Author: Clinton Sanders
Publisher: Temple University Press
Can people have authentic social relationships with speechless animals? What does your dog mean to you, your understanding of yourself, and your perceived and actual relationships with other s and the world? What do you mean to your dog? In Understanding Dogs, sociologist and faithful dog companion Clinton R. Sanders explores the day-to-day experiences of living and working with domestic dogs. Based on a decade of research in veterinary offices and hospitals, dog guide training schools, and obediences classes -- and colored with his personal experiences and observations at and outside home with his own canine companions -- Sanders's book examines how everyday dog owners come to know their animal companions as thinking, emotional, and responsive individuals. Linking animal companionship with social as well as personal identity, Understanding Dogs uses detailed ethnographic data in viewing human and animal efforts to understand, manipulate, care for, and interact with each other. From nineteenth-century disapproval of what was seen as irresponsibly indulgent pet ownership among the poor to Bill Clinton's caring and fun-loving image and populist connection to the "common person" as achieved through his labrador companion Buddy, Sanders looks at how dogs serve not only as social facilitators but also as adornments to social identity. He also reveals how, while we often strive to teach and shape our dogs' behavior, dogs often teach us to appreciate with more awareness a nourishing meal, physical warmth, a walk in the woods, and the simple joys of the immediate moment. Sanders devotes chapters to the specialized work of guide dog trainers; the problems and joys experienced by guide dog owners; the day-to-day work of veterinarians dealing with the healing, death, and euthanizing of their animal patients; and the everyday interactions, assumptions, and approaches of people who choose, for various reasons and in various ways, to spend their lives in the company of dogs. Understanding Dogs will interest those who live and work with animals as well as those studying the sociology of human-animal interactions.
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Puppies aren't merely dogs--they're baby dogs, and like all babies, they need extra special care. Here's a fun-to-read book filled with practical information on everything a first-time puppy owner needs to know--how to find a reliable place to purchase a dog . . . how to choose a puppy from a litter . . . dog and master--getting used to each other . . . training and housebreaking a puppy . . . relationships between puppy and children . . . and tips on nutritious feeding and health care. Also important to new dog owners is a detailed explanation of normal puppy growth and development, plus a general description of puppy personalities according to breed. Puppies is beautifully illustrated with more than 125 delightful color photos. Helpful sidebars contain added tips for owners.
Author: Villager Jim
When wildlife photographer Villager Jim first set eyes on a litter of nine chocolate labradors, one in particular caught his eye. Despite having two black labradors at home already, Jim knew he had to have one more--Barnaby. In his hilltop farm in the beautiful Peak District area of Derbyshire, in the north of England, Jim and his wife have long since given up any hope of having first option on the sofa, while Barnaby and sisters Dilly and Bumble make full use of the farm's facilities. There are chickens to chase, vegetables to be uprooted, and plenty of opportunities to sunbathe on conveniently-placed benches-or even in the flowerbeds. In between walks and playtime, there is lots of snoozing to be done, and no amount of awkward positions or insufficiently large laps will deter them. The labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in both the UK and the US. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and gentleness, and also (perhaps unfairly) for their greed. It's no wonder that they make such wonderful pets, and such wonderful models for photography!
Author: Frauke Scheunemann
Publisher: House of Anansi
Hercules is a dachshund, who was rescued from the animal shelter by the sweet and loving Caroline. Life for this little dog would be perfect if it weren't for Caroline's new boyfriend, Thomas. Hercules and his new friend, Mr. Beck -- a tomcat and a good judge of human nature -- devise a shrewd plot to get rid of Thomas and to find a new companion for Caroline. But when things don't work out with the men that make the dachschund’s short list -- no matter how many romantic moonlight strolls he gets her to take with them -- it comes down to just one man they both might agree on . . .
Author: Donald Farr
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Stunning images of Mustang's greatest hits are given context by informative text hitting the high points of each featured car, along with tech-spec boxes and period ads and brochures.
Author: Susanne (NA) Von Dietze
Attributing the art of successful and harmonious riding to the ability of the horse and rider to perform in total unity, this video reveals how to develop such unity and explains where and why problems and faults occur in the rider's position.
Author: Aleksandr Klimuk
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Hailing from central Asia, the home of fierce nomadic horsemen, the Akhal-Teke is a horse breed known for its speed, intelligence, and shimmering metallic coat. Featuring more than 150 remarkable images, Golden Horse captures the beauty of these ancient steeds. The photographs of Artur Baboev, a Russian photographer whose love for the breed sent him on a quest across the globe, are accompanied by an authoritative account of the history and qualities of the “golden horse.” This book is a must-have for all horse lovers, owners, breeders, and riders.
Author: Stig G. Carlson
Publisher: Howell Book House
The story of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the story of how we develop dogs to meet our own needs. When intrepid Europeans colonized southern Africa, they needed a tough, strong dog that could serve both as a guard and a hunting companion. The result was the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and this book tells its story. It also gives present and prospective Ridgeback fans a wealth of guidance on care, training, health issues, the Standard, showing, breeding and a global perspective of this brave lion dog. A Howell Dog Book of Distinction
Author: Günther Bloch
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
In the winter of 2008-2009, a new wolf family from the Pipestone Valley suddenly appeared in the Bow Valley of Banff National Park, taking up residence alongside the Bow Valley wolf family that had ruled there for over a decade. Within a year, these new wolves had eliminated the Bow Valley wolves and established a dominance that would last for five years in the heart of Canada’s most famous national park. As the climactic chapter in a twenty-year observational study of wolves in Banff National Park, internationally respected wolf behavior expert Günther Bloch and widely renowned wildlife photographer John E. Marriott followed the Pipestones through the trials and tribulations of raising their family in one of the world’s most heavily visited national parks. Bloch’s work involved patient, time-consuming observations day after day for five consecutive years, resulting in matchless ecological and behavioral insights that go beyond the usual information that comes from studying wild wolves using telemetry and radio collaring. Bloch outlines the differences between a wolf pack and a wolf family, he describes A- and B-type personalities in wolves and how this impacted survival rates of the Pipestone pups and yearlings in the Bow Valley. He also details the three societal types of wild wolves, debunking the age-old myth of a pecking order from alphas to omegas, based on what he was able to observe in person with these wild wolves. Throughout the book, Bloch and Marriott describe some of the incredible wolf behavior they were fortunate enough to witness as part of the study. They watched a yearling female called Blizzard play with a mouse in the middle of the road for twenty minutes one frigid winter morning and saw the family playing tug-of-war one afternoon with a pair of men’s boxer shorts. The most interesting observation was near the end of the family’s dominance when a yearling named Yuma brought food repeatedly to a young pup called Sunshine that had suffered a broken leg after getting hit by a train. Sunshine lived on to become the last surviving member of the family. The book chronicles not only the rise of the Pipestones and how they established and maintained dominance in the valley, but also how an increase in mass tourism in Banff led to a decrease in prey density for the Pipestones, which in turn led to the wolves changing their hunting strategies and expanding their summer range. Bloch explains how the Pipestones faced an inevitable fall from the top as pressure from eager wolf watchers increased exponentially in the park at the same time the Wolves' prey base was shrinking rapidly. Combining these influences with other factors like rail mortality and old age, Bloch and Marriott knew the end was near for the Pipestones. The authors conclude with insights into how wolf and wildlife management in Banff National Park can improve. They outline steps Parks Canada should be taking to deal with the human management problems that are really at the core of the wildlife issues in the park. They also discuss whether we can continue to maintain a balance between ecological integrity and mass tourism in Canada’s flagship park and whether it is already too late. Have we passed the point of no return? And will our Banff wolves live forever after in a wildlife ghetto devoid of true wilderness characteristics?
Author: Norman Bridwell
An all-new Clifford adventure finds the big red dog hard at work getting the house clean, or trying to, as he shakes to pieces Emily Elizabeth's rugs and digs up weeds at a vacant lot for Earth Day. Original.
Author: Deborah A. Wolf
Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)
Siggy Aleksov sees demons and talks with creatures she knows aren’t really there. Taken from her family as a child, she is dogged by memories of abandonment, abuse, and mental health issues. Siggy suffers from a hot temper, cluster headaches, caffeine addiction, and terminal foul language. She complicates her life even more when she saves the life of a talented assassin sent to kill her. Deciding to get the hell out of Dodge, Siggy travels to the Alaska bush to find out who she really is. The answer is more fantastic that she could have imagined—and she can imagine a lot.