Dogland: Passion, Glory, and lots of Slobber at the Westminster Dog Show with Tommy Tomlinson

Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Tomlinson returns to Southern Pines to discuss his latest book - an inside account of the Westminster Dog Show that follows one dog on his quest to become a champion—and explores the bond between dogs and their people. 

 

The event is free to attend and will also feature a show of custom dog portraits by The Country Bookshop's assistant manager Mary Salazar, also dog sitter and oil painter. 

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Tommy Tomlinson was watching a dog show on television a few years ago when he had a sudden thought: Are those dogs happy? How about pet dogs—are they happy? Those questions sparked a quest to venture inside the dog-show world, in search of a deeper understanding of the relationship between dogs and humans that has endured for thousands of years. Dogland shares his surprising, entertaining, and moving adventures.

 

Tomlinson spends three years on the road and goes behind the scenes at more than one hundred competitions across the country, from Midwestern fairgrounds to Madison Square Garden. Along the way he is licked, sniffed, and rubbed up against by dogs of nearly every size, shape, and breed. Like a real-life version of the classic mockumentary Best in ShowDogland follows one champion show dog—a Samoyed named Striker—as well as his handler, Laura King, and his devoted entourage of breeders and owners as he competes in the 2022 Westminster Dog Show.

 

Striker’s whole career has been leading up to this moment. As Tomlinson writes, picking a top show dog is like drafting an NFL quarterback when they’re still in elementary school. Now Striker has made it to the Super Bowl. Tomlinson takes readers on the long road to glory, bringing the dog-show circuit to life as he witnesses teams scrambling from town to town in search of championship points and large, colorful ribbons. (Striker and his crew travel in a custom-built RV named after Betty White.)

 

Tomlinson’s limitless curiosity about people and dogs reaches far beyond the show tents and into the ordinary lives of dogs. We hear from experts who have discovered new insights into how dogs and humans formed their bond—and how that bond has changed over the centuries. We discover the fascinating origins of different dog breeds, learn about the elaborate breed standards that determine an ideal show dog, and consider the health issues that can arise in purebred dogs. We also meet dog lovers who applaud every dog, regardless of breed, simply for being themselves, such as WeRateDogs, the social media phenomenon with millions of followers, all for posts celebrating the day-to-day goofiness in most dog owners’ lives.

 

Engaging, charming, and insightful, Dogland is an irresistibly appealing read that invites us on a rollicking backstage tour through the rituals, tricks, and wonders of the dog-show world—and reveals what matters most for the happiness of dogs and dog lovers everywhere.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Dogland: Passion, Glory, and Lots of Slobber at the Westminster Dog Show By Tommy Tomlinson Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982149321
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 23rd, 2024

“This book wants to lick your face.


The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America By Tommy Tomlinson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501111624
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 14th, 2020

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019

A “warm and funny and honest…genuinely unputdownable” (Curtis Sittenfeld) memoir chronicling what it’s like to live in today’s world as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who, as he neared the age of fifty, weighed 460 pounds and decided he had to change his life.

When he was almost