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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Also what I like about this book is that there are small sections within a chapter you can read easily in a short period of time. You don't have to read the entire chapter and try to remember where you left off in the train of thought.
A book that I definitely won't donate, rather I will re-read it or share it with my other dog owner friends.
The author's writing style is boring, pompous and pedantic. What is worse, she is unreliable. I frequently found myself thinking: wait, is that right? One example is mentioned by the reviewer piperjra, whose review I recommend. The author inaccurately begins a sentence: "Members of the family arachnid, a class that includes spiders and insects..." Even as a non-scientist, I questioned this (see piperjra's review for the detailed correction). In another example, the author describes a study showing that chickens, as herd animals, will flock together, and she smugly implies that animal welfare advocates are just being silly and uninformed in their objection to the factory-farming of chickens. In fact, it is the author who is obviously ignorant of the conditions under which chickens are raised in factory farms.
Early in the book (I did not get very far), the author puts into question her concern for the welfare of her own dog. She writes about her dog greeting her as she returns home. At this point, she should have acknowledged the common view that if you are going to leave your dog at home all day alone, you should have more than one dog. She should have explained why she considered her treatment of her dog acceptable. But she just moved on to discuss another topic. If she ever did address this issue, I missed it, because I gave up in disappointment.