Living with Dogs: Collections and Traditions, At Home and Afield ***** by Laurence Sheehan
I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, where pages from your book magically mix with the kitchen and your camera.
This is a favorite book of mine, with a prominent place on my coffee table. I stumbled on it for several years ago (it was published in 1999). If you are a dog lover, this one is not to be missed~ full of beautiful photos of homes, dogs, collections, and quite simply, as one reviewer says: “this book is a celebration of hardcore dog enthusiasm.”
In his endearing and hilarious introduction, the author, Larry Shehan, talks about his dogs, one of which, a tricolor Collie named Zorro, who he says was “as slow-witted as he was beautiful”. (I had a cat like that :-) He and his wife add an Australian shepherd puppy, Addie, to their household who “at that early stage of growth looked more like a California sea otter than a dog.” As his household adapts to the puppy, he confessed to turning into my own worst nightmare– “a guy who carries a picture of his dog around with him in his wallet.” A few years later, he finds a two-year-old English Setter, Buster: “His upper lip was hung up on one side of his freckled muzzle and one ear was flopped, pink side out, giving him a slightly deranged, ready-for-anything aspect.” He was hooked~ however, he describes his household as becoming dysfunctional with introduction of an exuberant, willful dog deaf to the command of “Come!”. He, his wife, his cat & Addie eventually settle in and adapt slowly:
“The secret of living with dogs is to take the wild with the sweet, and then sit back and wait for the laughs and the love.”
Here is some of my own canine kitsch~ my collection of chalkware dogs. . .
There is a chapter on dog portraiture. . . here is an oil of a dog in my powder room ~ he doesn’t look like my dogs, but I loved the expression in his eyes~
I loved this cozy room in the book, with all the dog pillows. I makes me want to curl up on the sofa with my dogs and a good book!
“Dogs settle into a home pretty much the way people do, gravitating to a favorite corner, window, or chair.”
This is a “portrait” of my dogs :-) It’s a canvas from Photofiddle, you can see more about that here.
“Like children they leave their toys scattered around– a rubber squeaky here or a half-gnawed bone there. These objects, along with the leashes, collars, food bowls, dog beds, and all the other paraphernalia associated with keeping a dog, turn a house into a habitat– and, late at night when the lights are out, a minefield.”
No food references in this book (other than kibble :-), so I thought I’d do “Pup Cakes” from Hello, Cupcake!
This is a fun cupcake book, with lots of ideas and directions!
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras
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Wow- your cupcakes are amazing!!!! And your pictures with this post are wonderful.
i think i hate dog books, ok i think i hate dogs… my 3 have been SO bad the last few days i am rethinking mans best friend thing kind of thing… yesterday they were in the garden with me, knocking over iris in full gallop wrestles, time to go home and i open our lower gate, 3 dogs runaway… we have 5 acres, they don’t need more, but nope, i am wrong, they need the neighbors land, with creeks and cattle, and cow pies, and to roll in them, heavy wet ones… i was carrying a beautiful bouquet of yellow antique roses, after 20 minutes of screaming, thrashing, hollering and hitting while trying to round up the dingos i came home with rose sticks… but i digress, this is book about GOOD dogs!
your doggie collection is adorable! you are right what a great dog room~ and your portrait, how adorable is that?! i love love love it… i am jealous you have cute little good dogs… i am so happy we have food for thought, i love all these fabulous visuals we get to share, its a real treat, woof!
and pupcakes… omg be still my heart! i have this book and wasn’t brave enough to try the dogs… ever! you did beyond a fabulous job… oh i wish i had time to create like this, i love food art! but i am challenged this way and can’t devote a month to learning new dog tricks! that doxie face… bulldog, sheepdog, omg you had a ball!
so cute, so clever, such a wonderful double review! did i mention i love visiting here ever before? thanks so much, you are lucky you can have your dog and eat it too!
LOL! I am trying to imagine those poor roses/sticks and those wild “dingos”. My dogs are good when they are sleeping! Chloe thinks her name is Chloe NO! I won’t tell you my husband’s nickname for her…I’m thankful they are small and indoors or on a leash because given the chance, they would roll in all kinds of disgusting things~ especially when the geese visit us. Having much fun with FFT~ taking the pupcakes to my nephews tomorrow, who will be at my mother-in-law’s for Mother’s Day :-)
Oh, I think I definitely need to order this book for myself and several friends. And a copy of Hello Cupcake! This post is beyond cute and clever. You outdid yourself on this one, and I love the fact that you reviewed a coffee table book. That gives me hope that perhaps I can get something posted more often for FFT. :-) I so enjoy this meme. You always do it justice! Thanks!
Aren’t dogs great? The other day, I was out shopping and there were 2 dogs walking in front of me and as we approached a parking meter I heard one say to the other “How do you like that? Pay Toilets!
As I was looking at your blog pictures, Rosie, my Shitzu, came into the room and wouldn’t stop begging for a “PupCake”. Great job creating those little ” Pups”!
That sounds like a wonderful book. And you did such a great job on the pupcakes. My favorite is the pug since that’s what my darling Lucy is. She is the light of my life.
I always enjoy your blog, but I just have to tell you how much i ADORE this post. The cupcakes are amazing and your little doggie kitsch is such fun. It all really made me smile.
Too too cute!
What a fun post. It has me smiling and if I had a tail I would be wagging it right now:-)
Mary, this is such a creative review I’m drooling! arrr arrr
I’m TOTALLY impressed with your fabulous poochie pupcakes! I checked the Hello cupcake book out of our library & only tried making a few of their ideas. You did a bang-up job on ALL of yours!
I ♥ that cozy looking room with all the photos on the wall. Makes me want to jump through the screen & snuggle down with a good book.
Thanks for sharing both of these books & your darling cuppies!
OH.MY. GOD. those doggie cupcakes are simply adorable! I saw these on FFS n just had to stop here to take it all in.:)))) you did a fabulous job…ive never seen cupcakes decorated this way…just wonderful.tq for sharing. :)).