Posts with tag: "book review"
But Are They Happy?
Monday, September 01, 2014
But Are They Happy?

How happy are our dogs? Do they enjoy the lives they live with us? Are we doing our best by them? I know I've often looked at the lives of the pampered pooches I know, and I've longed to trade places with them even for just one day. How awesome would that be?--(except for that whole outside bathroom routine). So are our daily lives in sync with what makes dogs happy? That's a question I've been mulling over since reading Ted Kerasote's book, "Merle's Door." Before I go further, let me make the distinction between pets and working dogs. I'm talking about our companion pets and not active, working dogs. I would say those dogs with a specific job, whether it be herding sheep or fighting crime, ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus
Monday, April 21, 2014
But Are They Happy?

Normal 0 0 1 163 930 7 1 1142 11.1539 0 0 0    From the back cover: Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the mist of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major life changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or is she just afraid to take a leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus-and God-knows.My take: This work of fiction is simply delightful. Perhaps I’m biased because I had a Miniature Schnauzer when I was a kid, because even the cover drew me ...

BOOK REVIEW: Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp
Sunday, March 02, 2014
But Are They Happy?

Normal 0 0 1 727 4146 34 8 5091 11.1539 0 0 0    I just finished a most intriguing book by Caroline Knapp. Not intriguing because it brings new research to the table or doles out spellbinding facts by the fistful. No, what drew me into this book was its honesty.Knapp outlines her broken life, strewn with alcoholism, bad relationships, and feelings of childhood inadequacy that crept into adulthood. She makes you privy to her personal neuroses (I say that not as a psychology expert but in the sense that we all have our issues in life), which is a gutsy thing to do, but she does it with such forthrightness and grace that you can’t help but feel like you’re hearing the ...