Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review & Contest: Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me

Every once in awhile a wonderful gift book comes along and I'm inclined to think: Why didn't I write that? Well, this time it's because Cynthia L. Copeland wrote Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me, published by Workman Publishing.

Loaded with wonderful pictures and practical advice that's charmingly illustrated by the assortment of dogs gracing its pages, this book entertains, amuses and, for a gift book, makes a great deal of sense.

Cindy & Teddy @Colleen Krause
With her own adorable dog Teddy helping to serve as her muse, or perhaps by example, Copeland sets out to write a charming collection of thoughts. Not exactly the researched tome most of us reach for (or write), this book is just plain fun while giving some food for thought.

The photos, by a number of photographers listed at the end of the book in such minuscule type I thought I'd need a Guide Dog to read it, have captured dogs at their very best, from puppy eyes to joyous abandonment, to my personal favorite, an utterly adorable photo of a little Yorkshire Terrier, on his back virtually begging for a tummy rub. As a long-time Yorkie "mother," I kept going back to the picture and then discovered, to my utter delight, the photo is on the back cover.  If I have one wish it is that the photographers names were published on the same page as their photos. They deserve that very present credit.

©Rita Kochmarjova/fotolia

Looking at the dog shaking off water has to bring a smile, as does the Komondor at full run towards the camera, his locks flying as he speeds along at full tilt.  Photos also run to the serious. It's hard to look at the black and white photo of the Military Dogs and their handlers jumping out of a helicopter without remembering that they are full members of the military with a job to do, just like their human counterparts, except they don't volunteer for the job.

There's the dog with three legs, the old dog with his elderly human and so much more. It's a book to read and re-read. With the holidays coming, it would make a wonderful gift for the dog lovers in your life.

My Chartreux, Aimee, thinks she should write the Cat version if they decide to publish one. She believes cats have equal rights. I suspect I know whose help she would employ.

©Tim Kitchen/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Published by Workman Publishing in New York, this 170 page book retails for a modest $12.95 at brick and mortar bookstores and online:

Now for the really exciting news: Workman Publishing will send a copy of Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me by Cynthia L. Copeland to one lucky winner! If YOU would like to win that copy, post a comment here. The winner will be chosen by random. This is restricted to U.S. residents. Remember to check back on Monday to see if you are the winner!

NOTE:  I was not financially compensated for this review. I was only provided with a review copy of the book and .jpg photos to use in this blog. The contents of this blog are mine.


James Stagg said...

Thanks, Darlene. Good review. I'm going to put this on my reading list. maybe this will be an incentive for some of us who had ideas about dog stories to step up to the plate, get serious, and start writing.

Darlene said...

You're absolutely right. If you want to write you have to apply your seat to the chair and your fingers to the computer. :-)

Thanks for your comment!

Veronique said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! Great review as usual!

Darlene said...

It is, indeed, a wonderful book! Thank you for your comment!

Nancy Dionne said...

Thank you for reviewing this book Darlene. Every so often we need to pick up and read a book for
the shear enjoyment of it. This book, with the help of co-author Teddy and the great photographs, sounds like just that type of book.

Darlene said...

You're absolutely right, Nancy. It's a pleasure to read and the photos are wonderful. :-) Thank you for your comment.