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Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
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Sep 07, 2012

really liked it
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Read from September 06 to 07, 2012

Every "dog person" and anyone thinking of becoming a "dog person" should read this: not a training book or a celebrity dog whispering book or an all-dogs-go-to-heaven book or a dog-saves-relationship romantic memoir or any of that stuff. Rather it's a popular-science approach to both de-anthropomorphizing dogs and to celebrating our unavoidably anthropomorphic relations with them. Other reviewers have complained that Horowitz is too boring and dry and uses "laboratory language," which tells me they've never read any laboratory language, or any actual scientific writing. Dry and boring it is not, though I could have wished for a little less repetition, a little more anecdote, a bit more--yes, more--in-depth analysis of such cultural phenomena as the "heroic dog" who rescues humans. Though not a perfect book, a very enjoyable and enlightening read.

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