By Edie Jarolim
A delightfully witty consultant to maintaining much-loved canine not only fed and groomed, yet satisfied to be with you. And vice versa.
Geared to the hundreds of thousands who are looking to be socially dependable but in addition indulgent, who are looking to learn in regards to the most modern principles inc are and coaching, and, notably, who fear approximately their relationships with their canines, this poignant, irreverent advisor is doggone humorous. Written by means of a first-time puppy proprietor who is been there, anxious approximately that, this complete yet available ebook articulates the questions that many folks have approximately all issues canine-related yet are afraid to invite, all with a reassuring, a laugh tone.
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Pejoratives like “mongrel” or “cur,” which suggest a link between character and blood purity, were applied to dogs of unknown or mixed origin. These days, because mixed breeds tend to be rescues more often than not, owning a mutt—even the term has acquired shabby chic cachet—confers a different type of status, that of moral superiority. So if you’re disposed toward oneupmanship, you’re no longer restricted to the breed-related variety—which clears the slate for criteria other than snobbery to be factored into your decision.
This story has a happy ending, if you consider having an 11-pound alien take over your life a happy ending. Frankie now adores me (and only me). As a result, I am entirely at his disposal. But I only gave the little guy a chance because I knew that I could—indeed, was required to—give him back if things didn’t work out. ” The bottom line: Don’t get a dog from a rescue group or breeder who says you can’t return him, unconditionally (although not uncommunicatively; you do need to explain what went wrong so that a shy couch-hugger isn’t mistaken for an aggressive teeth-sinker).
Nor did actual dogs frequent my early circles. The occasional hamster and odd budgie found their way into my friends’ homes, but our childhood menageries were canine-free. Marriage, tiny Manhattan quarters, graduate school, publishing jobs with long hours … all, I decided, ruled out getting a dog. Even when I bought a house with a backyard in Tucson, Arizona, I remained dogless. Everyone knows that coyotes, not their domesticated kin, live in the desert. Besides, I had become a travel writer. I might have rationalized my prime dog-rearing years away, secretly worried that, like my mother, I lacked the canine caretaking gene.