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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; First Edition edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503701
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This gentle parody of the bestselling Dangerous Book for Boys-identical in look and tone to its source material-offers an often funny, surprisingly insightful take on dog behavior that's sure to resonate with the Spot set. With the "assistance" of their human companions, canine authors Rex and Sparky relate practical and authoritative information on topics simple (baths, fleas, bones, poop, "things you can chase") and complex: the rules of fetch (it's not officially over until a player earns 17,572 points), tips on crotch sniffing (under the heading "How to Make Your Owner Look Like an Idiot") and a critical guide to frequently ingested items (vomit and poop receive top marks; rocks and keys rank considerably lower). Among more than 50 short entries, the authors seem to have thought of everything, including escape tips for humiliating costumes, stirring true stories ("Great Dog Battles-Part Two: Pepper vs. A Patch of Light") and even a report on Pavlov (written by his two dogs). Though it occasionally pushes the envelope of good taste ("mounting a bitch is never as simple as it seems"), this goofy, gleeful guide to the dog life will tickle anyone with a soft spot for canines.
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I was laughing out loud in a bookstore reading this.
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The illustrations are rudimentary, but add to the overall effect of the book quite nicely.
David W. Nicholas
If you have EVER owned a dog you must read this book.
Sandra P. Hooge

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Format: Hardcover
As we look back on the good old days, BD- Before Domestication- canine life was simpler, this humorous book a parody of the best-selling The Dangerous Book for Boys. If only they could speak in human tongue, today's dogs would explain how they yearn for those halcyon days of freedom, before they were forced to parade around in precious costumes or hide inside the designer bag of an owner- necessities, not accessories. And if they had a voice, these canines would demand a return to the times when dogs were dogs, frisky, smelly and joyful tail-wagger's, not those pretentious, over-dressed toys of those who would elevate them to people status. With such purity in mind, The Dangerous Book for Dogs addresses a history as childhood companions, fearless journeyers and the courageous dogs of war- essentially what it really means to be a "dog".

In an age defined by excess and the boredom of routine, here is a call to rediscover adventure: "Things You Can Chase"; "Begging- A Primer"; "Courageous Dogs in History"; "How to Escape Humiliating Costumes"; "How to Choose and Bury a Bone"; Dog Jobs"; and "Five Things Every Dog Should Have". Lest any canine forget his responsibility as family entertainer, there are instructive chapters on "How to Make Your Owner Look Like an Idiot", "Creative Pee Stains" and "How to Ruin a Perfect Dinner Party". Sprinkled with lively illustrations by Emily Flake, "Rex and Sparky" have no great mission other than to remind we very goal-oriented humans to take time out from busy schedules and sample the basic joys of life- the welcome of a salivating pet after a long day at the office, a country walk with your best friend at your side and the unconditional love offered by a pure-hearted pet, sans costume and picky eating. Real dogs don't care how they look, they just want to "be" with their owners. There's a lesson here for all of us. Luan Gaines/ 2007.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This summer we had the Dangerous Book for boys. It's been commented that the book was written more for parents or even grandparents of a certain age, than for the boys it's supposedly intended for. That being said, this current book is clearly intended for adults, also. Dogs don't understand parodies.

This is one of the funniest books I've read through in a long while. There are marvelous parodies of parts of the Boys book, from a "Famous Battles" section that tells of legendary conflicts with mailmen and (in one case) a rogue patch of light, all the way around to a series of diary entries from the dogs who trained Dr. Pavlov to give them food when they salivated. The illustrations are rudimentary, but add to the overall effect of the book quite nicely.

I enjoyed this book a great deal, and expect that I'll be going back to read it in pieces in the future. The part about "How to escape a humiliating costume" was wonderful, and I'm sure there are other gems in the book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mangy Fox on October 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I happened on this little gem while I was looking at new books that I might get my kids. Dangerous book for Dogs! My son had recently received the Dangerous book for Boys from my brother. I took a peek and it looked like a very well done parody. I was right. This book has met and surpassed my expectations. It is wickedly funny, so very funny because it really breaks dogs down to how you know they are thinking. Any dog owner/lover will understand that this book really was written by Rex and Sparky. Bravo! Good boys, what good boys you are!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra P. Hooge on October 14, 2007
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I am an absolute pet fool! I buy and read everything I can that is humorous(or supposedly) about dogs and cats. This book is hilarious! If you have EVER owned a dog you must read this book. I find myself quoting passages to my dog who must truly believe I have lost my mind. The stories, the anecdotes, if you will, are great. I have already purchased two more - one which I have gifted for a birthday another will begoing as a "cheer-up" gift! What a joy. Toss all the others out and keep this one.
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Whether you consider yourself to be a dog person or a cat person, you are bound to enjoy the humor and love of animals that abound in this hilarious guide for dogs. And, since even the smartest breeds don't usually read, it will be up to you, the human, to read this and help your canine recapture the joys of doghood.

Joe Garden is the features editor for The Onion. He, along with co-writers Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki and Scott Sherman, have put their considerable talents together and written a parody on THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS. Now, it's been my experience that parodies are at their best when one is familiar with the work that is being parodied. I'm sorry to say that I had never heard of THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, a mixture of nostalgia and reminiscences about what it meant to be a boy "back in the day." It was also a plea for fathers, sons and uncles not to lose the magic and the skills that made boyhood memorable for generations of young men.

THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS covered the essentials of growing up in the "good old days": building forts, skimming stones, building go-carts, making walkie-talkies with paper cups and string. So, when you pick up a copy of THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DOGS: A Parody by Rex & Sparky, you will easily understand why there are chapters that remind dogs what it really means to be a dog. Rex and Sparky deftly cover such vanishing skills as "Foul Smells Every Dog Should Roll In" and "The Formal Rules of Fetch." Take your dog aside and read him the chapters on "Things You Chase" and "Poop: An Indelicate Discussion." You will both be better for having been given these insights.
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