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Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs Paperback – Sep 8 1998
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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson was, oddly enough, pet-free when he decided to write about their key role in his life. Not to worry, though. In a trice he acquired a troika of pups (a purebred and two mongrels) and a couple of kittens. (The pussycats, alas, play only cameo roles.) In Dogs Never Lie About Love, Masson finds plenty of new things to say about canines--not that there hasn't been a plenitude of pupper reportage in the '90s. Or at least he easily articulates what some of us might already think: "Dogs feel more than I do (I am not prepared to speak for other people)," Masson asserts. "They feel more, and they feel more purely and more intensely." Often, however, he seems to be writing less about animals than humans: "In searching for why we are so inhibited compared with dogs, perhaps we can learn to be as direct, as honest, as straightforward, and especially as intense in our feelings as dogs are." But this book is not just a cozy mix of navel gazing (bestial and human) and long, leash-filled walks. Masson offers several proofs that dogs do take the high moral road--one police pooch, for instance, refused to acknowledge his handler's attack command. A good thing, too, since Masson himself would have been the victim! In more ways than one, Dogs Never Lie About Love is a Milk-Bone masterpiece.--Kerry Fried
From Library Journal
Masson, a psychoanalyst and author, swings through a great deal of material and research in this work to discuss his beliefs regarding dog and wolf personalities. At the core of Masson's thesis is a belief about the nature of the dog's ability to love in an almost pure sense of the word and that dogs have uniquely keen feelings of pain, frustration, and happiness. His explanations are worthwhile; ultimately, many of his conclusions seem to be drawn primarily from observations of his personal pets, which, while valid, tends to weaken his credibility somewhat. Since the information doesn't seem terribly well organized and covers so much ground, listeners may have to replay the tapes several times to absorb the abundant ideas and the rich nuances in many of his messages. Still, Masson presents a genuinely useful look into the psychological make up of our "best friends." James Lurie is a fine narrator, and the technical aspects of the tape are satisfactory. Recommended for public and veterinary school libraries.?Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Needless to say, many people loved it, and I'd still lend it to anyone who wants to read it. I'm not sure I'd even discourage anyone from reading it; I just wouldn't lend it out or recommend it without revealing that many people, myself included, have not found it to be so wonderful.
I do want to counter something said by at least one who reviewed it negatively. Someone criticized the fact that the author didn't even have a dog, but went out to get several of them to write the book. I'm not sure that's so bad. To do it the other way might have me thinking, "oh this author is just so crazy about his dogs that he wants to write about them just like I'm so crazy about my dog that I want to write about him and tell the world how much I love him" even if there's not really a book in it. So, yes that's a thought, but I don't think I really agree that that factor was such a negative.
If you haven't read it and you're curious or interested, go for it (but maybe to the library), BUT - find the negative reviews here first and consider if you want to read the stuff that these readers say the book contains. Because they're mostly right.
I have no idea if this is what the author was thinking, but it might be true. And this seems to be the type of "analysis" the author used in this book. The author creates his "pack" after deciding to write the book. He then observes them and makes assumptions disguised as some sort of study. It wouldn't be so bad if he limited these assumptions to his own dogs or backed up his assumptions with some better evidence. I'm a true beliver in the emotions of dogs but this is a lazy and shallow attempt at canine psychology. I have lived with two or more dogs for over twenty years and the times the author makes a statement as a fact that is in direct contradiction to what I have observed with my own dogs are too numerous to mention here.
The author's love and affection for dogs is obvious and no doubt genuine, but there is nothing in this book that has not been discussed and documented somewhere else in a better and more consise format. I would suggust "The Intelligence Of Dogs: Cannine Consciousness and Capabilites" by Stanley Coren as a much better resource for this subject.
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Most recent customer reviews
the book is great;the service was outstanding and i would highly recommend both to everyone. i definitely plan to use it again.Published on Dec 24 2013 by teri
I bought this book at a used book store for about 6 dollars. I had heard great things from other doggie lovers like myself, so didn't mind dishing out a few bucks to purchase... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
If you want to know what this guy thinks his dogs are thinking, buy this book.Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Robert T. Ryan
Touching, interesting and helpful, this book is is a treasure of information about dogs. I enjoyed the look inside the behavior of dogs and the humor Masson used to share these... Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Marilyn Dalrymple
I loved this book, despite the fact that Masson sometimes seems to be projecting his own feelings onto his pets. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002 by David Group
Compassionately and with easy to read style, this author investigates the emotional state of dogs.
From his three to wide survey of literature on the subject, Masson puts... Read more
This was a wonderful book. I'm not a non-fiction reader by nature, but I absolutely loved every interesting, loving, thoughtful chapter. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002
If you are a dog lover, read this book. The book reflects on the fact that dogs truly "live in the moment". Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2000
I was appalled to read some of the reviews of this book. Masson neverclaims to be a scientist - he is writing from his experience, and as one reviewer pointed out, so what if he... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000