Dogs and Their People by Barkpost by Bark & Co. has the funniest pictures of pooches around, and the stories in these pages are endearing. They even brought to mind some of my own dog stories. From the pictures to the stories and the checklists and recipes, this book is a must have for any dog lover.
One great story: Natalie builds her dog Perrin race tracks in the snow during winter blizzards, which can mean that she digs them several times over the course of a storm, especially in Massachusetts. Then, of course, there’s Denise, Theo & Desna – Theo the husky practically ate all the furniture and Desna decided that her favorite perch was the kitchen counters and Denise had to puppy-proof the entire kitchen.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love dogs, and while my current dog does not have her own Instagram account — she does make appearances — we love her to bits. She’s my daughter’s sibling — they’ve grown up together. We adopted her when our daughter was about one. She’s a husky mix and she can be a handful, but at least she hasn’t eaten the furniture. We do have a zillion nicknames for her, with my daughter recently referring to her as Woofie. Nicknames are terms of endearment for animals, I think, and I’ve given multiple names to my pets for many years. Who can stop themselves when they are so cute!
My previous pooch went everywhere with us — camping, to see Santa, to restaurants and stores — and he got into mischief. He loved to eat things he wasn’t supposed to. That dog would unwrap bubble gum, eat glass to get at the bacon grease, and get his head stuck in cardboard boxes if he thought there was a morsel of food to be had. One of my favorite stories was when we were camping — by this time he was elderly — and we decided to take a “short” hike, according to the map. Well, that hike ended up being way longer than the map led us to believe and the dog just refused to move. He sat down and that was it. My poor husband had to carry this 45-pound dog over his shoulders (much like Bryan in Colorado), and would you believe that people on the trail thought our fluffy dog was a deer. Ridiculous! They even brought out their cameras to take a picture. People are sillier than dogs sometimes.
Now that I’ve been on my own for a long time, I’ve noticed that my parents have started treating their dogs like children. They have seat belts and clothes. One of their dogs used to have a leather hat and coat — she looked like a mean biker with her Peek-a-Poo underbite. It makes me wonder why the dogs even put up with humans — oh, right, it’s the treats, toys, and warm beds.
Dogs and Their People by Barkpost by Bark & Co. is just a delightful and fun book. There are recipes for dog biscuits and more. It would make a fantastic gift for those dog lovers in your life — you know the holidays are coming faster than you think!
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