I don't have a problem with the way she attributes emotions and intelligence to her animals. The 'free-range' issue is interesting. She never took her eyes off him. The author states that it's okay to anthropomorphize dogs, since they do the same with us. She talks of letting her dog Misha roam where he wants while she follows and records his movements. Perhaps the unabridged book is more scientific.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. The terrier went into a state of submission and was not injured, but this is some one's pet. There is no science in this book, and absolutely no humanity. This of course begs the question: what are normal circumstances? To find out, we must meet the pack. At last the neighborhood is quiet. She concludes from this that dogs simply do not need people, and revert to wolf-like behaviors when left to themselves. The dogs themselves were her guides, beginning with Misha, a husky who nightly roamed a suburban territory of 160 square miles, and Maria, his true and faithful love, who bore his first puppies and then, after he moved away with new owners, gave herself indifferently to any adequate passerby.
Too bad dogs can't read. She love dogs even more than me and it feels like she gets them in a way that I hope to someday even come close to. Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket if applicable is included for hard covers. This egotistical idiocy completely blew my circuits. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition.
How was it that this dog knew exactly where it was and could travel through different cities without becoming lost and other dogs couldn't? Her conclusion is that dogs want each other, and people are merely substitutes for other canines. They look like dogs down on command at obedience school. This joyfully written book is a fascinating look at the challenges and behaviors shared by creatures from bacteria to larvae to parasitic fungi, a potted hyacinth to the author herself, and all those in between. This is no training manual or abstract essay. I have had dogs for more than thirty years now, most of my life so far, and I know very well that they have private lives, but I don't think I have always understood, or perhaps more to the point, I have often misunderstood, what was going on in their lives. Summary Long before the Dog Whisperer, anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas revealed to readers the nature of pack dynamics, leading to a completely new understanding of dogs and their desires. Thought is an efficient, effective mechanism that we, and many other animals, would be hard put to do without.
Each time his demeanor was the same—alert, excited, tail high and waving, nose to earth, as eager the last time as he had been the first. I've long been an admirer and done my best to practice Ms. I couldn't get all the way through this. Such a beautifully written book, such a lovely author with a fascinating story, but frequently disappointing. In observing them, Thomas learned that what dogs want most of all is other dogs. How did he do it? Like when she mentions the nasty neighbors in Cambridge who complained about the dogs, I shuddered a little. Also, it is laughable that she thinks she is not being anthropomorphic.
To anyone who knows dogs very well, all of the ground she covers should have been fairly predictable. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. I was also to learn that compared to many of the other species, we weren't important at all except for the damage we do. This Mariner paperback edition will include a new afterword by the author. I think this book had an artful editor; it could have easily been over the top in one way or another and instead it is measured, while being engaging and proposing by the very process that we look at the world from a dog's point of view. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. So the poor young dog often seemed at a loss, like a young person with no friends and nothing to do.
Her conclusion is that what dogs want is to have complex relationships with each other and almost nothing to do with humans, given the choice; but in most households with multiple dogs in my experience, this doesn't seem to be true. I really liked this book, but at the same time I can understand why this book has generated a lot of unfavorable reviews. Humans can be substitutes, but if at all possible, host 2 or more dogs so they spend their time with someone who 'gets' them. Um, yes, but is that really the hidden life of the dogs we know or just animal mentality, much like humans would do if left to fend for themselves in the wild? Not food, not sex, but other dogs. The spine may show signs of wear. She creates an epic out of such atoms, and there is not an instant of boredom in her book. Clearly there was much more effort involved.
The cloth is stretched ove. So he offered the cone, expecting the dog to gobble it. While there's something to be said for watching dogs and observing their behavior in detail, responsible dog owners will grind their teeth. But still, I found this book fascinating and very moving as she recounts the lives of numerous dogs in her family. This was the first book I read of hers since meeting her in person last year and finding her a ferocious force of nature as expected , but maybe less. Thomas' stated goal is to find out what really matters to dogs by removing humans from the equation. Somewhere in this book I recall the author calling herself a dog anthropologist.
Why did these dogs eat lying down? Richard, Elizabeth and Amber After intense observations on Misha, some ideas were brought up. On the contrary, it is our lifeline, and we do well to try to understand its rules. I am not a dog-person not that I don't like them, I just would choose a cat over a dog but I did enjoy the little perceived knowledge that the author shared. Show More Obviously, something unusual. He showed us the Andromeda galaxy, which appeared as a tiny fuzzball in the eastern sky but is really a collection of a trillion stars—yes, a trillion stars—with a black hole among them, and in the northern sky he showed us Camelopardalis, a constellation that circles the pole.