Each portrait reflects another important doggy pursuit: food, socks, hogging the bed... Of great importance in the dog's day are petting and loving; dog ecstasy is perceived as a good belly rub. The latter half of the book, entitled "The Two Hemispheres of the Brain," portrays the amusing clash of emotions dogs are surely faced with each day. A dog brain has two hemispheres--the good dog portion and the bad dog portion. Dogs frequently fight the bad dog side: good dog wants to drink water from his bowl, bad dog wants to drink water from the toilet bowl--unfortunately, bad dog often wins. My Dog's Brain is a delightful book of conjecture about the workings of a dog's mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Huneck is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor. He is the owner of Stephen Huneck galleries in Stowe, Vermont, and on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where Stephen’s world-famous Dog Chapel is located.


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Anyone who is a dog lover would appreciate this book.
Meg
Colorful artwork and simple text get to the heart or should I say brain of a dog.
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His writing touches your heart and unites people who love dogs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Snell on October 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever owned a dog or have been owned by one, this book is for you! You'll find it even more familiar if you happen to own a labrador retriever. The subject matter is the simple yet adorable mind of our dog friends. Stephen Huneck apparently has put a lot of time into the this book--the art is fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 25, 2006
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This book features Stephen Huneck's brilliant canine wood block prints. The book is colorful and suitable for all ages: kids will love the whimsy it offers, while adults will enjoy the sly insights into canine mental processes. The introduction of the book explains how Huneck overcame a nearly fatal illness with the help of his dog, a black Labrador Retriever named Sally, setting the tone for his deep appreciation for dogs.

The prints are very entertaining and thematically fall into sections called "The Parts of the Brain," "The Two Hemispheres of the Brain," and "The Powers of the Brain." While I loved the whole book, I really liked "The Powers of the Brain," as I think it has the most insight into the minds of pets, and dogs in particular. I especially appreciate the prints "They sense when you are going away," and "They know when you need love."

This is a great book not only because it's fun, but because it deals with the bond between people and their pets so effectively. I highly endorse this book and give it five unequivocal stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Nicoll on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I use this book in my work doing animal assisted interventions with at-risk children. The kids love learning how a dog's brain works - or more likely how dogs are driven to pleasure-seeking behavior. The pictures can also be pretty powerful - particulary the page "good dog" and "bad dog" with the split brain - this is very helpful teaching children about how our brain actually divides itself at times under stress. When I explain this in the picture - the kids feel so much better about themselves. Great work!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I can pick this book up and get a good belly laugh every time, without fail. If you own a lab, or any dog, you will relate 100% to the thoughts and antics of a dog from Huneck's perspective. It makes a great gift for dog lovers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is both funny and touching. It gives us a look behind the curtain into the complex mind of man's best friend. The artwork is fresh and enlivening. Our whole family loves this book. We keep it on our coffee table and look at it when ever we need a chuckle.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LuckeyDuckey on January 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The diagram of Sally's brain is great, just how I imagine it. The illustrations are wonderful and his love for animals really shows through.
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By G. Mikolajczyk on March 3, 2014
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It's a very sweet book about the dogs. I love the pictures, they truly show you the special bond between dogs and humans. S.Huneck work is fun, it's genuine and it's true . It's a book for older children and adults.
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By Meg on July 26, 2013
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Anyone who is a dog lover would appreciate this book. I came across this book staying at the paw house inn in Vermont. I gave this book to a friend as a gift, I knew she would love the book because she is a dog lover herself. The art work in the book are from the author himself who designed and carved each print which gives book a quality that you might see in other books.
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