The English Dog at Home

Felicity Wiggin, Author, Felicity Wigan, Author, Geoffrey Shackerley, Illustrator Salem House Publishers $27.5 (158p) ISBN 978-0-88162-264-5
British interior designer Wigan, journalist Mather and photographer Shakerley introduce here some photogenic canines from the best British homes, including the royal family's corgis and dorgis. An exception is the touching chapter on the Battersea Dogs Home, a temporary shelter for strays. Wigan conceived the book's theme when a Great Dane interrupted a photo session to sit on the family sofa, demonstrating that ""the English interior is not complete without the dog. . . . '' The animals take center stage, and chapters include a brief history of the various breeds and some anecdotes about the dogs' lifestyles and personalities: ``Motherhood did not suit Lambchop. She murdered her first-born quite deliberately.'' Dog owners and their homes, some of Britain's finest estates, also are presented. Photos of the dogs, and especially the homes, are captivating. But some American readers will find the British humor unappealing and aspects of the book pretentious. First serial to House & Garden. (June 15)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
Paperback - 978-0-7011-3460-0
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