Dogs Rule Nonchalantly by Mark Ulriksen is a great book about dogs. He writes some wonderful passages about dogs in general and then gives readers a glimpse of his own life growing up with them.
Ulriksen writes, “But dogs are different, they give you their undivided attention. They watch your every gesture, read your every emotion, listen attentively to every word you say – until they hear the rustle of a bag of chips being opened.”
For dog lovers and owners, he hit the bulls eye with that one paragraph alone. He goes on to say that dogs really are good communicators. With their limited talking abilities, they still know how to let their owners know when they are tired, hungry, want affection or when it’s time to go take care of business.
The author starts talking about his dogs by providing the reader illustrations of each with their names. Then he provides some profile information about each of the dogs.
One example is, “Henry prefers digging up gopher holes and his favorite meal was bananas.”
There is so much to like about this book. It’s a coffee table or conversation book for certain. Plus, the illustrations are amazing. The book took me about 15 minutes to read from front to back. Of course, I took another 15 minutes to go back through it just to look at the colorful drawings.
It is a book good for kids, teens or adults. The author mentions the first dog he and his wife had together. Then they got two cats and had a baby. While their dog was less the center of attention once the baby arrived, they were still the dog’s center of attention.
He also writes about the end of life for dogs and how they approach it. He writes, “Dogs have such short lives. They deserve to be spoiled. As Ted grew old and feeble he became more stoic. He had done all the barking, fetching, scratching, licking, scarfing, chasing, leaning, snuggling, shedding, and drooling that he was meant to do. It was his time to move on. He never whined or whimpered. I cried for a week.”
This book will make you laugh and cry a little, especially if you have been or are a dog owner. Well worth the read.Powered by Sidelines