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The Hidden Life Of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
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Sep 16, 09

bookshelves: sciencewriting, anthrozoology
Read in September, 2009

This was an extremely quick, but extremely absorbing, read. Elizabeth Thomas asks the question that we should be appalled more science-minded people don't ask: What do dogs do when they're not with their people? She answers the question by following a husky, Misha, as he roamed around the city. (This did bother me a bit, but she assures us that he was very canny about cars. However, that doesn't help the fact that leashless dogs alarm some people, violate most laws and ordinances, and can turn people against dogs and dogowners). She later adopts a female husky and has a whole pack of dogs. She leaves them to themselves and observe as they slowly become less human-oriented and more like wolves. It's a fascinating story, and one that helps people cut through the nonsense and puffy anthropomorphism of many dog stories, straight through to the heart of what makes a dog a dog.
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