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It's a Dog's World: The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living Hardcover – February 9, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345514459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345514455
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,277,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
Let’s face it, fellow dog lover: Your pets are like your children (with fur). Pets bring endless joy to our lives: When we’re down, they lift our spirits. When they’re sick, we’re sick at heart. We let them have the run of the house and sleep on our beds—but the unconditional love and loyalty they give back is so wonderful that we want them to have the best of everything. 

Now Wendy Diamond, pet-lifestyle expert and avid animal rescue advocate, has written a sassy yet practical guide to help you and your four-legged family member live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life together. Written with her beloved Maltese, Lucky, It’s a Dog’s World shows dog moms and dog dads how to get their precious pooches from shaggy to chic and offers savvy breed-specific advice on a variety of topics you may never have considered for your pet, including:
 
• puppercise—keep Fido fit with fun puppy exercises, from the traditional to the more modern (“doga,” anyone?), that are tailored for each breed’s unique needs 
• doggie diet tips—the lowdown on the dog chow that packs the biggest nutritional punch, the trick on organic treats, foods to avoid, and such yummy (in your dog’s opinion) recipes as doggie meatloaf
• home, sweet dog home—smart choices for flooring and furniture, avoiding hidden household hazards,  litter training, and a few tools that keep everyday pet messes to a minimum
• travel tips—including the ideal dog carriers, paw-blic transportation, the most accommodating airlines, hotel petiquette, and the best destinations
• paw-ty with your pooch—having fun with other furry friends at Mutt Makeovers® and bark mitzvahs, plus hosting your own Yappy Hour® with signature puptails (to benefit your local Humane Society)
• choosing Mr. (or Ms.) Ruff—finding a dog well suited to you and your family, from spunky sporting dogs to hypoallergenic hounds
• here comes the groom—bathing secrets, pawdicures, and dental health
• fashion sense—keep it classy and comfortable, from fetching couture trends and snazzy doggie bags to casual dog-park wear for you and your pooch
• and of course the pet lifestyle is about much more than just designer doggie duds—learn what you need to know about helping other dogs in need through fostering, donating, or adopting
 
Complete with “Dear Lucky” letters from other dogs and tips for humans from the doggie perspective, this fun and entertaining guide is for anyone whose life has blissfully gone to the dogs.

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“If Wendy Diamond were a character on Sex and the City, she’d have Carrie’s wit, Samantha’s black book and Charlotte’s affection for a pampered pooch.”—Seattle Times
 

“[Diamond is] poised to become the Martha Stewart of the bone and the milk dish.”—New Yorker
 

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Any dog owner - new or old - should check this book out!
Kristen Wrenn
This is a book for people who like to dress up their dogs and treat them like their children -- that is, it's not designed with my kind of dog person in mind.
SandyCB
Yet, attempting to cover so much ground in one book neccessitates skimming over some topics.
J. Finkel

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandyCB VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
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I am a dog person. I love dogs like other people love babies -- I think they're all cute. There are, however, several types of dog people. I am a dog person who has a family, complete with children. I treat my dog like a dog, not like a substitute child. We celebrate our dog's birthday with a can of tuna fish and a song. We do not invite other dogs as guests, and we do not dress her up for the occasion (nor for Halloween or Christmas). If I'm forced to arrange a play date, you can be sure it's for my kids, not my dog. This is a book for people who like to dress up their dogs and treat them like their children -- that is, it's not designed with my kind of dog person in mind. So how did I end up with this book? I was looking for information about the best diet for my dog, who has some allergy issues, so I was open to some new ideas. I figured I could pass it on to a good friend who does make play dates for her dogs, but who limits their wardrobes to sweaters in frigid weather. What did this book have to offer me? The sum total of dog food advice is that the more expensive brands use better ingredients and that the percentage of ingredients is reflected by the order of their appearance in the package. If this is news to you or if you want to relax with a overview of ways to pamper your pet, you might enjoy this book more than I did. (I'm not sending it to my friend, who could have written it herself, albeit with a much drier wit.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
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I admit it...my dogs are my family. Before I had kids, they were my children (and still are). They sleep on my bed. I love my dogs. So I was expecting some useful information in this book.

However, this book takes things a little too far. If you are a wealthy woman with a small dog that is a world traveler, this book may be for you. There is only a little space dedicated to feeding your dog (one of the most important things), with a couple of recipes. There are several pages dedicated to traveling with your dog, including which luxury hotels offer pet pampering, which overseas destinations are dog friendly, etc. There are also several pages of hosting a dog party. I can only imagine my two 75 pound dogs mingling with dozens of other large dogs at a bark mitzvah or a Howl-o-ween party!

There are numerous silly things in this book, such as arranging a dog marriage. It's also apparent that the author is single, as she makes numerous references to flirting with handsome men.

This is a silly book with very little substance, but it is an amusing and easy read with a few helpful tidbits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Grossman VINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
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The author promotes the adoption of shelter dogs, so she gets a star for that. I learned some things about traveling with your dog, so another star. The rest of the book was written in a cutesy style that grated on me. The other material in the book was very basic and done may times over in magazines, on the web, and other dog care books. I don't recommend. There are better resources for dog lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
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The author says she's been called the Martha Stewart of the dog set and this book reflects that comparison. In this book the reader will find information from the author's perspective dealing with diet, traveling with your dog, behavior, canine fashion, dog parties, grooming, and specific breed characteristics. Most of the content is common sense and much is a product of the author's experience.

As a lifelong dog "owner" and dog lover, there's little here I either didn't already know or had any interest in knowing. One who is interested in fancy dog-centered parties, or doggy fashion, or trips overseas with one's dog may find this book of great interest or amusement. For me it is an easy to read book written in a friendly, personal tone by someone sharing her interests in caring for dogs, and her pride in her magazine "Animal Fair" and her dog fashion line "Paws for Style."
I find it noteworthy that over two pages are devoted to the history of doggy fashion/clothing, but only a paragraph on dealing with the death of a beloved dog.

I think the author's heart is in the right place in that she is an advocate for homeless pets and shelters, urges her readers to volunteer and donate to worthy animal care organizations, and practices what she preaches.
"It's a Dog's World" however, is more an interesting side trip than a must see destination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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Whether it's your first time or your seventh time raising a dog, your bound to have a lot of questions. Dogs have a lot in common with humans and so raising them involves a lot of common sense. However, there is a good deal to the proper rearing of the average canine that requires research and insight. "It's a Dog's World" offers the Tips and Tricks that will hopefully fill any gaps in knowledge you may have when it comes to tending to your new or old best (4 legged) friend.

The advice and experiences related by Wendy Diamond are both useful and moderately entertaining. Having owned 5 dogs so far, I was surprised by how much I learned from this book. The first chapter regarding exercise, made some excellent points and would be helpful for anyone to read before they select a breed. Yet, attempting to cover so much ground in one book neccessitates skimming over some topics. This is not a go-to-reference for everything dog related. Also those living in manhattan or similarly packed city may find this book more tailored to them than for readers in a rural locale.

Important, information-dense blocks of text are set apart with grey backgrounds, making it easy to return for future reference. There's a handy table showing what foods may be poisonous to your dog. These bordered intrusions added a lot to the book and I'm sure I'll go back and read many of them over again. However organization is an obstacle. The blocks of text, while easy to find, are obtrusive, and would have been better left to an appendix or the end of each chapter.

I'd recommend "It's a Dog's World" to anyone with a dog, but espeically to those in more urban environments.
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