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Men Are Dogs: A Woman's Guide To Choosing Her Breed Of Man Paperback – October 30, 2003
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After explaining why men are like dogs and then how someone can determine "the right breed," Wright organizes her material within seven Groups: Herding, Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, and Non-Sporting. For each breed within a Group, she discusses
Abilities & Interests Training
Type of Woman
Typical [Name of Species] Woman
Famous [Name of Breed] Man
Here's a brief sample: "Collie men are very handsome and catch people's eye. They have a friendly, open look about them and a great smile....[They] are excellent at herding people whether they herd them to ideas, places, or philosophies and beliefs. Gentle herders, most people are not aware they are being herded....A collie man is usually easy to train because he wants to please. He is intelligent and knows how to concentrate. The biggest challenge is his desire to relax and do things in his time frame....In a social setting with new people, the Collie man can be very polite and well mannered. He will, however, take his time getting to know someone....The woman for a Collie man will appreciate his intense need to herd; either her or others. She knows he may move at a slow pace when he's not herding....[One Famous Collie Man is] Matt Damon as John Grady Cole in All the Pretty Horses. As a young man, [he] is eager to escape his humdrum life and travel to Mexico. He wants to work on a big cattle ranch, appropriate to a Collie's herding instinct...." You get the idea.
Wright is convinced that understanding and considering the dominant characteristics and tendencies of various canine breeds can help a woman to select the most appropriate man for her. Given the fact that approximately half of all marriages in the United States now end in divorce, and about half of those divorces are granted less than two years after the wedding ceremony, obviously some bad decisions are being made. If Wright's book helps to lower the divorce rate or at least reduce the pain and suffering caused by bad relationships, more power to her. She makes no claim whatsoever that her approach is more reliable than, let's say, the Jung-Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality evaluation which measures a person's compatibility with a prospective mate. Although I am aware of the Jung Marriage Test, I have never taken nor even examined it.
In my opinion, this book can have substantial practical value IF used as only one of several resources for evaluation, the others including common sense and shared values. Some of the happiest, most enduring relationships I have observed, however, have involved two persons who could not be more different in several significant respects. My guess (only a guess) is that opposites attract because opposites are intrigued by such differences. Key point: They are aware of them. In effect, this is what Wright seems to be saying: "If you become involved with a Doberman Pinscher Man, this is probably what you can expect."
Earlier I referred to this book's entertainment value. It really should be prominently placed on a coffee table. Like a "Westie," the book's cover and title refuse to be ignored. Those who pick it up and begin to flip through it will soon become engrossed and inevitably read passages from it aloud. The game is on! In fact there are several which can be played. Game #1: "Which breed do you think you are? Let's see what it says." Game #2: "That's not you. So, what are you? Let's find out." Game #3: "What does it say about the Old English Sheep Dog?" and then identify acquaintances who match up with the description (pages 42-46). Game #4: Sharing responses to items on List 1 and List 2 on page 7. (This exercise could have been the premise for an entire episode of "Sex in the City.") The responses will help determine a woman's level of experience when choosing "the right breed" for her.
Certain redundancies (e.g. strong herding instinct) are inevitable because several breeds share one or more dominant characteristics. One minor quibble: An Index should be added to the next edition. In all other respects this book is well-written and handsomely produced. The illustrations provided by Mike McCartney are outstanding. This is indeed "A Woman's Guide to Choosing Her Breed of Man" but men as well as women will enjoy reading it and then sharing it with others.
Jeannette Wright makes the point that women try to change the men that they are with and that just never is going to work. People (and dogs) are the way they are. So instead of trying to change them make sure you pick the right one for you! Or learn how to live with the one you have!
After 20 minutes of reading I evaluated my husband and realized he was an Akita. The book says, "Don't but Akita Men in situations that they are uncomfortable with." This simple and short advice was a godsend. Being a gregarious and outgoing gal I was always dragging my husband into situations he didn't like. No more trying to make him into a lap dog. He is tough and independent and I love that about him too.
the quiz is fun, however i have to admit i go more on intuition than quiz results when identifying a man's breed. still, the descriptions are really on-point, and the illustrations are really cute!
cheers to jeanette wright! i cant wait for more!!
Too bad we have a more difficult time using this approach with men ... and often end up trying to change a man to be more like the person we'd prefer being with!
This book clears all of this up, and enables a woman to thoughtfully (and playfully!) examine the "breeds" of men to more clearly determine which ones are best for her. And, for those of us who have already chosen, we can use the criteria that Ms. Wright has established to identify our own man ... and understand in a greater way what his needs are, and how to best allow him to exemplify his wonderful attributes in the relationship.
I am on a quest to find an example of every breed that is described in this delightful book ... and have already found 18 of them!
All the stories about real-life men that go along with each dog breed are very compelling and just good reading.
I could see this as a highly entertaining bridal shower gift, although of course, a woman should read it long before she accepts an engagement ring.