It’s a sweet little hardcover book that would make a great gift for the Scottish Terrier lovers in your life, including yourselves if you choose to go the self-gifting route.
What especially impressed me is that Kathleen turned up some great famous Scottie photos that I haven’t seen before. (Forgive the quality as I had to photograph it myself to reproduce here.) Were any of you familiar with this one of Fala getting ready for his close-up with the White House press corps?
Inquiring reader Wanda writes: “I’m suddenly running across this — the latest in cute — all over the Cutisphere (Kid’s toys, Bento Box, Children’s books and programming).” Do you think Gaspard and Lisa are Scotties?
Frankly, they look more like rabbits to me. Maybe they’re rabbits crossed with Scotties…
Along with Marjorie Flacks’s Angus series, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News recommends these three books. Thanks to Latham of Mucklewags for bringing the first two to our attention. The third, Come Back Puppies, was a favourite of mine and my daughter’s back when she was little.
Every year on January 15, Scotty dogs become a familiar sight trotting along Wallaringa Ave in Neutral Bay to be special guests at the party at Nutcote.
It is reminiscent of (Author May) Gibbs’s heyday when she was a familiar sight shopping at Neutral Bay with her dogs perched on the back seat of her 1920s Dodge Tourer.
Nutcote, where Gibbs lived for 44 years, hosts the birthday party each year.
Whoa, wait, May Gibbs, who? Should the Scottish Terrier and Dog News know about her? Apparently, she’s one of Australia’s top children’s authors, known for gumnut baby stories, the most famous of which is Snugglepot And Cuddlepie. But she was also a Scottish Terrier lover and breeder, which explains how there came to be a Scotty in Gumnut Land.
Buy a Kindle or the new Kindle Fire at Amazon and enjoy dog books and movies in a fantastically convenient new format. Plus, the Scottie News gets a commission — at no cost to you — if you make your purchase after clicking one of our links.
The Scottie News can personally vouch for the Kindle — now available for just $79, although we prefer the more expensive models with built-in 3G, which allow you to impulse buy a book no matter where you are and whether there’s wifi or not. What can we say? We lack self control, which is why we plan on getting a Fire eventually as well.
If you do indeed opt to buy any one of these hot new gadgets, you’ll want to browse the Harry and Lola books. Their author, Jean Nave of Sisters, Oregon, writes:
My husband and I rescued a bonded pair of Scotties from the Oregon rescue group In the process we learned about the financial crisis the organization is having. I wanted to help. As a result I’ve written and Illustrated several kids books that are free downloads at www.harryandlola.org. The purpose of the books is to help people learn about Aberdeen Scottish Terrier Rescue and all Scottie rescue.
You can also buy the Harry and Lola books here and the profits will go to Scottie Rescue. If that’s not a good enough reason to gift yourself a new gadget, you’re a far stronger person than I am.
The author has a pug, which explains the place of honour on the cover
Dog, the book, is one of the two presents I give to parents of new babies. I love it almost as much as I love this video. Every time I look at both the book and the video, I get a huge kick out of them.
I know that others prefer Tails to Dog but not me. The only tiny quibble I have with Dog is that there’s no Scottish Terrier.
I haven’t read Urban Dog, but whenever I used to run into the owner of two Cairns in my old neighbourhood, he’d always recommend it. What’s more, a reader recently sent in a photo of his rescue dog Maggie and wrote, “Unlike Will Cohu’s Parker, she is a country girl preferring farm yard smells, walks along country lanes and visits to our two local market towns of Clitheroe and Skipton.”
Somehow I’ve never associated country girls with black leather loungers, but I guess they’re good camouflage if a country hunter invades your living room.
Maggie the country girl also appreciates leather loungers
Welcome to a new Scottish Terrier and Dog News feature — the weekly dog book club.
It was inspired by my new Kindle, which I bought with the proceeds of my income tax refund last spring and which I love, even if I am a little bitter that I got it just before Amazon introduced the better-looking black Kindles a few weeks later.
But I digress. Here are a few things I love about my Kindle:
If I hear or read about a book that sounds interesting, I can order it instantaneously. This is extremely important for someone like me, who has very little impulse control.
The Kindle is way easier to read than a book, newspaper or magazine on a crowded subway commute as it only takes one hand. (However, if you are the driver, you should not use a Kindle.)
You can put dozens of books on your Kindle and it still weighs next to nothing.
It’s cheaper than buying paper books. No, it’s not cheaper than the library, but if you’re like me and have a library fine problem extending back to your childhood, it’s still a bargain.
Books on the Kindle are easy to annotate.
With the Kindle’s built-in dictionary, you’re more likely to look up those words you’re unsure about.
To get the book club started, I’m going to recommend three books, some of which have been previously featured on the Scottie News:
Bashan and I by Thomas Mann – (Also known as A Man and his Dog) What can I say? It’s a dog story by the guy who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Back in 1923 the New York Times reported that this book had been called “the finest study of the mind of a dog ever written.” Almost a century later, I agree. These days, however, Mann doesn’t get the attention he deserves either for his dog work or anything else. Order Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories and you’ll get six more stories. The only thing that would have made it better is if Bashan were a Scottie instead of a Pointer.
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