Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?

Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?

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by Pamela Redmond Satran
     
 

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Dogs now dominate the $55 billion a year pet business, with nearly 40 percent of American households owning a total of 78.2 million dogs. Dog products, dog services, dog admiration--okay, let's call it dog worship--has become totally over the top, with doggie treadmills, dog swimming pools, caffeine-free doggie java, dog massage, dog perfume, aromatherapy, hair

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Dogs now dominate the $55 billion a year pet business, with nearly 40 percent of American households owning a total of 78.2 million dogs. Dog products, dog services, dog admiration--okay, let's call it dog worship--has become totally over the top, with doggie treadmills, dog swimming pools, caffeine-free doggie java, dog massage, dog perfume, aromatherapy, hair coloring, and, yes, dog tattoos that would have seemed outlandish a generation ago when applied to your everyday household Rover.

But Rover isn't called Rover anymore: he's called Rufus. Or Lola, according to the Tumblog Hipster Puppies. In fact, all Top Ten Dog Names are people names. And the canine Rufus doesn't stay home alone all day; he goes to Doggie Daycare. Eats brightly frosted martini-shaped doggie treats. Wears designer tutus. Gets married on the beach. Has...

Well, you'll see. With hilarious full-color photos throughout, Rabid holds a humorous mirror up to our dog-centered society, helping us laugh at our own behavior and at the even-more-insane antics of all those other dog people.

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Publishers Weekly
Satran (How Not to Act Old) has written another humor book destined to fill gift bags for relatives no one knows very well. With charts breaking down dog ownership behavior according to “Crazy About Your Dog” or “Just Crazy” and tidbits on doggie spa treatments, bottled water and alternative therapies for dogs, the real eye-poppers come from the “Dogs and Art Timeline,” the “Royal Dogs Timeline,” and the section, “Dogs and Money.” This exhaustive compilation of dog-related factoids, itself emblematic of the Internet age, offers its own relevance for just-in-love puppy owners and the “half of dog owners who consider their dogs to be equal members of the family.” A comparison between the merits of dogs versus kids might just be worth the price of admission, but overall, this is a glorified magazine about man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Illus. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Satran (How Not To Act Old) takes a lighthearted look at the relationships between people and their dogs. Last year, Americans spent $50 billion on their pets, and Satran covers the products and services this money is buying, including dog spas and clothing, dog houses and resorts, gourmet dog food, alternative medicine, dog horoscopes, Halloween costumes, dog meet-ups and weddings, helicopter dog parents, and dog cloning. Each chapter includes a quiz to help readers determine whether they are crazy about their dogs ("leaving the television on to keep your dog company") or just plain crazy ("keeping track of your pet via doggy cam"). There are lists of products (e.g., a faux-fur bed shaped like a car, talking dog-food bowls), services (e.g., doggy social networking sites, fat camp for dogs), timelines (e.g., dogs and religion, royal dogs, dogs and art), and a list called "Ten Things To Do with Your Dog's Ashes (Besides Bury Them in the Backyard)." Satran also includes useful information about dog health, sports, festivals, and websites. VERDICT The perfect book for all readers who have ever wondered if they have gone overboard in pampering their dog. Recommended.—Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608198375
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,417,078
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 2.30(d)

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