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Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond
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From Alexandra Horowitz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside of a Dog , an eye-opening, informative, and wholly entertaining examination and celebration of the human-canine relationship for the curious dog owner and science-lover alike.

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves , Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing.

As Horowitz considers the current culture of dogdom, she reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs. We celebrate their individuality but breed them for sameness. Despite our deep emotional relationships with dogs, legally they are property to be bought, sold, abandoned, or euthanized as we wish. Even the way we speak to our dogs is at once perplexing and delightful.

In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals--and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before.
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We humans do love our dogs, and we also love books about dogs. Canine researcher Horowitz (Being a Dog, 2016) here further examines the human-canine bond. In 13 delightful chapters, she reveals the current state of dogdom and the often disparate ways we live with dogs. The opening chapter on choosing a dog's name points out how the process makes the dog one of us, and the inherent contradictions it discloses of owning a dog (pet? family member? money earner? guardian?) are thought-provoking. One hilarious chapter reveals Horowitz's informal study of how people talk to their dogs ""OK guys: share"" and how dogs hear the simple sound of our voices as an expression of love. Two fascinating chapters look at the trouble with purebred dogs and include Horowitz's plea for breeding dogs for health rather than looks. She also provides an absorbing look at the benefits to society and the costs to the dog of spay-neutering surgery, a perspective most dog owners probably haven't considered. Enlivened with the author's sketches of dog faces, which also lead readers to more information, this is a thoughtful and loving look at our species' best friends.--Nancy Bent Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Bondedp. 1
The Perfect Namep. 7
Owning Dogsp. 33
Things People Say to Their Dogsp. 67
The Trouble with Breedsp. 87
The Scientific Process as Practiced at Home Watching Dogs on a Thursday Eveningp. 137
Dog Stuffp. 147
The Dog in the Mirrorp. 173
Interlude: The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab by the Numbersp. 193
Does My Dog Love Me?p. 199
Against Sexp. 213
Humorlessp. 251
Tail of the Dogp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Sourcesp. 267
Indexp. 297
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