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Dogs: History, Myth, Art
Harvard University Press, 208 pp., 2008; $35
When dog lovers stroll through the halls of any major museum, it’s easy to guess where their eyes will land: the foxes in a Japanese woodblock print, the magisterial canine face of the Egyptian god Anubis, the Terrier at the foot of a beggar in a European watercolor. Imagine, then, an exhibit that—instead of lingering on the vibrant colors of the Renaissance, the ancient textiles of Babylonia, or...
Culture: Reviews
Dog On It
Atria Books, 306 pp., 2009; $25
Look sharp, dog-loving mystery fans. There’s a new PI (private investigator to the uninitiated) team in town: Bernie Little and his sidekick Chet. Bernie’s personal life is in shambles—a bitter ex-wife, more bills than money, an aging car—and his background is hinted at rather than explained; he was once a policeman, it seems. Bernie plays the ukulele; loves Hawaiian shirt prints; misses his son...
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All My Patients Have Tales
Check out this great new book!
Veterinarian Jeff Wells has written a new book called All My Patients Have Tales about his adventures and misadventures as a mixed-practice vet. The vignettes about the lessons he has learned provide insights into what it takes to become an experienced vet.   The highly amusing adventure of him chasing a client’s feral cat around his office and receiving multiple injuries in the process will ring...
Culture: Reviews
Cesar’s Way
The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems
Almost every dog-training book has something to offer the discerning reader, and Cesar’s Way is no exception. The book’s strength is as an autobiography of National Geographic’s TV dog-trainer star, Cesar Millan. If you’re curious about how Millan got where he is today, this book will tell you. If you’re looking for significant help training your dog, however, look elsewhere. Many in the...
Culture: Reviews
The Behavioural Biology of Dogs
CAB International, 266 pp., 2007; $70
Rejoice! In this new book, a long-awaited triumph of collaboration has been achieved. The Behavioural Biology of Dogs thoroughly covers canine behavior at all levels: genetic, social, physiological, ecological, evolutionary and physical. This is also a truly international effort—experts from Sweden, Austria, Germany, Italy, Australia, Hungary, the UK, Norway and the U.S. are represented—with each...
Culture: Reviews
The Loved Dog
Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 223 pp., 2007; $24.95
Everyone wants a well-behaved dog—one who comes when called, doesn’t jump on people, sits and stays, walks without pulling, and is a joy to be around. The problem is that most of us, especially first-timers, don’t know how to turn our much-loved, sometimes frustrating animal into a joyful companion. In this easy-reading training guide, Tamar Geller, owner and operator of The Loved Dog, Southern...
Culture: Reviews
And Baby Makes Four
TFH Publications, 95 pp., 2007; $9.95
This friendly and attractive guide, written by a trainer and former adoption counselor at the Pasadena Humane Society, argues that pregnancy need not result in the surrender of the family dog to the local animal shelter. Most dogs can be prepared for the arrival of a baby, if the mother is careful to follow exercises in basic obedience, status reduction and desensitization. (Status reduction is a...
Culture: Reviews
Shaggy Muses
Ballantine Books, 288 pp, 2007; $24.95
When Maureen Adams experienced a bout of depression after moving her family from Kansas City, Mo., to Sonoma, Calif., her dog Cody adjusted his role from family pet and children’s playmate to calm, supportive presence for the distraught Adams. In fact, the basic tenet of her book stems from this relationship, with Cody—and hence all dogs—serving as attachment figure, witness, source of limbic...
Culture: Reviews
Dog Sense
(For Young Readers) Peachtree, 176 pp., 2005; $14.95
Sneed Collard is a biologist, teacher, inveterate traveler and—with more than 50 books for young readers to his credit—a prolific writer. Dog Sense is his first work of fiction. Rarely am I drawn to books in the “young reader” category, but this one, with a silhouette of a dog catching a Frisbee on the cover, piqued my interest, and I wasn’t disappointed: It’s more than the typical “boy and his...
Culture: Reviews
The New Yorkers
Sarah Crichton Books, 304 pp., 2007; $24
In this droll, effervescent novel, Cathleen Schine transports her readers to a single block on the upper west side of Manhattan, where the lives of the once-isolated residents become as entwined as their dogs’ leashes. Jody is a middle-aged music school teacher who has lived in the same studio apartment for 20 years, along with her stately, oversized Pit Bull mix Beatrice, a dog “so white it was...

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