Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities
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Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities

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Dogs have a cherished role as close companions, and their sometimes startling abilities have been a never-ending source of fascination for their observers and friends through the ages. In Amazing Dogs, Jan Bondeson uncovers the stories of some of the most extraordinary dogs in history. In the 1750s, the Learned English Dog, a Border collie with the ability to spell and per...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published April 8th 2011 by Cornell University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Michelle
I skipped the less interesting chapters, but most of the chapters are really interesting. Like the whole chapter about Rolf and all the other super smart dogs that were eventually debunked. It's fascinating that the whole "New animal psychology" movement carried on even in Nazi Germany. Also, the collecting dogs in England. I had honestly never heard of those before! And the Turnspit dog breed that went extinct! There used to be Turnspit dogs in England that was forced to walk in a wooden wheel...more
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This book reads like a college paper, only with single-spaced eight point type.
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Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such as medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries.

Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward 'the Boy' Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier...more
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