The New York Dog

The New York Dog

There are dog people in this world and then there others! Sorry, cat afionados. But for you lovers of all things canine, this new book of photographs with New Yorker's "best friend" stories will charm you. When you think of it, what could be more counterintuitive than a Manhattan or Brooklynite pup? Imagine the crowds (homo sapien primarily), the honking horns, lights, and police and fire sirens. It's enough to set even a human howling.

The photos are lovely. They include: an endearing poodle with its mouth open leaning into the wind from a cab window, a Great Dane crossing a car-filled side street, and several mixed breeds running free past colorful graffitied walls. There's even a refreshing series of summer beach scenes with dogs coated in sand or racing into the surf. Famous photographer William Wegman is shown with four of his graceful dog models: Flo, Topper, Candy, and Bobbin.

There's a shot of the Dumbo Danes, Lily and Reykjavik, under the Brooklyn Bridge shortly before one moved permanently to Hawaii. (Feel no pity there.)

Rachel Hale McKenna, the photographer and author, spices the photo displays up with quotes and individual dog stories. I love this quote by poet Mark Doty, "People in New York...love dogs, as if they're grateful for animal presence in the angled and concrete realm in which they dwell."

If you love dogs and the Big Apple, check out this delightful combo that celebrates both.

Two interesting other dog photography books are The Best Dog in the World that shows charming vintage photos of kids and dogs from 1875 to 1925 and The Silence of Dogs in Cars that gives us hints about how our dogs look when we leave them in cars, but only in the cooler months, of course.