Dogotlogy, the book, ASKS:
When watching a movie, are you more concerned about a dog being harmed than an entire city of humans being wiped off the map?
Have you bailed on a date because you didn't want Twinkles to be home all alone?
Does your dog own a more festive holiday wardrobe than
I admit to the first two, not the last one, so much. But, I have a LOT of friends who dress their dogs up (thinking of you, Carol Bryant and Robbi Hess). Me, well, I tried putting a sweater on Olive once, on an especially cold winter day, and she balked. Emily...might allow it, but we haven't gone that route with her.
The book, Dogotology, is a funny read, full of laughter and foolishness, tinged with a bit of an historical look at the taming of the dog and how dogs fit into today's crazy world.
Let's face it, those of us with dogs can get a little crazy, sometimes. I am at fault of telling Tom Olive is old and little and if she 'accidentally' pees in the house, it's our job to clean it up and not complain. Who's with me? Given the lousy weather here in CO this winter, we're cleaning up a lot of pee...and...more. But, I will not complain because my dear little girl can't help it.
In Dogtology, there is an on-going conversation between dog and God (and an introduction about why God is dog spelled backwards...oh yeah, we've all noticed that, haven't we?) about various things related to dogs' relationship to us, the humans in her life.
In the Book of Barks, God says to dog, "Man loves the sound of his own voice and will especially enjoy talking to you."
"Why?" dog asks.
"Because you don't talk back," God responds. "Man will also put words in your mouth that you're not really thinking, all for his own amusement. Take it from me: Man will write books and make movies full of stuff I supposedly said, and most of it will be purely his own projections. It will be incredibly annoying."
"Sounds it," Dog replies.
"But here's something to remember," God continues, in the good book Dogtology, "Man only puts words in my mouth because he wants to be closer to me... The same is true with you. In fact, the more Man puts words in your mouth, the more you know he loves you."
Honestly, is that not the silliest thing you've ever read? As if.
I took that passage to Emily and asked her what she thought of it and here's what she said, " Mom, you know me so well I would expect you to be able to share my thoughts with the world. Whoever wrote that book was just trying to be funny. Don't worry about it."
And so, I didn't take offense.
The book is full of true insight into how man and dog relate and how we humans would be lost without our dogs. I laughed out loud in many places and...in a couple I turned to Olive and Emily and said, "Ha! He's talking about you here."
The author, Jeff Lazarus, is clearly a dog lover, as are so many of us. He takes his belief that dogs are God's gift to man, a little far in this book, but he does it with humor and a good bit of tongue-in-cheek. I recommend it for a long weekend when you're all comfy in front of a fire and there's little or nothing on TV worth watching. So, this weekend.
Hop over and get a copy and enjoy! And if you're of a mind to, join their online community and become a Dogtology religious fantastic. Or, just someone who loves dogs and wants to hang out with other someone's who like dogs.
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