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Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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About the Author
Gene Weingarten is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and a Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer for The Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC.
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Shanna solemnly passed the butcher knife to Lance, her 16-year-old son. Shanna was a recent widow, Lance, the new man of the house. It was Lance who had brought home the stray.
Shanna had heard about this breed, particularly ones hardened by the streets, trained to do God Knows What. She knew of a test to find out if a dog is too vicious to keep. The test is not without risk.
"I'm going to give her some food," Shanna said, "and then I'm going to suddenly take it away. If she attacks me, you have to kill her."
Shanna put down the bowl. Lance gripped the knife, white-knuckled, wary...
They laugh about it now, nine years later. Honey the pit bull, as sweet as her name.Copyright © 2008 by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Williamson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Together we cried as I read "Remembering Harry".
Thank you Gene and Michael!!!
But here are two more certainties: you will cry when you read the last three words on page 13 and laugh when you read page 18 of "Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs" by Pulitzer Prize winners Gene Weingarten and Michael Williamson.
People love books about puppies. They're so cute and cuddly. But they have no real personalities yet, other than "cute and cuddly."
Old dogs, however, have their own distinctive personalities, quirks and traits, developed over a lifetime.
This captivating book is a tribute to our old dogs, our best friends.
Mr. Weingarten asked his readers at the Washington Post to tell him about their old dogs.
In the acknowledgments of "Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs," he thanks the countless people whose dogs had their pictures taken but didn't get into the book.
He writes, "For this omission we entirely blame the editors of Simon & Schuster, who, for reasons known only to them and for which they will no doubt have to answer in the Hereafter, balked at producing a 1,294-page book."
"Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs" combines a striking full-face, full-page photograph of each old dog (taken by Michael Williamson) with a narrative opposite each.
We meet Chester, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, on page 35. Herding is in that breed's DNA. What's a house dog to do?
Every morning, Chester takes his own personal flock downstairs, one at a time, in his mouth. There are eight of them, including little gingerbread man, large gingerbread man, purple teddy bear, and mousie. He deposits each member of his flock under the coffee table and ignores them the rest of the day.Read more ›
Harry's story made me cry too. Have the Kleenex handy.
The dogs profiled in Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs were, at the time they were photographed, at least 10 years old. A short profile accompanies each photo; that we learn so much about each subject in so few words is a testimony to both Weingarten's skill as a wordsmith and Williams' ability to capture the essence of these cherished pets that I grew to love by proxy. Not only was I touched to the core by these grand old pooches (I get very sloppy over non-human animals), but as an editor, I positively reveled in the excellence of Weingarten's command of English. Indeed, while this book could easily be perused in an hour or so, I found it almost too rich to process all at once and like very fine tea, I preferred to enjoy it in small sips that I could savor over time. It really is that wonderful.
I was planning to purchase a copy of this as a Christmas present for a beloved cousin, but she just lost the eldest of her five rescues and she and her husband are still crying for their old Barney, the Great Dane mix that literally thought he was a horse (her sister-in-law lives next door with her equine family). So while now is probably too soon, a copy of this will find its way to their bookshelf at a time I deem appropriate. For those lacking such constraints, consider this for the animal-lovers on your holiday list--I promise it won't disappoint. HIGHEST recommendation.
"Old Dogs" is a beautiful book. It contains great photos of older dogs, with brief biographies of each. And it makes a wonderful gift for any dog lover. Not oversized like a typical coffee table book, this book can be read, enjoyed, and kept on the shelf.
For anyone concerned that this is just a bunch of photos of dogs, please realize that the authors are Pulitzer Prize winners and that this book is beautiful in every way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a veterinarian, and I've seen thousands of old dogs over the span of my career. This book does a great job in illustrating the incredible bond that people feel for their dogs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Daugherty
I came across a copy of this at an animal emergency room, liked it so much that I bought a copy for a special friend. She loved it.Published 2 months ago by JWP
I love this book. It is perfect for anyone who loves dogs, especially with a soft spot for elderly dogs like myself!Published 5 months ago by Karlie Hartl
What a classic- dogs are members of the family and are smarter than most people. A lot to be learned by their love and devotion.Published 5 months ago by benjones
many stories with photos that capture the spirit of the dear older dog friends written about. nostalgic, nice tribute to the long-loved special friends included. Read morePublished 7 months ago by BBB