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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"
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" a CRAZZZY good read! We know what's going to be on our Christmas list! "
"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
Robin Layton is an award-winning photojournalist and renowned photographic artist. At the age of twenty-four, LIFE magazine named her one of the eight most talented photographers in America. Nikon calls her one of the best photographers in the world. Her exquisite work has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize and featured in the Smithsonian. This in-demand photographer's impressive client list includes President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Sidney Poitier, and more. Robin lives in Seattle with her partner Shakti and their four very-loved adopted dogs.
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.
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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 would highly recommend this book as a great gift to a dog lover.
This book helps me illustrate to the adopters how much a dog can mean to one's family and how special they are. By giving this away it's my hope that they will love my foster dog the way I did and forever.