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The Truth about Dogs by Stephen Budiansky
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Dec 24, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: awful, nature, non-fiction, sold

I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Which is a surprise, since I adore to read about dogs. But this book didn't offer any new information (other than offering an explanation for why my dog peed around Mary D.- because she's so tall!); what was the most upsetting was that the author didn't actually seem to like dogs very much. Also, the book really discounted the connection between a dog and its owner. And, I must admit, the gene-therapy at the end, I could only skim... it was a little too boring. Oh - and this book made a one paragraph dismissal of Rupert Sheldrake's entire book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals, which hardly seems like a thorough rebuttal... This really just wasn’t enjoyable, as it was filled with redundant information and an underlying tone of distaste for dogs.
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