One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food
In 2003, Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural shelter and adopted an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard who they named Murphy. They vowed that they'd never become the kind of people who send dogs named Baxter and Sonoma out to ge...more
While I'm sure many "responsible" breeders care about their dogs as profiled in the chapter, the lack of genetic diversity and he...more
While I found some of the facts interesting, I did not really learn anything new. I was intrigued by the author's description of Wag's Blueberry Facial
More pages should have been devoted to the paradox of dog treatment in our society. Why are there so many strays, or miserable chained dogs, while some dogs enjoy expensive therapy and blueberry facials?
Before I got my beloved Butterbean, I was one of those people who said I wil...more
areas to remember...
"This session, at DePaul University's law school, was called 'How much is Fido/Fluffy worth?'"
"The statistics further suggest the number of [shelter kill] deaths can be drastically reduced in a lot of ways."
social interconnected-ness decreasing...
"Although the number of people who bowl had increased over the preceding two decades, the number of people who bowl in leagues had shrunk."
It started off light and fun - talking about the veritable explosion in pet-related spending. You've heard of DINKs (Dual Income, No Kids), right? Well Schaffer introduces readers to DIPPs - Dual Income, Pampered Pets. He laughs at himself and his wife after they adopted Murphy, a Saint Bernard. It par...more
Excellent. The author is easy to read, relatable, and cites his sources. He doesn't write from a snotty "can you believe these freaks" point of view, although he does highlight some pretty crazy behavior (puppy showers for new pet owners). He has an "aren't we crazy" tone as opposed to "aren't YOU crazy" tone that I really liked. And yeah, dog owners (including myself, I will grudgingly admit) can be our own very special breed (terrible pun intended).
Again, loved it. I...more
I think he skipped over an important point - it's very much either/or right now. Either you k...more
Whoever it was who said that you can’t tell a book by its cover was right! This little book is so much better than its cover implies that I wish I had purchased it last year. Michael Schaffer undertakes everything ‘dog’ in this book and why we love them so.
It’s another keeper, particularly since I highlighted sentences after sentence. I am partial to nonfiction books...more
May 23, 2013
Have you ever noticed that there are more and more pets everywhere you look? Well, in One Nation Under Dog, author Michael Schaffer talks about how and why America is becoming more pet-friendly. Sadly, I do not recommend this book for many reasons.
One main reason that I do not recommend One Nation Under Dog is because it has so many statistics that it opens your eyes, not in a good way. For example, when Shaffer is explaining how politic...more
I saw this in the library and as a person who just adopted a puppy, I wanted to see what this "new world" was all about.
The last time there was a puppy in my house, I was 9 years old and was definitely NOT a financial contributor to my house. I also didn't buy anything for my dog, who was incredibly content with her hot pink squeaky newspaper toy (one that did not contain treats or bounce around all crazy like or help her anxiety or anything "new world" like that.)
Schaffer has not set out to mock “pet parents”—the preferred new term—in fact, he has a “furbaby” of his own—a rescued St. Bernard named Murphy. While the author is not scheduling blueberry facials for his pooch at high-end urban spas—one of the many pet services he profiles—he does consider him a member of t...more
This book seemed very fitting. One Nation Under Dog is about the rise of the pet as a family member and the corresponding rise in the amount of money that is spent on pets.
My family (me, my husband, two bassets, and a cat) certainly fits within the average family in terms of pets in contemporary society. My dogs are my kids. They sleep in the bed with me. I tell them bless you when they sneeze. We buy them expensive quality dog food.
Nothing in One Natio...more
Personally, I wonder if the huge numbers of rescue dog supporters have given up on ed...more
We have the expensive purchase from a breeder who wanted to vet us...
Buying a SUV to tote dog & baby, when we swore we weren't SUV people...
Expensive pet food from a specialty store.
Dog training classes - currently in our second set...
A dog walker/sitter (my co-worker) who mainly is just coming out because we'll be spending a few days in the...more
Kovak, my American Eskimo, was put down on Valentine's 2010. He lived his life as full as he could--eating a treat a day, Pedigree canned dog food and dry Science Diet. As he became older, he had an occasional pain pill. He walked 3 miles a day up until he was about 15 years old. T...more
So far I really REALLY like it. It's an interesting look at the history/current trends of American "dog culture" and all the good and bad stuff that goes along with it. I've only read one chapter (called "Trick or Treat," and covering the two main schools of dog training and the proponents for each), but all the chapters actually look cool -- "Toy Town," "It Takes a Village To Raise a Pup...more