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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595531016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595531011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,755,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dawn A. Marcus, MD is a neurologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh and consultant for Del Monte's "Power of Paws" program, encouraging human health through dog companionship. An internationally-recognized speaker and educator, Dr. Marcus has written six medical books and received the National Headache Foundation Media Excellence Award.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonathan Gregory on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this delightful new book Dr Marcus draws upon her experience as both a physician and dog-lover, to provide her readers with an entertaining, warm, and informative guide to living a healthier life, by following the example of our canine companions.

Virtually all dog-owners recognise the importance of looking after their pets, and ensuring that they enjoy a healthy diet, adequate exercise (as well as rest), and a stimulating environment that allows for plenty of play and companionship, whether that be in the company of other dogs or of humans.

And yet so often, most of us (I speak as a dog-owner myself) rarely apply the same dedication to looking after ourselves. We eat too much or too little, usually of all the wrong things; we don't take enough exercise, or get enough sleep, and frequently our busy modern lifestyles squeeze out that all-important `me' time, leaving us feeling stressed, unhappy or just plain bored.

Fortunately, Dr Marcus has the answer - which is to treat ourselves as we would treat our pets. In this very readable book, she looks at each of these topics in turn and explains how a healthy diet, sensible exercise regime and sleeping patterns can have a beneficial effect on our health and well-being. More importantly, she shows how the quality of our own lives can be enhanced if we simply imitate our pets' outlook on the world, a place full of interesting new people and experiences, a place to be explored, and enjoyed.

This book is ideal for all those pet-owners who hate self-help books (me included). And to those who don't yet own a dog, I say this; buy this book then go out and get one without delay. It will be the healthiest thing you ever do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Lansing on January 12, 2009
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What an interesting and clever book. We just brought a puppy into the family, for our kids primarily, but also as a way to increase the amount of walking and overall exercise my wife and I get. I then became fascinated by how dogs make an impact on human behavior and social life in general. That led me to this book. It has been perfect for instrucing us on how to incorporate our dog into our household lifestyle in ways that benefit our family's overall health. It elaborates and instructs on the idea of living a healthy lifestyle -- eating, exercising, and sleeping properly, and so forth. Dr. Marcus's knowledge as a physician and her experiences with her new dog Wheatie have enabled her to write a very helpful book on improving one's health. I recommend it to all new and veteran dog owners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By College-Selection-Crazed Mom on December 10, 2008
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Being a dog lover and owner myself, I was intrigued by the idea that my Fido could be an inspiration for better health. After reading Fit As Fido, I'm indeed inspired by just how many lessons there are to be learned from my less-stressed four-footed friends. Dr. Marcus takes such a fun-loving approach to these lessons that I found myself skimming right along through the book, enjoying the information and not feeling like it was yet another health care professional lecturing me on what I should and shouldn't be doing. Of course, there is a lot of real data provided to support the book's practical messages, but it all just works together to create a unique and valuable read. Get a copy for yourself and one for each of your favorite animal enthusiasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marion Francis on January 10, 2009
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This is a great book with simple, easy to use tips. The chapters are diverse and it is chocked full of great suggestions. It's a fast read and you'll come away with some getting-in-shape tips that are not only easy, but fun. Best of all, it means you get to spend more time with your dog. If you love your dog (and I love mine), you'll run to the bookstore to buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Williams MD on January 7, 2009
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This is a great book for anyone who owns a dog and especially for those who should! Dr marcus has highlighted the most positive attributes of dogs that their owners should emulate. I bought three of these for Christmas presents for my family. Many thanks Dr. Marcus for this excellent tome on animal behavior (human and canine).

John P Williams MD
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More About the Author

Dawn Marcus graduated from the State University of New York at Syracuse medical school in 1986. She completed a neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh medical center. Dr. Marcus is a recognized international expert in chronic pain and headache, researching pain epidemiology, pathology, treatment, and women's issues. She has also authored numerous books on chronic pain and migraine, including 10 Simple Solutions to Migraine, for which she won the 2007 Excellence in Media Award from the National Headache Foundation, and The Womans' Migraine Toolkit and The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit. In 2013, she was named among the Top 10 Social HealthMakers for "driving the online conversation" on migraine & headaches. She also conducts research into the benefits of the human:canine relationship, with articles published in major medical journals. She has been a consultant for Del Monte's "Power of Paws" program and is the author of numerous books promoting better human health through dog companionship, including Fit As Fido, The Power of Wagging Tails that received a 4th place Best Book of 2011 award, and Ever Faithful.

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