My good friends over at Garden & Gun magazine are making it really easy for me to kick off my Christmas shopping. Their latest publication is a heart-warming collection of stories told by some of the country’s best writers about man’s best friend. Inspired by the magazine’s popular column, “Good Dog”, the book includes relatable tales of canine love, loyalty, and loss. For dog lovers, it’s the ultimate read and the perfect gift. Even non-dog lovers will find the stories humorous, engaging and maybe even revealing as implied in the quote below:
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson
Our “good dogs” Abbey and Scout.
Jack and Scout. Both little but both with big paws.
Sweet Abbey, our twelve- year-old part Lab/Golden Retriever.
Scout, our three-year-old English Golden Retriever, loves to pose for the camera.
“Princess Kate” and her loyal subject, Abbey.
This week I found myself in a state of Southern bliss at Billy Reid‘s hip Soho clothing store hanging with friends, eating fried chicken and deviled eggs and drinking Kentucky bourbon. Not exactly a typical night in Gotham, but then again it is not every night Garden and Gun magazine has a launch party in Manhattan for their recently published The Southerner’s Handbook.
Photo courtesy of Billy Reid
The rustic setting adorned with Billy Reid’s fabulous clothing line and leather creations set the scene perfectly for the southern bites provided by Seersucker, the Brooklyn-based restaurant which has been satisfying southerly cravings for years.
The featured book, a tutorial on Southern culture starts by discussing why our culinary heritage matters and ends with what lies beneath the Great Southern Novel.
So whether you were are born and bred below the Mason-Dixon Line or just somewhat intrigued by your friends who were, this guidebook is a must.