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A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Dogs know how to talk to us they do it all the time. A pair of raised ears or a wagging tail can speak volumes to those in the know. In this heartfelt ode to the furriest of family members, dog lovers get the chance to say something back, sharing personal letters penned to their beloved companions. With gorgeous accompanying photographs by Robin Layton, this collection of ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Elyse  Walters
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Playful, gentle, sly, loyal, and everything in between—each dog has a unique personality and a special story to tell. Alongside stunning portraits of these beloved pets from photographer Robin Layton, “A Letter to My Dog” collects personal letters that express the deepest thoughts and feelings of owners for their canine companions”.

Sweet notes and wonderful photos......of lots of dogs....
Maggie, Jack, Millie, Pickles, Missy, Sammy, Athena, Sparky, Sadie, Daphne, Albert,
Bindu..... and many mor
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have now completely finished this very special book.

The pictures are precious; the letters are tear-jerkers.

My favorite dog: Fran Drescher's chocolate Pomeranian (Extra Fluff), "Chester'. Fran had to battle cancer and he was there for her... PLUS he is just so darn cute.

A close second second: Oprah Winfrey's (almost) pure white Labrador Retriever look-alike. How DOES she keep Luke so clean?

My favorite letter: (page 119) Jill Rappaport's special missive to her three best friends: Buckaroo, C.J
A nice coffee table book but not substantive. Good for gifts, anyone with pets will enjoy it. The pictures are lovely and the sentiments are very nice. It just isn't really one that I'd want to pay for myself, it doesn't say anything I'd refer back to again and again. It's just pretty. As a gift option it's a 4 star though. ...more
Heidi Miller
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Read it with Rambo, my pug snuggled up right next to me on one of the hardest days I've had in a long time. He has been right next to me through many, many hard days. Thanks Buddy for your unconditional love and complete devotion. And, thank you Alyssa for getting your now husband the same week you got Rambo. Your giving me Rambo has been a tender mercy every day since!!! ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
this was a cute book. it is actually a great fundraiser idea for animal rescues, etc... in the form of a calendar. past adopters can submit letters and photos. anyway, it was a good read and the photos were very nice.
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being a dog/cat lover this book really hit home. Reading the letters that were written by owners to their pets really tugged on my heartstrings. I cried a few times during the read and had to hug my fur babies tight and let them know how much they are loved. A great read for dog lovers.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

Great pictures and nice stories about the relationships between the featured people and their dogs
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simple, touching, beautiful pictures. I love dogs so a few of these sweet letters made me tear up. A great book to share with or gift to a dog lover in your life.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! We do love our dogs, don't we? The letters in this charming book are mostly written by celebs (I guess even they appreciate the unconditional adoration of a dog), but there are some sweet ones written by children who participated in a contest. The photos are stunning. Knowing that other people are just as crazy about their dogs as I am about mine makes me feel a little less crazy. ...more
Deborah Mattes
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love dogs (dog spelled backwards is god) but the letters were very repetitive. What made the book worthwhile was the photography.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice photos of dogs. Lovely photos of dogs. I just hoped for something more... literary.
Adorable and sweet
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pets, non-fiction
sweet.. great photos

Dear Makai aka Kai, Kai-Kai, Boof, No, My beautiful blonde boy;

I can't believe it has been almost four years since I brought you home from the shelter. I don't know what I was thinking that day, other than the fact that you had the cutest little face and were so cuddly. You were our last furry baby before the real one came along and you helped fill the gap in our lives while we were desperately waiting for him.

I'm still not happy that you decided after three weeks that yo
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think I might write a letter to my baby girl, Charlie.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
This is a wonderful book filled with loving and lovely sentiments by 57 dog 'parents.' Some have well known names, the the majority are probably unknown to the general public. I'm glad the book wasn't entirely centered on celebrity pets. That would've ruined the book for me.

I would give this book 5 stars but for the following:

#1 Eight of the dogs photos were poorly positioned on a two page spread, and the dogs bodies, and in some case faces, were lost in the center as the pages curved in to atta
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The novel A Letter to My Dog is a collection of letters celebrities wrote to their dogs. These letters could include a variety of things, such as their favorite memory, how they got the dog, how the dog changed his or her life, and things like that. There isn’t a story in this novel where the protagonist faces a conflict, and later resolves it. The only story in this is people sharing their life and opening up their home to their loving dog.
I really enjoyed reading this because I personally cou
Karen & Gerard
This is a collection of letters written by people to their dogs. Some famous, some old, some young contributors all have one thing in common: they love their dogs! The pictures in this book alone are a reason to get this. It is filled with full-page color glossy pictures of all kinds of dogs on every other page! The letters are very touching, some funny, some sad. If you are a dog lover, this is a must read! I'm sure you can agree with most, if not all, of the letters. I know I did!
(Gerard's re
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book!!!

I was crying before I even finished the first letter! I also chuckled at some of the antics these dogs get up to. A lot of the letters were written by people I am not familiar with and I think that is a good thing. If it were all celebrities it would have been too cheesy. The photography is beautiful and there is a little something about each doggie family at the back.

I love that most of these dogs are rescue dogs.
I love that these people say that these dogs have saved
Pawsitive School  Counselor
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grief
This year we had a student who lost her three dogs and home to a fire. Our librarian was doing a poetry unit with 4th grade at the time and had them write poems to her about loss, grief, love, etc. I worked with her to create some poetry of her own and then we had them bound together as a memory journal. She loved, I loved it, 4th grade loved it. It was wonderful. I think this book would be a great addition for similar lessons on grief. It's a good icebreaker when discussing the loss of a pet an ...more
Leza Labrador
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from my 4 legged daughter London. By far it is one of the best gifts a mom of s beautiful fur child could receive.
From the first letter to the last, my eyes welled up with tears. How I wish all animals were loved as completely as the dogs within the pages of this book and as deep as the love I have for my London.
The only thing I wish, is that I would have thought of this idea. What a beautiful work of art. From the stunning images to the heartfelt words. This is truly a won
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even make it halfway through this book before I went to their website - and wrote a letter to my dog Parker. This book happened to find me when I was going through a lot and my dog was the most important constant in my life.

I laughed, I cried, I even started to fall for celebrities I didn't care for. Just by reading their letters. Dogs can do that....bring people together.

This book is one of those crowd around and read together coffee table books.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i received this book as a christmas present. i opened the wrapping paper, saw the title and started to cry. i'm a sap when it comes to doggies. truly love them.

i read this in one sitting. it was a super easy read and the pictures are beautiful. some of the stories will make you teary. i didn't make it to the third sentence before crying.

however! it really is a wonderful tribute to our four legged friends. it's definitely a book i will leave out on my coffee table.
Scottsdale Public Library
Dog lovers will recognize themselves in these letters written to their dogs. Humorous and loving, the letters epitomize everything there is to know about having a dog, including all the laughter, tears, and frustrations. Above all, this book perfectly shows the friendship and love between humans and their pets. A great read for anyone who has ever had a dog, and even for those who just enjoy a touching read. -Jennifer W.O.
Debra Gibbons
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Letters

I loved reading these letters. If you don't know how much a person can love their dog, read this book. It's spelled out in plain words for the whole world to see. The pictures let us see who these special letters are talking about. As for the dog lovers out there, these letters talk about things we already are privileged to know. It's easy to see why dogs are known as Man's Best Friend. Maybe we could request a Volume #2...
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
26 book challenge- a book with pictures

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! My rating here is for the pictures and the format. Each letter has at least one full page dog picture. At the end is a picture of the dog and letter writer with a short bio. I would have given 5 stars had there been less or better yet no celebrities included. I'm interested to read what people would write to their pets- I don't really care what Oprah in particular has to say to her dogs.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although it's pretty much celebrities talking about their dogs, this is by far one of the sweetest most heartwarming books I have ever read. Especially after having to put my dog down three weeks ago. Thank you Robin Layton, for making me remember my dog in nothing but the best ways. I'd recommend this book to anybody. ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers and pet owners
Heart wrenching letters from owners to their beloved dogs. I remember crying in my lhasa-shit-zu's hair all through high school. "Boys SUCK Penelope!" I still have dreams about her. Maybe I'll write her a letter this weekend. ...more
Gail Jorgensen
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from my best friend who knows how much I love dogs.I so much enjoyed all the letters and pictures of the dogs.This book is not for most people but anyone who is a dog lover will enjoy it.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's about dogs - of course I loved it! The first letter had me crying, others had me laughing, and all of them made me thankful I too have a loving dog in my life. The dog photography is beautiful - so many adorable puppers. <3 ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book... and the very raw and real emotional bonds people share with their dogs. Having recently lost my dog, this was good medicine for me. Tears, both happy and sad but overall heartwarming. Would be a nice book to gift a dog lover.
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