While many people just naturally think of adopting a puppy, there are so many reasons to adopt an older dog. Now a new book pays tribute to this unique canine group and also shows us many reasons why senior dogs are special. Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends, edited by David Tabatsky, is filled with gorgeous photography by the late Gary Gross. While Gross may have been noted in fashion, he later went on to become a leading dog trainer. This book captures purely stunning photos of senior dogs in their glory in an effort to show how beautiful and loving senior dogs really are, along with uplifting essays and poetry by Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz, Marlo Thomas, and others.
When I was asked to review this book there was something about the title that made me anxious to get to it. The title is short, sweet, simple and says it all.
Have you noticed some grey hair on your dog’s muzzle? Does it seem your dog is growing more lumps on a monthly basis? Have you noticed your dog is napping more? There is no way for humans or animals to beat the aging process although humans trying to fake out the mirror may pay for a little nip or tuck here and there. Dogs seem to take aging in stride as they are not consumed with our vanity.