I envy Barrie Hawkins and his wife Dorothy. They have dedicated themselves to rescuing homeless and neglected dogs and as a result their work is transI envy Barrie Hawkins and his wife Dorothy. They have dedicated themselves to rescuing homeless and neglected dogs and as a result their work is transforming both canine and human lives in ways they had never predicted. At times the work seems unbearably tough, emotionally, but the rewards appear incomparable. This book details their first year's work rescuing German Shepherds and large breeds and the unpredictably funny and heart-renching moments that they were faced with. I found myself crying on at least three separate occasions and had to put the book to one side, but the urge to be enveloped in the wonderful story soon won me over. A beautiful, satisfying read that is written with humility, stoicism and is never in danger of becoming overly sentimental. Barrie, Dorothy, you deserve OBEs. ...more
What vets are really thinking but you never thought to ask.
Nick Trout is British, living and practicing veterinary medicine in Boston in a state of thWhat vets are really thinking but you never thought to ask.
Nick Trout is British, living and practicing veterinary medicine in Boston in a state of the art animal hospital. This true to life account takes you through a typical day in his working life, and this typical working day happens to be 24 hours long. Don't be put off by the fact it is set in the US as Trout has considerately changed certain language for his UK audience. i.e. pounds(lbs) becomes stones and he has even included lots of up to date statistics on UK veterinary data.
Each case is a story written with warmth and sometimes frustration. His accomplished prose makes for a fascinating and enjoyable account of a vet's viewpoint about his job, his patients and their sometimes incorrigible owners.
The structure allows for the recounting of a case at regular intervals, thus building up an entire days practice but also invites the reader to share the more technical and medical aspects of treatment without it ever becoming dull.
His candid approach even lifts the lid on issues which may never have crossed our minds before; How does the act of euthanising a patient affect a vet? How many vets are actually happy in their jobs? Can vets truly practice ethically when a client's ability to pay becomes a problem?
This book is by no means dry. Dr Trout is aware that comparisons will be drawn between himself and James Herriot. Unlike Herriot, Tell Me Where It Hurts is funny and educational, offering hope and humility, humour and heartache. It is James Herriot for a more sophisticated audience.
This is an excellent book for anyone (young teenagers and above) who might be considering a career in veterinary medicine. Alternatively, if you have ever visited a vet with your pet and harboured inappropriate questions regarding their lifestyle, ethics or how they see their clients, then I think you might be pleasantly surprised. ...more
If every dog breeder in the world were to follow George Padgett's recommendations there would be no further incidences of canine genetic disease (aparIf every dog breeder in the world were to follow George Padgett's recommendations there would be no further incidences of canine genetic disease (apart from uncontrollable mutations) period. He goes into depth on how to structure a pedigree, test mating and health tests. There are even tables to predict what litter sizes will produce likely carriers/affected pups. Some of the chapters have a quiz at the end so you can test your knowledge of what you've just read. It's full of astounding and disturbing facts on how many diseases affect which breeds; that all dogs are carriers of something nasty and mongrels are no healthier than pedigrees. Even though it is written for the layman it is sometimes a little complicated, especially the maths so I docked 1 star for this, but if you are serious about breeding don't let this put you off reading this book. Unfortunately not every breeder will ever intend to follow Padgett's advice because it eventually boils down to money. It is cheaper to breed unhealthy dogs than it is to spend money and time on test mating, health tests, constructing pedigrees, doing follow up calls on owners, using healthy stock etc. Padgett is an idealist but then someone has to be, in a world where dogs are subjected to agonising conditions and a lifetime of crippling illness all in the name of good looks and money. ...more
A sweet tale, nothing life changing. Would recommend for children rather than adults. Bought it simply because the dog in the book reminded me of my fA sweet tale, nothing life changing. Would recommend for children rather than adults. Bought it simply because the dog in the book reminded me of my first dog who was also from a rescue centre. ...more
A very good dog biography written by someone who can actually write and has a tale worth telling. This spawned a multitude of similar biogs but none tA very good dog biography written by someone who can actually write and has a tale worth telling. This spawned a multitude of similar biogs but none that match this for style and compassion. Genuinely amusing and sad beyond words. I'll admit I cried throughout the last 50 pages and for an hour afterwards. ...more
This book is indispensible for those aquiring a puppy for the first time. It prepares you for the stages you will faceThe Bible for new puppy owners.
This book is indispensible for those aquiring a puppy for the first time. It prepares you for the stages you will face in your puppy's development from getting him home to adolescence and beyond.
The chapter on the correct use of a crate was life changing for us as it led to our latest puppy becoming housetrained within a week, this was unheard of with my previous dogs.
Gwen Bailey places emphasis on the importance of socialization, leadership, controlling games, preventing biting as well as practical examples of basic training and discipline. Her techniques are humane and demonstrate her insight into a dog's real needs. In short, she shows how instilling the correct training at the start of your puppy's development will lead to a happier life for your dog as an adult.
It is clearly written and with lots of full colour pictures. If you only buy one puppy training book I would suggest you make it this one....more
I really wanted to enjoy this book but it is a book that insults a reasonable and enlightened reader’s intelligence and does nothing to advance or proI really wanted to enjoy this book but it is a book that insults a reasonable and enlightened reader’s intelligence and does nothing to advance or promote the cannon of ‘spiritual’ non-fiction.
From the spurious introduction in which we are told in no uncertain terms that the authour's relationship with her dog was one that noone else could ever achieve with an animal, we are led condescendingly through a series of personal accounts written by third parties which ‘prove’ the existence of an animals’ higher consciousness and life after death. What troubles me is that this book is poorly researched, poorly written, unscientific and amateurish. A story will be recounted and then the narrator, Jenny Smedley, will conclude therefore this proves a dog has a soul or therefore this proves a pet has self-awareness. On what basis? Second hand stories from people who were in deep distress at the time and wanted nothing more than to see their pet again?
In particular the stories where owners are grieving and come to conclusions that they see their departed pets are given no further analysis. There's your proof, Smedley almost yells, animals live beyond death, end of story.
Not once does she acknowledge that there is a counter argument, a rational, scientific reason behind the events. If she had and had then built a strong case against these arguments I would be taking her writing and her work a lot more seriously.
If this book helps people who have been bereaved then great, it's worth its weight in gold but as an interesting document of overwhelming proof, I think it sits on decidedly shaky ground.
The sad thing is, I as a reader, pet lover and believer in rebirth, don’t need convincing by an amateurish, sloppily put together set of arguments; I believe that all animals belong to the same ongoing process of death and rebirth, but the arguments could have been presented in such a better way. Shame that the sceptics and the cynics are going to tear this one apart simply because it was executed so poorly. ...more
Fascinating insight from the perspective of an extraordinary autistic woman, into the minds and emotions of animals. Dr. Grandin shows empathy for aniFascinating insight from the perspective of an extraordinary autistic woman, into the minds and emotions of animals. Dr. Grandin shows empathy for animals that is almost unheard of. Her understanding of cattle led to her single-handedly transforming the meat packing business in the US and Canada.
At the heart of the book is her firm assertion that her condition means she thinks like an animal, not as 'normal' people do as she puts it, this enables her to communicate to and empathise with animals on their level.
Her erudition is vast with citations from hundreds of research papers and experiments that have been carried out in the last century. She rejects Behaviourism for approaches that allow us to study the animal from the inside out.
Full of amazing stories and documented case studies, this book is a must for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of autism or indeed their understanding of the animal mind.