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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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"An essential book for all dog owners, and for all dogs reading at or above grade level." –Ian Frazier

"Whether you participate in dog-madness yourself, or just shake your head at your neighbors' absurd behavior, Rabid will have you laughing out loud. It’s funny because it’s true." –Gretchen Rubin, New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Project

"Pam Satran's Rabid is very funny, but it is also more than that. It is a penetrating look at the sometimes over-the-top emotional insanity of dog-loving Americans,  fueled by our ever- growing love for dogs. Rabid makes us think about this, which is valuable, even as we laugh, which is even more valuable. Every dog lover will smile and squirm a bit reading Rabid, and perhaps see their own reflections in the mirror." –Jon Katz, bestselling author of The Dogs of Bedlam Farm

“Hilariously reported.” –Reader's Digest

“If you love your dog, or if you know someone who does, this book is the cat’s meow.” –Parents.com

"The perfect book for all readers who have ever wondered if they have gone overboard in pampering their dog." –Library Journal

"Dog lovers, whether in denial or proud acceptance, will read Rabid with delight. A definitive history of dog adoration." —Shelf Awareness

"A humorous look at our dog-obsessed society...As Satran point out, no matter how crazy we may have gotten about our dogs, there are always others out there who are even crazier, and this book will help pinpoint where on thee dog-crazy spectrum we lie."—Booklist

"A comparison between the merits of dogs versus kids might just be worth the price of admission."—Publishers Weekly

 

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,007,469
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of the New York Times bestselling humor book How Not to Act Old, optioned by DreamWorks. She is also the author of seven novels and the coauthor of eight baby name books, including the bestselling Beyond Jennifer & Jason. Satran is a columnist for Glamour and contributes frequently to such publications as the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and More magazine. She lives in Montclair, NJ. Visit her website at pamelaredmondsatran.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly recommend if you love your dog.

    This book is a hoot, so funny. I enjoyed it thouroughly, and read certain passages aloud to my ever present, spoiled rotten chihuahua, ha ha. My mother is even worse than I am. Enjoy this book.

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    Posted July 3, 2013

    Jordan

    Lets just go kill cats!!!!! That's what I signed up for and that's what I'm gonna do! *Picks up a hatchet and a torch.*

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    He yawned." I think you joining makes your intent pretty clear. Fel free to join..for now anywho.

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