So this is a books-and-dogs sampler of sorts.
Smart dogs. Who wear neckties and smoke pipes.
We are celebrating the Dog Days of summer at Escape Into Life with the art of EJ Miley, Jr. and a number of special features. This is Miley's monocled dog you see here.
a review of A Dog About Town, by J. F. Englert, a mystery with a dog detective.
And "Art of Sports" blogger Mark Lewis glancingly recognizes the Dog Days with his report on football coach Fielding H. Yost:
According to University of Michigan legend, Yost grew so impatient with his sluggish players, he barked: “Hurry up! … If you can’t hurry, make way for someone who can!”
Barked. Get it?
Lewis's post is mostly about bookstores in Ann Arbor, including mystery bookstores!
Meanwhile, over at her own website, EIL poet Karen Weyant talks about Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, a book I haven't read but hope to discover somewhere in my house on the kids' bookshelves! I know The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, is there somewhere, too.