You're My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

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Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated, 2013 - Humor - 96 pages
The clever and charmingly illustrated 94-page book that every one of the 78 million pet dogs in this country will want to get for his person!

Inside You're My Dawg, Dog you'll find 146 dog terms, idioms, proverbs and metaphors explained for people. On a single page you will find quotes from Shakespeare and Rihanna, Pre-Socratic philosophers, Black Sabbath and the NASDAQ.

You're My Dawg, Dog gives us fascinating etymologies and vivid examples of familiar phrases like “dog days”, “dogfight”, “Dogfish”, and the “dog collar” worn by clergymen. Colorful dog terms are defined, like “black dog” which was Churchill's nickname for his bouts of depression, “tough dog to keep on the porch”—Hillary's descriptive for Bill, and “doggie style,” which the author drily explains is not “Vogue for Airedales and Cocker Spaniels.”

Not just a book for dog lovers, but also for readers and word-lovers. Seventy-five men and women randomly surveyed were uniformly enthusiastic upon reading a draft of You're My Dawg, Dog. Visit the Praise page at for more quotes:


“Loved it! Great idea that should appeal widely. Illustrations are fun, funny and first-rate.”
— Massachusetts speechwriter with Golden Retriever

“Shows how dogs possess our language as they possess our souls. If only we knew what they call us. A wonderful book.”
— Theater producer with a much-loved stray rescued in 1997

“Simple, but brilliant idea—pulled off marvelously.”
— Berkeley clinical psychologist with Portuguese Water Dog

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
—Groucho Marx

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About the author (2013)

DONALD FRIEDMAN Donald is the author of the award-winning novel The Hand Before the Eye, and the internationally praised and translated The Writer's Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers. For more information or to contact him visit his website

J.C. SUARES You're My Dawg's illustrator has designed, written, and illustrated more than one hundred books, including The Hollywood Dictionary, Art of the Times, Manhattan, Dogs in Love, Black and White Dogs, Hollywood Dogs, Fat Cats, Cool Mutts, Funny Dogs, and Funny Babies. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and Variety. For more information or to contact him visit his website

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