When you think of animal experimentation, you think of labs, chemicals, and ethical conundrums. Chaser's story is nothing like that. Pilley explains tWhen you think of animal experimentation, you think of labs, chemicals, and ethical conundrums. Chaser's story is nothing like that. Pilley explains the background, puppyhood, and training experiences of his brilliant border collie, acquired as both a test subject and a member of his dog-loving family. Not only does he relate his methodology for teaching his wonder dog over a thousand words, Pilley candidly discusses his grief over the death of the dog who was his companion and subject before Chaser, his hesitancy and subsequent excitement to acquire a new and impeccably bred puppy, his somewhat overprotective puppy parenting (apparently a feral cat caused him no end of mental stress when Chaser was small), and his conviction that Chaser makes his family whole. This is behavioral science for the dog lover and is as sweet as they come. Readers more interested in the scientific findings should check out The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think, but Pilley's story is interesting, heartwarming, and a great primer on how much work a border collie owner without sheep can expect to put in....more
Warning: Comet's Tale may cause spontaneous cases of greyhound adopti *Check out http://www.infinitereads.com for other reviews and sundry thoughts!*
Warning: Comet's Tale may cause spontaneous cases of greyhound adoption.
Some people dream of retiring before 50, but Steven Wolf found himself forced into retirement in his early 40s due to spinal degeneration. Wracked with pain and having to move to Arizona during the winter to escape the cold of Nebraska, where his wife and daughters remained, Wolf found companionship in an unexpected form: Comet, a retired racing greyhound who decided to adopt Wolf rather than the other way around. In Comet's dignified, gracious presence, Wolf finds temporary solace, but his health continues to degrade until getting out of bed or opening a door become monumental tasks. When his friends and health workers suggested Wolf get a service canine, he rejected the idea until his massage therapist asked, "What about Comet?"
Inquiries to professional trainers met responses that varied from polite refusals to outright laughter. After all, greyhounds are known for one thing: speed, not brains. However, Wolf had already learned from experience that some greyhounds are highly intelligent. Determined to prove the world wrong, he set out to train Comet himself, a journey that would bond the pair irrevocably and ultimately lead to a reversal of fate.
Although every bit a top-notch dog story, Comet's Tale is at heart an inspiring look into a man's struggle to remain himself in the face of a progressive disability. Wolf's admission of his own flaws and mistakes is as courageous and endearing as his fight to maintain independence, making the incredible ending both startling and welcome.
***This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness. Sign up for this free and awesome newsletter at http://www.shelf-awareness.com for the latest news and reviews! This review refers to an ARC provided by Shelf Awareness.*** ...more
Have you ever wondered why your cat nips you unexpectedly? Has she sud*Check out http://www.infinitereads.com for other reviews and sundry thoughts!*
Have you ever wondered why your cat nips you unexpectedly? Has she suddenly decided that she doesn't want to use her litter box? Or are you wondering how to add a second feline to your household without a bona fide catfight? In her 11 years as a "pet agony aunt" for the Daily Telegraph, cat expert Celia Haddon (The Joy of Cats) gave answers to these predicaments and many more; her wisdom has now been collected in Cats Behaving Badly.
Despite the title, accusing your cat of behaving badly will not get you far with Haddon, who explains that most cats who misbehave from the human point of view are, from the feline perspective, doing exactly what they feel is right. The trick to modifying their behavior lies in understanding its triggers and motivations. With a knowledgeable, approachable voice, Haddon shows readers the cat's view of the world and gives simple solutions for common dilemmas as well as explanations. Beyond problem solving, Haddon also addresses issues such as the proper socialization of kittens, whether shy cats can ever become outgoing and how to make life easier for older cats. Sidebars offer humorous real-life anecdotes about the exploits of cats Haddon has known.
While this British book does not always reflect American sensibilities--for example, a strictly indoor cat is considered a deprived individual in the U.K.--cat owners of any nationality are sure to enjoy Haddon's friendly words of wisdom.
***This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness Readers Edition. Sign up for this free and awesome newsletter at http://www.shelf-awareness.com for the latest news and reviews! This review refers to an ARC provided by Shelf Awareness.*** ...more