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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Holiday HAUL-A-DAY 5: “Dogs/Pets”

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If you love dogs, own a dog, or even like animals, you will especially love these puppy friendly books filled with wet kisses and remarkable stories.   My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura T. Coffey, photographs by Lori Fusaro The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs by Tracy Libby

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Loving pets is part of being human

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It all started with kittens. They were far too tiny to be taken from their mother, and in all honesty my aunt was being devious in presenting these tiny furbabies to enamored children, but from the first moment we saw Wanda and Snowflake my sister and I were smitten. According to Daisy Yuhas, associate editor for Scientific American MIND, our love for our companion animals may just be genetic—even small children seem to have an inherent affection for creatures from other species. As she told Leonard Lopate, our fondness is unique to humans and has many variations. There are dog people and cat people; those who adore cute animals (think golden retrievers and Persian cats); those who like odder beasts…

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It’s National Dog Day! Celebrate with a book for you and a bath for him–or her

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Ahh….it’s August. The dog days of summer are finally here. While you may be thinking of barbecues, beaches and sunny days, August 26 is National Dog Day! According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2012 more than 83 million dogs are pets. Americans spend $50 billion annually taking care of the furry companion. Any dog owner will tell you flat out that their dog isn’t simply a pet, but a family member. Proud pet parents love their “fur kids” more than anything in the world, and sometimes, even more than their relatives. But what makes dogs so remarkable and why do we feel such incredible affection for our four legged friends? Dogs are amazing. They ask for nothing and…

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Exploring American life and values through our love of dogs

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As Benoit Denizet-Lewis reports in his new book Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country (Simon & Schuster), America has the highest rate of dog companionship in the world. These animals—loyal and protective, eager and unconditionally loving—perhaps represent something fundamental about the American spirit. They are, as Denizet-Lewis writes, “relentless optimists,” just like we are. There is something to be learned then about American life and values—especially at a time when the country is polarized and it seems impossible for anyone to agree on anything—by examining our national love of dogs. What do our dogs say about us?” This is what Denizet-Lewis set out to explore when he hopped in an RV with his lab Casey for a…

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