ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

44. Flawed Dogs: The Year End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound by Berkeley Breathed

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Title: Flawed Dogs: The Year End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound
Author: Berkeley Breathed
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 48
Author Website: www.berkeleybreathed.com
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 7-20-09

The Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound, founded by former Westminster Dog Show judge Heidy Strüdelberg (who was removed from the show when, in a fit of hysteria, realized the error of her ways and named a three-legged streetdog Best in Show), is a refuge for the the unloved, uncared-for dogs of the world. Heidy Strüdelberg's philosophy is "Not for the cut of their coat, but for the content of their character shall we love them!"

There are several layers to this story. In typical Breathed fashion, the art is both outrageous and sublime, and the limericks and rhymes are witty; "Bipsie was bought to replace / The dearly departed Sweetface. / A beauty in blues / With some parts chartreuse / She clashed with the whole bloody place." There is a moral to this story, though; that even though someone or something isn't perfect does not mean that it deserves any less love. The book is also Breathed's plea to future dog owners to go to their local dog rescue and adopt a loving pet there. Even though these dogs may not be the best in the pack, may not be perfect, does not mean that they are not looking for loving homes or not as deserving of one. Breathed can be sneaky like that, mixing an all too important message into a wild, fun romp of a book, so that you don't even realize that you are getting a message until the very end.

2 comments:

bookshelves said...

This book is on my bookshelf as well. Great book, indeed.

storage4 said...

A self-storage unit wouldn't be appropriate for this kind of books. They need to be somewhere to be seen and read by many people.