These heartwarming tales for readers of all ages, depicting the special bonds between people and dogs, are based on real-life anecdotes gathered by the author. Half of the 14 stories are narrated in the voices of dog owners, the other half in the voices of the dogs themselves.
Among those told by the owners is the story of a girl being bullied at school, who finds an abandoned puppy and brings it home. In talking to her parents about the puppy, which is blind, she also begins opening up to them about the way she is being treated at school, which until now she had been hiding from them. In another story about an abandoned dog, the dog becomes a catalyst for deepening friendship between the boy who takes on its care and some of his buddies. In a third story, a woman forms a bond with a dog she takes in after it is separated from its original owner in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
In the stories narrated by dogs, author Hana Yamaguchi channels their feelings. In one case, a dog being abused by its owner is rescued by a neighbor girl and becomes happy in her care. In another, the dog’s owner, a little girl, becomes disabled in a traffic accident, and the dog faithfully remains at her side until she grows up and gets married.
In stirring detail, the stories tell not only of the relationships that are formed between people and their dogs, but of those between people that are facilitated or strengthened by dogs. Scattered throughout are a large number of photographs and woodblock print?like illustrations of dogs, adding to the appeal of the volume.