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Because Dogs Are Cute And Indiana University Is Pretty

When a review copy of Campus Canines: The Dogs of Indiana University showed up in my mailbox, I had only one question:
What took IU Press so long?!
Just released this week, Campus Canines continues the publisher’s recent string of pretty little soft-cover coffee-table books of crowd-sourced photos (see: One Day in May). This one is all shining coats and wiggling butts and wet noses and fetching red bandanas and big clumsy paws—pooch “person”-ality in spades—set against golden-hour backdrops of Bloomington limestone, hardwoods, and flowers.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say the only folks capable of resisting a smile while flipping through these pages would be cat people and Boilermakers (and the latter will likely be wondering if Purdue University Press’s black-and-gold version will be ready in time for the holiday shopping season).


Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.