Michael Konik has contributed to more than 100 publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, and Travel + Leisure. He is also the author of Telling Lies and Getting Paid, The Man with the $100,000 Breasts, Nice Shot, Mr. Nicklaus, and In Search of Burningbush. He is currently a contributing editor to Delta Air Lines' Sky magazine.
Pet lovers often lament having to leave their pets behind when they travel, especially in the United States, where pets are not universally welcomed. Europe is much more accepting, and in this book the author rewards his much-loved pup with a six-week trip. Ella, a beautiful and friendly lab mix, draws attention wherever she goes, and she goes almost everywhere. Despite the author's constant fear of being turned away, he and Ella are accepted-and Ella adored-at most of the stops on their itinerary. The bond between them deepens as they explore some of Europe's most beautiful cities; from dining in expensive Paris restaurants and riding gondolas in Venice to frolicking on the Belgian beaches, Ella is allowed to sniff and explore her way across Europe, a rare opportunity for an American dog. Konik, the author of articles and books on topics ranging from golf to gambling, clearly expresses his devotion to and enthusiasm for this special dog and her European adventures in a heartwarming story that will appeal to animal lovers and armchair travelers alike. Recommended for public libraries.-Sheila Kasperek, North Hall Lib., Mansfield Univ., PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.