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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

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    Calling All Dog-Lovers: This Book is Your Perfect Match!

    In The New Work of Dogs, Jon Katz explores the dog-loving society in Montclair, New Jersey and discovers that it's important to understand our relationships with dogs, so we don't put them at risk. Dogs are now treated as human companions since America is filled with technology addicts who barely interact with people and become isolated. This companionship plays a key role in eliminating this loneliness. Dogs give us unconditional loyalty and love and will never judge or abandon us when humans tend to leave people and stop loving them. Katz reaches this understanding by interviewing dog owners, animal workers, trainers, breeders, rescuers, and uses statistics and facts about attachment theory to make his information clear. Every dog has a specific job to do and some can help people get through difficult situations in life. This book is heartwarming and cheerful. It made me realize that dogs play an important role in society and without them life wouldn't be the same. This is one major message that Katz wants us to take from the book. He cautions us, however, that humans are arrogant and take advantage of dogs. "But I find it troubling, this idea that we can deny or alter the very nature of animals to suit our temporal needs, the arrogant assumption that an entire subordinate species exists solely to lend us a hand when we want help, often later to be discarded like junk-food wrappers when we don't" (208). The author's message here is for humans to continue to support dogs even after they have done their jobs, instead of just tossing them away. I definitely recommend this book because Jon Katz uses a unique style of telling a different story in each chapter, providing something meaningful for everyone. I loved the way the author used vivid words and details to get his many points across. I could actually visualize all of the events that occurred in the book. However, at times the book became a little boring and confusing, and I had to reread parts. Overall, this book is very satisfying and gives the reader a new respect for dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    The New Work of Dogs

    As soon as I started this book I could tell Jon Katz did a tremendous amount of research. I found it very informative and intuitive about how society "works" their dogs these days.

    At times I did feel the information became a bit dry and found myself skimming over parts of pages, however on the whole I found "The New Work of Dogs" very enlightening. It opened my eyes to the fact of how much of our society has to "keep up with the Joneses" (more than I was aware of) which causes innocent dogs to endure their owner's selfishness and ignorance.

    I have always had a dog and currently have the most wonderful Border Collie in the world - Toby. As I read this book and look at Toby, the knowledge I have gained is reinforced to keep on striving to create a world for my dog(s)that emulates nature, my dog's breeding characteristics and to continue to challenge Toby to be the dog he was meant to be. And it shows - he is one happy dog!

    Thanks, Jon Katz, for enlightening the reader and reminding us how our dogs are such wonderful and intellegent animals that learn how to adapt to do the work assigned them.

    If anyone is interested in how to better their best friend's life and their bond with their dog, read this book.

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    Posted July 9, 2009

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