Title: The French Dog
Author: Rachael Hale
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang
Date of Publication: 2012
Brief Overview: (from Goodreads)
Joining their owners at cafés, in shops, and just about everywhere else, dogs have always had a special place in French life. In The French Dog, bestselling animal photographer Rachael McKenna (née Hale) has captured a host of unforgettable dogs—dachshunds, poodles, Labradors, bulldogs, and more—in a variety of stunning locations, from stately chateaux to chic Paris addresses to cobblestoned streets in quiet villages.
A follow-up to the popular book The French Cat, this photographic exploration of the captivating canines of Rachael’s adopted home also shares her experience living in a new country with her young family. Artwork and quotes from famous French dog lovers and literary greats are also included, making this an irresistible read for Francophiles and dog lovers alike.
Brief Review: As part of Paris in July, I decided to review this rather unique book.
Anyone who knows me, however, knows I LOVE dogs – any breed, any size, any shape.
For Mother’s Day my daughter gave me the newly released book by this same author, The New York Dog, which I devoured in one sitting and continue to review on a regular basis. I knew that I had to also add this book to my personal collection.
I not only appreciate the adorable subjects in the photographs, but I also enjoy the educational opportunity. I pour over each picture to determine the perspective, the depth of field, the facial expression. And of course the context of the photograph is important as well, capturing the essence of the city as well as the animal.
In addition, the author also combines notable quotes by the French about their dogs and beloved country that add another layer of enrichment and appreciation.
The dog has no ambition, no self-interest, no desire for vengeance, no fear other than that of displeasing. ~George-Louis Leclerc
The best thing about a man is his dog. ~French Proverb
Rating: 5 out of 5
Of course, when I was in France I could not help but try to take a few Parisian pet photographs myself, although mine do not come close to the exquisite images in this book.