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Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities Hardcover – April 8, 2011

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"Jan Bondeson is an extremely engaging and reliable storyteller, with a keen sense of humor."―The Guardian



"Bondeson is a marvelous storyteller."―Fortean Times

About the Author

Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at Cardiff University, Wales. He is the author of many books, including Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities; Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme, The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels; The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History (all from Cornell); The London Monster; The Great Pretenders: The True Stories behind Famous Historical Mysteries; A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities; and Buried Alive.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801450179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801450174
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 31, 2011
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My dogs are very special, just as your dogs must be very special. They show affection, they are interesting, and they are amusing. They are not amazing, for they are just regular companion dogs. For amazing dogs, consult _Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities_ (Cornell University Press) by Jan Bondeson. I bet your dogs do not, as the dogs here do, make a show of multiplying numbers or playing dominoes. I bet your dogs do not play musical instruments, roast meat, converse by speaking German, or travel the railways as the wanderlust strikes them. I bet your dogs have never saved anyone's life, nor have they been the source of legends. It's OK, my dogs have done none of this, either, and are still fine dogs, but not amazing. Bondeson, a medical doctor who has written frequently about oddities like the two-headed boy and the efforts of our forebears to avoid the horrors of being buried alive, has done wonderful research to bring us these amazing dogs, and includes many period illustrations. Repeatedly the most amazing thing about these dogs is how ready humans are to believe their dogs capable of incredible feats.

Take, for instance, the story of Greyfriars Bobby. There really was a Skye terrier named Bobby in the 1860s in the Greyfriars churchyard in Edinburgh. Far from refusing to leave his graveside post, though, he would knock off his graveyard shift to grab lunch at a nearby inn every day; some less romantic viewers said he was loyal not to the master's grave, but to the daily free lunch. As for the master's grave, there seems to have been no such thing, just a dog with a comfortable churchyard home.
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Some great dog stories, but the hammer-wielding monkey stole the show. If you love stories, and dogs, and stories about dogs, you'll love this book. Even if you don't, the monkey will have you hitting the internet for more of the story (you can find the original article, written in hilariously understated Victorian euphemism, like "...the monkey was for leaving them in all shapes.")
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I'm a dog professional, fan of Victoriana, and avid reader of all sorts of books. I have emptied my bookshelves and moved most of my books to Kindle, but I read "Amazing Dogs" at the library recently and loved it so much that I bought an actual paper copy from Amazon for my bookshelves. This is one I'll read again and again. It's very hard to find dog information that I haven't read dozens of times before. This very well-researched book has compelling stories and is a "can't put it down" book. Fun to read, with very reliable information. I perform with my own dog in circus/variety acts sometimes and look forward to incorporating some new "old tricks" that I learned about in this book and that have been lost to history for over a hundred years.
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