Peanut, a mixed-breed dog in our extended family, really isn't the size of a peanut. He's more like the size of black lab with a big personality to match. He has an "affection" for stuffed animals, particularly the stuffing part. One of my daughter's stuffed rabbits, a yellow one dressed in a satin ballerina dress, almost became a "dirty bow wow." You know, a dog toy full of slobber, a slightly chewed, or in Peanut's case, pulled to pieces doggie play thing. Luckily we managed to save yellow ballerina bunny. Other stuffed animals haven't been quite so lucky.
Dirty Bow Wow: A Tribute to Dogs and the Objects of Their Affection showcases 52 canine pets posed with their beloved play toys. Authors Cheryl and Jeffery Katz compiled this delightful book of "dirty bow wows" and dogs. Each page spread features an adorable portrait by photographers Hornick/Rivlin who performed miracles in capturing expression-filled dogs with their precious toys. A short, often humorous blurb accompanies each photo and brings insight to each dog's life. All sorts of dogs, the adopted strays and rescue dogs to the most highly pampered pedigrees, are gathered inside the glossy pages. Man's best friend has never looked prouder or more adorable.
A quick and enjoyable coffee-table worthy read, all dog lovers will find something to love when perusing Dirty Bow Wow. In my household, lots of books fall into my hands and my hands alone. However, this book managed to become a family favorite. My preschool-aged daughter immediately fell for the Toy Poodle named Annie Goodman modeling her beloved chic Pink Purse toy. My husband, the discerning reader (so discerning he hardly ever picks up a book) read Dirty Bow Wow cover to cover and remarked on a number of dogs. Puggle Lucy nose-to-nose with her stuffed, earless Doggie won him over. She's pictured in the toy drive photo below. As a book reviewer, I am probably one of the only people who read the title page. I noticed a rather hidden photo of a Bernese Mountain Dog named Hogan displayed opposite on the frontispiece. Somehow this shy Hogan and his Rabbit did not make mention on the contents page so he wins my vote and makes mention here. Think you could find a favorite? Bet you could.
Dirty Bow Wow: A Tribute to Dogs and the Objects of Their Affection by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, Photography by Hornick/Rivlin. Ten Speed Press (April 2009); 112 pages; ISBN 9781580089661
This May 2009 you can give a deserving dog a toy by participating in the Dirty Bow Wow Toy Drive. Several bookstores have signed up to host Dirty Bow Wow events and are encouraging customers to donate toys for shelter dogs. Check the bookstore list to find an event near you. Or, if you can't attend a bookstore event, consider purchasing a toy and bringing it directly to your local animal shelter during the month of May. Maybe your donated toy will become a beloved dirty bow wow.
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