Everyday Dogs: A Perpetual CalendarPublished March 19, 2012
Scott and Susan Snyder: Used with Permission of the Authors
If you love the beautiful calendars you get each year featuring remarkable pictures of companion animals, you probably hate having to toss them when the year is over. While some folks suggest cutting out the calendar pictures, saving them and having them framed, , it seems to me like a huge waste of time and money.
So when Mary Scott and Susan Snyder, the authors of “Everyday Dogs: A Perpetual Calendar for Birthdays & Other Notable Dates” sent me a copy, I was delighted to learn that after all, it is feasible to have my cake and eat it. With just the date of each month and no specific week day presented on each of the calendar pages, this calendar is a perfect way to keep track of birthdays, and other important events. It can be used over and over again.
The black and white spiral bound book, “Everyday Dogs” is filled with intriguing images of both pedigreed and mixed breed canines, alongside their people, throughout history. It beautifully illustrates the strong bonds that have existed over the years between humans and their canines. It’s sure to appeal to any dog lover who is also passionate about yesteryear.
The authors engage readers describing the calendar’s theme and setting the tone for this unique little book in its preface. Since this is a perpetual calendar, “The photographs on these pages celebrate the cherished unbreakable bond of friendship between canine and humans that graces all of our days,” could not be more appropriate.
Each page is filled with interesting quotes from famous authors, reporters and politicians. One of my favorites is “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job”, written by Franklin P. Jones, a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist, he launched his writing career in 1934. In fact, readers like me, may spend time “googling” the people quoted, to learn more about them.
All the photographs in “Everyday Dogs” are stored in the Bancroft Library, one of the many libraries across the campus at Berkley University, and unless noted differently, are contained in the portrait collection.
I highly recommend this little calendar book, not only for dog people but anyone that loves animals. It also is a delightful and thoughtful gift.
“Everyday Dogs” is available online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, other online booksellers or through the publisher, Heyday Books. The cover price is $14.95 but varies at different sites.
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