America: I wish that more people would learn something from dogs….BE A DOG!

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After a particularly stressful week, I had the pleasure of attending the Novi Pet Expo last Sunday. While there I was watching the Rock -N- Roll K9 Performance Team and had an epiphany.

When dogs meet other dogs they don’t care if the dog has black fur, gray fur, brown fur, white fur, if they have mixed color fur. Dogs don’t care if they are pure bred or “mixes.” They don’t care about what country they each emigrated from.  They sniff the butts of the opposite sex and the same-sex.  They don’t care. They just ARE. They do their jobs. They come together. (I apologize for my  wobbly video below, watch for the last dog that has a “thank you” sign)

I was overcome with pride and emotion when I watched these adorable dogs parading around the ring. This was just what I needed after a week of filthy attacks that were being shot like missiles from  “friends” as well as “foes.” I admit that I shot off quite a few myself.  The entire week had made me physically ill, I couldn’t think, couldn’t function, that is, until Sunday when I observed these wonderful dogs working as a TEAMMy “take-away?”

 I wish that more people

would learn something from dogs

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Book Review: Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political By Chuck Sambuchino

By now, those of us that live in the United States have more than had our fill of political ads, debates, news broadcasts and the talking heads who are trying to garner our votes for who will be, as of Tuesday, November 6th, the next President Of The United States.

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can barely pop in for five minutes without HUNDREDS and I DO mean hundreds of political messages flying by your screen.

Before you bite the head off of a friend who has an opposing point of view, (or after the election results tomorrow), escape for a much-needed, humorous respite from the political messages and sit back and enjoy:

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Sambuchino

 

Throughout America’s history people have never been able to agree on politics. Well guess what? Our dogs have their own opinions too!

Lately I have found myself wondering if the conservative tartan plaid bandanna that was put on Dakota when he was groomed last week is a subliminal message that “fancy lad” Mitt Romney will be elected President, but I digress.

In this fun book, author Sambuchino pairs 140 full-color photos of dogs with witty captions (that he collected after having done a shout out on Facebook and Twitter asking readers to submit photos of their dogs), that poke fun at both sides of the political spectrum. For those that live out of the country, RED portrays those who are conservative and would be considered Republicans and who would be voting for the ultra-conservative Mitt Romney, BLUE would be for liberal-minded folks like myself who are Democrats, and are hoping for Barack Obama’s re-election.

My father,  Ray Osrin,  was for 30 yrs a world-renowned, genius Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer.  He  lived and breathed politics, made his living from it,  and was  sickened, shocked and appalled at the lack of political interest/awareness of his daughter, namely ME, but once again I digress.  He would have gotten a real kick out of this  book, as I am sure that you will too!

Here are a few examples of photos and captions that are in Red Dog/Blue Dog:

Photo courtesy of Writer’s Digest.com

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Writer’s Digest.com

Red Dog/Blue Dog covers all the important issues that have come up during this campaign and of course they are all presented from a dog’s perspective.

Some of the controversial topics that are presented in a fun, upbeat, non-partisan way are:

  • Gay marriage
  • Religion
  • Social Security
  • Patriotism
  • Healthcare

and the list goes on…

A portion of the proceeds from Red Dog/Blue Dog will be donated to

no-kill shelters and rescue operations

around the country

No matter which way YOUR or your dog’s tail wags…you are sure to get a laugh out of Red Dog/Blue Dog. 

In the meantime, if you live in the United States and are of legal age to vote, BE SURE THAT YOU EXERCISE THAT RIGHT!

If you don’t…you have no right to complain about how things are…..got it?

Chuck Sambuchino and his dog “Graham” Photo courtesy of http://www.reddog-bluedog.com/?page_id=13

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chuck Sambuchino is a dog owner and politics junkie.

Visit him at chucksambuchino.com and reddog-bluedog.com

TO PURCHASE RED DOG/BLUE DOG CLICK HERE

ISBN 978-0-7624-4639-1

Published by www.runningpress.com