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Long Nose Legacy: A Dog's Story of Royalty and Loyalty by J.G. Eastman is a modern-day fable about the adventures of royal Russian Wolfhounds, specifically the sisters Carnegie and Madison. As grandchildren of Tresor and children of Gracie, both prize-winning dogs, they are a privileged lot. These dogs belong to a breed prized by the Imperial Russian family and they are proud of their distinguished heritage. When Carnegie is not chosen to be trained for dog shows, she decides to stow away and trace the roots of her imperial Russian heritage. Madison, on the other hand, goes on to become a prize-winning show dog. This is their story.
J.G. Eastman's Long Nose Legacy is not only highly informative, but it is also very entertaining. Lovingly written in beautiful prose, in this story we learn about the imperial Russian heritage of the Russian Wolfhounds, also called Borzoi. And we meet the most interesting Borzoi family of prize-winning dogs. The story is written from the dog's point of view and it is both hilarious and heartwarming but not farfetched. The parallel sagas of Carnegie and Madison are very different from each other and take many twists and turns. In following their life journeys, we learn the tricks they use to manipulate their owners and the array of good and bad people they encounter as they live their interesting lives. And thanks to J.G. Eastman's gift of language and fertile imagination, this book is definitely an unforgettable reading experience.