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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Book Review: “What the Dog Ate” A Novel by Jackie Bouchard

Last week I was lucky enough to have a heart-to-heart chat with a new friend. We chatted over wine in typical girls-night-out-fashion. We bared our souls, shared our secrets, trashed men, we cried and laughed until our sides hurt.

My new “friend” is Maggie Baxter the lead character in the delightful novel What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard.

While Maggie wasn’t with me in the literal sense, she was with me in every other way, because if you are a woman, we all have a little Maggie in us, or we know someone like Maggie.

That is just part of what makes this book so easy to relate to. If you are a woman, you “get it!”

Maggie Baxter’s world was completely changed the day she brought her beloved chocolate lab, Kona to the vet and was told he had an obstruction. After surgery, Maggie was handed a specimen bag with the object that caused the obstruction laying inside. It wasn’t a bone, a toy, nothing THAT easy to cure. It was a pair of “size-tiny lavender thong panties” that had been extracted from Kona. The problem was. They were NOT Maggie’s.

Imagine how you would feel with the Victoria’s Secret realization thrust in your face that your husband of 17 years was cheating on you.

It’s hard enough under normal circumstances, but when you are clearly a “Type A” Accountant with your life meticulously planned, it becomes almost unfathomable to have to come up with Plan B.

But come up with Plan B Maggie does. Or does she? Was Plan B in place all along, or did Maggie have to experience and learn different things, smell different scents to realize that? You will have to embark on this delicious journey to find out!

Maggie decides  she needs to live her life more like her “the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona.” Her mantra became “What would Kona do?”

From What the Dog Ate some great “Maggie-isms”

“Ok, maybe I won’t act a LOT like Kona, but, you know, try to go with the flow more. Don’t over-think everything….Kona’s always up for some fun. In fact, with the exception of going to the vet, he sees potential for fun in every situation. And he never worries about the consequences.”

“On the way home, she fantasized about how much better it would be if finding a new man was like getting a dog. You could go online and research the type you wanted. Would you prefer one who’ll be a couch-potato with you? Or one that would fit into an active life-style? Toy or worker? Purebred or mutt? More influenced by scent or sight? Guard or companion?…with her spec’s nailed down, she’d go to the HUMAN Society website and search for an appealing picture. She’d go meet him and if they hit it off, bring him home. And he’d be grateful and love her for saving him from a life spent alone in a cage. And he’d be loyal and never stray.”

“What the Dog Ate” is a funny, tender story of mending a broken heart and finding love and a new life right under your nose, with woman’s best friend at your side.”

Maggie’s “metaphor for love”: “Real love isn’t one way-it goes back and forth. And it’s involuntary. Maybe…like…a tornado. No, that’s no good. Too destructive. That’s wrong. No, it’s like…a dog’s tail. That’s it! True love goes back and forth and you can’t control it. You find that person you’re in love with, and it’s gonna wag. And there’s no stopping it.”

So often in life we become too focused on our destination instead of just relaxing and enjoying the journey. Maggie learns as many of us have to, to learn from our dogs. They never care about the destination, they are focused on the here-and-now. The journey. They enjoy every minute of it.  They don’t obsess about what might be, they focus on what IS.

We should all take a lesson from Maggie and Kona, do you have doubts about something? “does it make your tail wag?” If your answer is: “Holy crap; YES.” go for it.

While you’re at it, make sure you pick up a copy of this engrossing, fast-moving, visit with a trusted friend. You can count on it making YOUR tail wag!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jackie was born in Southern California and lived there until she and a friend got the crazy idea to move to Bermuda. It turned out to not be such a crazy idea after all since she met her husband there. Jackie used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but after being bitten by the writing bug, she ultimately managed to escape. Now, Jackie puts her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Masters in Library and Information Sciences (two fields based on hard facts) to excellent use writing humorous fiction. Learn more at





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Book Review: Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales Straight From The Doghouse By Allia Zobel Nolan

Hi fellow Doggies! It’s me, Dakota!

As some of you may know I am not the only one in the pack to have a blog,  my kitty brother Cody has one too! Yesterday he was pretty smug after featuring a book that he and Mom both were laughing their rotund bellies off at;  “I’d Rather Be A Cat: The Official “Better Than Dogs” Cat Book, written by the witty and talented, self-professed “cat person” Allia Zobel Nolan.

Their “catty” behavior was really getting under my fur!

What about me? Does Allia have something against dogs? There was no book for ME to bark about?

Well, as it turns out there is! The book I am referring to is Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales Straight From The Doghouse, written by none other than the woman with an amazing pedigree Allia Zobel Nolan. Knowing that I would feel left out in the dog house without a book of my own to read and review, she was kind enough to send me a book of my own to read with my Mom!

You  think that cats are the only ones that have mystery and secrets that they need to cough up like a furball stuck in their throat?  You are wrong! We dogs have secrets  too! We have confessions to make!  We can’t walk around forever burying our secrets in the dirt like yesterday’s bones! No siree!

By her own admission, Allia Zobel Nolan is a “cat person and always will be” She, like my Mom, is a “card carrying member of the Cat Writer’s Association” but I gotta raise my paw to her! She may be a “cat person” but she sure has her paw on what makes doggies, well, DOGGIES!

When writing this hilarious and cute-as-a-tail-on-a-pug’s-butt,  book,  Zobel Nolan  collected canine confessions from all over the globe! We couldn’t wait to hurl our cookies!  For those not familiar with dog-speak that translates to tell our secrets! What kind of secrets do we have? Ohhh you wouldn’t believe the things we do when our pack leaders are away! Then again, YOU WOULD cause you do many of the things listed in this book too!  That is why you will love this book so much fellow doggies! You can relate!

Here are some of the confessions of doggies from around the globe that will have you wagging your tail in recognition:

  • using Mom’s electric toothbrush to clean their tongue
  • living for the day, THEY can throw the ball, and DAD can fetch it!
  • wearing Mom’s hair extensions
  • rolling in garbage, burying the neighbor’s wash…barking contests and more

Like the above? I knew you would? Here are some more!

From Chihuahua, Taco Alejandro Maximilian Ruiz, aka Senor Stinky, Bogata, Colombia: ” Trainer say, “Dog need housebreak training.” I theenk, I don’t need no stinkin’ training. I can break the house myself. So I did.

and another

From Porkchops, Indianapolis, Indiana, “Homework? Yeah, I ate it…and Mom’s cell and a violet plant too. But, hey, there’s always room for dessert.”

Pretty hilarious aren’t they? You can stop spinning now, you’ll make yourself dizzy. (Oh and you should see the super cute photos that go with each confession! Bet you can find a dog breed in this book that YOU know, heck it might just be YOU!)

So there you have it my canine compadre, you aren’t alone. You don’t have to hang your head and drag your tail between your legs in shame thinking that YOU are the ONLY obedience school drop out on the bus. There IS someone who understands.  Someone who has allowed the confessions of doggies to be heard around the world!

Someone REALLY “gets” us!  I can sniff out talent a mile away, even if that talent DOES have the lingering smell of CAT!

Now if you will excuse me, like Crackers, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “My confession? I love attention, I’m a hog for attention. I love, love, love attention. Can’t get enough attention. You gonna give me some attention? I need attention!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota



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64 pages-in a super cute, pocket-size book!

for all ages


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of seven cat books and over 150 children’s and adult trade titles with 2 1/2 million books in print. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband and their three (perish the thought!)  CATS!

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