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Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats Hardcover – October 20, 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
This is a copy table book that people will want to sit back and read.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the most truthful, insightful, and gorgeous piece of literature that I have ever read. The truth is clearly stated, and in PARAGRAPHS, not in mere sentences like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just a great book. Cat lovers with a sense of humor tend to love it as well, people who are easily offended by nonsense are the only ones who get annoyed by this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel Hackenbruch
The anti-cat presuposition and title serve only to make people who do not understand the pleasure of a joyfully independent pet feel superior without cause. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joypebble
Such a cute book! Fun to read, I leave it out for others to browse through.Published 14 months ago by stanlesmith
One of my favorite books of all time! So well-written - witty and right on point without completely disparaging cats and those who love them. Great photos as well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Janie B