Book Review: Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political By Chuck Sambuchino

By now, those of us that live in the United States have more than had our fill of political ads, debates, news broadcasts and the talking heads who are trying to garner our votes for who will be, as of Tuesday, November 6th, the next President Of The United States.

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can barely pop in for five minutes without HUNDREDS and I DO mean hundreds of political messages flying by your screen.

Before you bite the head off of a friend who has an opposing point of view, (or after the election results tomorrow), escape for a much-needed, humorous respite from the political messages and sit back and enjoy:

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Sambuchino


Throughout America’s history people have never been able to agree on politics. Well guess what? Our dogs have their own opinions too!

Lately I have found myself wondering if the conservative tartan plaid bandanna that was put on Dakota when he was groomed last week is a subliminal message that “fancy lad” Mitt Romney will be elected President, but I digress.

In this fun book, author Sambuchino pairs 140 full-color photos of dogs with witty captions (that he collected after having done a shout out on Facebook and Twitter asking readers to submit photos of their dogs), that poke fun at both sides of the political spectrum. For those that live out of the country, RED portrays those who are conservative and would be considered Republicans and who would be voting for the ultra-conservative Mitt Romney, BLUE would be for liberal-minded folks like myself who are Democrats, and are hoping for Barack Obama’s re-election.

My father,  Ray Osrin,  was for 30 yrs a world-renowned, genius Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer.  He  lived and breathed politics, made his living from it,  and was  sickened, shocked and appalled at the lack of political interest/awareness of his daughter, namely ME, but once again I digress.  He would have gotten a real kick out of this  book, as I am sure that you will too!

Here are a few examples of photos and captions that are in Red Dog/Blue Dog:

Photo courtesy of Writer’s



Photo Courtesy of Writer’s

Red Dog/Blue Dog covers all the important issues that have come up during this campaign and of course they are all presented from a dog’s perspective.

Some of the controversial topics that are presented in a fun, upbeat, non-partisan way are:

  • Gay marriage
  • Religion
  • Social Security
  • Patriotism
  • Healthcare

and the list goes on…

A portion of the proceeds from Red Dog/Blue Dog will be donated to

no-kill shelters and rescue operations

around the country

No matter which way YOUR or your dog’s tail wags…you are sure to get a laugh out of Red Dog/Blue Dog. 

In the meantime, if you live in the United States and are of legal age to vote, BE SURE THAT YOU EXERCISE THAT RIGHT!

If you don’t…you have no right to complain about how things are… it?

Chuck Sambuchino and his dog “Graham” Photo courtesy of

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chuck Sambuchino is a dog owner and politics junkie.

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ISBN 978-0-7624-4639-1

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  1. But I just want to vote YOU, DAKOTA!!!

    Love, Eva

    • My darling Eva, THAT will WORK!! 🙂 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Love it! What a great idea for a book.

    • we agree! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  3. OMD…mom is in a total tizz ‘cos if she had to go by the cover of the book alone she would vote RED, hands down, no questions asked simply because her beloved (and our older brother) Bailey was a Shar-Pei and she just adored him! BUT…she is not a red person, she is in fact a blue person like you Dakota!

    Good luck with the voting – do you get the day off like we do in SA? Voting is a very important event in our lives.

    Wally & Sammy

    • PeeS: our mom (Robyn) friended your mom on Facebook 🙂

      • Wallace and Sammy, yeah and i heard that at first my Mom was an idiot and didn’t recognize the name!!! BOL! Anyway, Mom is so happy that she did! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • Wally & Sammy…nope, people in the U.S. don’t get the day off to vote but you know what? I think that they should! Might increase the number of voters! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. I don’t really understand politics, but mummy is hoping Obama wins!
    The book sounds like good fun and it’s great that some of the profits are going to such good causes.

    • Misaki don’t feel bad…sometimes my mom and I don’t understand it either but we sure hope that Obama wins as well! It is good that some of the profits are going to a good cause and the book is just hilarious! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. haha Dakota, think this is a must have … sounds good and hey, it has a Weimaraner on the cover, so it MUST be very good :o)

    • Easy I know! I almost mentioned you AGAIN!! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. We reviewed this book a few weeks ago, and it completely cracked us up! We agree, you will laugh at it no matter which side of the political fence you sit on, and it will be a lot more entertaining than watching political ads and election results for the next few days!


    • Yep Bunny we know you did! Mom has a habit of when she sees someone reviewing something that she is going to be reviewing (we have had this book here for a few months) she refuses to read someone’s review first (before she reads a book and reviews it) because she doesn’t want anyone elses’s opinions in her head 🙂 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Woof! Woof! Looking forward to get this book cause I’m suppose to be in it. Due to our current location mom says will get it next year. Did you get the actual copy? Please let us know as we would like to see MY page. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Sugar I DID get the actual copy!! OMD I didn’t know you are in it! I have to look at it again…if you would like, email Mom….cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com and send me your name and address and I will give you mine! 🙂 Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  8. Sounds like a great book and I especially like the fact that they’ll be donating money to rescue shelters. Just brilliant.

    • It is and I sooooooooo agree! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. We are writing your name in
    Benny & Lily

    • BOL Benny & Lily you have my Mom cracking up over here. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. Another reminder that one of the most important parts of life is being able to laugh at yourself!

    • Will and Eko I couldn’t agree more! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. Hey Dakota, Hey Cody, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

    BOL! What a great idea! Mom said that JJ would be just like that golden in the photo you provided! “EXACTLY”

    • BOL!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. We don’t get it all, they just promise everything but we want Obama.At least he has a brain, all ours in the UK are numb nut’z. If not then you Dakota 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • we feel the same Mollie…..I don’t know about the UK having “numb nutz” lol but it sure made us laugh! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. Hey Dakota,

    Like you, sadly I don’t get to vote! Doh!! Maybe they should let us run the country, I’m sure we’d do a pretty good job of it, maybe even better?! Tee Hee

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • you are right Snoopy! We sure would! Treats for all! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. Well, that is just the coolest idea for a book we have ever heard. Mumsy and Popsy walked down this morning and voted. Mumsy will be watching the returns as they come in tonight. Mumsy was just saying earlier today how thankful she is that we can vote for who leads our country, states and cities. Hugs and nose kisses sweet Dakota. We love you all!!!

    • Hi Mag!! I am sooo happy that you love the idea of the book! Let me tell you the book is just too clever! Yay about voting! Dad voted absentee but he went with Mom when she voted this morning. Mom and Dad have the returns on now…Mom thinks she is gonna be up LATE (again!) Mom and Dad are quite thankful that they can vote too! Barks and licks and love, you KNOW we LOVE YOU! Dakota and “Mom”

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