Shortly after Buddy’s arrival, his fur-cousins in Austin, TX, Ibo and Pepper, gifted him a BarkBox subscription. Inside Buddy’s first box was this toy:
|It’s a crinkly, cloth dog toy version of BarkBox’s book for humans that came out in October, Dogs and Their People. Talk about great marketing!|
|Buddy with his Dogs and Their People book, which he LOVED. Yes, past-tense. Toys don’t last very long with Buddy Fitzwilliam.|
It was a case of canine synchronicity when, just a few days after Buddy received this toy, the publicist contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing Dogs and Their People and doing a give-a-way. I immediately said yes. BarkBox is a fun subscription–Buddy has enjoyed all the toys and treats so far–and who wouldn’t love a book celebrating dogs?
Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love is fantastic treat for dog loving humans. It’s actually a “community-sourced” book, full of photos and stories from hundreds of Instagram contributors. The stories and photos are all so touching, I laughed and also shed a tear or two, but mainly rejoiced that there are so many loving, dog-obsessed people out there.
|Sample page (source)|
Contributor’s Instagram user names are included so you can see more photos of and follow your favorite pups from the book. There’s a very brief history of BarkBox, cartoons, and helpful tips and suggestions for things to do for or with the dog(s) in your life. There’s also an itemized list of how much it costs to own a dog. Estimated average cost per year: $2, 858. But the reward for owning a dog is an average of 31, 697 cuddles per year. An excellent cost-benefit ratio.
Enter to win a copy of the human version of Dogs and Their People by leaving a comment below along with your email address, twitter handle, or someway that I can contact you when you win. A random winner will be chosen around noon ET on Monday, 12/19/16. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Open to U.S. addresses only.
Buddy Fitzwilliam doesn’t have his own Instagram account, but he does have his own Facebook page so family and friends can see what he’s up to. I’ll end this post with a video of Buddy playing with his Dogs and Their People toy.
Title: Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, October 18, 2016
Source: Review copy
Bottom line: A great gift for dog lovers.