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Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats Hardcover – October 20, 2009

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Since the debut of his international bestseller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become a household name in more than 115 countries. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into Russia’s cosmonaut training program–though those incidents were, by and large, unrelated. BTG spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet.
 

Photographer and bestselling author Rachael Hale is one of the world's most popular and successful photographers. Her endearing images have been published on greeting cards, calendars, posters, and stationery around the world, and her books have sold over 2.5 million copies in 11 languages.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael now lives in the south of France with her husband Andrew and their Dalmatian Boxer-cross named Kizzie.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the debut of his international best-seller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become an international publishing sensation. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into the Russian cosmonaut program--though those incidents hopefully were unrelated. He spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet with his three very large dogs.

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As the owner of 4 cats and 2 dogs I thought this might be interesting. I have no desire to look at pet books with cutesy pictures and sappy sayings about how wonderful this dog or this cat is. Blech. This book is nothing like that, yes, the photos are gorgeous, you won't see your ordinary cats and dogs here, especially the cats! The style of writing is perfect, you are chuckling to yourself as you read it and agreeing to the authors comparisons. As the author writes, "dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and most important, dispositions....cats, however all fit neatly into the same silhouette...only superficial differences and varying degrees of neurosis distinguish one breed from the other.". How true is that!?

There are 225 pages in the book, but it can easily be read through in one sitting. My favorite section was how dog became mans best friend. The author explains that all creatures had a chance to win that honor over the past thousands of years. When describing the chance the ostriches and emus had to become mans best friend, the author explains they "can't stop themselves from constantly peering over your shoulder, which, if unchecked, is certain to create serious paranoia". One reason cats didn't take the top honor, aside from the part that they just didn't care, is that "humans don't like to be watched while sleeping". Forgive my quotes of the book, but those show that it is written with humor and creativity.

Also for all the die hard cat fans, the author really does not dislike cats, you can tell he has some appreciation for them (even though he does fear they may cause the collapse of human civilization one day), and that he doesn't take pet ownership lightly. It is a responsibility that not everyone is suited for.
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Earth really is the cat planet, and this book wastes no time in informing us of this fact. There are more than two hundred million cats in the world than there are dogs. As someone who owns two Labrador Retrievers, and with a couple of ferral cats that have taken up residence in my barn, I have to say I found this book adorable! It is filled with wonderful photographs both of various breeds of dogs and cats in several "AWW!"-inducing scenarios. "Dogs are inherrently good. Cats are something else entirely." The statement is true and certainly illustrates the idea that dogs really are our best friends, cats merely treat us as acquaintences.

As a coffee table book I would recommend it to dog lovers of every kind, and I am sure a few cat lovers would get some amusement out of it as well. This book is mostly photographs, with a few cute phrases and a few paragaphs of good factual information and anectodes about man's best friend vs. felines. It would make a really nice gift for a dog lover or someone who shares their home with both types of creatures.
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This book turned out to be a lot of fun. It's over 200 pages long, with full page photography on nearly every page (probably about 2/3 dogs and 1/3 cats). There's text on most pages, but it's usually brief, formatted in a way that works with the photo, and the words enhance the pictures. That's because the dogs and cats really have great character and expression in their faces, and the captions bring it out even more: "If you care for dogs long enough, they become members of the family...Cats become destructive housemates with bad breath" -- which might not be that funny on this review page, but is really cute when paired with photos.

This is a copy table book that people will want to sit back and read.
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This "coffee table book" is approximately 8X10", very heavy (no cheap paper here) and full of beautiful photographs, but it is not just a photography book. On nearly every page, the author makes his case for why dogs are better than cats with a large dose of humor, amazing full-page photography by Rachael Hale, and above all, a clearly apparent love of canines.

This book is beautiful to look at, but it isn't just a collection of perfect-looking cats and dogs--many of the photos are hilarious. The text is full of tongue-in-cheek humor ("A dog would follow you to the edge of the world, but anyone who has tried to put kitty in a pet carrier for a six-minute car journey knows that cats ain't going nowhere for nobody."). There is an especially funny section how how dogs became man's best friend, beating out goldfish, monkeys and many other species for the honor.

In addition to being humorous, the book is endearing and full of unbearable cuteness, without ever being overly saccharine. There are two heart-breaking pages in which the author talks about what a dog will live through to stay with you and when he will finally leave. So powerful. So sad. And so true.

I must admit that I, too, like dogs better than cats. Like the author, I don't hate cats--I just prefer dogs. I enjoy what value a dog adds to my life. That is, in the end, what this book is all about.
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As a life-long dog lover, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this coffee table book. I'm happy to say it does not disappoint. Clever photographs of cats and dogs are interspersed with a multitude of examples of the superiority of dogs over cats as companions, or even living creatures.

I fear that some curmudgeonly cat owners will rise up in righteous wrath but more thoughtful readers will realize that the author has a great love for both dogs and cats.

But dogs, of course, are better...

A worthwhile book for lovers of dogs and animal photography.
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