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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764165496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764165498
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #453,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Spirit of the Dog, noted author and animal expert Tamsin Pickeral and award-winning photographer Astrid Harrisson join talents to celebrate the beauty and diversity of "man's best friend." This dramatically narrated and stunningly illustrated book describes vital roles dogs have played throughout history. It also traces the development of the most significant breeds, and recounts intriguing stories about breeds from the past that are now nearly forgotten. Harrisson's sumptuous photographs are complemented with a distinctive variety of specially chosen artworks that focus on dogs and their history. Here in detail is the fascinating story of dogs as they have thrived through the ages, and as they have established their special relationship with humankind.

"In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man."
Maurice Maeterlinck

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Dogs' allegiance to human beings dates back to early prehistory, perhaps going as far into the remote past as 14,000 years ago. Since then, the unique bond between humans and dogs has endured the test of time, and has often been exemplified by historic events, such as dogs accompanying troops into battle; dogs being present on the sidelines while momentous matters of state are decided; and dogs seated on the laps of emperors, or curled and asleep during events marking grand spiritual occasions and religious rituals.

Spirit of the Dog, explores our canine companions' long and varied history, describing the many roles played by dogs in human cultures around the world. This book also celebrates the special place that dogs have always held in the hearts of men and women. Author and animal specialist Tamsin Pickeral looks deeply into the history and development of major dog breeds, noting their many differences--for instance, describing the slender, powerful sight hounds, the hard-working Siberian Huskies, the spirited Terrier breeds, and the numerous and usually personable varieties of mongrels, among many others. Her absorbing discussions group dogs according to their key characteristics, for instance, Elegance and Speed; Power and Strength; Devotion and Loyalty; Agility and Wisdom. She then goes on to examine each breed in comprehensive detail.

Among all species of mammals, the dog is the most varied in shape, size, and color, and is also the most versatile, whether working as a hunter, herder, protector, or simply providing companionship as a domestic pet. The Spirit of the Dog celebrates this diversity, both through Tamsin Pickeral's inspired commentary, and in noted animal photographer Astrid Harrisson's stunning visual images, which capture the spirit, energy, playfulness, and sense of loyalty that characterize "man's best friend."

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Tamsin Pickeral is an art historian and animal expert who grew up in the English countryside, the daughter of a veterinary surgeon. She was surrounded by a varied mix of animals, including dogs, ferrets, horses, and even rescued squirrels. She has been a devoted dog owner all her life, and her studies have focused on the evolution of animals and their relationships with humans.

Tamsin has lived in Europe and North America, and has many years' experience as a veterinary nurse. A widely published international author, she has written several books on animal themes, including The Majesty of the Horse, also published in North America by Barron's.

Astrid Harrisson is an award-winning photographer, as well as an experienced graphic designer and creative director. She began photographing animals while working on a ranch in the hills of northwest Argentina. Astrid has traveled widely since then, photographing animals in the foothills of the Andes, as well as in the United States, Cuba, Switzerland, Mozambique, and Iceland. She has also collaborated with Tamsin Pickeral on the acclaimed The Majesty of the Horse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tamsin Pickeral is an art historian and animal expert who also has many years experience as a veterinary nurse. She is a widely published author of books on animal themes, including The Majesty of the Horse, which is available in North America from Barron's

Astrid Harrisson is a widely traveled photographer and graphic designer who specializes in animal photography. Among her many credits is a previous collaboration with Tamsin Pickeral on The Majesty of the Horse.

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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 30 2013
Format: Hardcover
A warning to would-be dog owners: after one flip through "The Spirit of the Dog," there's no turning back!

With astounding photos by Astrid Harrison and loving prose, this book beautifully captures our canine companions and explains the unbreakable bond between human and dog. It examines more than 100 breeds, from the popular Labs and Border Collies to the more obscure Ibizian Hound, discussing behavioural traits, cultural significance and history.

Art historian and animal expert Tamsin Pickeral divides the book into eight chapters including "elegance and speed," "beauty and endurance," and "agility and wisdom." This allows the dogs' personalities to shine through, capturing and warming even the non-dog lover's heart.
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Impressive and Beautiful Oct. 19 2012
By Doc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tamsin Pickeral and Astrid Harrisson have created a gorgeous illustrated work of art for the dog world. The book is full of interesting facts and fascinating information, unique to each breed. Astrid Harrisson did capture the spirit of the dog with her stunning and creative photographs. This book is a must have for anyone who loves dogs. The book is outstanding.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and Informative Feb. 14 2013
By Martinelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book as a gift for my mom who really likes dogs and learning about the breeds' history. I was concerned it was only going to be pictures and not enough text on the breeds, but it was a pretty good balance. The photos are gorgeous and the text is informative.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Spirit of the Dog: An Illustrated History April 26 2013
By Barbara J. Ransom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful book - especially the Whippet on the cover (my granddog)! I loved every page. My grandkids (one of whom I'm hoping will be a vet) have read itt from cover to cover also.
Beautifgul and Large coffee table dog breed book March 20 2013
By Mrs. Cheri C. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exceptional!
The photography is art!
Over 300 oversized, glossy, colorful dog pictures, and it is beautifully photographed to capture the action, function, and characteristics of the dogs, along with their intresting history and past uses by mankind. It mentions famous past owners of different breeds and their stories as to how they came to own the dog and past historical events associated with each. I especially like this book, having met Astrid Harrisson, the talented photographer from UK, when she came and photographed my Norwegian Elkhound, placed on page 66. It is truly a different kind of "dog tail," and I enjoyed the close ups of all the dogs with intresting tails carried throughout the book, as a theme, and tribute to these dogs with their beautiful tails. The knowledge of the writer, Tamsin Pickeral, about each dog and the history of mankind's association with dogs was excellent. It truly deserves more than just five stars, as it is far and away on a nebular level.
Best gift for dog lovers! Nov. 19 2012
By Nicki Esdorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The most beautiful and spirited photos of dog breeds I have ever seen by talented photographer Astrid Harrisson. This team did a wonderful horse book (The Majesty of the Horse), and they even topped themselves with this gorgeous one. The descriptions are very informative and interesting to read. A great gift for all dog enthusiasts!

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