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No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs  Library Binding – Nov 1 2011

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  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pajama Press (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986949558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986949555
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Kulling on Nov. 1 2011
Format: Library Binding
No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw

I desperately wanted a dog when I was ten. I read book after book about dogs, and could name all the breeds. Well, there weren't so many back then. Certainly there were no hybrids ' that is, Cockapoos, Shih-poos, Snoodles, and Labradoodles. I might have been able to name the various breeds, but did I know much more than this? Did I know dog language? Did I know how to care for a dog, or that one of a dog's chief needs is much the same as ours ' that is, the need for family? Well, of course not. I knew nothing and there weren't books available that went much beyond breed labeling and general feeding and watering information. There certainly were no books like the informative and entertaining No Shelter Here. I would have read a book like this in one sitting and no dog would ever have suffered neglect at my hand.

It's logical to rally behind the fight to save endangered species, but what about the animals that populate our homes, our back yards, and our alleyways? Dogs and cats are in desperate need of champions and this book by Rob Laidlaw heralds the way to that end. It will give kids who long for a dog of their own the information they need to make a wise choice when picking a dog, to make sure they socialize their puppy, and train themselves to understand a dog's needs before the pet becomes a nuisance because of neglect and winds up in a shelter.

No Shelter Here is brimming with fact ' for example, listing 'What every dog needs,' shining a spotlight on puppy mills and 'free-ranging' or street dogs.
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no shelter here March 15 2013
By Patricia H. Powell - Published on
"No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs " by biologist Rob Laidlaw (2012) is not your average dog book. It is more an inspiration to help dogs that need you, by becoming what Laidlaw aptly calls a "dog champion."
Dogs have super senses, starting with their amazing sense of smell, from which dogs attain so much information. Who passed this corner? When? Our various dogs sniff their way along the sidewalk to the park, totally engrossed in their research.
Laidlaw tells us, dogs are highly social and should not be kept alone for any length of time. They're wonderful companions and family members. They need playtime and a comfortable home. They should not live chained outside. They need good food and fresh water.
It's best to get your dog from a shelter or from a rescue operation because when you adopt a dog you're saving a life. If you buy your dog from a pet store, the chances are the dog came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills are money-making ventures that produce as many puppies as cheaply as possible at the expense of the animals' comfort. Dogs live isolated, in crates, might not be fed the best food, or kept clean or get proper medical attention. They don't get loving attention.
Even if you can't have a dog, you can still hang out with them.
Mobile Mutts is a fantastic locally based dog rescue operation. That's where I got one of our two rescue dogs. Volunteers transport dogs from southern states where there tends to be less municipal money and more high-kill shelters to the far north where there are no-kill shelters. Our Tree Walker Hound, Lil, was found in a field in Kentucky, put in a shelter and scheduled for euthanasia when she was put on the Underdog Railroad. I mean, Mobile Mutts. And, yep, we got her.
Many dogs need adopting--dogs who live on the streets, retired greyhound racers, beagles used in science experiments, dogs in shelters.
As a "dog champion" you might inform classmates about puppy mill conditions, write letters to congressmen about the plight of puppy mill dogs, volunteer at the Humane Society, overnight dogs for Mobile Mutts, make a documentary film.
As Laidlaw says, "Anyone can be a dog champion. Just make a commitment to help and then get going." Dogs everywhere are counting on you.

Patricia Hruby Powell ([...]) is a nationally touring speaker, dancer, storyteller, librarian and children's book author. Read about Patricia's rescue dogs and find links to the organizations mentioned above at Patricia's blog at

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