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Meet the Dogs of Chronicle Books

Sure, we love cats. You might even say we adore them. Many folks at Chronicle Books own at least one cat (if not more). But dogs…we love them too. So much so that we feel obligated to blog about them to prove to you, dear reader, just how enamored we are.

(We also love any kind of pet, really. Bunnies, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, you name it. We do not discriminate.)

So when we published Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophey, we were feeling pretty excited. Her book is based on the premise that dog training is broken, and therefore gives us an incomplete picture of our dogs and their behaviors.

An award-winning certified canine behavior consultant, Brophey introduces a comprehensive framework known as L.E.G.S.® (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self) to explain all four aspects of a dog’s behavior. When these are in balance, they work in harmony, but if not…they can create discord or disaster. 

Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophey

Part of the book dives into different dog breeds, the traits they were bred to embody, and how that might impact their behavior—so naturally, we asked Kim to meet the Chronicle Dogs and help us fully understand our canine companions based on their breed. Read on to meet some of the many dogs of Chronicle Books!

(Oh, one last thing—want to find out more about your dog but don’t know the breed? Unlock your dog’s heritage with Brophey’s quiz and discover the genetic breed group(s) so you can be better prepared for what your dog’s genes might bring to the table. Then get your paws on a copy of the official Dog L.E.G.S.® guide, Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior.)

 

Ozzy

Owner: Sarah Lin Go, Marketing & Publicity Associate Manager, Art

Ozzy

Age:

1 year

How you got your dog:

We found him through Lucky Dog Rescue and immediately fell in love. We knew we wanted to take him home the second we met him!

Breed:

Terrier-poodle (specific type of terrier and poodle unknown)

Favorite game/hobby:

Tug of war. He gets very competitive!

Favorite snack:

Ozzy eats everything without discrimination. This includes treats of all flavors, scraps of food accidentally dropped from the dining table, and cotton.

Unique quirk:

If you give Ozzy any kind of plush toy, his sole mission becomes tearing a hole in it so he can pull out all the cotton. Without fail!

From Kim Brophey:

“It sounds like Ozzy is true to form when it comes to his tenacious terrier ancestry! It’s fantastic that you provide Ozzy all those healthy and appropriate outlets to express his genetic instincts in your home environment during the prime of his youth, so that he doesn’t develop less palatable habits to satisfy his scrappy appetite for ripping stuff apart.”

 

 

Harley

Owner: Jenna Homen, Content and Community Manager

Harley the Dog Homen

Age:

1 year, 4 months

How you got your dog:

We adopted her from the shelter (SF SPCA) when she was 2 months old. She was found without a litter up in Red Bluff, California.

Breed:

25% Labrador Retriever, 25% Border Collie, 25% American Staffordshire Terrier, and the rest is a mystery. Yes, we took a DNA test.

Favorite game/hobby:

Tug is her number one favorite. Despite her retriever genes, she doesn’t care for fetch.

Favorite snack:

Anything edible, but especially dried duck tendons, peanut butter, and bully sticks.

Unique quirk:

When she gets excited, she will yodel and howl at us dramatically until we tell her to get a toy to play with.

From Kim Brophey:

“What a beautiful world dog you have there. Stunning Harley, with no genetic group dominating her ancestry (with the largest breed group listed only being 25% of her makeup, no one working group is heavily influencing her DNA), is one of those incredible super cool, practical, jack-of-all-trades kind of dogs. So I’m not surprised that retrieving a ball ad nauseum seems a little redundant and meaningless to her.”

 

Arlo

Owner: Brittany Boughter, Marketing Manager, Entertainment

Arlo

Age:

Old enough to know better (1 year, 3 months)

How you got your dog:

Arlo was a Valentine’s Day present purchased from an AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. breeder in Texas.

Breed:

English Bulldog

Favorite game/hobby:

Finding sticks and making new friends. Arlo is very social and he thinks walks are exclusively for meeting new people/dogs and hunting for sticks to bring home. He loves sticks more than anyone has ever loved anything else in the history of the world.

Favorite snack:

Peanut butter and cheese. Also bully sticks. It’s a stick, after all.

Unique quirk:

Instead of wagging his tail, Arlo wags his whole backside if he is excited. He also has a special shuffle that he uses only when running away with something that he knows is forbidden. Comes out when shoes or dirty laundry are left on the floor.

From Kim Brophey:

“Everything about your description of Arlo amuses—because that’s what life with a natural entertainer does to a person. Go big or go home—that’s the motto of a bulldog—one thick-headed, “old enough to know better,” incorrigible and delightfully ridiculous love of a beast who meets everything from strangers to sticks with all that he’s got.”

 

Emmee

Owner: Renee Senogles, US Marketing & Publicity Manager for Hardie Grant Books + Quadrille Publishing

Emmee

Age:

5 or so

How you got your dog:

She was a stray—followed our local cafe owner in one morning, matted and covered in fleas and hot spots. The vet thinks she had been on the streets for 2-4 weeks. We feel so lucky that she found us!!

Breed:

Kim’s quiz reveals Toy Dog, which fits well with our guesses that she’s a cross between Bichon/Havanese/Cav/Poodle. We even thought Coton de Tulear at one point! She also might have a little terrier in her: she’s feisty, growly when playing, and loves playing with terriers more than any other type of dog.

Favorite game/hobby:

Going to the park to play fetch with Ball-y! She’s a super-fast runner. Also, digging in the sand at the beach.

Favorite snack:

She rarely gets human food, so any time that is offered she LOVES it! She’s also been known to enjoy dropped popcorn immensely.

Unique quirk:

She has a funny hop-skip in her back left leg when she is trotting along on her walk. It is adorably cute when she does it, usually when she’s super happy off leash, trotting along to fossick in the garden bed alongside the footpath.

From Kim Brophey:

“I think this girl is lucky to have you too after her previous life dealt her some hard lessons to learn in what was clearly a pretty harsh environment. As a toy dog, she wasn’t exactly cut out for life on the streets, but maybe that rugged bit of terrier you suspect in there came to her rescue on a few occasions, as well as those quick little legs of hers!”

 

Jasper

Owner: Jaime Wong, Marketing Manager, Children’s

Jasper

Age:

8 years old

How you got your dog:

He was a return to a breeder. His previous owner passed away suddenly.

Breed:

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Favorite game/hobby:

Eating. If not that, getting ready to eat.

Favorite snack:

Bits of cheese sticks, carrots, really anything is open for interpretation of “snack.”

Unique quirk:

Sitting on our feet while we brush our teeth.

From Kim Brophey:

“I don’t know if Jasper’s age at the time you adopted him put him into the mentality of early retirement, or if you just happen to have one of those poster child dogs for the complete exception to the general rules, but if the most demanding thing about Jasper is his desire to eat anything and everything, count your blessings every night as you put your feet up! Though Corgis are on the mellower end of the herding dog spectrum compared to others, I wouldn’t expect to get what sounds like a pretty chill dog if you endeavor to get another Corgi again down the road.”

 

Jasper Rose

Owner: Alina Buevich, Designer

Jasper Rose

Age:

8 months

How you got your dog:

Craigslist

Breed:

Miniature Dachshund

Favorite game/hobby:

Ripping open boxes

Favorite snack:

Bully sticks

Unique quirk:

Can strike a pose on command!

From Kim Brophey:

“Wait—is this a GQ ad or a picture of your dog? I bet that life with this genetic collage of toy dog, terrier, and scent hound DNA is more than a little reminiscent of a Hollywood set at times—complete with diva drama, emotional meltdowns, thrilling action scenes, and a heaping barrel of laughs. What a doll!”

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You can find Meet Your Dog here. And now that you’ve met our dogs, it’s time for us to meet yours! Use the hashtag #meetyourdog to share a photo of your beloved pup (and what makes them so special!) on Instagram.

Featured image photographed by Michelle Park of the adorable Shady Lady, our model and ex-Chronicle Books pup

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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3 Comments

  • Mary McClellan March 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Love, Love LOVE meeting your dogs! There truly is nothing like a dog, and your dogs prove the point. I have 3 rescues who bring joy (and laughs). We’re all lucky!!

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  • Mike Conway April 3, 2018 at 6:40 am

    who doesn’t love a dog?

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  • Karen Marie April 7, 2018 at 12:57 am

    This book sounds like it will be on my To Buy list. I took the quiz and it was spot on. I got the Entertainer, for my Staffordshire Terrier. And the Guardian, for my mixed breed.

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