Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brooks' Books and Giveaway- Dogs Rule Nonchalantly

Brooks' Books Pet Book Reviews and Giveaway


Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly
by Mark Ulriksen
ISBN 978-1939621108
Pub. date 9/30/14

Good news! You can enter to win a copy of this book at the end of the post.

"There's nothing happier than a happy dog," writes Mark Ulriksen. And there's nothing more entertaining than an entertaining book about dogs--happy and otherwise.

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is a humorous and heartwarming look at the everyday interactions between dogs--big, small, frisky, lazy--and their caregivers. As you turn the pages, you'll find yourself smiling, and nodding in agreement.

"While puppies can melt your heart, getting an older dog does have its advantages." --Mark Ulriksen
This spoke to me, because my husband and I rescue senior dogs--they fit our quieter lifestyle, so I see the advantages of an older dog. At the same time, I'm babysitting my son's four month old puppy, so my heart melts every day between 9 to 5. Whether you share your home with a puppy, senior, or middle ager, I bet you'll agree with this statement too.

"Whether you've been gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours, they'll greet you like you've been gone for 5 years."- Mark Ulriksen
I love the author's comment here, because this is one of my favorite qualities of dogs, and I've also found this truth in my research on the human animal bond. You need only look as far as your own dog waiting for you at your front door to appreciate this sentiment.

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is illustrated with the author's whimsical paintings of dogs created for The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, and other magazines and private commissions, together with new paintings created especially for this book. Mark Ulriksen is an illustrator best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has more than 40 magazine covers to his credit. Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters, and their chocolate Labrador, Henry.

I spent a good deal of time pondering the title of this book, and I think it's fitting. Dogs are relaxed and subtle in the way that they capture our hearts. And while dogs rule nonchalantly, this book portrays the bond between humans and dogs humorously, truthfully and yes, ...nonchalantly.

This is a beautiful book that will make you want to run to wherever your dog is sleeping (probably on your favorite chair) and give him a big hug!

Here's a little video. Then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the book!

Dogs Rule Nonchalantly - Kickstarter from Mark Ulriksen on Vimeo.

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*Full Disclosure: I was provided with one copy of Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly to review and one for giveaway. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.


  1. That looks like such a charming book!

  2. Our dogs insist we step out of our shift our focus from every day stresses to take the time for a walk, to toss a ball, to give them a scratch or cuddle. Without Casey, I "wouldn't have time" for walks, play, or cuddling. but there's no putting him off--he insists.

  3. Awww, that looks like a wonderful book, we love the title!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It looks like a funny book :-)

  5. Dogs rule because they give unconditional love.

  6. One way I think dogs rule is by bringing out our "inner child", by appealing to the part of us that just wants to "go out and play". Always. All the time. They take away our worries, fears, troubles--if just for a little while--and let us bask in fun and unconditional love.

    Yes, Dogs Rule in my life too!

  7. Dogs rule because they find the good in all things and share their love without boundaries!

  8. Cannot LIVE without my best friend! I lost my dog on May 17th and was so blue got a new pup!!!! Dogs are like kids w/o the obvious

  9. Dogs rule because they are always your best friend, no matter what. They are loyal, true and think the sun rises and sets on you.

  10. My dogs rule because they make me laugh and I love the kisses and hugs they give me everything day!

  11. Dogs are full of love and selflessness.

  12. Dogs rule because they train their humans to do stuff everyday

  13. Dogs rule because they remind you to smile.

  14. Dogs rules because they are faithful, love unconditionally and are the best company you can have. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Dogs rule because they are always there for you.

  16. Dogs rule because you cannot ignore them.

  17. They love you unconditionally. My little girl can put a smile in my heart on the darkest day!

  18. Dogs rule because of their unquestioning love for us.
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  19. Dogs rule just by being our best friends!!

  20. Dogs rule because they are so loyal! Thanks for the giveaway!


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