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Released: 1998-05-15

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If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs by Valerie Shaff


This collection teams up dog portraits by Valerie Shaff and verse by humorist Roy Blount Jr., to give an original portrayal of what dogs really think.

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Who hasn't put words into their mutt's mouth? From “yes, the chicken-flavored treats are my favorite,” to “no, I'm not quite ready for my bath,” all dog devotees are guilty as charged–although not all do it in such a hilarious and endearing manner as writer Roy Blount Jr. and photographer Valerie Shaff in If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs. Blount, humorist and author of Be Sweet, brings us closer to “understanding the 'inner dog'” through his use of Doggerel, a uniquely Blount brand of verse with the “canine measure somewhere between ordered and free.” The effect of this puppy poetry–when paired with Shaff's truly remarkable duotone photographs of mixed and pure breeds–is comic genius. A Boxer coyly stares into the camera wondering, “What does that mean, 'expensive shoe'? / I ate it because it smelled like you,” while a chubby-tummied bulldog declares “Good stick. / Got a good stick. / A real / good / Stick. / Getting all the good / Out of this good / Stick / That's in / This / good / Stick.” You'll never be able to resist this entertaining and affectionate look at our canine friends as “they ponder the confusions, certainties, pangs, and pleasures of a dog's life.”

Book Details

Author: Valerie Shaff Publisher: Bulfinch Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 112

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