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Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Favorite Shelter or Rescue
Winner of free private screening of Hotel for Dogs to be announced soon
(Update: Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving shelter and rescue organization. It's been inspiring to hear about all the wonderful efforts to help companion animals around the country. The contest is now closed to entries. We'll announce the winner of the Hotel for Dogs screening soon.) Thanks In the new movie Hotel for Dogs, a couple of street-smart siblings in a foster home with a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Is My Boyfriend?
These days, dogs on the small screen are doing less fetching and romping and more relating. On The Sarah Silverman Program, a Chihuahua-Pug mix named Doug, is essentially Silverman's rent boy. Last night, she amped things up by declaring herself engaged to Doug (mostly to rain on her sister’s betrothal). It's edgy, funny stuff—the sort of thing that keeps Prop 8-proponents up at night. While the...
Dog 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...
Dog 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...
Dog 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...
Dog 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...
Dog 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...
Dog 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...
Dog Culture: Reviews
The Emotional Lives of Animals
New World Library, 248 pp., 2007; $23.95
During a long research trip in the middle of the final decade of the last millennium, I was talking with a wildlife biologist about coyotes and dogs when Marc Bekoff’s name popped up, logically enough, since over the past quarter of a century, he already had contributed significantly to the understanding of both. “I’ve seen him at meetings,” the biologist said. “He’s a bit out there on the animal...
Dog Culture: Reviews
A Three Dog Life: A Memoir
Harcourt, 192 pp., 2007; $13
The three dogs of Thomas’s wispy, poetic memoir are Harry, an elderly Beagle; Rosie, a Whippet/Dachshund mix whose first owner died on September 11; and Carolina Bones, an American Foxhound so named because she was found abandoned at a rest stop in South Carolina, emaciated to the point that her bones poked through her skin. When her story begins, Thomas had only one dog, Harry. On a night in...

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