When I was a dog walker (but not that kind of dog walker), I often wished I had the power to read my dog clients’ minds. I totally get that you can read a dog’s body language, but that seems like only a mere glimpse into the psyche of a dog.
I wish I’d had the new book of dog illustrations, Tiny Confessions, by Christopher Rozzi. In it, Rozzi exposes the deep innerworkings of the canine mind .
“Whyyy are you barking at the mailman?” I wanted to ask a certain terrier. “He’s never done you any harm.” She would just look at me, a glint of sass in her eyes hinting at the wild quips I’m sure she’d utter if her mouth could form words.
“Whyyy did you eat that garbage?” I wanted to ask the goofy Labrador. “If you’re patient, I’ll give you so many delicious snacks at home.” He would just wag his tail, panting with tongue lolling. Of course the garbage was delicious, but I wanted to know which parts of his palate it excited.
If only I’d had Christopher Rozzi’s Tiny Confessions back then!
Oh, don’t be fooled by its quaint illustrations. Tiny Confessions gives us the unapologetic truth about dogs (and cats), and the truth is that our canine companions would rather we not reduce them to their embarrassing nicknames beyond the safe confines of your home. They also delight in acts of insubordination and are not sorry they chewed up your shoes.
Many thanks to Christopher Rozzi and the Penguin Group for the images in this post.
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