“Wonder Dogs is more than just a compelling history of the German Shepherd heroes of film and fiction. It’s also an uplifting and heartfelt tribute to the enduring bond between humans and canine companions through the ages. Talented author and dog trainer Jordan Taylor brings her expertise and warmth to this book for dog lovers and movie buffs to savor.” – New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs (and Barkis, her sidekick)
“Wonderful read. Jordan Taylor is an exceptional researcher and recounts the movies with wit and fascinating canine detail. Thank you for writing this book.” – Stephanie Ogle, owner of Cinema Books
“A delightful romp through the history of German Shepherds in the movies. Taylor clearly loves the book’s subjects, and her dry sense of humor makes reviews of even the most sentimental tear-jerker films entertaining and informative. Taylor also has done a wonderful job of tracking down many obscure films and giving information on how easy each film is to procure, as well as what format the film is available in. A great book, I’d recommend it to anyone interested in the history of dogs in the movies.” – Sassie Joiris, longtime theatrical animal trainer
“Granted, this well-researched, engaging gem is designed for a niche audience of film buffs and German shepherd fans, but rest assured, its vivid snapshots have general readership appeal, too.
“Taylor, a Western Washington writer, begins this chronological by-decade work in 1921 with Strongheart (‘Silent Call’) and puts a wrap on it in 2010 with ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,’ which features two GSDs.
“Taylor tracks the roller-coaster film ride of the GSD from Westerns, war, crime and wilderness Silver Screen features to Euro Westerns in the ’60s and ’70s and humor, independent and made-for TV films of the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.
“Each entry begins with a listing of the film title, year, German shepherd featured, trainer, director, co-stars, country and status of availability for purchase. She follows with a brief account of the film, the role of GSDs, the number of dogs used and anecdotal information.
“The 233-page work includes an extensive list of empowering resources – web sites, books, magazines and other electronic sources – for additional information on the role of German shepherds in film.
“‘Wonder Dogs’ packs a bite and a can-do spirit while serving as an impassioned homage to one breed’s incredible run of powerful – and entertaining – performances.” – Ranny Green, Seattle Kennel Club