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Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Recommendation - Pukka's Promise

"Way to go, Ted!"
Pukka's Promise is Ted Kerasote's response to the many people who responded to his love story Merle's Door by sharing their own dog loves and asking him why their beloved dogs die so young. 

Instead of hearing this as a rhetorical question and offering sympathy, Kerasote set out to find the answers. His research is meticulous, his conclusions surprisingly evenhanded, his writing just superb. The story of his personal search for a new canine partner is deeply enmeshed with the facts revealed by the  modern science of dogs.

At the urging of friends, readers, and his own conscience, Kerasote begins his search at shelters and on Petfinder. Meanwhile, he speaks with geneticists and breeders to get a handle on the pros and cons of mixed-breed vs. pedigreed dogs, keeping the emphasis on getting a healthy dog that is not predisposed to be disabled or diseased. By the time he has outlined the role of the AKC and unscrupulous breeders in the inbreeding of today's dogs, you'll understand why, in one notorious example, so many Golden Retrievers die young from cancer.

When Kerasote turns to finding a reputable breeder, he brings us along as he encounters more surprises.  When he visits one breeder he discovers a much uglier situation than portrayed on the website. He learns firsthand from another breeder why choosing a puppy via "temperament testing" may be as reliable as flipping a coin. So how does he choose? The suspense builds right up to the final "awww" when, really, Pukka chooses Ted.

And so it goes. Annual vaccinations, spaying and neutering, the pet food industry, animal rendering, training methods, the no-kill shelter controversy - they all get a profoundly thoughtful treatment in Pukka's Promise.

This is a book I think all current and prospective dog owners should read. Ditto veterinarians, shelter owners, and anyone with an interest in animal welfare. Treat yourself! Go fetch Pukka's Promise ASAP!


Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Sounds like a great book!

houndstooth said...

I've heard a lot of great press about this book and I suspect it will make its way to our house one of these days! :) Great review!

Amy said...

I should have included in the post that Sugar the Golden Retriever is doing a giveaway for this book so you should check it out!!!

Amy said...

Worth your time to read it and I really mean that. If you haven't read Merle's Door it's worth looking at too.

Amy said...

PS. to all - I bought my own copy; my opinions are my own and unsolicited; no financial benefit - I just plain old like the book and its author.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! My mom read it very intensely. Lots of wonderful information. As we said on our post/review, this book will serve as a reference book. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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