Sleeping With the Beast

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Sleeping With the Beast is not just another pretty book filled with pictures of dogs and owners romping in the fields. It is about a New England family that just happens to be comprised of a couple with two sons and five dogs—all cohabitating in one large farmhouse. Dale Ryan invites us into her home for a close-up view of what it's like to live with dogs. This is a rather intimate book about dogs and their human partners. Furthermore, the book touches on legal, moral, and philosophical issues that confront our ...

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Overview

Sleeping With the Beast is not just another pretty book filled with pictures of dogs and owners romping in the fields. It is about a New England family that just happens to be comprised of a couple with two sons and five dogs—all cohabitating in one large farmhouse. Dale Ryan invites us into her home for a close-up view of what it's like to live with dogs. This is a rather intimate book about dogs and their human partners. Furthermore, the book touches on legal, moral, and philosophical issues that confront our diversified families. The author also describes how dogs should be regarded not as twenty-first-century accessories, but should be respected for their multidimensional character. The term "beast" is used here in the most affectionate way. In a sense we are all beasts, whether two- or four-legged. Gorgeously illustrated with four-color photographs of Dale and her family—especially the dogs.

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Dale Ryan's, Sleeping with the Beast is a very different sort of book. It is a rather intimate book about dogs and their human partners. Furthermore, the book touches an legal, moral and philosophical issues that confront our diversified families. It's a close up view of what it's like to live with dogs from cooking to decorating to gardening to literally sleeping with the beast. The photos are in color and are gorgeous. It is a very honest and beautiful book. --Animals Today Radio, Peter H. Spiegal, MD.

"Sleeping With the Beast" by Dale Ryan; Breeze Hill Books ($34.95): Before you let your house go to the dogs, literally, let Dale Ryan show you why this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is a practical guide — accompanied by adorable photos of the author's pets — to having a canine-friendly house. Solid, sturdy furniture and library steps for the bed (if your pooch sleeps with you) are just two of many helpful tips. If a house can be toddler-proofed for a small child, why can't the same be done for our pets? --The Detroit News

 

This book is a lovely tribute to a large (well to do) family full of boys and big dogs - dogs who share the beds, rule the roost, and enjoy the companionship of all the members of their pack - the two leggers and the other four leggers! The photos are beautiful - and the observations are poignant to anyone who has ever loved and shared a life with dogs. Any dog lover, and especially one with a love for beautiful dog-centric interiors, will love this book!

--Cindy Wexler NetGalley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985008307
  • Publisher: Breeze Hill Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Ryan has studied art and design and has a Bachelor of Science in art education. She has been working on projects ranging from dog shelters, schools, and sustainable, local foods for hospitals. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

 

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    Our Pets And Who We Are When Dale Ryan was a child people had t

    Our Pets And Who We Are

    When Dale Ryan was a child people had the idea the life should be very ordered and hierarchical. Everything had its place and a dogs place was certainly in the yard, or perhaps in the kitchen. (p.109) As the title suggests, this book certainly doesn’t take that position, though it does not propose that life with dogs must be chaotic, dirty and ugly. Dale Ryan has been a dog lover since childhood when her family owned Charcoal, an adored but ill-fated canine. (p. 14-15) Dale has owned15 dogs over the years, and this book reveals the personality of a kind soul who takes the time to care, to think about life from a perspective different from her own, and to be flexible enough to adapt to those differences however possible. Dale is qualified in art and design (Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education) and this book is filled with beautiful, colour photographs that add to the text and demonstrate that a less ordered life is not necessarily an unpleasant, disordered life.

    The idea of the “beast” is central to this book and Dale plays with the meaning, sometimes referring to the obvious dogs, sometimes referring to man, and sometimes meaning ‘beastly,’ as in ‘not nice.’ We see ourselves as separate from nature and the animals, but of course we are always in nature even in our ordered homes, and, as scientists remind us, we are animals ourselves. This is a very Taoist idea (Alan Watts. The Toa Of Philosophy: Tuttle Publishing, 2002, p. 17-34) and the book is indeed lightly philosophic, in a common sense kind of way. Following from the idea that dogs and man are similar, it is no surprise to find that much of the advice about living with dogs is at the same time applied to people. The book is very nitty-gritty and practical and the suggestions are indeed useful to all of us (dogs and people). Of course much in Sleeping With The Beast could apply to any animal, especially domesticated animals such as cats and birds.

    Dale is an artist and much of this book shows a touch of her skills in that field. She displays an artist’s observation when she notes that dogs have a heightened sense of smell and therefore enjoy being in the kitchen when you cook (p. 49) and also playing in herb gardens. (p. 68) Similarly, she shows an artist’s contemplative thought when she wonders if dogs really like having their heads patted. (p. 85) Most of all she demonstrates drafting skills when she observes that living with dogs requires planning. (p. 30) My point is that, as I have said, this book is very practical.

    Dale has a very friendly writing voice and her book is entertaining and easy to read. The many illustrative stories she includes from her family life very much help us to feel ‘at home’ with the book.

    In brief the book covers:

    A general comparison between man and dog and their inner nature as social animals

    The challenges and bonuses of living with dogs

    Decorating and remodelling your house so that it’s dog friendly

    Cooking for your dog, with special consideration to health

    Designing your bedroom with dogs in mind, and the psychology of sleeping with dogs

    Making your garden a safe and friendly environment for dogs

    Problems that can arise from living with dogs, including human problems such as cruelty

    Raising dogs from puppies

    How to cope when dogs die, and what to do in case the owner dies

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