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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
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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:)
Written in a lighthearted tone, that on occasion is too cutesy, the author skims briefly over a broad range of topics, focusing on the fun aspects, leaving the more serious details to various (reputable) sources such as the ASPCA lists and a variety of established online pet-websites.
On the fun list goes a few pet food and treat recipes, high-end travel, grooming, pet accessories and anything social and doggy-inclusive: yoga with your dog, dining with your dog, different pet-themed parties & pet-inclusive parties to throw for you and your dog, volunteering at pet organizations and the list goes on. As such, there is little practical information in this book that an experienced pet owner will find useful that cannot already be found on the internet or from asking around the doggy community. While certain important issues such as bringing a second pet into the household is addressed, the experienced owner would have to flip through a lot of "I already knew that" topics to get to get to what was wanted.
This would be the type of book you would get to go along with a "save the date" card for a breeder/rescue organization appointment with your kid. It's something that would be perfect in a gift that promises your daughter all the fun things she can do with the puppy she's going to get. I would also recommend this book for people who are "never-ever" pet owners and who want to but are too shy to socialize with their pets and need the extra push, or for people who like to read about doggy socials.
Overall a book that is all about including the dog in every aspect of your life that is possible. While brief on practical detail on a broad range of pet-owning topics, it has numerous referrals to good and reputable sources.