Celebrating the bond between man and dog

Dogs Make Us Human, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Art Wolfe (Bloomsbury, RRP $50):

Dogs have been getting some bad press lately, with a few wayward canines making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

However, as the author of this beautiful book points out, the companionship of a dog is the oldest of all human/non-human bonds.

I grew up in a home full of kids and pets and the first pet I really remember is Tinker, our old dog who was part german shepherd, part cavalier King Charles spaniel and (according to legend) was the grandson of a prize-winning pekingese show dog.

In other words, he was a street-corner special and very much a part of the family.

I still remember when he died, (well into his teenage years in human time, so positively geriatric in dog years) one of my brothers quite rightly pointed out to me that Tinker had been in the family longer than I had.

Art Wolfe began photographing people with their dogs in 1984, during his first visit to Tibet.

Since then, he has continued to travel the world as a wildlife photographer and in those travels he was struck by how the bond between human and dog is global.

This book looks at that bond around the world, with beautiful photographs that will bring a smile to your face and show the pure joy that comes from caring about another creature.

Oh, and there are even some cats, goats and donkey or two chucked in for good measure.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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