Life is Good. I’m a Dog… And You’re Not!

–Four-legged Lessons for a Day Well Lived–

By Carmel authors, Mark & Winifred Oman
Photographs by Liz Stavrinides

According to Mark, a life-long golfer, “Several years ago, I kicked the habit and took up with a seductive, brown-eyed 13-pound wild woman, Winifred. Truly, we humans have a lot to learn from our furry family…”



What People are Saying


“WONDERFUL book!! Filled with insight and wisdom and humor … it truly made my heart happy, my spirit light and my mind open to more fully enjoy life.”
K.W.   Yoga Instructor, Carmel

“… I must have smiled like an idiot because it sounded like I had written it myself. I’m convinced that only because of what my dogs, Aaliyah and Muma, are teaching me untiringly, I’m a halfway acceptable person when dealing with the rest of mankind.”
T.D. Businessman, Zurich, Switzerland

“Full of heart, humor and warmth, it was a wonderful journey, photos were amazing too!!! Just wanted to thank you for the amazing ride, in admiration…”
B.F. Jazz Guitarist, Los Angeles/Carmel Valley

“Great words to live by. I bought 3 for my dog loving friends back home. Thanks for giving us all this lovely book.”
B. C. Educator, Minneapolis

“I must say you do have us humans pegged as who we are…..How do you put up with us?… Winnie is a wise and wonderful dog. Not so sure about her crazy human, Mark, but he is entertaining…”
R. W. Big Sur/World Traveler

“Thank you for writing this gem of a book!!! You really saw into the small and sweetest details of life with a dog.  And I sure hope I am becoming more like my dog(s).  They are heart and soul to me, and no one is better company. Liz’s photos are terrific.”
D. E. Author/Actress, Carmel


“The perfect gift for people who treat their four-legged family
better than their two-legged relatives!”


DATELINE: Carmel, Ca.

Five-thirty in the evening. Enjoying a glass of Panilonco Merlot Malbec from Trader Joes.  I turn and smile at my five-year-old terrier mix rescue, Winifred, sprawled on the couch, head between paws. We lock eyes. And I can’t help thinking…

Am I the only one who looks in the eyes of his dog and knows exactly what she’s thinking?

Good. Then you understand.  I have no doubt Winifred does her damnedest to remind me how lucky I am to have her as my teacher. Her look is unmistakable: So many things to be thankful for. Get with the program, Oman!

I’m working on it. Give me a break, girl. I’m only human!

Of course, that is exactly the problem. I’m human. Winifred’s a dog.  As someone very wise once said, “the teacher will appear when the student is ready.”  And boy was I ready three years ago when Winifred picked me out of the primates wandering past her pen at a Monterey County SPCA adoption event.  As I walked past, her eyes flashed, Where do you think you’re goin’? That’s right. I’m lookin’ at you, sweetheart…

Life is Good. I’m a Dog… And You’re Not!

A 92-page full color gift book.
Featuring Winifred’s
Lessons for a Day Well Lived


To Order your personally PAWtographed copy contact
Mark and Winifred at:

Celebrate America’s Most Dog Friendly Town with the…

Carmel Wine, Dine, Wag ‘n Woof Walkabout™


Wine, Dine, Wag ‘n Woof your tails around Carmel-by-the-Sea with exclusive money-saving discounts and complimentary goodies at 19 people-pleasing and pooch-approved wine tasting rooms, restaurants, select retailers & canine services. Over $400 in Savings! 

To learn more click here:  Carmel WDWW Walkabout

Winnie's Pooch Preferred Purveyors

Sand Dollar Dog Company

A coastal canine lifestyle boutique. Head-wear,
apparel and pawsome Holidays Specials!

A.Herman Dog Therapist/Animal Communicator

Adrienne is an intuitive healer and dog listener
who can help you understand your dog better.

Carmel Country Inn

Carmel’s most pet-friendly B & B with 1/2 bedroom
suites, fireplaces & luxury baths.

Alpha Dog PR

Professional Writing, Public Relations Consulting,
Blogging and Social Media.

Diggidy Dog Boutique 

The best munchies, playthings and delights.
Diggidy loves dogs more than man himself!

Carmel Road Wines 

Featuring Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, a
Pinot Grigio, Riesling & Rose of Pinot Noir.

Will Bullas

America’s master of  “the fine art of fun!”

Love Dog & Company

Liz Stavrinides’ photos are soulful, uncluttered —
pictures that speak louder than words.

Grasings Restaurant

Ultra fresh ingredients gleaned from California’s Carmel Coast and Valley.

Natural Veterinary Therapy

Healing animals gently, with an emphasis on natural
medicine, in a calm and nurturing environment.


Carmel’s luxury hotel for people and pooches,
featuring spa services and ocean views.

Suds ‘n Scissors

All breeds dog and cat spa, grooming,
boutique and concierge pet service.

Porta Bella Restaurant

Local fresh cuisine, charming, elegant, romantic,
and most accommodating for your
four-legged family members.

Well Scents

Aromatherapy for pets and people, providing
stress relief, anxiety reduction and sleep assistance.

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For more of our Pooch-Preferred Purveyors check out:
Carmel Wine, Dine, Wag ‘n Woof Walkabout!

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

Author Unknown

For more information about any content on Carmel Dog Tales, contact:  Mark or Winifred


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