DreamWorks Animation has bought the rights to prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed’s book, Flawed Dogs, and plans on making it into a movie that should hit screens some time in 2014.
Flawed Dogs is the story of Sam, a Dachshund victimized by a jealous, needy show dog, who joins Sam’s family, plots against him and has him sent away. Sam must survive on the streets and find a way to get back home, which ends up involving the Westminster Dog Show ( where BTW a wiener dog has never won.)
Berkeley Breathed, best known for the cartoon strip Bloom County, wrote this book to help promote dog adoption. “All my stories are sparked by a nugget of truth hiding in plain sight,” Breathed says. “In this case, it’s that all animals dream… But only dogs dream of us.”
Here’s some insight on the inspiration for Flawed Dogs :
Rita Mae Brown features a wire haired wiener dog named Baxter as a canine sleuth in her latest book, A nose for Justice, the first in a new mystery series.
Here’s the plot summary for the book:
Explosive sabotage and the startling unearthing of a hundred-year-old skeleton on a Nevada ranch thrillingly start off this debut novel in a tail-wagging new series from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.
With the ruins of her high-powered Wall Street job now far in the rearview mirror of her rented silver Camaro, thirty-two-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep’s sprawling Wings Ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat, with his suspicious nose to a cracked window, is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, the urbane Baxter.
Mags was named for her great-aunt, Magdalena—though everyone calls the spry octogenarian rancher Jeep. From piloting planes in World War II to discovering one of America’s largest gold deposits, Jeep has enjoyed a lifetime jam-packed with love and adventure, and she’s not done yet. At her side—to Baxter’s low-down distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual: King sniffs that Baxter is a “fuzzy sausage.”
Meanwhile, someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply near and far. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders, but he doesn’t yet know if it’s a corporate plot or twisted eco-terrorism. He’s also called out to Wings Ranch when human bones are dug up in Jeep’s barn; the dead man’s ring identifies him as an elite Russian military officer from the late 1800s, apparently knifed to death. In her search to find out whodunit, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill.
Mags and Pete have mysteries to solve, among them why they are so drawn to each other. Baxter and King team up when it comes time to protect their humans. And all the while, Jeep Reed, the sassiest wit in the West, has a bold plan for Red Rock Valley in which they all will play a part.
Take Moxie, for example. This long-haired, pearl-wearing Dachshund got to live in Frank Llloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater house along with all her brothers and sister. Now, the lucky wiener dog’s story is being told in the beautiful book, The Dachshund of Fallingwater, written and illustrated by Cara Armstrong, curator of education at Fallingwater.
Apparently, Moxie didn’t just get to live in a great house in a dramatic setting, she also got to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. Guess she kept her girlish figure by patrolling the grounds and rock climbing. Try and spot her in the illustration below.
Apart from being fun, this book is also designed to teach children about architecture.
Did you know there was a celebrity dog photographer with a book about Dachshunds that came out five years back? Well, the Daily Doxie didn’t until we saw this, but now that we do know we thought you’d want to be informed about Day of the Dachshund by Jim Dratfield as well. Amazon has some informative reviews.
A deferential stuffed bear again models the meaning of friendship in Dog and Bear: Two’s Company by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook; 27 pages; $12.95; ages 3-7). In this welcome sequel to last year’s award-winning “Dog and Bear: Two Friends. Three Stories,” he indulges his friend, a dachshund who is dramatic, undisciplined and a bit demanding, too.
Crisp white pages contain simple drawings outlined in black and filled with cheery color. The simple art teams with simple text to recount fresh but recognizable mini-dramas. In three amusing chapters, Dog threatens to run away, eats Bear’s birthday cake solo and requires full service when under the weather.
(It) is a heartwarming picture book about a little Dachshund puppy that is born with special needs. Through tender care from his owner, MaryAnn, Itty Bitty is soon strong enough to eat alongside his brothers and sister. Itty Bitty is the runt of the litter, though, and has very BIG feet. He tries to keep up with his brothers and sister, but is just not strong enough. All of the puppies seem to be growing up big and strong, except for Itty Bitty. But then, one beautiful, sunny day, Itty Bitty finds his doggie family in the middle of an emergency. Itty Bitty’s size works to his advantage, and through his heroic actions he is able to save the day for his family.
Itty Bitty contains real photos like the one above, which show just how itty bitty he realy is. More info. on the book can be found here and to read the Daily Doxie’s coverage of other wiener dog books, just click on the lable below.
The Daily Dachshund and Dog News could have sworn we’d written up this story Of Frankie the Doxie with wheels before, but it seems we hadn’t — or if we did, we somehow mistakenly deleted it.
In any case, get out your handkerchiefs for the inspirational tale of Frankie, the little wiener dog that could. The book version, “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog,” was nominated for an Indie Excellence Award last month and the video will give you a taste of what it’s about:
“I spend my time traveling all over the state, along with my sister and business partner, Chloe, ” writes Woody the Dachshund. “Together, we talk to children everywhere about the importance of being a good reader and citizen. Currently, I am the star dog in six books – The Adoption, Welcomes a Dad, A New Home, Tails From the Bluegrass, Tails From the Bluegrass II and Mr. Dogwood Goes to Washington.”