Mackenzie Henson, at her estate in the south of France
There’s a little war raging among Huffingtons between cat people and dog people, with each of the embattled factions convinced they own the cutest specimens of their preferred breed. We dog people will admit that there are some pretty cute cats out there, especially when they’re not our own — or when they’re in a book, like this adorable one about French cats!
A perennial bestseller at Huff Harrington Home, that even the dog people can’t resist.
But there’s no doubt that the dog people have a lot more fun when we go to France, where we can delight in seeing our favorite breeds tucked under tables in restaurants, greeting customers in stores, popping their heads out of Birkin bags on the metro, propped in baskets on bicycles and generally treated as equal, and sometimes superior, members of the French family.
“Please sir,” he begged his indulgent owner at a neighboring table in a Gordes restaurant, “May I have some more?”
The original French bulldog that inspired Linda’s adorable Cosette, in Paris.
This scene, from the blog “Out and about with your dog,” is mighty familiar in France!
From Roomaranda blog. A typical Parisian Yorkie — on the move.
In fact, dogs become kind of an obsession for us in France, always missing our own and wishing we could bring them with us on every trip.
If only we could bring her on every trip! Scurry Huff, the Queen of the Castle at Les Murets.
So you can see how the book, Travels with Mac ‘n’ Row, reached out and grabbed us when we first heard about it, and even more so when we got to meet the lovely authors, a black lab named Mackenzie Henson, and her darling owner, Row. And it turns out that for one of us, the connections run deep, given that we both live most of our time in Atlanta (although my husband may debate that!), but have houses in the South of France, both graduated from careers in high tech and both love our canine companions, with whom we especially love to travel, in France.
The cover of the book, photographed on Row’s property in the South of France.
Mac, at home in Atlanta
“This book is first and foremost a love story between me and my wonderful dog Mac,” writes Row in the forward. “As you will learn when you read our book, Mac came into my life when she was just about two years old and she turned twelve in April, 2013 – so she and I have been together for over ten years.”
Mac, and her owner, Row
“Our story starts with me rescuing a dog – but by the time you finish the book – you will learn that she really rescued me.”
Mackenzie Henson, leaping for joy in the Mediterranean
Row says, “I always knew I wanted to write a tribute to Mackenzie.” She didn’t realize it would take on a life of its own and turn in to a beautiful book with a wonderful message for us all.
Hope to see you on for book signing on the 14th! Meet Mac and Row, from 2 to 4.
PS All the profits from the sale of the books during our book signing on December 14th will go to The Atlanta Humane Society.