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Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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HMH Hardcover, 2013
978-0-547-23626-1 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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After the first few chapters of the book I was laughing, crying and cheering when Ted finally found his Pukka and brought him home. But soon after Pukka arrives in Kelly, Wyoming the tone of the book changes to something less jovial. Ted's mission is to give Pukka the healthiest/longest life possible, and this quest involves countless hours of research, interviews, and site visits. All this work uncovers, bit by bit, why our dogs are dying so young. Reading chapter after chapter I felt outrage, indignation, pity, and shame. Shame at my own stupidity. I care deeply for my dog, so why didn't I know any of this stuff!
The lessons this book are too numerous to mention, but a few that I found the most informative/interesting are:
* Genetics and how a limited gene pool is causing health problems of purebred dog. One statistic was quoted that only 5% of male Golden Retrievers in the United Kingdom get to pass on their genes.
* How the Kennel Clubs (British and American) reward appearance over function/health, and how these dog-as-fashion trends are crippling some of the breeds.
* How the "coefficient of inbreeding" should be used when selecting a purebred dog. Too much inbreeding intensifies genetic flaws and health issues in the breed.
* The growing evidence that the span between dog vaccinations should be increased. That once vaccinated for rabies the dog can be protected for 3-7 years.Read more ›
"Pukka's Promise" is an intrepid yet beautiful body of work, a wake-up call to help us rethink the way we look at the lives of our eternally loyal canine friends. It is also an engagingly heartwarming story that will transport you to Kerasote's log cabin at the base of the Tetons, in a chair next to his fireplace, with his new pup Pukka and Pukka's four-legged friends lying at your feet, daydreaming about their perpetually entertaining escapades. Kerasote's insights from Pukka's puppyhood shenanigans are both waggishly comical and profoundly intelligent. Kerasote is a master observer of the way we learn from our dogs as much as they learn from us - just when you think you know how your dog sees the world, he makes you stop to reconsider. Kerasote's work is full of passion and information, a blueprint for the fullness of the human-canine bond.Read more ›
Ted Kerasote loves his dogs. He is a superb writer with extremely valid concerns about how we have been breeding and treating our canine companions over the past 150 years. Pukka's Promise is a MUST read for anyone with a dog, considering getting a dog, has had a dog, will someday have a dog, knows anyone with a dog! Why? Because we want our dogs to be with us for as long as possible! They should be living to 15, 18, 20 years! Why do so many dogs die after only 8, 10, 12 years? Ted Kerasote has taken this journey and he brings the reader along for every part of it!
Ted writes this book in a very no-nonsense way and it is an excellent read. He brings you into his and Pukka's life as if he is an old friend. The sadness he felt after losing Merle and the quest for his new partner begin the story. He takes the reader through the interference man has had in the evolution of modern dogs and how inbreeding has created many of the health problems we are dealing with today. He tells the reader how to avoid these issues in a no-nonsense and relatively non-judgmental manner.
The section on vaccinations is equally valuable - why do we over-vaccinate our pets? What is it that drives this practice?
The section on nutrition is exceptional! He breaks down the realities of modern pet food and its history. He visits rendering plants, attempts to visit kibble manufacturers, and goes into great and pertinent detail about the ingredients in the food we are feeding our pets. Not only that, he then goes into great detail about what kibble diets may be doing to the health of our pets. The chapter on cancer is very eye-opening and extremely current with treatment options and the latest information.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would read anything that Ted Kersote wrote. I learned so much from this book and several of his other's about the social life of dogs and their nutritional needs. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story of Pukka serves as an entertaining,organizing thread for a detailed book about dog health issues. It's a valuable reference book.Published 27 days ago by John Jeanneneytracker
My favorite book is "Merle's Door" and this is a close second. I love Kerasotes writing style and his understanding of his dog family.Published 2 months ago by mamar
One of the best, educationally entertaining books I have ever read on my favorite subject! There was nothing to dislike, whatsoever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michele L Alberts
Love, love, love this book. I cried, I cheered, I was fuming pissed. As soon a someone considers getting a dog, this should be a required reading.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book. It was a great resource and teaming a great resource for any dog owner. I would recommendPublished 3 months ago by Jordan F Sorensen