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Bow Wow Tao: Wit, Wisdom, And Dogma    by Chu Toy order for
Bow Wow Tao
by Chu Toy
Order:  USA  Can
Voyageur Press, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The press release for Bow Wow Tao tells us that 'True-Blue, Steady Companions Have Much to Teach Us'. Full of 'faux-philosophical sayings, the finer lessons of dogma, and the golden rules of canine existence', this tiny book presents what we can learn from our dogs. Photographs, vintage postcards and other artwork enliven the pages with messages we can all take to heart.

A beautiful pointer (doing his job of pointing) shares his page with the words 'Direction gives clarity'. A tiny terrier, too adorable not to be loved, tells us that cuteness has its own reward. A little girl shares her rain garment with her pooch and admonishes us to share and share alike. A black Scottie, munching daffodils, is warned to take time to stop and smell the flowers, but not to eat them. A kitten and a lab mix seem to be saying 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.'

All in all, Bow Wow Tao is a cute little book for the dog lover and for anyone who might benefit from a few platitudes to help deal with life.

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