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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935961160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935961161
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Link on July 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of The Day the Dogs Talked through Bookrooster.com. Although it turned out to be different than what I expected from reading the story description, it is both a fun and thought provoking read. As a lover of dogs, the personification with political and philosophical viewpoints of a multitude of dogs of different breeds made me smile and recall memories of certain dogs that I could visualize speaking and behaving the same as those described in the story if they had somehow acquired human attributes. Whether tongue-in-cheek or deliberately meant to be a criticism of people who have never expended much effort at reading works of philosophy and/or literature, author Hazard Adams endows the dogs in the story with considerably more intellectual thinking capability and correct grammar skills than most of the human characters. His reminder that efforts within any type committee to agree on a plan of action are always significantly hindered by each individual's personal agenda is especially timely when considering the present follies of our governing officials in their efforts to address the economic and social issues at the forefront of the news every day. Professor Adam's achievements as an educator and author far surpass what most people could ever hope to accomplish in their lifetime, and given the profound insights he has shared in his works before, at the end of the book I could not help but wonder if he had even more fun writing this fable than those who read it will have.

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This was a clever book, and the first 2/3's were pretty fun and different. The title is not a metaphor, in that it really is about the day the dogs talked, which as you can imagine, lends itself to all sort of fun. But I felt like the author really just didn't know how to end the book. It sort of felt like a rock and roll song, where they slowly but surely turn down the volume, which is something I've never liked. The book also had cartoonish illustrations, which I found distracting. I'm thinking now that this book was really aimed at a much younger audience.
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I wish I had a dog who could talk about philosophy, instead of barking. Also these dogs don't smell bad and don't have to pick up after themselves, or scoop, as it's put. However, I enjoyed their adventures. The Pastor who wants to ban the dogs fromthe village is my favorite character. I had hoped his plan would be further advanced (I don't think dogs should be allowed to live with people unless they are on firm leashes) but it was scotched by some committee. This seemed like a let-down. A better plot would have been to push his agenda and nearly succeed. I think it would have made the tension more complete. A very charming set of ideas in the book, and lots of fun. I think if it had had a slightly better and more complete plot this might have been a minor classic. It had a lot of great ideas but it wasn't assembled finally into a unified plot or theme. That might have required a more dogged writer, but perhaps I am being catty.
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On one level, The Day the Dogs Talked is a story for "dog people," those who have bumper stickers that say "Dog is my co-pilot" or "the more I know about people, the better I like my dog." You know the type. They thank their dogs in liner notes to CDs, dedicate books to them, use their dog's name in computer passwords, have pictures of their dog plastered on the walls of their cubicles at work and give money to dog shelter groups. They often believe that their particular dog is the most intelligent, or sweetest, or most loyal dog to have ever lived, certainly the best in the neighborhood. If their dog is an alpha, they are secretly proud of her, even if she gets just a little aggressive with other dogs. If more submissive, they brag about how well "socialized" he is. The true dog people might be ok with cats, but they are never cat people, preferring the more honest, straightforward and open character of the dog to the secretive and svelte independence of the cat. How can you possibly trust a cat, what with that suspicious narrow gaze and quick disappearing act? Cats are just too much like...well, like people frankly. Dog people are often as critical of people as they are fond of their dogs.

Full disclosure: I am a dog person, and enjoyed this book thoroughly. For nearly sixteen years I lived with a magnificent Shepherd/Husky wolf-dog named Sila, and she was (still is) unquestionably one of the most significant relationships in my life. Often, we wondered what she would say if only she could talk! Even as I and her other pack humans knew we were anthropomorphizing in the basest way by our musings on her probable thoughts, this activity brought us endless entertainment, and we secretly believed our theories about her incomparable nature.
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I received a copy of the book The Day the Dogs Talked in exchange for my review. I thought the book was interesting and thought provoking. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different dog breeds and how the author gave them distinctive personalities. The book allowed me to get inside the head of dogs and see how they view human actions. I like the way the authors gave me a glimse inside my animal's mind. I never imagined how my dogs feel when I take put a leash on them or give them commands. I will definitely be reminded of this book when I am interacting with my pets.
The book grabbed my attention after the first couple of chapters and then slowed down until about half way through the book. The last half of the book was much more entertaining.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals, especially dogs. I think this book is definitely geared more toward adults. I feel some of the discussions and topics are written at an adult level.
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