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Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog

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Veteran dog trainer Vicki Hearne provides a penetrating examination of the interactions between animals and the human world. "Brilliant, fiery. Hearne captures a hundred nuances of the relation between people and animals. Anyone who likes dogs . . . will like Bandit."--Chicago Sun-Times. Hearne also is the author of Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name and a contributing e ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1991)
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Sharon Azar
May 15, 2014 Sharon Azar rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I'm reading this book. Vicki Hearne was a powerful, fiery, brilliant and compassionate poet, philosopher, journalist and animal trainer. Her mother said, about kindness; "think of it always, speak of it never"...I thought this to be great wisdom. Her mom was clearly a beautiful influence on Vicki. In Bandit, Dossier of a Dangerous Dog she reveals her deep commitment to truth, fairness, and trust. Her understanding of the subject matter is profound and she takes the reader ...more
Christine
Jun 15, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it
What a terrible book!

I personally hoped to learn more about court cases involving dogs, and pit bull breeds in particular, by picking up this book. Unfortunately, only the first chapter, and the last chapter, actually had any information about Bandit and his circumstances.

The remainder of the book was a rant about sexism, racism, and a lot of the author's inane ideas about art and history. Which somehow she believes to know the history behind every piece of artwork and completely disregards-or p
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Ryan
May 30, 2012 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't doubt that people can enjoy this work. But I found that the author read as slightly conceited and rambled far too often for me to enjoy it.
Fishface
Jan 28, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
This was a good, well-thought-out read about the unreasonable dread people have of pit bulls. The author does a good job of putting pit bull lore into perspective and reminding us that, hey, they're just really muscular dogs.
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