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 Digest.com

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Writer’s Digest.com

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…..got it?

Chuck Sambuchino and his dog “Graham” Photo courtesy of http://www.reddog-bluedog.com/?page_id=13

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

Visit him at chucksambuchino.com and reddog-bluedog.com

TO PURCHASE RED DOG/BLUE DOG CLICK HERE

ISBN 978-0-7624-4639-1

Published by www.runningpress.com

Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award

Mom is the proud recipient of the:

that she received from the wonderful blog:

Click on the photo to visit the blog!

From Long Life Cats & Dogs, “Long Life Cats and Dogs has been started, in order to introduce people to the lives of the people and animals in these shelters.  It is a regular news feed and, hopefully, a future means of assisting with the generation of funding and food for the Pro-Life, No-Kill Animal Welfare Shelters in and around Gauteng (South Africa).  These shelters provide permanent homes, love, food and medical attention for rescued animals for whom they are unable to find “forever” homes.”

Here are the rules when accepting this award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.—check!
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you—check!
  • Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 other fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Since this is a “girly” award and my Mom is a “girly” I decided to tell you seven things about her!

1) Mom’s  Grandfather was from Johannesburg, S.Africa. When I met “Long Life Cats & Dogs”, finding out they are from S.Africa was a special treat!

2) Places Mom has lived: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and now Michigan!

3)  Mom’s father, (Ray Osrin)  was an  Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper,  The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio who enjoyed world-wide notoriety (BEFORE the days of the Internet and blogs)  and was featured in TIME and Newsweek (to name a few)

4)  Mom is a “middle child” and oh yeah she suffers from “middle child syndrome”

5) Mom was a lifeguard and taught swimming, she was also on a summer swim team where she swam the 50-meter freestyle and various relays (Mom wasn’t quite as “fluffy” back in the day as she is now BOL).

6)  Speaking of  “fluffy” Mom collects cook books and loves to watch Rachael Ray, Bitchin Kitchen, Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, tons of shows on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel. Funny thing is, with the TONS of cook books that Mom has, where does she go to search for recipes? The Internet. Yep….she has brains…NOT!!

7)  When Mom was little and drew pictures in school, she had a unique way of “signing” her name on the back of the pictures. She would draw a TV and put HER NAME inside of the screen. Delusions of grandeur? Yep…I would say so. BOL!

We are supposed to pass this award on to 7 other fabulous bloggers. You know the drill. Mom is a rebel (and I can be too). We love ALL of you and want you to accept this award as YOURS!! We value, love and enjoy each and every one of you!!

What we DO have to say is:


Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”