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Cookie’s (Holiday) Book Club: “Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan! A Love Story”

December 13, 2012

Hello from Cookie!  The Holidays sure have been keeping me busy…

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Have you tried these Santa-hats?  Delicious!  And the pine-flavored water they put in the dish under the Christmas tree is a new favorite of mine too.  But enough about holiday treats…let’s talk about a great book featuring dogs that is truly in the spirit of the season.  My Mama Diana recently read an article in the New York Times titled “A Blind Man’s Story, As Seen and Told by Dogs” – here’s the link:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/after-going-blind-starting-a-new-career-with-help-from-two-guide-dogs/

The article told the story of a New York City man named Lloyd Burlingame, who had a career as both Broadway set designer and a chair of the design department of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University before  he lost his eyesight due to illness.   Initially getting by with just a cane, Lloyd was one day sent into busy traffic by a cruel person.  Traumatized, Lloyd withdrew from going out for months before finding the courage and resources to seek out a guide dog.  He was eventually paired with a Labrador named Hickory from The Seeing Eye Guide-Dog School in Morristown, New Jersey.   After training with Hickory, Mr. Burlingame was once again able to navigate New York City on his own.  He began to write journal entries about his daily adventures in the city with Hickory, and soon had the idea that if he wrote the entries from Hickory’s “first-dog” perspective they would be more enjoyable.   Soon he found many people, friends and strangers alike were following  the chronicles of Hickory and were sharing them on email.  This continued through the eight years of Hickory’s service, and sustained when Mr. Burlinghame’s second guide dog Kemp joined him and started “writing” too.   These wonderful stories were compiled by Mr. Burlinghame to form the book “Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan!  A Love Story” which he self-published this year.  Some standout stories in the book include Hickory’s transition from a pup at the Seeing Eye school to full-blown guide dog; when veteran Opera-attendee Kemp howled along with Diva Renee Fleming at Carnegie Hall, taking walks in the city after Hurricane Floyd, visiting Washington, D.C., and the every day temptations of things like birthday cake, meatballs, and  Thanksgiving turkey (I can identify!).      

“Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan!  A Love Story”  is available both in hardcover and ebook form; we found it for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  As my Mama says, this book is such a genuine account of the nature of human and canine relationships, and just how amazing they can be.  The true tales of Hickory, Kemp, and Lloyd Burlingame will entertain  readers of all ages.   It’s a wonderful book to read with your family during these holidays or any time of year.   I personally loved  all the cute dog pictures of Hickory and Kemp from all their adventures.

I hope you are enjoying this Holiday Season as much as I am enjoying my first one.  More about that soon!  Woofs, Cookie

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Cookie’s Book Club: “Henry the Dog with No Tail”

October 3, 2012

Cookie here!  My family loves this wonderful book:

This is a charming tale about one dog’s search for a tail.  Henry, the paw-tagonist, is an Australian Shepherd dog like me.  I can really relate to Henry, because like most Aussies, I also do not have a tail.  The author, Kate Feiffer, has created a story that dog lovers of all ages can love, full of fun twists and a cast of canine characters.  Ms. Feiffer’s father, the noted artist and author Jules Feiffer, is the book’s illustrator.  His marvelous drawings completely capture the spirit, softness and soul of an Australian Shepherd dog.  Looking at these pictures will fill you with the same warm and fuzzy feelings you get from gazing at a real dog.  But don’t take my word for it – check out “Henry the Dog with No Tail” yourself – and enjoy!
         
P.S.  – I may not have a tail, I still have a great way of expressing my happiness.  I just wiggle my hips really fast, like a salsa dancer!  Gets the people every time.  Special thanks to Kate Feiffer for her support of my blog!

Cookie’s Book Club

September 15, 2012

Cookie here!  In my family, we all love a good book…

My people love to read them and I love to chew them!    Even though I can’t read, I’d like to tell you about some great books featuring dogs that my family is currently enjoying reading.  

Be sure to check out this Sunday, 9/16/12 The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review, Children’s Section for some great reviews of just-published middle grade novels for teens & tweens (“Rescue Dogs” selections reviewed by John Grogan) and picture books for children (“Bookshelf: Woof selections reviewed by Pamela Paul) all featuring dogs central to their stories.  Here’s the link to these reviews to copy into your browser:

“Rescue Dogs” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/books/review/almost-home-by-joan-bauer-and-more.html?_r=1&ref=review

“Bookshelf: Woof”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/books/review/bailey-at-the-museum-by-harry-bliss-and-more.html?ref=review

My Mama Diana is currently reading the Canine Classic “Man Meets Dog” first published in 1954 by Konrad Z. Lorenz – described on the cover as “A loving study of the canine personality, with a digression on the feline, by a world authority of animal behavior.”  This book was a gift to my family upon my arrival by Mama’s longtime and dear friend Catharine, for which we thank her.  At the time of publication Dr. Lorenz was, per the book jacket, the “world authority” on the study of animal behavior.  In the book Dr. Lorenz tells the story of how dogs came to live with men; about living and training his own dogs; and not to be neglected, cats and cat behavior.  It is full of very charming illustrations by both Miss Annie Eisenmenger and the Author.  Lorenz also wrote “King Solomon’s Ring” – another book about dogs and cats. 

Mama is finding “Man Meets Dog” thoroughly charming – and hopes other dog (and cat) lovers like you will rediscover the book too.

Warm & Fuzzies, Cookie