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It's a Dog's World: The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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Let’s face it, fellow dog lover: Your pets are like your children (with fur). Pets bring endless joy to our lives: When we’re down, they lift our spirits. When they’re sick, we’re sick at heart. We let them have the run of the house and sleep on our beds—but the unconditional love and loyalty they give back is so wonderful that we want them to have the best of everything.
Now Wendy Diamond, pet-lifestyle expert and avid animal rescue advocate, has written a sassy yet practical guide to help you and your four-legged family member live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life together. Written with her beloved Maltese, Lucky, It’s a Dog’s World shows dog moms and dog dads how to get their precious pooches from shaggy to chic and offers savvy breed-specific advice on a variety of topics you may never have considered for your pet, including:
• puppercise—keep Fido fit with fun puppy exercises, from the traditional to the more modern (“doga,” anyone?), that are tailored for each breed’s unique needs
• doggie diet tips—the lowdown on the dog chow that packs the biggest nutritional punch, the trick on organic treats, foods to avoid, and such yummy (in your dog’s opinion) recipes as doggie meatloaf
• home, sweet dog home—smart choices for flooring and furniture, avoiding hidden household hazards, litter training, and a few tools that keep everyday pet messes to a minimum
• travel tips—including the ideal dog carriers, paw-blic transportation, the most accommodating airlines, hotel petiquette, and the best destinations
• paw-ty with your pooch—having fun with other furry friends at Mutt Makeovers® and bark mitzvahs, plus hosting your own Yappy Hour® with signature puptails (to benefit your local Humane Society)
• choosing Mr. (or Ms.) Ruff—finding a dog well suited to you and your family, from spunky sporting dogs to hypoallergenic hounds
• here comes the groom—bathing secrets, pawdicures, and dental health
• fashion sense—keep it classy and comfortable, from fetching couture trends and snazzy doggie bags to casual dog-park wear for you and your pooch
• and of course the pet lifestyle is about much more than just designer doggie duds—learn what you need to know about helping other dogs in need through fostering, donating, or adopting
Complete with “Dear Lucky” letters from other dogs and tips for humans from the doggie perspective, this fun and entertaining guide is for anyone whose life has blissfully gone to the dogs.
A Look Inside It's a Dog's World
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“If Wendy Diamond were a character on Sex and the City, she’d have Carrie’s wit, Samantha’s black book and Charlotte’s affection for a pampered pooch.”—Seattle Times
“[Diamond is] poised to become the Martha Stewart of the bone and the milk dish.”—New Yorker
Top customer reviews
It's quite an interesting book in my opinion. Some people might think they've read those dog raising suggestions dozen times elsewhere, but for me it's no boring at all reading them dozen times more. I'm now living with a 17-month-old girl westie. And I bacame her mother 15 months ago. She is so sweet not only bacause of the all white apprearence, but more of her character and wisdom. We love each other more than anything else, I know that.
Reading this book reminds me of the happy time we spend together! The author might have some magic:)
Wendy Diamond writes an amusing book with cute stoies but the entire book is targeted toward the type of person who thinks their pooch is cute dressed up in a silly outfit. Play dates, paw-tys, yappy hours? OMG, lets get real. Animial socialization is important but let's be practical about it.
My dogs are all much larger and more active than the type of dog this book is geared toward. I personally wouldn't be caught dead doing some of the things she proposes. However, if you have a small dog who is your contant companion on shopping trips, you carry it down the street instead of keeping it on a leash, or feel a diamond collar for your pampered pet is a good investment, this is the book for you.
Some of her suggestions have some merit (grooming and household hazards, for example) and it was an amusing read at times. For that I'll give it 3 stars. If you're looking for practical advice you might want to look elsewhere.
Probably more useful to new dog owners, not much new information for long time dog owners. She doesn't skimp on subjects, and covers a large range from exercise, feeding, travel, sleeping with your dog, names etc... Some great traveling and hotel info - I can't afford to stay in the Le Maurice in Paris, so my little Shih Tzu Zebby will have to become a famous dog star if he ever intends to stay there.
Many of the topics might interest readers enough to do research other sources. A good book, lots of information, but not a complete dog raising source - I don't think that it was meant to be.
A cute idea writing to her dog Lucky - like Dear Abby with paws.
Ms. Diamond should be commended for her work with rescue dogs, promoting and supporting that very needy cause, and for bringing it to the attention of so many people.
Would I recommend this book - yes to new (inexperienced) dogs owners. It would make a terific gift for new puppy owners.
The "savvy" part is info any dog owner would know already, and the stuff that isn't plain old obvious is the kind of thing someone with a lot of money and time on their hands would want to know about (like polishing the dog's nails. No, really.)
Given that my fat, hairy norwegian elkhound likes her black goth nails au natural, I kind of doubt she's gonna be a candidate for any of the doggy beauty tips herein. Well, for that matter, the only thing I could use to pick her up would be a forklift, and I doubt they make designer bag in XXXXXL sizes.
I got this book as a slobbering dog lover. I'm going to put it aside, though, if I have any nutty friends who want a yappy little mutt they want to lavish their maternal urges on.