Four-legged survival stories celebrated

May 19, 2014

Quake Dogs, text by Laura Sessions, photography by Craig Bullock (Random House, RRP $35):

This sweetly addictive book features the heart-warming stories of Christchurch dogs. After the devastating Canterbury quakes, we heard the many stories of survival and loss that came out of the city.

But beyond those tales of human suffering and/or joy, there were also stories of the city’s dogs.

For they suffered alongside their human counterparts, but they were often overlooked amid the chaos.

There were search and rescue dogs helping save lives, dogs comforting their owners as they awaited rescue, those that ran off in terror when the ground began to shake, those abandoned by owners forced to leave by the quakes – and many, many more.

This book tells those stories and celebrates the bond between people and their pets.

Keep in mind too that proceeds from the book go to Huha, a dog rescue service.

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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