Maggie, Part 1

Once upon a time, there was a basset hound called Maggie. She lived with a photographer called Bill Stanton and she was very wise. So wise, in fact, that she wrote a book:


In Maggie’s Way: Observations from Below Your Knees, Maggie offers her unique perspective on all manner of things (assisted by several well-chosen quotes).

On sadness…
On travel…
Even the human (and canine) condition.

The book is basically a coffee table book, packed full of Stanton’s wonderful photographs – all of which feature Maggie, of course. And she is the perfect subject: joyful, introspective, and huffy in equal measure, she expresses the full range of bassetness that we all love so much. If you have ever been owned by a basset hound (or a seriously pampered penguin), you will find plenty of familiar poses here.

And this isn’t the only book of basset hound wisdom Bill Stanton (er…Maggie) has written. But I’ll save that for the next post. I’m trying to live more like a basset and I have to nap now. 🙂

Lunchbox and the Aliens

Searching for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence using ear radar

“Lunchbox rolled happily in the grass, squirming from side to side like a sausage heating unevenly. He paused occasionally, allowing the June sun to warm one side or the other, and letting his long ears flop over his face or spread out flat on the ground. Then he resumed, grunting and snorting in pure canine contentment, oblivious to the mailman, oblivious to fleas, oblivious to the alien eyes that observed him from two hundred miles up.”

Lunchbox is your average basset hound: round, floppy, and not too bright…until he’s abducted by aliens. Then he suddenly becomes a lean, mean, garbage-machine-making, uh, machine….Will Lunchbox and his boy, Nate, solve the world’s garbage crisis and form the first interplanetary alliance? Or will the fate of the the whole solar system come to rest on whether Lunchbox can ever learn to catch a Frisbee?

What you need to know: this is a funny middle-grade book (for readers roughly 8-12 years old), with a basset hound on the cover, a basset hound as a main character, and buying it through this link will help basset hounds.