America loves her dogs. From Lassie through Beethoven, dogs have had an on going significance in American culture. Sparky, short for Sparkler, was a Yankee doodle dandy actually born on the Fourth of July. During the last ten years of his life he was photographed in all 48 contiguous states. A tiny portion of those images have been worked into this book. I like to combine my illustrations with photography. By listening and responding to conversations I had with Sparky I would valiantly capture Sparky's point of view, its all about doggy love!