GONE TO THE DOGS: LIFE WITH MY CANINE COMPANIONS
Author: Robert F. Jones with Louise Jones
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Jun 2004
A wonderful account in photos & text of training Jake, the Labrador puppy, as well as a poignant memoir of love & loss. Color photos by Benno Jones; 8x9 inches, 96 pgs.
First there was Luke, the great black Lab who was the perfect bird dog, and a beloved companion. When Robert Jones worried that Luke?s time was short, he brought a yellow Lab puppy, Jake, into his home. The account of Jake?s training and Luke?s end was documented in the highly praised UPLAND PASSAGE. Ten years later, Jones began to worry about Jake?s age and health. That?s when Bart came into the picture. Bart was an irascible and adorable black Lab puppy that the Joneses and Jake and their Jack Russell terrier Roz welcomed into their home. Jones and Jake together began training Bart to become a bird dog. But Jake did not live to see Bart come into his own. And worse, Jones didn?t either. What began as an account of the young life of Bart became a much deeper story?about the love of dogs and men, and the enrichment that relationship can bring to a life, and the profound transforming effects of love and loss.
Louise Jones has completed Bart?s story and in doing so, she has offered a lasting testament to the lives of Jake, and her late husband, Robert F. Jones.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER:
LOUISE JONES, a senior writer and book columnist for Stratton Magazine in southern Vermont, is also a longtime bookseller at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont. Her work has appeared in Organic Gardening and Country Journal. She lives in West Rupert, Vermont.
BENNO JONES is a photographer living in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in shows at Photographic Center Northwest and in Shooting Sportsman magazine and the Manchester Journal. This is his first book.