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Dog Book Review: Red Dog * Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political

We try really, REALLY hard NOT to be political online. Last week, however, Lilly got thrust into the political spotlight when someone nabbed a patriotic photo of her from our site and used it in a political Facebook post — without permission or attribution. How weird is that? So, I’m happy to report that Red Dog * Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political by Chuck Sambuchino includes full copyright details on every photo in this dog-centric political humor book.

Below you can see how Lilly’s photo got used online. I’m currently working on new ways to protect the photos we post from copyright infringement. Ultimately, I gave the OK for the photos use since we really DO support voter registration drives.

In fact, the cut off to register to vote in Colorado is Tuesday, October 9. If you are not registered to vote (yet), check with the Secretary of State in your state for deadlines and details.

The Facebook page did add attribution for the photo, after I posted a comment claiming rights to it. (Many thanks to our friend Amy Palmer for alerting me to the photo’s use.)

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OK. Sorry. Tangent over.


Book Review: Red Dog * Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political by Chuck Sambuchino

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 31, 2012)
  • $12 US

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Essentially, this book takes amusing photos of dogs and overlays witty political commentary or common political positions. Some are funnier than others.

Full of stereotypes and other political jabs, I’m sure you’ll find something to make you chuckle.

A couple of the jokes made my heart hurt … like the one about canine atheists with a big BLUE syringe in the foreground … like the fearful dog hiding in a pile of clothes at a political rally, but we can all agree that I’m uber sensitive about certain dog things well beyond politics.

Red Dog * Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political would make a perfect party favor / prize if you’re hosting an Election Night Party. 

Or if you have any politicos on your holiday gift list, it might make a funny gift.

So, as usual, we’ll assign numbers to every comment to this post here on the blog before Sunday, September 30, 2012, @ midnight mountain time and do a random drawing next week to pick the one winner.

I’ll contact the winner by email privately to get a mailing address and arrange to ship the book.

Look how cute Chuck and his dog Graham are!

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FTC Disclosure

The author contacted me via email directly and sent me a free review copy of the book (via his publicist). I was NOT compensated in any way for this review.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Steph S - October 4, 2012

I happen to agree with Bonnie! You should be the poster child for animal parents everywhere! I admire you and your dedication to Lily.

Cybele - October 1, 2012

I apologize, I meant “If It’s ok….”

Cybele - October 1, 2012

I don’t do facebook, so it it’s ok to comment here: I read that you’re thinking of writing about your life with Lily. I only want to say, Lily’s is a success story in every sense of the term. Yes, Lily challenged you. So Lily isn’t the poster dog for the perfect dream canine. But you gave her a protected life and opened the world to her in ways that most dogs like her would never get to experience. You gently and intelligently urged her to look deep inside herself to find ways to meet and greet as much of the outside world as she can muster. Lily is a brave girl in spite of her fears because you taught her trust. And I know she also had much to teach you. After having both perfect dogs and challenged ones I have to say the most rewarding relationships have been the ones that require so much patience and self-searching trying to reach the place where the dog finally decides, yes, life is good (scary), but good.

Bonnie - October 1, 2012

My favorite candidate this time is good old “None of the Above”! Great fella/gal!

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