Thursday, August 6, 2009

First Dogs in Texas - Go Figure

American Presidents and Their Best Friends

By Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis
Paperback , 163 pages (also available in Hardback)
ISBN: 9781565129368 (1565129369)
Published by Algonquin Books

I ordered this book last month and have watched as many of our customers glance at the eye-catching, face-out, publishers display and then walk on by. Now these are the same people that are seriously looking at and buying our other dog, cat and pet titles and have purchased some of our dog pull toys or dog and cat dishes.

Griff and I were baffled until he remarked that he thought the cover photo of our new President and Bo may be what was causing the problem. I found this hard to believe until just now when a lovely woman told me specifically that if the book had a different cover she may have been interested. "We are in Texas" she reminded me nicely.

So just for the record, this is a wonderful book full of all kinds of interesting stories about First Dogs beginning with the presidency of George Washington and continuing up to and including yes, President Obama.

From the publisher:
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once said. Perhaps that's why, for much of our Republic's history, there have been two top dogs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—one with two legs, one with four. First Dogs, by distinguished journalist Roy Rowan and researcher Brooke Janis, tells the whole doggone story, from the days before there was a White House to Barack Obama’s newly adopted presidential pup, Bo.

Here's a lighthearted romp through American history, packed with drawings and paintings from early America, plus photographs, starting with Abraham Lincoln's Fido. Not only did these four-footed goodwill ambassadors humanize their distinguished masters, they offered them a little unconditional love in a loveless town.

First Dogs gives dog lovers and history lovers a new angle on presidential history and is more fun than you can shake a stick (or rubber bone) at.

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