The best deal

A woman and her dog. by Stepan Obruchkov, via Flickr
(c) Stepan Obruchkov.

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ”

— Roger Caras

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I agree with you there, Caras!

We are going to visit my in-laws this weekend, with the primary aim of meeting baby Georgia! FINALLY! I am so excited. Thanks for all of your advice about Pyrrha and the baby; I will strive to make Pyrrha feel loved and not incite any jealousy between her and her new aunt. I hope it all goes well and that Pyr doesn’t play too roughly with her. Will be coming home with lots pictures! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Review: A Dog Is Listening

A Dog Is Listening.

This is probably the strangest book I have read so far in my year of dog book reading. Roger Caras, you were such a funny little man! I’m not even sure where to begin with a review. Caras, who passed away in 2001, was a president of the ASPCA and a long-time host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. His deep love for dogs is apparent in this odd little book.

First, A Dog Is Listening is quite short and readable. So, that’s nice. The book begins with short chapters on all of the senses a dog has (sight, smell, touch, taste, etc.). The chapters, though, don’t really stick to their headings, and Caras has a tendency to wander off on some goose chase, talking about his farm and his large pack of dogs, or about some news story he recently read, or about fanciful domestication legends. Sticking to the topic at hand is not a primary concern for him.

His writing tone is also somewhat bizarre; it almost sounds like he’s read too many mid-19th-century British novelists and is trying to imitate one. The language construction is very strange and stilted.

The book is also peppered with totally unrelated black-and-white photographs or paintings of dogs throughout history. I enjoyed looking at them, but they were never mentioned or referenced in the text; many of them didn’t even have captions.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that I disliked it; it was entertaining and interesting, for the most part, but I’m not sure if I really learned anything. Oh, well. I just like reading about people’s undying love of dogs.