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Dog Culture: Reviews
I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet
Viking Studio
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In this heartfelt tribute to the Pit Bull, best-selling author and animal activist Ken Foster takes a thorough and deeply affectionate look at an oft-misunderstood breed. Accompanied by heartwarming photographs and individual stories of Pit Bulls and their people, Foster writes with warmth, humor (in one particularly charming passage, the looks of a Pit are compared to “the overly pancaked face...
Blog: Guest Posts
Keeping Dogs Cool
  Summer means all sorts of cool things: the beach, more time outside, summer reading, barbeques, vacations. But it also means hot dogs. Dogs of any variety can and will be affected by the rising temperatures and for all the joy and happiness that summer brings to dogs and their humans alike, it can also pose a dangerous health risk to our four-legged friends. My own dog, Carlie, just naturally...
Blog: Guest Posts
5 Reasons to Adopt a Dog
If Westminster inspires you, here’s some advice
Early next week, the dogs of the 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show charge into Madison Square Garden and onto a television screen near you. Because so many things about dogs are fun, entertaining and joyful, watching the dog show is something I do every year. I even went once, though I will say it’s one of the few events that I found to be better televised, perhaps for the on-air...
Blog: Guest Posts
Things I Love About My Dog
A list in progress
She likes to use my ankle as a chin rest. She is fond of nectarines. She smiles. She really does. An empty yogurt container can entertain her for the better part of an afternoon. She has no problem with sleeping in. She responds to several nicknames including Carlie, Noodle, Noosie, Noo-del, Rosemarino, Carleen, Carlata, Shamu and, occasionally, Le Pamplemouse. Before I met...
Dog Culture: Reviews
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
When Julie Klam was 30 years old, single and living in a tiny New York City studio apartment, she rescued a Boston Terrier and named him Otto. Initially described to her as a dog who just needed a little love—evoking images of “the dog version of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”—Otto helped Klam grow up, figure herself out and embrace responsibility. In what the author refers to as her “...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Merrill + Me
Merrill Markoe shares a few funny bones, and then some.
Merrill Markoe
If you’ve watched much television during the past 20 years, chances are that Merrill Markoe has made you laugh. As the original head writer for Late Night with David Letterman, she hatched Stupid Pet Tricks and garnered five Emmys for comedy writing. She was a regular contributor to Sex in the City, Not Necessarily the News and Moonlighting, to name but a few of her television credits. She is...
Dog Culture: Reviews
One Good Dog
St. Martin’s Press, 320 pp., 2010; $22.99
Adam March is having a bad time of life. So is an initially nameless Pit Bull mix sentenced to a life of dog-fighting. One Good Dog by Susan Wilson is the touching and wonderfully well-crafted story of how these two characters come together in the midst of their own respective worst of times. Adam is living a life filled with the trappings of financial success: a high-powered job, expensive homes...