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Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats Hardcover – October 20, 2009
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About the Author
Photographer and bestselling author Rachael Hale is one of the world's most popular and successful photographers. Her endearing images have been published on greeting cards, calendars, posters, and stationery around the world, and her books have sold over 2.5 million copies in 11 languages. Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael now lives in the south of France with her husband Andrew and their Dalmatian Boxer-cross named Kizzie.
Top Customer Reviews
There are 225 pages in the book, but it can easily be read through in one sitting. My favorite section was how dog became mans best friend. The author explains that all creatures had a chance to win that honor over the past thousands of years. When describing the chance the ostriches and emus had to become mans best friend, the author explains they "can't stop themselves from constantly peering over your shoulder, which, if unchecked, is certain to create serious paranoia". One reason cats didn't take the top honor, aside from the part that they just didn't care, is that "humans don't like to be watched while sleeping". Forgive my quotes of the book, but those show that it is written with humor and creativity.
Also for all the die hard cat fans, the author really does not dislike cats, you can tell he has some appreciation for them (even though he does fear they may cause the collapse of human civilization one day), and that he doesn't take pet ownership lightly. It is a responsibility that not everyone is suited for.Read more ›
As a coffee table book I would recommend it to dog lovers of every kind, and I am sure a few cat lovers would get some amusement out of it as well. This book is mostly photographs, with a few cute phrases and a few paragaphs of good factual information and anectodes about man's best friend vs. felines. It would make a really nice gift for a dog lover or someone who shares their home with both types of creatures.
This is a copy table book that people will want to sit back and read.
This book made me laugh one second - the kind of laugh reserved for truly witty and truly true statements - and then moved me to tears the next. The writing is deliciously wicked and, at other times, deeply touching, and the photography is priceless. This winning combination makes this book the gem that it is - a thing of beauty that is not found often.
I would not just highly, but strongly recommend this book to any dog-lover. I think that it would also amuse some cat-lovers, but definitely offend others, if they take this book too seriously. Although the author does take the time to defend cats a little, when he isn't shamelessly bashing them, and the book is filled with many beautiful photographs of cats, in my opinion, it is definitely not a cat-lover's book. Just so you know where i am coming from, and can take my personal bias into account, I am a dog-lover and cat-disliker - NOT hater. To my fellow dog-lovers I say, BUY THIS BOOK! It is the best purchase that I've made in a long time!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
made to be funny, but many of the treatises it proposes struck me as true. acknowledging I'm a dog person though.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is the most truthful, insightful, and gorgeous piece of literature that I have ever read. The truth is clearly stated, and in PARAGRAPHS, not in mere sentences like... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just a great book. Cat lovers with a sense of humor tend to love it as well, people who are easily offended by nonsense are the only ones who get annoyed by this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel Hackenbruch
The anti-cat presuposition and title serve only to make people who do not understand the pleasure of a joyfully independent pet feel superior without cause. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joypebble
Such a cute book! Fun to read, I leave it out for others to browse through.Published 21 months ago by stanlesmith