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 Since the debut of his international bestseller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become a household name in more than 115 countries. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into Russia's cosmonaut training program--though those incidents were, by and large, unrelated. BTG spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet.

 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.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jadecat VINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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As the owner of 4 cats and 2 dogs I thought this might be interesting. I have no desire to look at pet books with cutesy pictures and sappy sayings about how wonderful this dog or this cat is. Blech. This book is nothing like that, yes, the photos are gorgeous, you won't see your ordinary cats and dogs here, especially the cats! The style of writing is perfect, you are chuckling to yourself as you read it and agreeing to the authors comparisons. As the author writes, "dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and most important, dispositions....cats, however all fit neatly into the same silhouette...only superficial differences and varying degrees of neurosis distinguish one breed from the other.". How true is that!?

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.
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Earth really is the cat planet, and this book wastes no time in informing us of this fact. There are more than two hundred million cats in the world than there are dogs. As someone who owns two Labrador Retrievers, and with a couple of ferral cats that have taken up residence in my barn, I have to say I found this book adorable! It is filled with wonderful photographs both of various breeds of dogs and cats in several "AWW!"-inducing scenarios. "Dogs are inherrently good. Cats are something else entirely." The statement is true and certainly illustrates the idea that dogs really are our best friends, cats merely treat us as acquaintences.

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.
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This book turned out to be a lot of fun. It's over 200 pages long, with full page photography on nearly every page (probably about 2/3 dogs and 1/3 cats). There's text on most pages, but it's usually brief, formatted in a way that works with the photo, and the words enhance the pictures. That's because the dogs and cats really have great character and expression in their faces, and the captions bring it out even more: "If you care for dogs long enough, they become members of the family...Cats become destructive housemates with bad breath" -- which might not be that funny on this review page, but is really cute when paired with photos.

This is a copy table book that people will want to sit back and read.
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Excellent book, great pictures of dogs and cats, funny, easy to read. I've always had dogs and cats, but would consider myself a dog person. I bought this for myself on sale and liked it so much , bought 3 more for gifts. The book is interesting and funny.
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First off, I've never before been compelled to leave a review for an item on Amazon - or for an item on any site, for that matter - and I shop through Amazon A LOT. I do not leave reviews. I am much too lazy for that. And yet, I felt that it was almost my duty, to dogs and their admirers, to write a review for THIS book. That fact alone should speak volumes.
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!
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