The cover picture alone would make me pick up this book: it is Portrait of a Terrier by the English artist John Rabone Harvey, and it adorns what for me is a 'must-read' - Dog Stories, the very handsome Everyman's Pocket Classics collection edited by Diana Secker Tesdell.
What's inside sounds just as appealing as the anthology includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as Chekhov and Patricia Highsmith, Penelope Lively and P.G. Wodehouse. There are tales from Tobias Wolff and Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury and G.K. Chesterton; "imaginative, lyrical and empathetic portraits of man and woman's most faithful friend."
As a dog-lover I'm looking forward to reading about Kipling's heroically faithful Garm, to O. Henry's tale of a dissatisfied lapdog's escape in Memoirs of a Yellow Dog, and to meeting "an aggressively affectionate three-legged pit bull who lives in a block of flats for dogs" - that's Jonathan Lethem's Ava's Apartment. (I just hope there are no sad ones ...)