When I saw this coffee table book the other day in a little shop in Leiper's Fork, TN, I was all over it. I immediately picked it up and started leafing through it. And what I saw was nothing short of beauty. The French Dog features the most gorgeous photographs you've ever seen of the many dogs of France: city dogs, country dogs, lazy dogs, playful dogs, and everything in between. The dog lover in me knew this was meant to be.
Here is a look at some of the other images and quotes, but this is just a taste. Trust me, this is such a magically wonderful book.
We have traveled to Europe several times over the past few years, and it hasn't escaped my notice that Europeans definitely regard their dogs in a way we Americans do not. Yes, we love our four legged friends, and they are indeed family to us. But it's different in Europe. Dogs are a part of the culture. They go wherever their people go. It's completely commonplace to see dogs in the shops, the market, the cafes, bakeries, coffeehouses and pubs. Businesses place dog bowls filled with water outside their doors. It is completely accepted that dogs will be frequenting these places just as their owners do.
And as I flipped through this book, I remembered some of the wonderful pups we have met in our travels to Europe. Here are some of the photographs taken by yours truly of the sweet dogs that have made our travels all the brighter.
If you are more of a cat lover, you are in luck, the same author/ photographer has also created The French Cat, and a trip to Europe will indeed confirm that cats are all around, just as much if not more so, than the dogs you see here. Either way, these books are something special. I think those of you who are also animal lovers will agree. Enjoy!
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