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Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows

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The Secret Life of Dogs meets A Good Walk Spoiled in this behind-the-scenes look at the subculture of the professional dog-show circuit. "A year on the dog-show circuit with a breeder and show of bullmastiffs has all the melodrama of a soap opera".- "San Francisco Chronicle"
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1997)
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Judy
Oct 10, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane and Michael Stern accompany a Bullmastiff breeder through a year on the show circuit, and along the way we meet dogs, owners, breeders, trainers, judges, and admirers. We see the tensions and exhilaration, the loyalty and competition, the humor and adoration that goes with this massive endeavor. Jane and Michael never get in the way of the facts or the fun as they teach history and biology, as well as the economics and politics of dog shows. The book is clear, accessible, and a joy to anyon ...more
Sandra Frey
Dec 24, 2015 Sandra Frey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout my childhood, when I enjoyed Westminster very much, I always thought the handlers were putting their dog treats up to their lips before baiting the dogs. It never made sense. Now I know they were taking the bait out of their mouths, where they were keeping it throughout the show. This was the most enlightening factoid (for me) in an otherwise very pleasant little book. Both human and dog characters were well rendered and discussed with a sense of joy. Purity of bloodlines is never goi ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood was the book that first grabbed my attention and I've delighted in many of their other food books over the years. In Dog Eat Dog they have written their usual fact-filled book with great humor and elan, only this book is about dog shows.

Much like the recent Show Dog by Josh Dean, the Sterns' book follows a breeder and a couple of dogs, in this case Bull Mastiffs, as they compete through the year and eventually wind up at the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madis
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Cyndy Otty
Oct 01, 2010 Cyndy Otty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've been wanting to read this book for over a decade. Ever since reading the follow up book, Two Puppies, which isn't exactly related to the subject matter here. Rather many references to this novel are made in the text as it was written while this book was being edited and, obviously, is also about the topic of dogs.

Basically this is a book about the dog show circuit. It isn't a how-to guide or an advertisement, just an overview from an outsider perspective. It's a very anecdotal and laid back
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Erica
Mar 07, 2009 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“The world of dog shows is based on love of dogs and desire to produce beautiful examples of a breed, but it has little to do with the simple and time-honored emotional bond that defines the relationship of a pet and its master.”

Although showing is probably my least favorite part of the dog world, I loved following the Bullmastiffs around the rigors of professional dog shows and I thrilled at every mention of a breed that reminded me of a dog I knew( my friend Mandra's wonderfully protective Ro
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Paula
Dec 04, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, read it quite a few years ago. But picked it up recently to review again. And, after many years of having dogs, find the stories related in this book to be very genuine in nature. Anyone who thinks they want to show their dog should read this book.
Addie
Jun 09, 2009 Addie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really interesting story about dog shows, and specifically about bullmastiffs. i don't know if i could commit to owning a dog that might not make it to 10, but they seem neat anyway. thanks, james!
Virginia
Sep 19, 2010 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If Bill Bryson wrote a book about dog shows, this would be it. Funny.
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