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Thomas's multifaceted discussion of canine life was a 28-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Novelist/ethologist Thomas may be well known to readers for her novels Reindeer Moon (LJ 1/87) and The Animal Wife ( LJ 7/90). This work, however, takes a much different tack in that it provides a readable account of how, over a a span of years, her family dogs were transformed into a family unit not unlike a wolf pack. Thomas is a firm believer that animals think and express emotion and is not ashamed to be "anthropomorphic" in her particular analysis of dog behavior. Her intention is to find out, by observing her own animals, what it is that dogs "want." The dogs were free to make their own decisions; Thomas fed them, sheltered them, and provided medical care but otherwise didn't train them or direct their activities. The observations she makes are entertaining and amusing to anyone who has owned a dog. Her conclusion is that dogs want each other, and people are merely substitutes for other canines. Although Thomas draws on her knowledge of philosophy and the theory of animal consciousness, this book never bogs down in theory and remains very readable. A title worth considering for libraries where there is client interest.
- Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the problem when anthropologists study animals instead of people. The author has very little knowledge about dogs and their behavior and buzz words she does know such as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joe Barton
This book made quite an impact on me over 15 years ago when I first read it. I was thrilled to be able to find it again since it's out of print. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2013 by Suzanne Dargie
After reading at least 200 books about dogs in an effort to understand mine more fully I found this book. It was enthralling. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Mimi LaRowe
A beautiful and compelling book that celebrates dogs in all their uniqueness and glory.
The book's main flaw is Thomas's tendency towards New Age pseudoscience (for instance,... Read more
Despite all of the negative comments of other readers, I really enjoyed this book. It was a very interesting look at the natural behavior of dogs. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003
I read and enjoyed this book - I also read the reviews of the short-sighted people who failed to mention THE YEAR in which the "dogs running wild" took place - I believe... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003
Having read the reviews, I was prepared to endure the irresponsible behavior of the author in hopes of learning a little something different about dogs. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by citywulf