Beth Ostrosky Stern (aka Mrs. Howard Stern) presents a compendium of excellent advice for those new to the art of dog ownership with help from coauthor Grish. Stern, a longtime animal-rights activist and spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League, provides a lot of sensible advice as well as tips from veterinary experts for those entertaining the idea of dog ownership. In addition to determining whether your lifestyle will permit successful dog ownership, other topics include the true financial cost of dog ownership, picking a breed, adopting versus purchasing, and raising a puppy. While the book is written in an easygoing, conversational way, even longtime dog owners will find helpful information here. Designed for quick and easy reference, each chapter is packed with information, sidebars, and Ask Dr. Z! segments, a collection of questions about quirky dog behaviors and what they mean. A great resource for potential and current dog owners, this provides calm, rational, and, in some cases, step-by-step tips for navigating the world of dog ownership. --Kathleen Hughes
"Whether you're an experienced pet parent, trying to decide on the type of dog you want, or you simply love animals, this book is a must-have. It is packed with practical information and a wonderful resource."
-- Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President, Operations, North Shore Animal League America