Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred

Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred

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by Josh Dean
     
 

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Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials

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Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials that Jack and his plucky, dedicated owners come to face, and uses their story to explore the larger histories of dog shows themselves; the fascinating and sometimes bizarre history of purebred dogs; and our complex, heartfelt relationships to the pets we grow to love. For dog lovers, readers of Marley & Me, Merle’s Door, and Oogy, and fans of Best in Show, Dean’s Show Dog is an irresistible instant classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062098924
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
715,447
File size:
7 MB

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Josh Dean is a former deputy editor of Men's Journal and was one of the founding editors of PLAY, the New York Times sports magazine. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Outside, GQ, Popular Science, and many others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

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Show Dog 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 19 reviews.
Mesinead More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever wondered about the world of dog shows and the people and their dogs that inhabit them will find this book instructive as well as entertaining; those experienced in dog shows will find it a hoot! A good read. Check it out.
gritsgal More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine, knowing my wife shows Chinese Crested dogs and that I own an Aussie, suggested I pick up this book. I found it totally engaging, funny, and an accurate portrayal of the Show world. We are relatively new to showing, my wife got into it 5 years ago under circumstances weirdly similar to Kim Smith, and she has been hooked ever since. My wife shows and I watch and provide moral support. I found Josh's book to be an extremely accurate and heartfelt portrayal of this world from the viewpoint of someone who has never bred or shown dogs. My wife was hesitant to read the book and actually asked me today, "is it judgmental?" I told her I found it to be the opposite, the people portrayed in the book are people who love dogs and love their sport. I would recommend this book to anyone who shows, is interested in what goes on with showing, or just loves dogs. BTW, I was floored to find out that the breeder of my Aussies' sire, Kerry Kirtley, was one of the main figures in the book. Small world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even with 30 years in dogs behind me I learned something more from this new angle that I didn't know before.
RUFUSNY More than 1 year ago
"A DAY IN THE LIFE"....VIVID,EVEN-HANDED PROFILES OF THE BREEDER, OWNER, HANDLERS WHO SPIRIT JACK, THE AUSTRALIAN SHEPARD IN HIS QUEST FOR TOP RANKING IN THE PURE BRED SHOW DOG WORLD. A JOY; FILLED WITH INFORMATION,HISTORY,HUMAN FOIBLES AND EXPLANATIONS OF DOG SHOW RULES AND NOMENCLATURE TO SATISFY BOTH SEASONED DOG SHOW PARTICIPANTS AND CASUAL OBSERVERS. IF YOU LIKE DOGS, I'LL BET YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK.
slypork More than 1 year ago
I boughtnthismbook because I have owned two Australian Shepherds and absolutely love the breed. So many of Jack's characteristics made me smile as they reminded of my own wonderful dogs. Fun, easy to read, informative and totally unique book! I evene picked up a few new training ideas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book follows an individual and a dog that has great show potential through the trials and successes of showing a dog to the top 10 of the breed. If you always wanted to know more about how a dog becomes a top show dog (other than because they are a great representative of the breed) -- and there is much to it, take a look at this book.
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This is an informative, funny, interesting and highly readable book. It immersed me in the dog show world without becoming overwhelming. I definitely have much more appreciation for all that entails a dog show. The dog highlighted, an Australian Shepherd "Jack" was very engaging and I found myself eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen both in his home environment and his show life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am truly enjoying this fascinating and well-written book. But I have one bitch (no pun...). There are many fascinating footnotes indicated with a "*". Great! But getting back takes a delicate touch that can take several frustrating tries. A "back" button appears briefly, but unless one is a super speed reader, it disappears well before the footnote can be read. Trial and error revealed that by touching the asterick lightly and exactly it will take you back. But--and it's a big butt, complete with a tail--the star is very tiny and right next to the left side. So three out of four times I've been sent to the previous footnote! I'm on about page 100 out of over 400 (you get your money's worth with this delightful read) and, as I have tiny fingers, I am training the tip of my little pinky to perform a light tap exactly on the *, but still I often miss. Please publishers, correct this! It is really frustrating. A tip for the reader. If you can stand it, widen the margins so the * is not so close to the edge. I also shrunk the typeface, but that's a matter of taste and eyesight. But don't ignore the footnotes. They are worth the trouble! So, five, uh, "Wags" from me! JMcC
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I love aussies and this booklooks really good but i am 12and im not sure if i should get the book please someone reply i need to know!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think in dog shows people should NOT work the poor dogs to hard and harshly