I feel like people talk about book lovers being cat people all the time. Less common are discussions about book lovers who are dog people. Why is that? I think it's based on stereotypes. Book lovers are often assumed to be women and that those women are introverts who would rather sit with a book and a kitty on their laps than take a dog for a walk. Plenty of these people exist, but I think it covers only a small portion of the book loving population.
I love books - obviously. I also like cats. I have a cat. She often sits in my lap when I read. But I am most definitely a dog person. I like my cat; I adore my dog with ever fiber of my being. My ideal reading spot is sitting in my armchair that overlooks the backyard. My doggy is lying next to me with his head and paws on my lap. Nothing could be better than that. I'm a lot like the stereotypical introverted women, only I prefer a dog on my lap while I read.
In fact, I think an association between dog lovers and book lovers makes perfect sense. Being with my dog is an escape from the real world. Whether we're cuddling, going on a walk, or playing with his toys, my time with my doggy is lived in the moment. It's the same escape I strive for in books. To be transported to a happy place. Of course, just like books can disappoint us, so can dogs. The feeling I get when a book I was excited about turns out to be a dud is a similar frustration to when my doggy counter-surfs or tears apart my backpack to find food. (It's not actually the same feeling, but you get my point).
I thought I'd honor the love for both dogs and books with this series of photos and links to Etsy items. Christmas list?