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Stories and Poems
Jerome K Jerome’s account of Montmorency’s appalling behaviour; the coming of the Pekinese to England; a heartfelt epitaph to a Newfoundland dog by Lord Byron: Mark Bryant’s anthology is an engrossing collection of poetry and prose, arranged by themes including clever dogs, the hounds of hell, and in memoriam.
A Literary Anthology
‘Histories’, wrote Alexander Pope, ‘are more full of the examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends’, and man’s best friend has a reputation for loyalty, companionship and playfulness. This collection of canine portraits from classic books will delight lovers of dogs and literature alike. Its vignettes range from Shakespeare to Dickens, from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf, and from Dodie Smith’s Dalmatians to Jack London’s fearsome White Fang.
History. Myth. Art
In her 'visual celebration of the ancient relationship between humans and dogs', Catherine Johns begins with a brief account of the domestication of dogs since the earliest times and their manifold roles in human society. The main part of the book, 'Dogs Depicted', includes working dogs, companions, jackals, wolves and mythical monsters in works of art from all cultures and in media as diverse as ancient Egyptian gold amulets, ivory netsuke, a painting by Stubbs and a Late Minoan jasper seal.
Dogs in Books
A Celebration of Dog Illustration Through the Ages
Featuring reproductions from rare editions in the British Library, this book surveys dogs in literature and how artists have interpreted them, from Cerberus guarding the gates of Hades in Homer's Iliad to Spot the Dog. Catherine Britton discusses the role of each dog and the authors and artists who created such memorable canine characters as Dogmatix from Asterix, the Hound of the Baskervilles and Lassie.
Dogs of Courage
When Britain's Pets Went to War 1939–45
From 1939, when people were advised that if they couldn't send their pets to the country in wartime, 'it really is kindest to have them destroyed', to the Dickin Medals awarded at the end of the war, Clare Campbell tells the story of the dogs' war effort, whether conscripted to serve on the battlefields as messengers or mine detectors, or as rescue dogs working in the rubble of bombed buildings, sniffing out survivors on the home front.
Love, Loyalty and Sacrifice on the Front Line
Specially trained sniffer dogs play a vital role in bomb detection in the British Army; this book tells the story of two such animals, killed in action alongside their handlers, Lance Corporals Kenneth Rowe and Liam Tasker, in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2011. Told through the words of family, friends and colleagues, and letters home from the soldiers, the book describes the bond between dog and handler and the courageous work they undertook together.
What Philosophy Can teach You About Your Dog
'Plato wrote that philosophy begins with wonder, and we would do well to wonder at the lives we have made with our dogs.' In this collection of 21 essays, dog-loving philosophers explore such issues as whether dogs think, whether they have feelings, the philosophical ramifications of training dogs, free will, logic for dogs and canine ethics.
The Ralph Steadman Book of Dogs
Starting with a series of Blot dogs, draughtsman and dog-lover Ralph Steadman goes on to survey dog/man, dog/dog relationships in ever wilder pen and ink. Among the dogs there are championship pedigrees (Bedsock Booboo Ghengis Khan de Crotchlick), cross breeds, a dog giving that look ('the swine will melt you mercilessly with jungle cunning') and a mysterious Volcanic Winedog. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Dog's Life
A Celebration of Our Best Friend
‘What are the three words that best describe your dog?’ was the question that the award-winning artist Hannah Dale asked 6,000 canine owners, and it is their responses that inform this celebration of the pet. Each of her paintings is accompanied by a description of the traits and characteristics that typify the 50 breeds featured, from the loyal Labrador to the impulsive Irish Setter.
Big Dogs, Little Dogs
A Visual Guide to the World's Dogs
This large-format visual guide contains illustrations of over 250 canine breeds from around the world, with information about the history and qualities of each, as well as famous examples including Queen Victoria’s Pomeranian, Marco, and Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog.
How to Successfully Re-home a Rescue Dog
Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog-welfare charity, here offers expert advice on choosing the right rescue dog; training; overcoming behavioural problems; and keeping your dog healthy and happy. Inspiring case studies of successful adoptions show that it can be done, and step-by-step sequences, accompanied by photographs, explain in detail how to address even the most intractable issues with a variety of breeds.
The Princess of Wales and her borzoi were photographed for the first issue of Country Life in 1897 and dogs have regularly appeared ever since. This book features a selection of canines that have been included over the decades, from working and hunting dogs to champion pedigrees and beloved pets.
The Hermitage Dogs
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
Archaeologists have shown that dogs, ‘our first allies’, were living with humans as far back as 32,000 years ago. Drawing on the superb art collections of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book explores many aspects of that human-canine alliance including the role of dogs in ancient myth, the symbolism of the dog in art, many types of working dog, the dogs of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and, finally, the companion dog – man’s best friend.
The jacket assures us that ‘No dogs were harmed in the making of this book’, but some of them do look a bit apprehensive, some are loving it and the bull terrier is just humouring the odd photographer lady with the Frisbees and the wind machine (therein lies the trick). We dare you not to smile.
There are detailed step-by-step instructions for creating 12 tiny dogs in this handy book for needle felters of all levels of expertise. The tools and techniques are clearly explained, and close-up photographs show each stage of the process. The canines include pugs, poodles, terriers, dachshunds and beagles, and there are plenty of scenes showing the finished animals to inspire your creativity.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
During the golden age of Hollywood the style and elegance of the studios' most famous stars were enhanced by the regular appearance of well-groomed dogs in their promotional photographs. The images collected here feature more than 130 actors posing alongside their canine friends, from the greats of the silent era, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford, to Joan Collins and Lee Marvin in the 1960s, while Elvis Presley meets a real-life Hound Dog.
A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
How the Dog Became the Dog
From Wolves to Our Best Friends
Although the exact origins of the dog are disputed, it seems certain that its wild progenitor was the grey wolf, the two being closer genetically than are the races of humans. Mark Derr's study traces the domestic dog’s evolution from the first 'dogwolves', which, some time around the end of the last Ice Age, developed mutually beneficial relationships with groups of hunter-gathering humans, through centuries of natural and artificial selection to the multifarious breeds of today.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Beginning with a history of the breed from the first-ever 'yellow retriever' hunting dog (called Nous), to the companions, medical-detection dogs and 'canine partners' of today, this is a complete guide to owning, training and caring for golden retrievers. There are also chapters on 'gundog life' for those who want to work golden retrievers and on every aspect of responsible breeding, including advice on how to say goodbye to the puppies as they go to new homes.