How to Show Your Dog and Win
This looks like a fun little number from the children’s section. Children love dogs! It’s timeless!
Well…yes and no.
The dogs themselves are timeless. The pictures of the people handling them are very, very dated.
There is also an example of the application for the American Kennel Club, dated July 6, 1974. (See below) They are all downloadable now.
The picture of the dog licking the boy’s face (below) is gross. Many people will find it adorable, but that tongue is HUGE and he went for the eyeball. No thanks. (Before anyone gets upset – no, I would not weed it based on that. It’s just a personal observation.)
Dog shows are still popular, and books about dogs are a sure win in public library children’s departments. Books about how to show your dog are a great idea, but you can do better than this! Update!
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!
I have a pet peeve about animals in outfits. Just no. They always look embarrassed. However, I am quite sure that there is an audience for this book. Kristin Stewart and Niki Menaj fans, maybe?
The copy I looked at was as sturdy as a magazine, but I would probably keep it. There is just no accounting for taste.