One Nation under Dog America's Love Affair with Our Dogs

ISBN-10: 0805091467

ISBN-13: 9780805091465

Edition: 2010

Authors: Michael Schaffer

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"Informative, entertaining . . . [A] terrific book."Jonathan Yardley,The Washington PostWhen Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural animal shelter and adopted Murphy, a mistreated Saint Bernard, they vowed that they'd never become the kind of people who, say, get their dog a facial treatment. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Murphy is on antidepressants?It turned out Murphy wasn't alone: yesteryear's pooch has moved from the backyard doghouse to the master bedroom, evolving from man's best friend to bona fide family member.One Nation Under Dogis the beloved chronicle of this new world of American pet mania.Schaffer, guided on occasion by Murphy, provides a surprising, lively, and often hilarious portrait of our countryhow the way we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about everything from science and consumerism, to politics and familythrough this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our animals.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Prologue. From Doghouse to Our House
The $43-Billion Fur Baby
Man's Best Friendster
It's Me and the Dog
Trading Up
Hip Replacements and Health Plans
Breeding the Perfect Beast
Legal Beagles
Toy Town
The $100,000-a-Year Dog Walker?
Trick or Treat
From Alpo to Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It Takes a Village to Raise a Puppy
The American Way of Pet Death
Epilogue. Our Pets, Ourselves
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
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