Looking for the perfect gift for a dog-loving friend? Or spending your Christmas vacation wrapped up in a blanket with a book in your lap? Check out these five dog books to gift this holiday season:
This illustrated tribute to the dedicated people at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force base takes you behind the scenes to meet those who transform puppies into heroic military working dogs. Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Jeff Kamen and his wife, Leslie Stone-Kamen share heartwarming profiles of the military and civilian volunteers who foster and train the puppies. The dog/handler team goes first into battle ahead of the troops, with the dog sniffing out hidden IEDs, booby traps and ambushes. The handlers must have rock solid faith in the dogs’ abilities. This book captures that faith and love on every page. Published by Globe Pequot. $19.95. globepequot.com
Celebrated pet photographer Serena Hodson takes beautiful color photos of our best friends — all upside-down. The results are whimsical, stunning and laugh-out-loud adorable. Whatever the breed or background, Hodson captures the sweet personality of each and every dog she works with. This charming book will bring a smile to every dog lover’s face. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. $19.99. stmartins.com
If you can’t decide between man or man’s best friend, now you don’t have to. In this new book by the creators of the popular blog Des Hommes et des Chatons, you’ll find 100 clever photo match-ups with a handsome human on one page and a pooch in a similar pose on the next — taking a walk, playing catch or basking in the sunshine. Published by TarcherPerigree. $15. penguinrandomhouse.com
Fifteen-year-old Will was languishing in a shelter, deaf and almost blind. When author Tom Ryan saw an online post about Will, he adopted him and brought him to his home in New Hampshire to give him a loving and dignified place to die. As Ryan witnessed Will’s fear, lack of trust and heartache, he realized what Will really needed was to learn to trust and love again. And that’s when Will began to thrive, transforming into a happy, playful pup. He lived for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people with his resilience and renewed heart, and now this memoir will do the same. Paperback edition available in February for $16.99. Published by Harper Collins. $25.99. harpercollins.com
Fans have enjoyed William Wegman’s whimsical Weimaraner photos for nearly four decades. This new collection features more than 300 images from Wegman’s personal archive, spanning five decades of work and including some that have never been published. Wegman is known for images that are at once funny, striking and surreal — dogs wearing human clothing, posing as fairy tale characters or perching on pedestals like sculptures. If you’re a Wegman fan or just discovering him for the first time, this book definitely deserves a look! Published by Chronicle Books. $24.95. chroniclebooks.com
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