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CRAZY BITCH is an emotional thriller which leads you through a rollercoaster of emotions. Peggy writes through both her eyes and her dogs. I loved the dog thoughts! Venus the "crazy bitch" will have you laughing, crying, and on your feet cheering for her bravery in the midst of small town bullying. Venus' companion, Zeus, will leave you giggling with his dog thoughts and "big dog ways".
Big dog lovers will read this book with appreciation. Every big dog owner understands how neighbors, media, and people in general, categorize and generalize big dogs (and big dog breeds) as aggressive and a problem. Thank you Peggy and Venus for sharing insight to CCD and big dog misconceptions.
Man, was I ever wrong.
Crazy Bitch: Living with Canine Compulsive Disorder, by Peggy Tibbetts is a lot of things, but sweet, sappy, and predictable ain't three of them. This book is quite honestly unlike anything I have ever read, and chronicles the efforts of author Peggy Tibbetts and her husband Tod to help Venus - a beautiful white Akbash-Lab mix - deal with the devastating effects of canine compulsive disorder (CCD), which is pretty much the doggie equivalent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in humans. In the course of the book the Tibbetts' - along with their other dog Zeus, an older Alaskan Malamute - first realize that there is a problem with Venus, then work to identify what it is, and finally take what can only be considered extraordinary and heroic steps to help her live a normal, happy life. Crazy Bitch tells the story of the deep love that can exist between humans and dogs, as well as the intense - and sometimes very complicated - love that can exist between two dogs.
And if that were all there was to Crazy Bitch, it would get three stars and a half-hearted recommendation; but that is most definitely not all there is to this book. Along with telling the story of two extraordinary dogs and the humans who loved them, Crazy Bitch is also the story of people at their very worst, and most destructive. It is a story of small-town prejudice and jealousy, of hatred and the sort of psychological terrorism and bullying that some people - both private citizens and individuals in positions of authority - who otherwise appear outwardly normal and decent can be capable of. It is a story of intolerance and the sort of mindless meanness that is all too common in our society, and the tragic consequences that sort of behavior can lead to when it progresses unchecked.
Throughout the book Ms. Tibbetts manages to avoid sounding like a victim or a hero (even though in a very real sense she, her husband, and Venus and Zeus are both) and presents the story using an even-handed writing style that is easy to read and which keeps the action moving along at an excellent pace. Tibbetts avoids being overly sentimental while still managing to make the reader care deeply about what is happening, and bringing the small-town backdrop of the story vividly to life. Crazy Bitch is quite simply a wonderful book by an extraordinary storyteller, and should not be missed.
It's the author's seduction of the reader into an intimate membership in the Tibbetts family of humans, dogs, cats, friendly neighbors, subhuman neighbors, corrupt police, corrupt politicians and Dogpark friends amidst small town dynamics.
The harassment from evil neighbors and supporting cast of corrupt cops and politicians is a horror story itself and could easily be titled "Crazy Neighbors" in a novel because their behavior is stranger than fiction. At many points I forgot I wasn't reading a page-turner, can't-put-it-down novel.
Dogs are the only animals that develop such a complex relationship with man. Peggy thoroughly documents the interwoven relationship of Lab/Akbash mix, Venus, and Zeus, a powerful but gentle Alaskan Malamute. It includes their love for each other and moments of terror and aggression. Their experiences with other dogs, family, and crazy, taunting neighbors help us understand they are "not just a dog", but a valued family member. The dogs thoughts are shared via Peggy's incisive interpretation of body language, eye contact, nose and ear movement, etc. Dogs "talk" to us. Humans are not good listeners. We should all study this story to better understand the K9 partners in our lives. Peggy's perspicacity provides us an inner view how dogs interact and communicate. She shares that this requires an understanding of each breed's traits and that they have a "job to do" to keep them happy, while serving their masters. This helps readers understand more about their own animal pack.
Peggy and her husband, Tod, had a lot of tough times as Venus's mental illness progressed and the neighbors and cops got crazier. Admirably the Tibbetts were up for the task and altered their lives to accommodate the dogs they loved. They were lucky to have some great vets to help them.
Venus's CCD presented many unknowns and unpredictable behaviors. Undaunted, Peggy would dive into research mode and develop new approaches. Many humans would put the dog down based on the vet's doubts about a favorable quality of life. Not Peggy and Tod.
Some readers may think Peggy gets too bogged down with a plethora of ongoing canine interactions. But read on and you will discover the value to yourself in better understanding your own dogs and different triggers that alter their behavior. Certain behaviors are guided by their breed background and differ greatly.
Someday I hope to meet Peggy and Tod and give them a big hug for what they did for their own dogs and what they have done to help us understand and improve our own dog-human relationships. This should become a textbook for canine behavioral studies. It's certainly a guidebook into the love dogs offer us, other canines, and other animals. My life is richer from Peggy's well crafted true story.
I had a yellow Lab companion that was a super bird hunting dog and an even better Search, Rescue and Recovery dog for eight years. His last search, five weeks before cancer took him, was finding two drowning victims in a submerged vehicle. Thinking back, I learned more from him than I could ever teach him. You can too. Sometimes we don't listen well.
A must read for anyone who cares about the canines in their life, past, present, or future!
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