Women & Dogs: A Personal History From Marilyn to Madonna

The love affair between woman and her best friend captured in this gorgeous book

by Catalina Barrios

Over the past years, decades and even centuries, women have shown the importance they have in society. The role of women has also changed over time. I remember by grandma or how I call her “abuelita” telling me that she was raised with the stereotype that women should stay home taking care of the household while men worked. This still applies in some cultures, but in the majority, women now share the role of supporting the household with their husbands, or live and work independently. 

Writer Judith Watt came up with the amazing idea of featuring a collection of women from the 18th century to the present day with their loyal friends, their dogs. Who says dogs are only man’s best friend!  These iconic ladies are known in the worlds of art, music, politics, sports, film and more. You will travel through history by enjoying the pictures of 80 social and fashion celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna. We definitely recommend this read if you’re a dog lover, history buff, or pop culture junkie.

These women all share an interest with us: dogs. Here are a few of our favorites. One year I dressed up for Halloween as #5, and my friends said I looked exactly like her. Who could it be…?

Here are 8 iconic women and their dogs

1. Brigitte Bardot

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This French actress, singer, model and dancer was known as the sex symbol of the 1950s and 1060s. Later in her career she became an animal rights activist. In 1986 she created the Brigitte Bardot Foundation dedicated to animal protection.

2. Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

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American novelist, playwright, poet and art collector was born in 1874 and died in 1946. Not many people knew about her dog devotion. She had two poodles and two chihuahuas.

3. Serena Williams


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Serena is one of my all-time favorite tennis players. This American dog lover has won 10 of 12 grand slams, 72 career single titles, 23 doubles titles and two mixed double titles. WOW!!! In 1999, year when she won her first Grand Slam, Serena adopted her dog Jackie Baila Pete Williams who died two years ago at the age of 16.

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