Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: I'm a Good Dog

Last week I attended a book signing and discussion at Powell's Books in Portland with Ken Foster who is the author of the new book I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.


Throughout the discussion I caught myself nodding my head constantly the entire hour.  Every word that came out of Ken's mouth resinated with me and made me itch to start reading the book.  From his discussion about his own pit bull rescue in New Orleans called The Sula Foundation to his work with BAD RAP and Animal Farm Foundation which both helped contribute ideas, stories, and photos to the book-- my head was sore from all of that nodding!

As soon as I got home I plopped myself on the couch and began to read Ken's book which is filled with beautiful color photography that captures the true essence of pit bull type dogs.  Along with the images, Ken writes about topics such as the origin of the breed, rescue work, and pit bulls as family dogs.  I was so excited to even see a picture of our friends from Two Pitties in the City showcased on page 21 of the book (the inside scoop is that a photographer attended a Chicago SociaBulls walk to gather photos for the book and Mr. B happened to make the cut!).

Ken Foster
Overall I think that I'm a Good Dog is an amazing read for pit bull owners as well as for people wanting to learn more about all of the great things that come from owning and working with the breed.  The book is filled with positive stories about pit bulls from the past and present and Ken does an excellent job of shining a light on these dogs for all of the good that they do each and every day.  Not to mention, this book is a very quick read with a bajillion super cute pittie photos.

Ken has been on tour since the end of October, but there are still a few states that he will be visiting in the coming weeks.  If you live close to any of the locations below, I strongly encourage you to attend a signing and discussion:

11/9: Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD
11/10: Books on the Square, Providence, RI
11/12: RJ Julia, Madison, CT
11/13: Nichola's, Ann Arbor, MI
11/14: Summit Brewery, Twin Cities with A Rotta Love
11/15: The Book Cellar, Chicago
11/20: Book People, Austin, TX
11/27: Denver, CO


If you don't happen to live close to the tour, you can learn more about Ken and his amazing book courtesy of StubbyDog here.

If you've already had a chance to read the book, what did you think?  Do you have any other dog book recommendations?

19 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read that book as well. As far as Pit bull type books the only other ones I've read are The Lost Dogs (of course) and Wallace. Oh, and the Melissa McDaniel Pit Bull photo book, but that one isn't a read per se.
    I'm going to have to order this one soon.

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    1. Thanks for the book suggestions! I haven't read those ones yet!

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  2. I wish I could make it to one of these places but I can't... the book is on my reading list though!

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  3. Now I'm really sad I missed this! It would have been well worth the drive up to Portland to attend!

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    1. I'm sad that you missed it too! P.S.- Will you be attending the Portland Pit Bull Parade this Sunday? If so we need to meet up =)

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    2. No, but I am headed up to the area on the 18th to go to Portland Meadows for the afternoon. Maybe we should plan on meeting up before that.

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    3. That would be fun =) E-mail me at PitlandiaPooch@gmail.com

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  4. I need that! I'm reading and loving "Wallace" right now.
    Side note, do you have an Instagram?

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    1. I don't have Instagram...I always just thought it was for people with iPhones and I don't have one of those fancy things. Is this true?!

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    2. Nope, my boyfriend has a G2 or something and he has one. You do need a smartphone of some kind though.

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  5. I really want to get that book too! I think I'll put it on my Christmas list as I'm saving my Amazon credit for DNA tests:D

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    1. hahahaha I didn't know you could order the DNA tests on Amazon?! I need to look this up!

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  6. I definitely love this site

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