Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs
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Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs

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by Gene Weingarten
     
 

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Featuring sixty black-and-white photographs of old dogs shot by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Michael S. Williamson and narrated by Washington Post staffer and columnist Gene Weingarten, this is a perfect collection for dog lovers that celebrates “man’s best friend.”

Anyone who has ever loved an old dog will love Old

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Featuring sixty black-and-white photographs of old dogs shot by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Michael S. Williamson and narrated by Washington Post staffer and columnist Gene Weingarten, this is a perfect collection for dog lovers that celebrates “man’s best friend.”

Anyone who has ever loved an old dog will love Old Dogs. In this collection of profiles and photographs, Weingarten and Williamson document the unique appeal of man's best friend in his or her last, and best, years.

This book is a tribute to every dog who has made it to that time of life when the hearing and eyesight begin to go, when the step becomes uncertain, but when other, richer traits ripen and coalesce. It is when a dog attains a special sort of dignity and a charm all his own.

If you've known a favorite old dog, you'll find him or her on these pages. Your dog might go by a different name and have a different shape, but you'll recognize him or her by the look in an eye or the contours of a life story. There is the dog who thinks he is a house cat; the herder, the fetcher, the punk and the peacock, the escape artist, the demolition artist, the patrician, the lovable lout, the amiable dope, the laughable clown, the schemer, the singer, the daredevil, the diplomat, the politician, the gourmand, and the thief. Plus, as a special bonus, you will find the first Latvian elkhounds ever photographed.

Old Dogs is a glorious gift book and a fitting tribute to that one dog you can't ever forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416534990
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
301,889
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Honey, 10

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

Meet the Author

Washington Post photographer Michael S. Williamson was born and raised in Washington, DC. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Williamson has covered a variety of global events over the last thirty years, including the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, the Philippine revolution, strife in the Middle East, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Africa and the Balkans. At the Post, Williamson works as both a photographer and a photo editor. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his daughters, Sophia and Valerie.

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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Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Moviedogs More than 1 year ago
Got one as a gift, bought 18 more copies for Christmas presents. It's just the best dog book ever. Insanely uplifting, sweet and incredibly funny (although the last entry will tear your heart out). The eyes of these grand ladies and gentlemen say it all.
sldp More than 1 year ago
I love this book, even though it does tend to make me cry. The photographs are gorgeous, and the stories of each dog are extremely touching. I've given several copies as gifts to fellow dog lovers, and they have been well-received. So nice to see a book dedicated to the senior dogs, as they often don't get as much attention as cute little puppies. But these sweet old grey muzzles and clouded eyes are endearing to those of us who love our old dogs, and it's great to have them celebrated in such a fitting manner.
hannasmom More than 1 year ago
Looking for gift ideas, I saw this book and sat down at my local Barnes & Noble to glance through it. Within 3 minutes of flipping through the pages, I was smiling, laughing and then weeping as my mind combined the stories within with some memories of my own. Within 15 minutes, I bought a copy to take home, ordered a copy for my boss and another for my sister. Having now read the book from cover to cover, I can recommend this book whole heartedly. The images and the stories behind them will prove wonderfully familiar to anyone who has ever loved a dog and will bring a special warmth your heart just as those old dogs we've loved have done.
LynnNJ More than 1 year ago
Great book for a person in your life that either has an older dog, or for someone like me that has lost their best friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book at my Dentist's office and knew I had to have it. It's a great book for anyone who has loved a dog thru it's entire life span. Sometimes this leaves us with some hard and painful choices. This is a precious book where people describe their own "older" dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! Very poignant and touching, a must read for anyone who has an older dog or just remembers loving an older dog. Charming!
DebsSweet More than 1 year ago
What is not to love about these amazing pictures of our best friends - it can be sad to those of us who have or had an aging dog. I love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was and is one of my favorite dog books of all time. I encourage eveyone to buy it - it is so worth it. The stories and pictures of these much-loved dogs will touch your heart. I just hope that there will an Old Cats book forthcoming.
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