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Manny Kagan continues his “42 Encounters” photo journal book series in 42 Encounters with Dog Lovers. Edging close to retirement, Manny Kagan and his wife, Elfa, decide to get a puppy. After researching the pros and cons of different breeds, they decide to purchase a labradoodle. They name the newest member of their family Max. Manny’s goal is to learn how to become Max’s best friend. In this book, Manny shares the trials and the joys of the first forty-two days with Max. Even though Max is the center of attention, Kagan includes forty-two candid street photos of dog owners. Manny’s daily experiences and these photos reveal the special bond between humans and their dogs.
Photographers see the world differently than most; they capture moments in time, rare and unusual sights, making it possible to relive and remember them over and over again. Manny Kagan shares his unique gift in 42 Encounters with Dog Lovers. Dog ownership is the central theme of the book. As he shares his encounters with Max, Kagan repeatedly asks – “why own a dog?” To help solve this mystery, Kagan did his research; he includes many helpful hints from dog experts on training methods and dog behavior. “It seems that puppies don’t need to read books to know what to do. But we humans do.” However, the true answer to the question doesn’t come from mere information, it comes from the heart. Dogs bring joy and laughter, they are loyal and loving; every day with a dog is an adventure.