Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Photography by: Julie Johnson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“The best listeners we will ever know have floppy ears, wagging tails, and wet noses,” is one of the anonymous quotes in A Friendship to Bark About.
This small, square hardbound gift book contains sixty-four pages and targets those who have special canines in their lives. With one to two quotes on almost every page by famous people, Julie Johnson’s colorful photographs of all types of dogs grace the pages.
From a Bichon, Pug, Shepherd, or Spaniel to an Australian sheep dog, mangy mutt, or soft cuddly puppy, the four-legged creatures’ pictures sorted by themes relate to personalities and characteristics with written corresponding sayings, short poems, or verse.
Quotes from authors such as Dickenson, Emerson, Kipling, Longfellow, Luther, Thoreau, Twain, Van Dyke, Watson, and Whitman or Presidents Truman and Wilson provide their comments along with Jewish and Biblical proverbs and unnamed writers.
Having charming, cute, and photographic illustrations of these adorable pets, the short-written words give hope, encouragement, and a smile to the eyes for dog lovers or those who miss their favored pet.
Here are a few of the sweet sayings:
Under Best Friend: “The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth and he has deserved this affection, for he renders services that have made him man’s best friend.” Alfred Barbou
Under Buddy: “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” The Book of Philippians (New Living Translation)
Under Partners in Crime: “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” Cicero
Under Affectionate: “The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.” Ambrose Bierce
Under Quirky: “The more I see of men the more I like dogs.” Madame de Stael
Under Fun: “With unabashed devotion, boundless energy, and a lifetime of love, our dogs naturally raise our spirits and bring out the best in us.” Unknown
With such a wide range of remarks and photographs of various breeds, this book makes a nice, thoughtful gift for anyone who loves dogs and enjoys famous adages and sayings about man’s “best friend” that can be viewed again and again.
Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for furnishing this book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.