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December 7, 2012

"A Letter to My Dog" -- Tributes to Dogs from the People Who Love Them

New book celebrates dogs in stories and photos

We’ve all had conversations with our dogs, telling them how much we love them. Now a new book, "A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends" combines those kinds of heartfelt messages with spectacular color photos by photographer Robin Layton.

Some of the letters are from celebrities including Tony Bennett, Colbie Caillat, Michael Vartan, Tyler Perry, Jill Rappaport, Robin Roberts, Hilary Duff, Amy Smart, Chelsea Handler, Carol Leifer, and Maria Menounos.

Here’s Oprah Winfrey, writing to her adopted dog, Sadie: "Our first night together sealed our deal forever. Against my better judgment, I acquiesced to your crying, took you out of the crate, and put you in bed with me."

Others are from everyday dog lovers, like Rory Barish to her old dog, Nike: "In the last moments of our final chapter, darling Nike, we are at the beach. In the last few weeks you can no longer walk and you are in a red chariot/wagon. Although tired and weary at almost sixteen...(you) still do not want to give up."

Every photo, and every letter, tells a unique story that celebrates our relationships with dogs. "A Letter to My Dog," created by Robin Layton, Kimi Culp and Lisa Erspamer, is available wherever books are sold. Buy the book, see more photos and letters, read the blog, and send in a letter to your own dog at alettertomydog.com

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