Dog Related Media
I recently finished reading Dog Man - An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain by Martha Sherrill. Dog Man gives an interesting glimpse into the life of a family, post WWII in Japan’s snow country. Morie (pronounced Mor ee ay) Sawataishi, a soulful non-conformist, is credited with saving the Akita dog from extinction and helping to shape it into the breed it is today. Dog Man is a fascinating story of health, perseverance, dedication, ethics, sacrifices, heartbreak, and triumph. It is a story of a man, his equally strong wife, and the dogs that embody the spirit that he wishes he could become.
First paragraph in the Introduction reads: "There are mountain villages and green valleys throughout Japan, and very few people live in them. The cities teem and buzz with life – each year with increasing speed and sophistication, more crowds and smaller cell phones and a dizzying parade of manmade pleasures. But far away, the snow country world moves quietly, almost forgotten, except as a dream. This is the story of that dream. It’s about one man’s devotion to a place and way of being, however preposterous it may seem to others, and how he gently, and not so gently, steers his life there.