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!

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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.