Why We Love Dogs

A Bark & Smile Book

By Kim Levin; Harvey Ed. Levin; John O'Neill
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Hardcover, 9780836269710, 160pp.)

Publication Date: September 1998

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This endearing gift book celebrates the unique connection between dogs and their human companions.There are reasons dogs are our best friends: They are loyal, affectionate, and totally committed to us. Or as photographer/writer Kim Levin puts it: "Because they look us in the eye." "Because they have wrinkles, too." "Because they are family."
In this charming book, Levin artfully combines photographs with simple, insightful prose; the result is an ode that celebrates the wonders of dogs. Soulful beagle eyes. A grinning hound luxuriating in the sun. In these poignant photos, Levin captures each dog's essence and illuminates the myriad reasons why we love dogs.
In America alone, 40 million people own more than 50 million dogs. Of those dedicated dog owners, about 13 million Americans say they're as attached to their dogs as they are to their best friends; some six million people rank their dogs right up there with their children. That's why everyone who has ever cherished a beloved dog-whether large or small, pure-bred or mutt-will delight in this book filled with heartwarming words and pictures to commemorate their special closeness.



About the Author
Kim Levin specializes in pet portraiture. Her company, Bark & Smile Pet Portraits, combines her passion for photography and her love of dogs. Kim has appeared on Animal Planet and her work has been featured in Reader's Digest. She donates her photography services to the ASPCA and other animal welfare organizations. She lives with her husband (and sometime co-author), John O'Neill, and their son, daughter, and dog in New Jersey.

Mark R. Levin is the author of the million-copy-selling #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. "His"?"nationally syndicated talk-radio show has 8.5 million listeners and?is heard nationwide on hundreds of radio stations as well as on satellite radio and Armed Forces Radio.?His previous books, "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America" and "Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish", were also "New York Times" and national bestsellers. Most recently he contributed a preface to a book by his father, Jack E. Levin: "Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Illustrated". He was a top adviser to several members of President Reagan's cabinet. He is president of Landmark Legal Foundation and?holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Visit Mark Levin on the web at www.marklevinshow.com.

John O'Neill is a distinguished research professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at York University.
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