Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell…

Dogs, Jeff and Hyby Jeff Johnson, Hy Conrad


This is a darling book and I was thrilled when it came in the mail.  My initial reaction when I started reading the book was one of confusion.  I was expecting essays of a more serious/personal nature, perhaps, with a little comedy on the side.  I didn’t realize that the book was going to be full of comedy sketches.  Once I tuned in on that aspect–I had great fun with it.

The graphic design is excellent!  It is brightly colored in the style of a scrapbook. Each dog has its own page design and font for the letters he/she writes to you.  Every personality has a different voice and story to tell.  The authors did a great job in matching the personality to each breed.  The breeds are: Yellow Lab, Border Collie, Boxer, Chihuahua, Bull Dog, Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd, Miniature Schnauzer, Mixed Breed, Long Haired Dachshund, Blood Hound.

Some books you read and can’t wait to give them away.  This book?  You’ll want to pass on to other people, but only with a new copy because you won’t be able to part with its perky design and the delightful little stories.  It is a great little coffee table book, great for a gift, great for the holidays, and just a lot of fun all the way around.  Be forewarned . . . if you dare take it to work to show your colleagues–I guarantee you’ll never see it again.

**Note to Orson—don’t eat any more grapes.  They are toxic to dogs.  You’ll get sick and maybe die.

I’d like to thank the authors: Jeff Johnson and Hy Conrad, and the art director Dean Stefanides for this beautiful copy and all the joy they’ve provided with this adorable book; and, to for this opportunity to–review the book.



  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263286
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6 x 0.6 inches

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