One Nation under Dog America's Love Affair with Our Dogs
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Description: "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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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/30/2010
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Prologue. From Doghouse to Our House|
|The $43-Billion Fur Baby|
|Man's Best Friendster|
|It's Me and the Dog|
|Hip Replacements and Health Plans|
|Breeding the Perfect Beast|
|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|