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Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs Paperback – June 8, 1999
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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One footnote. Knapp unfortunately confuses operant conditioning/positive reinforcement with no training/no discipline. In fact, operant conditioning/positive reinforcement training requires a great deal of discipline--it's just the discipline doesn't take the form of strangling your dog, pinching his/her ears, etc. People who don't train their dogs are really irresponsible. People who believe you have to hurt your dog to train it are either misguided or sadistic. Jean Donaldson's "The Culture Clash" makes these points clearly and forcefully.
Caroline Knapp has truly communicated the joys of "dog cohabitation" (as opposed to "dog ownership") in a way that even non-dog people can appreciate. Her largely anecdotal work will both resonate with those who have a dog, and will help to shade in mysterious and perplexing areas for those who don't -- and who wonder how people can get so darn attached to an animal.
And, perhaps best of all, Ms. Knapp avoids most of the preposterious dog-as-human-in-little-fur-coat anthromorphism that many writers of less talent and intelligence have used to convey that difficult to describe feeling of being engaged in a reciprocal love relationship with a dog.
As a writer myself, I am impressed -- and a little bit jealous of -- Ms. Knapp's use of language and phrasing to convey both complicated concepts and strong emotions. And, there are quite a few instances of humor in the book as well -- any dog owner who, as Ms. Knapp recounts, is convinced that a neighbor overhearing him or her speak to the dog would think "I'm a goon" will certainly empathize.
Again, the tone of this book is appropriate for both "dog people" and those indifferent to dogs alike. And, for those individuals (you all know who you are) who have fretted while dining out -- or, better yet, refused a dinner invitation altogether -- because of not wanting to leave Rover home alone, this book will speak to your soul.
Not everyone relates to their dog in the way Ms. Knapp does, and I certainly didn't agree with everything she wrote, but the book provides such a warm, intimate, unflinching look into her first relationship with a dog that I could not help getting teary at certain points. For some, dogs can and do provide a type of love found nowhere else. Even, as Ms. Knapp points out, if your life is balanced and full with a spouse, kids, career and other emotional connections. Perhaps one of the best things this book accomplishes is the confidence with which she says that loving a dog does not mean you are emotionally flawed. That alone should be merit enough.
This book is so different from many other dog books. It is introspective, personal, affirming. One of the best books I've read in a long time, and one that could be read again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books ever. Caroline Knapp was a great writer. This book touched on so many aspects of life with dogs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lonepup
Now on my third golden retriever rescue, I'm writing a book about the dogs who rescued me. Caroline and I are kindred spirits, and while her insights were on target, I applaud her... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BRS50
I enjoyed this book because I see some of my own attitudes toward dogs and our relationship with them reflected in it. It confirmed to me that I am not alone and I am not crazy.Published 9 months ago by H. J. Hill
I enjoyed the author's use of language but didn't really enjoy the narrative story.Published 9 months ago by Laura Harper
It was so personal for anyone who identified with the writer and the relationship with your dog.Published 10 months ago by PFR
Book arrived in condition as described. I like the book, though not as much as some of my friends who adored it.Published 11 months ago by Julie D.
A fine book from the late author Knapp who wrote from the heart about addiction and recovery. RIP Caroline.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer