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Nose Down, Eyes Up
Villard, 320 pp., 2008; $24
It's always "beer-thirty" for Gill, the underemployed commitment-phobe at the center of Merrill Markoe’s new novel, Nose Down, Eyes Up. Launched by his own stunning lack of maturity and a dog-ona- mission named Jimmy, Gil ricochets through a tidy plot that has him bouncing like a pinball between his longtime girlfriend Sara, a well-meaning animal communicator, and his ex-wife Eden, “a sexual...
Culture: Reviews
Dog Sense
How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
Dog Sense - Bradshaw
Dogs and wolves may have more than 99 percent of their DNA in common, but when it comes to understanding dogs, John Bradshaw says it does them an injustice to look to wolves as models. Not only did domestication have a profound impact, but also, many early wolf studies were carried out on groups of unrelated animals forced together in artificial environments, which resulted in behaviors not...
News: Karen B. London
Theo Is The Cover Dog!
“Love Has No Age Limit”
Chosen from over 700 photos, this picture of Theo will be on the cover of “Love Has No Age Limit,” the new booklet that Patricia McConnell and I are writing about adopting adult and adolescent dogs.   Theo is a rescue dog who was found as a stray on a highway in New Jersey. He then spent three months in a shelter before being adopted by Kimberly Wang of Eardog Productions in New York. She saw a...
Culture: Reviews
Walking the Talk
Two new books reveal worlds expanded by dogs
Small Furry Prayer  Dog Walks Man
Last year, more dog-centric books were published than at any time in history, it seems. One in particular stood out, earning high praise both from us and many other reviewers: Gail Caldwell’s masterful Let’s Take the Long Way Home. Like many of the current books, it’s a memoir, but unlike most of them, it’s not really about dogs, but rather about a friendship in which a shared love for dogs...
News: Karen B. London
Dog Book Recommendations For All
What titles do you pass on to friends?
My sister recently requested a few suggestions for dog books to read because this month, the theme for her book club is pets.   Her book club has the world’s coolest system for choosing what to read. You can sum up their strategy with the phrase, “Every woman for herself!” because each member chooses a different book to read. Choices are organized around themes, such as banned books, band books,...
Culture: Reviews
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know
Scribner, 368 pp., 2009; $26
If we want to get inside of a dog’s mind, to know how it feels to be that dog, then we must first understand how he sees his subjective universe, or “umvelt.” This is the premise of Alexandra Horowitz’s nearly flawless book, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.   Groucho Marx once quipped,“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Horowitz...
Culture: Reviews
Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives
Jeremy P. Tarcher; $23.95
Anyone who lives with and loves dogs knows there’s no better way to unwind from a hard day or combat life’s large and small setbacks than with a canine cuddle session. Dogs pick up on our emotions and, in their own ways, offer solace and diversion.   This ability, which we value so highly in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives, is of even more significance during extraordinary times and...
Dog's Life: Humane
Bark Rescue Wonder Dog: Charlotte
A once-shy shelter dog stars in her own short film
Rescue Wonder Dog Charlotte
When Lisa Marinaccio visited a shelter near her home in Los Angeles, she didn't feel an immediate connection with any of the dogs. That is, until she reached the last crate and locked eyes with Charlotte. Even though Charlotte was hiding in the corner of the crate—and even though the shelter volunteer warned her that Charlotte had been severely abused—Marinaccio knew she was the dog for her.  ...
News: Guest Posts
Strike this Book from your Gift List
Smooch Your Pooch—adorable story with dangerous advice
Every Christmas it seems like some child-safety watch group finds at least one or two toys that are dangerous for kids. This Christmas there is one gift that’s actually dangerous for both kids and pets. It’s an adorable book called Smooch Your Pooch, and its message is so dangerous that even the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is taking a stand against it. In a press...
Culture: Reviews
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Harper, 336 pp., 2008; $23.95
I must admit that when a review copy of the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain arrived on my desk, I wasn’t optimistic. Strike one, it is not only written in a dog’s voice, but the dog narrates the story in retrospect as he nears death. Other than in the hands of a master storyteller—Paul Auster in his compelling novel Timbuktu, or E.B.White in the enchanting Charlotte’s Web—such a species-...

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