If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portrait of Dogs

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Who hasn't looked into a dog's eyes and wondered what thoughts he is trying to express? The answers are in this whimsical book of more than fifty doggy countenances evoking their innermost thoughts. Roy Blount's verses - written from the dog's point of view - gives the meaning of the quizzical expressions and penetrating looks that Valerie Shaff's camera catches so well. These dogs articulate their most ardent wishes, their true opinions of their owners and their particularly canine expressions of love.

From adorable Dalmatian pups to mournful hounds to soulful setters, each dog describes the befuddles, heartbreak and the simple joys of dog life: a good stick, forbidden chicken bones, fetching, barking and, of course, sniffing. This book is a delight for dog lovers and, until dogs learn to talk, the best way to remember that the 'inner dog' is probably a lot like the outer one.

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Man's best friend, but what exactly goes through a dog's mind when he looks at us? Photographer Valerie Shaff and American humourist Roy Blount Jr. have joined forces to produce a book every dog lover should have. From the pertinent to the poignant, the farcical to the fancy, terriers, hounds and everything in-between are impeccably captured on film and in word. In play or portrait, Shaff's snapshots capture the marvellous range of looks that can cross our canine friend's faces while Blount succinctly encapsulates the dogs mind from simple two liners to longer verse. A must for all dog fans, with humorous and in some cases hilarious slants on their emotions as seen by humans. And anyway, who can resist that longing look emanating from the book jacket? - Lucy Watson

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* This winning collection teams up dog portraits by Valerie Shaff and verse by humorist Roy Blount Jr., to give us an honest, original and hilarious portrayal of what dogs really think.

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