One woman’s journey into the heart of a dog crisis
Soon after Jacki Skole brought home an eight-week-old puppy from a New Jersey rescue organization, she wondered how such a young animal could have so many idiosyncrasies-so she set out to find an answer. Dogland, an extraordinary mix of memoir and investigative journalism, follows Skole's journey to trace the origins of her newest family member.
Along the way, Skole interviewed dozens who work in the world of animal rescue-from shelter managers to animal rights activists-taking readers from dilapidated county-run shelters in the South to strip malls in the Northeast where rescue groups seek homes for homeless pets, and from rural and urban "vet deserts" to the very heart of the South's complex relationship with companion dogs. Amid the serious issues facing shelter dogs in America, Skole found tireless animal advocates and humble visionaries who believe their ideas and their passion can save canine lives throughout the South-and the entire United States.
"Dogland explores the serious issues facing American shelter dogs and the heroes advocating for them. It's a page-turner...well worth reading."
-- Bark & Swagger
|Publisher:||Byte Level Research|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Jacki and her husband live in New Jersey with their three daughters-two human, one canine. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is the canine daughter who served as the inspiration for Dogland.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Ready or Not
Here She Comes
South Paws in the North
Property with a Heartbeat
Never-Ending Flood of Need
If You Build It, Will They Come?
Dogs for Dollars
Teach the Children
Meeting Miss Daisy
Appendix I: Rescue 101
Appendix II: Pay It Forward
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In an absolutely amazing piece of work, debut author Jacki Skole brings us Dogland: A Journey to the Heart of America's Dog Problem. In a wonderful piece of investigation into the supply of dogs in our country, Jacki Skole has taken her heartfelt interest in the origins of her family pet, which she and her family adopted from a rescue as an eight-week-old puppy, and turned it into a work that any lover of dogs, or of animals in general absolutely must read. She spent time interviewing people involved in rescuing canines, from animal rights activists to shelter managers throughout the country, and presents their stories in a beautiful and empathetic manner. I simply could not recommend Dogland any more highly. This is not only an incredibly well-written and engrossing read, but it is an important and thought provoking work that challenges each of us to evaluate how companion animals are treated and traded in this country. Author Jacki Skole has done an absolutely masterful job at presenting the information she obviously spent a huge amount of time in gathering, all in what is also quite clearly a labor of love for her. Reading the personal stories of both her own family and the many she meets along her research path, one truly appreciates the work that good people are doing in the world of dogs. But for every good work, there are so many more that are the diametric opposite, and can cause irreparable damage to the very creatures that many profess to love. Any reader who loves dogs, loves great investigative work, or loves memoirs should absolutely read this book. It is an A+, five star read, and a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.