I love dogs, I have two of the little beggars and they demand a huge amount of attention and love which I am happy to give. That said I have been rather amazed lately at the number of books published about these canine friends. A while ago it was all about Dewey the Library cat – there were huge waiting lists for this book which seemed to come out of nowhere, but now we have Buster the dog who saved a thousand lives, Wylie the brave street dog who never gave up, and Divinity dogs to name but a few.
Why dogs, why now? Are we looking for something heartwarming and positive amongst all the angst perhaps? Certainly there is nothing quite like lying next to your dog, feeling their warmth and companionship when life gets a bit tough, but these dogs are something else. They change lives, they save lives! All mine do is eat, sleep and chase the occasional cat.
The centenary of World War I has also brought with it tales of doggy heroism, especially in the realm of children’s books. Stubby the war dog : the true story of World War I ‘s bravest dog, Dogs on duty : soldiers’ best friends on the battlefield and beyond, Dog in no-man’s-land and The ANZAC puppy cover all areas from non fiction to picture book.
surprising analysis of the qualities that make a dog attractive in our eyes, a detailed look at how the breeds we see today are a product of our own needs and desires, and more – it sheds original light on this great love affair.