petshumans.jpgFamous humans always get noticed while their beloved pets stay out of sight. The humans presented here are not your current set of celebrities. Instead, PETS AND THEIR FAMOUS HUMANS is a look at 20 people who made a memorable mark in the world in art, music, literature or science. But this time time their furry creatures get equal billing.

Each of the features in this hardback include a full page colorful drawing of the person and their pet. On the opposite page is a story as to how the pet became an important component of their life and work. It’s here you discover what made the relationship with their pet special. It’s a fascinating way to bring out the true personalities of these gifted people.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Bibo—Albert Einstein’s parrot he told jokes to cheer up the depressed bird.
  • Bo & Chia—Georgia O’Keefe’s chow chow pups who she often called “the little people.”
  • Puce—A black cat belonging to artist Henry Matisse would stay by his side for hours as he created new works.

Whether you’re an animal lover or not, the stories of these famous humans will touch your heart. A great gift for your favorite person, too.

I’m not famous, but I couldn’t resist posting a picture of my own pet who was rescued from a Wyoming animal shelter. She’s never been one to practice social distancing!



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  1. Cute pup! And a great pic taker too.

  2. Janet Smart says:

    I would like this book. I wrote an article for a magazine once about Presidential Pets. Some of them really had some weird ones.

  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    Interesting premise. Thanks.

  4. Kids really do like learning about famous people and their pets. And, this book has a bit of a unique twist! Love it! My had minature poodles, the last one was white, Archie, who we rescued from sex slavery. He was four years and caged; sired many cute pups. He actually grew once he was free to run. He was the smartest of the four poodles we owned over the years.

  5. Somehow I missed this post. I think this book looks like a lot of fun, and your sweet dog looks like a great buddy.

  6. Fun! And cute doggy. We’ve had several wonderful rescues.

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