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Only Angels: How to Raise and Train the Perfect Sighthound Perfect Paperback – Color, January 1, 2010


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  • Perfect Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Fehrman Books; 2nd edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984200126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984200122
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I wear a lot of hats so this is what's currently in my wardrobe:

Hat #1 - This is my color consultant/designer hat which I wear as a partner in Fehrman & Fehrman Design. When I wear this hat, I do interior design and color consulting for both residential and commercial design projects. While wearing this hat, I have written hundreds of articles about design and the decorative arts, and have co-written several design books including Interior Design Innovators 1910-1960. I have taught university and professional level courses about color. This was also the hat I wore when I co-wrote Color: The Secret Influence which debunks color myths and provides the reader with color facts. It has been picked up as a text at major universities. Some students appreciate its varied content, while others are distraught at the amount of information provided and the amount of work that is involved with properly learning about color. When I have taught university classes about Color and Design, so many of the students think that learning about color is going to be a free ride. They know better by the end of the semester. Color influences every aspect of our lives.

Hat #2 - This hat is my dog rescue hat. Although I have loved and lived with dogs for most of my life, it was about twenty years ago that my dream to live with a Saluki hound was realized. I had always been fascinated with ancient Egypt as a child, and I would see the dogs depicted in pictures on ancient temple walls. I fell in love with these hounds immediately, but I assumed they were either extinct or an artist's rendering. I was wrong on both counts - Salukis were and are very real. Thought to be the world's first domesticated dogs, they date back thousands of years with people. If I had to pick just one word to describe them, it would be: amazing! After decades of searching, I finally found my first Saluki who changed my life forever. Space is too limited here to go into all the ways that happened, but one thing that happened was that I realized how very much Salukis needed a rescue organization of their own and that is how STOLA-Saluki Tree of Life Alliance was born. STOLA is now the national Saluki rescue organization. STOLA is nonprofit and all-volunteer so donations go directly to help the dogs. Because Salukis are unusual dogs with special needs, I wrote Only Angels as a training and maintenance manual for Salukis adopted through STOLA which eventually evolved into Only Angels: How to Raise and Train the Perfect Sighthound based on ten years of experience in using the training techniques at STOLA, on my work with wolves and after studying Dr. Ian Dunbar's techniques. All proceeds from the sale of Only Angels are donated to Saluki rescue at STOLA.

Hat #3 - This is a new hat. After being involved with many aspects of writing and publishing over the past twenty plus years, I finally took the plunge and with my partner and husband began Fehrman Books, an independent publisher focusing on the areas of design, fiction and animal welfare. A portion of all proceeds is donated to animal welfare causes. We have just published Conspiracy by Casey Alden, and we look forward to the rest of the Conspiracy Series. We have also just published our first work in juvenile fiction: The Corpse that Wasn't There by Gayle Nastasi. It is a fun mystery novel for ages 8-12 about a psychic Saluki hound. We are very excited about the future of publishing and look forward to this new adventure.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gayle P. Nastasi on May 21, 2010
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I have been a fan of Only Angels and Saluki Secrets since their earliest incarnations, even before the days of STOLA Saluki Rescue. The affection training methods outlined in Only Angels are perfect for not only sighthounds, but for any dog who is sensitive and intelligent by nature. I'm a strong proponent of positive training approaches, and have found these methods to work wonders with my own Salukis.

One thing I truly like about the training methods in Only Angels is that they don't just "teach the dog stuff". They open an entire way of communicating with the animal, and helping the animal to communicate with their human, that extends to every aspect of life. By using these methods, starting with the basics as outlined, you develop not only a well-behave and safe canine companion, you develop a relationship.

The safety and health advice is great as well, and the fact that the publisher donates proceeds to the rescue organization is a great bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Heuser on December 27, 2013
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I enjoyed this book immensely. We are planning to get a sighthound sometime next year and the instruction here will come in very handy during training, which is fairly specific for the Saluki.

The author is a bit of a purist when it comes to food and fleas and chemicals. I appreciate the advice and definitely something to keep in mind, but just say it once and move on. That would be my only complaint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Olson on April 25, 2010
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This is a fabulous book. Beautifully written and wonderful photographs from cover to cover. I have a shy saluki and found the section on socializing (the correct way) to be very informative. I have owned (or been owned by ???) sighthounds for years but this book has enlightned me on so many topics from feeding to grooming. I'm so glad I bought it.
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I highly recommend this book to all sighthound and scenthound owners. This book will teach you how to treat and train your hound. You and your dog will be happy with the training results.
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