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If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  243 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Everyone will want to bring home the paperback version of this witty little dog book, which sold over 145,000 copies in hardcover. This charming collection teams up dog portraits by Valerie Shaff with verse by humorist Roy Blount Jr., to give us an original and entertaining portrayal of what dogs really think. Who hasn't looked into a dog's eyes and wondered what's going o ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 9th 2003 by Bulfinch Press (first published May 15th 1998)
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Debbi
May 15, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a shopping trip with my Mom and my sister about 16 years ago and loved it then. Today I am cleaning all my books as I put them back on my library shelves and when I came to this one I sat down and read it again. Working hard eh? Only a 10 minute read but it makes you smile and also think just what are our dogs thinking. Each page has a photo of a dog, or two, either in some activity or else giving "a look". On the other page is what the dog is saying or would say if she cou ...more
Sarah
Apr 26, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of the only dog lovers gift books worth getting--anything by these two is a gem!
Edwina Callan
Jan 23, 2014 Edwina Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
A dear friend gave me this book in celebration of my family adopting a beautiful basset hound from a high kill shelter in March of 2010.
Me and Barney The Basset snuggled up on the couch while I read this book and now I have nothing but bitter-sweet memories about this book
because Barney had a massive seizure and passed away on July 14, 2013.
Rest In Peace Sweet Boy.
Anne
Cute little book with pictures of dogs accompanied by short poems. My favorite:

What does that mean, "expensive shoe"?
I ate it because it smelled like you.


And another that's kind of sad:

"Gone to college,"
Is what they said.
To my knowledge,
That means he's dead.

Kim
ok, my connection with this one is fairly obvious, but I so enjoyed the simple snapshot quality to these delightfully clean-lined portraits. Paging through this book gives me great pleasure and many smiles
Devin
Jun 09, 2015 Devin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
This book was fantastic! Cute, great photos of a variety of dogs just being themselves and hilarious and true poems accompanying them. This book is a totally accurate representation to how dogs are. Totally worth picking up!
Peacegal
This is a book of dog-related poetry paired with soft-focus, sepia-toned photos of a variety of amusing dogs. It’s not especially memorable, but it would make a nice gift for the dog lover on your list.

Whitney
Oct 15, 2016 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really cute book with pictures of dogs and poems about what the dogs are thinking about. Funny and adorable.
Anjanette Wold
Nov 17, 2016 Anjanette Wold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photo-book
My kids and I enjoy looking at the pictures in this cute book. They are a little obsessed right now with dogs since we got a boxer.
Patty
Nov 05, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-dogs
Wonderful pictures of dogs and poems that go with them. Pretty good stuff.
Pattie
Jan 18, 2008 Pattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Shelves: fun
More photos and poems for dog lovers. Very sweet and funny.
Lori
Feb 05, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love!
Sarah
Jun 18, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Cute little pup poems. Would absolutely not be worth reading if you don't have/love dogs.
Tammie
Aug 29, 2008 Tammie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely adorable book with great images and cute poems to go along with each image.
Christyn
Full of dog poems with accompanying dog portraits. This is a charming book perfect for the dog lover in your life.
Spider
Apr 12, 2013 Spider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lovely book was a gift from Nancy way back in 1999, after we'd lost Max, J, & The Great Houndini in the same year. Sweet!
Svenja
Jan 11, 2009 Svenja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Cute coffee-table-top book
Amie
Feb 01, 2013 Amie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love dogs, love Roy Bount Jr, love this book!
Ladiibbug
Dec 05, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in 2008 A picture book - insert five icons here!
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Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-three books. The first, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, was expanded into About Three Bricks Shy . . . and the Load Filled Up. It is often called one of the best sports books of all time. His subsequent works have taken on a range of subjects, from Duck Soup, to Robert E. Lee, to what cats are thinking, to how to savor New Orleans, to what it’s like being m ...more
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