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Pet Nation: The Inside Story of How Companion Animals Are Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy Paperback – September 21, 2021

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“Dogs and cats are as ubiquitous in social media as our children. The move of our pets from the backyard into our hearts is perhaps the biggest change affecting the modern family. Mark Cushing offers an eye-opening and well-researched account, showing how we’re all the better for it.” —Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of Mama’s Last Hug

Pet Nation shows us a country transformed by the love of dogs and cats—and, in one case, a crab-eating raccoon. Written with a storyteller’s exuberance and a researcher’s care, Mark Cushing takes a deep dive into the loving and complex relationship between animals and their humans. Urgent, generous, and wise.” —Jennifer Finney Boylan, bestselling author of Good Boy and She’s Not There
 
“If you want to understand how America turned upside-down for pets, and have a great read doing it, then this is the book for you. Mark’s style is always entertaining and informative, and the twists and turns of how this cultural transformation unfolded will keep you going to the last page.” —Dr. Marty Becker, New York Times bestselling author and “America’s Veterinarian”
 
“Four paws up for Pet Nation! Mark traces how pets went from the backyard to the bedroom and, in the process, taps into the power of the human-animal bond to bring people closer together in a world that seems resolved to drive folks apart.” —Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane

“Mark Cushing brilliantly captures the history of our complex relationship with companion animals and forecasts a future in which pets play an increasingly important role in society, healthcare, our legal system, and the economy. This book will validate pet lovers, challenge critics, and warm the hearts of everyone who reads it.” —Ernie Ward, award-winning veterinarian, author, entrepreneur, and cofounder of Wild Earth pet foods

“Meticulously researched and filled with fascinating esoterica (“Forty percent of TV commercials feature dogs. . . .”), Cushing makes the case that technology and pet culture grew up together in a symbiotic relationship that continues today. Whether you find dog brewpubs and cat cafes affirming or appalling, Pet Nation gives you a smart and unique glimpse into a cultural phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping.” —Steve King, CEO of American Pet Products Association

“If Freakonomics met James Herriot in a twenty-first-century coffee shop, this is the book they would write! It’s engaging, informative, interesting, and should be required reading for anyone who loves animals.” —Dani McVety, DVM, founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

About the Author

Mark Cushing is the founding partner and CEO of the Animal Policy Group and a Stanford honors graduate. He acts as Trustees Counsel for Lincoln Memorial University and has served as adjunct faculty and lecturer at Lincoln Memorial University, Lewis & Clark College, and the University of Oregon law school.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avery (September 21, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593420640
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593420645
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.51 x 0.86 x 8.23 inches
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Mark is the Founder and CEO of the Animal Policy Group, LLC, based in Scottsdale, Portland and Los Angeles. APG’s clients represent a wide-range of pet health, animal welfare and veterinary educational interests. Mark focuses his practice on providing high-level strategic advice, government advocacy, regulatory and policy services to animal health and veterinary clients with needs at any level of government, and universities and industry groups throughout North America. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy conferences. He is a former partner of major regional and national law firms and served as an adjunct professor of law at the LMU Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, and the University of Oregon School of Law. He is an Honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is like watching a documentary about the evolution of America's love of animals.
By D. McL on September 14, 2020
I couldn't put it down, it was great! Mark knows how to wrap a reader in, making the story educational, entertaining, and funny at the same time. I love documentaries; this book served that same purpose, giving real-life examples of America's love (and evolution thereof) of animals. Many times I found myself thinking "no way, that's crazy!" and many times I would think "yep, that's me." It gave a very well-rounded approach!
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