Whether they're bounding along beside us in the paddock or accompanying us into town, dogs are faithful friends. But for those who live in the country, they take on a special significance. When human companionship is scarce, dogs are loyal friends. When drought, fire or flood strikes, they're there to comfort us. And they work hard too. For many Australians, a home without dogs is no home at all. From the experts in beautiful rural living at Country Style magazine comes Country Dogs, a book brimming with picture perfect pups and the homes in which they live. From Scout the Jack Russell, who patrols the 13 bedrooms of a 160-year-old bluestone homestead in western Victoria, to kelpie Flash, who works sheep in central west NSW, to Booma, the wolfhound-Smithfield cross who keeps his teenage owner company on the farm in Goondiwindi, Queensland, these country dogs will warm your heart and lift your spirits.