Joseph Robertia is a new member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Released April 2017, Life with Forty Dogs is a collection of canine-related conundrums that a couple faces as a result of opening their lives, hearts, and home to 40 dogs.
This book is an invitation to understand the essence of life with forty dogs in its entirety, and through that comprehension to truly appreciate what Joseph Robertia sees every day, and never takes for granted how special it is. His heartfelt goal is to share in words and photos the intrinsic nature and indispensable quality that determines each dog and defines their unique character and personality. Not everyone can sacrifice their spare time, salaries, and sanity to get to know so many characters―from the well-mannered to the wily―but Life with Forty Dogs will reveal the endless adventures and misadventures that come to those, like Robertia and his family, who have made a life-changing canine commitment.
From the Author
The driving force of sharing these stories is also to give readers a glimpse of what it’s like to truly live a half-feral Alaskan lifestyle as we have and still do, so they can vicariously experience and comprehend the magnitude of responsibility, and all the joy, pain, and myriad other emotions, that come from the fabric of a life threaded through and through by the fur of forty dogs.
We don’t own our dogs; they are a part of us, our lives inextricably intertwined. For those who spend more time around people than animals, this is a tough concept to comprehend. Looking at a yard full of high-strung huskies, most outsiders to our world don’t see the individuals, distinctly dissimilar from each other. To most folks, they’re merely different sized and colored canines. They don’t see what we see. They don’t understand the unique personalities or our shared histories with each one. But this is a chance to see it all.
About the Author
Joseph Robertia is an award-winning writer, photographer, a new member of the Dog Writers Association of America. He currently writes for the Sports & Outdoors section of the Alaska Dispatch News. Along with his wife, he has mushed dogs with his kennel fielding teams in the 1,000-mile lditarod, Yukon Quest, and more than thirty other races. He lives in Alaska.
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (April 4, 2017)