If you’re the kind of person who likes to show off your dog knowledge at Yappy Hours or cocktail parties then I’ve got a book for you: Dogs’ Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Man’s Best Friend. New this spring (well, sort of) and written by J.A. Wines, this tiny book boasts a lot of bark into its 160 pages.
You’ll dazzle, or bore, fellow party goers with fascinating tidbits about popular dog breeds, memorable quotations relating to canines, anecdotes about celebrities’ dogs and more. For instance:
Did you know:
In 2004, a basset hound named Jack, from Fulda, Germany, held the record for the longest dog ears, measuring a remarkable 33.2 cm.
Barbara Bush’s book about her English springer spaniel, Millie, was on the bestseller list for 29 weeks.
The Doberman pinscher is named after German tax collector Louis Dobermann,, who developed the breed in the 1860s.
During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time in office, 11 dogs lived in the White House, including a bull mastiff, two red setters, a retriever, a bulldog, a Llewellin setter, a Scotch terrier, a Great Dane, a sheepdog and a German shepherd. His Scottish terrier, Meggie, once bit a senator.
The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world.
And have you heard these quotes:
“Golf seems to be an arduous way to go for a walk. I prefer to take the dogs out.” –Princess Anne
“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” — Rita Rudner
“Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.” — Jerome K. Jerome
Mixed in to this unique collection of fascinating facts, trivia and legends, is a section called Things You Shouldn’t Do to a Dog, which includes:
Feed your dog before your humankind. (In the wild pack leaders eat first.)
Feed your dog cat food. (Cats have a much higher protein requirement than dogs and excess protein in a dog’s diet is potentially harmful to its kidneys.)
Leave your dog in a car or a closed room on a hot day.
OK, so the last one doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this but it is worth repeating, especially now that summer is nearly here.
With its black and white illustrations and paw prints throughout, Dogs’ Miscellany (Michael O’Mara, $14.95) is as fun to look it as it is to read. Although it was first published in Great Britain in 2006, Dogs Miscellany is the kind of book that never gets old.