For Pet Lovers -- New Book Release: One Nation Under Dog
Author Michael Schaffer releases his new book One Nation Under Dog this week. Focused mainly on dogs but for all pet lovers, he provides a fascinating look at America's obsession with its beloved pets as well as our changing attitudes towards our pets over the past decades.
The author contends that the evolution in pet ownership can teach us much about ourselves, "how contemporary pets explain contemporary America". Just a few of the many areas he covers are pampered pets ("our fur babies"), leash laws, dog parks, pet insurance, pet service businesses, veterinary standards, pet law, designer pet food and products, ultimately dealing with the death of a pet and pet bereavement.
Read an excerpt from the book online at The Boston Globe Why we treat our pets like royalty:
Today's pet owners "view their pets as full-fledged members of the family, with regard to which they would no more take lightly any serious cutbacks on spending than they would for their kids," concluded a March market report from the consumer-research group Packaged Facts. A 2001 survey for the American Animal Hospital Association revealed that 83 percent of pet owners call themselves their animal's "mommy" or "daddy."
A book for pet lovers, One Nation Under Dog will educate you, entertain you and touch your heart.
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at March 29, 2009 8:15 AM