These books, both written for the average pet owner, are quite similar in content and approach. But because they are formatted differently, they may appeal to different audiences. Alderton's (How To Talk with Your Dog) work has the characteristic stamp of a Reader's Digest publication. It is well illustrated, with 120 color photographs that aren't just pretty pictures-they definitely clarify the text. Additionally, Alderton makes liberal use of boxed text highlighting key points. Most topics start on the left-hand page, which makes it easy to see a two-page spread with illustrations and charts-a better alternative to flipping pages.
Borzendowski's (Caring for Your Aging Cat) readable work has five pages of supplementary resources compared with Alderton's two and fewer illustrations and photographs. That said, Borzendowski does a better job of providing up-to-date information, e.g., while Alderton still holds to old vaccination protocols, Borzendowski acknowledges that the approach to annual vaccinations has changed recently. The list of recommended readings is limited in both, but they do present extensive references to web site resources and organizations for readers wanting more information. It is important that the millions of people with canine family members have access to books like these, both of which are strongly recommended. They would make worthy additions to public libraries, especially in combination with respected veterinarian David Taylor's Old Dogs, New Tricks, which focuses on training more than basic care concerns.
Edell M. Schaefer