Dinah the Dog with a Difference

Dinah the dog - coverDinah, the Dog with a Difference
de Fossard

Submitter: I just began weeding the library of an elementary school with a collection dating largely to the 70s and 80s. I could give you a year’s worth of entries, but this one disturbed me the most. It’s basically the story of a curious puppy who grows up to become a companion animal. I can’t tell if the pictures were taken specifically for the awkward text, or if the story line was rubber banded around a series of photographs. They range from the head-scratching randomness of a puppy playing with a pair of nylons to this nightmare inducer on page 9. Forget “people food”– that looks like people. Like a knee and leg, maybe.

Holly: So it’s a book about a guide dog? Sort of… one of the subject headings is “individuality,” and that seems more like it. The cute puppy might get some kids’ attention, but mostly it’s just an old book with odd pictures. That giant bone is disconcerting, though!



Dinah eats a huge bone



  1. The dog-with-a-bone picture would be less creepy without the line “And she liked to eat alone”…seems to suggest that she had to kill her owner to get that solitude she craved.

    1. “She liked people food…FOOD MADE OF PEOPLE!!!”

      “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…someone she’s EATING!”

      “Breaking news: dog bites man.”

      (Okay, I’ll stop now. But I’m still laughing over popegrutch’s comment.) 😀

      That bone in the last picture is seriously messed up. Yes, I am aware that dogs like to chew on bones. But that bone is suspiciously sized/shaped…and has a lot of flesh still on it. Yuck.

  2. I can understand why she didn’t like dog food. That stuff is nasty!
    No, I don’t know that for a fact. Just call it a well-educated guess. 🙂

  3. For me the picture with the pantyhose over the poor dogs head is far more disturbing. Given that tights are, indeed, tight, I don’t think a dog is able to put a pantyhose on his or her head like that – it must have been some disturbed human thinking it would make a good picture. Frightening stuff indeed.

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