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It's a Dog's World: The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living Hardcover – February 9, 2010

3.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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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.

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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
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345514459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345514455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,078,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SandyCB VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
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I am a dog person. I love dogs like other people love babies -- I think they're all cute. There are, however, several types of dog people. I am a dog person who has a family, complete with children. I treat my dog like a dog, not like a substitute child. We celebrate our dog's birthday with a can of tuna fish and a song. We do not invite other dogs as guests, and we do not dress her up for the occasion (nor for Halloween or Christmas). If I'm forced to arrange a play date, you can be sure it's for my kids, not my dog. This is a book for people who like to dress up their dogs and treat them like their children -- that is, it's not designed with my kind of dog person in mind. So how did I end up with this book? I was looking for information about the best diet for my dog, who has some allergy issues, so I was open to some new ideas. I figured I could pass it on to a good friend who does make play dates for her dogs, but who limits their wardrobes to sweaters in frigid weather. What did this book have to offer me? The sum total of dog food advice is that the more expensive brands use better ingredients and that the percentage of ingredients is reflected by the order of their appearance in the package. If this is news to you or if you want to relax with a overview of ways to pamper your pet, you might enjoy this book more than I did. (I'm not sending it to my friend, who could have written it herself, albeit with a much drier wit.)
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I admit it...my dogs are my family. Before I had kids, they were my children (and still are). They sleep on my bed. I love my dogs. So I was expecting some useful information in this book.

However, this book takes things a little too far. If you are a wealthy woman with a small dog that is a world traveler, this book may be for you. There is only a little space dedicated to feeding your dog (one of the most important things), with a couple of recipes. There are several pages dedicated to traveling with your dog, including which luxury hotels offer pet pampering, which overseas destinations are dog friendly, etc. There are also several pages of hosting a dog party. I can only imagine my two 75 pound dogs mingling with dozens of other large dogs at a bark mitzvah or a Howl-o-ween party!

There are numerous silly things in this book, such as arranging a dog marriage. It's also apparent that the author is single, as she makes numerous references to flirting with handsome men.

This is a silly book with very little substance, but it is an amusing and easy read with a few helpful tidbits.
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The author promotes the adoption of shelter dogs, so she gets a star for that. I learned some things about traveling with your dog, so another star. The rest of the book was written in a cutesy style that grated on me. The other material in the book was very basic and done may times over in magazines, on the web, and other dog care books. I don't recommend. There are better resources for dog lovers.
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This is a book for dog lovers who relish anecdotes about pets and who do not mind cutsy prose, such as "fur-tastic" for "fantastic" or "Howl-o-Ween" for "Halloween." This slim hardbound book has information that is both useful (as dog obesity, exercise for puppies) and perhaps frivolous (as pet-clothing fashion trends). However, the information is not readily accessible: there is no index and the table of contents for the nine chapters sports mostly catchy titles that do not inform. If one likes this sort of approach this somewhat pricey ($25) book will be a good read. Others seeking facts without the frills may find the book frustrating.
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I wish I would have had this book when I adopted my German shepherd four years ago. As a complete dog newbie, I sought out every book on the subject of how to raise a happy, healthy puppy, how to train, what to feed her, how to keep her safe. I went through a lot of books, and a lot of them were either informative or entertaining, but rarely both.

Wendy Diamond has written a book that is both informative and entertaining, with a lot of wisdom and knowledge to give to a new dog parent, without being overwhelming. She covers everything from choosing the right dog for your life, to exercising with your dog, to discipline (so important!), to keeping your dog out of trouble in the kitchen, and really living with and making your dog a part of your family and your life, as opposed to being a fur-covered entity who's tied outside to bark at the neighbors. For one, I very much appreciated that tone of loving a dog wholeheartedly and letting that dog share every aspect of your life, that it's okay to let the dog on the furniture and to get hair and noseprints on everything. And there are sections and "letters" from Wendy Diamond's dog Lucky that are both cute and funny. That's how the tone of this book stays, even with the section on saying goodbye. (Not that Diamond laughs it up over losing a pet, but she limits the "goodbye" section to a few paragraphs, and leaves you with the fact that Pope John Paul II declared that dogs do have souls and do, in fact, go to heaven- tremendously comforting to someone who's lost a pet.)

I can't say enough good about this "Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living," especially if you're just embarking on your pup-parent adventure. Think of it as a friend you can call on when your bundle of fuzzy joy takes a whiz on the living room carpet, or when you're not sure of how or where to travel with your dog. I didn't have this book when I first got my dog, but I'll reference it a lot, now that I do have it.
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