Synopses & Reviews
This large, beautifully produced, and lavishly illustrated book explores the long, colorful, and enduring bond that has continued to exist between human beings and dogs. It's a relationship that dates back some 14,000 years, marked by many momentous events--dogs following or leading men into battle. . . dogs rescuing men, women, and children from scenes of disaster. . . dogs seated on the laps of emperors. . . and dogs working in the fields with farmers and shepherds. Here are accounts of--
Dogs in ancient Rome and in cultures of the Far East Hunting dogs from the Middle Ages to the present day The emergence of dog breed societies The bravery of working dogs in the police and the military The development of guide dogs for the blind and infirm
Here too are illustrated descriptions of virtually all major breeds, arranged in categories that include:
Sight Hounds • Spitz-type Dogs • Mastiff Breeds • Guard Dogs and Herding Dogs Scent Hounds • Gun Dog Breeds • Terrier Breeds • and Toy Dogs and Companion Breeds
The Spirit of the Dog promises to be a treasured addition to the bookshelf of many devoted dog lovers. Printed throughout in full color, it features more than 400 magnificent photos and illustrations.
About the Author
Tamsin Pickeral is an art historian and animal expert who also has many years experience as a veterinary nurse. She is a widely published author of books on animal themes, including The Majesty of the Horse, which is available in North America from Barron's Astrid Harrisson is a widely traveled photographer and graphic designer who specializes in animal photography. Among her many credits is a previous collaboration with Tamsin Pickeral on The Majesty of the Horse.