- I just finished reading an interesting book. It’s more a collection of articles, I suppose, by the best-selling writer, Malcolm Gladwell. Being a book-store junkie, I have heard of him many times before, just never thought of reading anything of his until my practically husband gave me a copy of What the Dog Saw for my birthday. There are only two articles about dogs, one of them inspired by the infamous Cesar Millan, but every single one was written with a very unique perspective. I liked the questions he asked about everyday things, things I never thought to question before. The final article in the book has to do with pit bulls and BSL. Given Mr. Gladwell’s very wide readership, I hope he was able to reach some different people. I kind of want to photocopy the entire thing and send it to every single member of the Ontario government.
- Now I have picked up the latest book by Erika Ritter, also a gift from the PH. He has good taste. This one is called, The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath. I am only about a third of the way through so far but it is fascinating stuff. Though, I admit, what I am reading does make me a little uncomfortable. It’s bringing back a lot of the questions I have tried to ignore when reconciling my meat-eating habits with my animal-loving instincts. Which is entirely the point of her book. How do we reconcile these two things? How do we maintain our so-called superiority over animals while at the same time, learning just how intelligent and similar they really are? At the start of the book, she has a terrific interview with Temple Grandin that really got me thinking.
- Last night I decided to torture myself by watching a certain someone’s new show, Puppy SOS. (I won’t provide the link here as they are looking for applications and I don’t want to help them find
victimsfamilies to feature.) I justify this mental torture with the knowledge that in order to criticize something, I actually need to know what I am talking about. It would be like bashing a restaurant I have only seen from the outside. That, and I just love seeing new dogs, especially puppies. The lure of the canine eye-candy is hard to resist. Anyway, I may have just been tired but the host seemed a little nicer this time. Not to the dog – if only – but to the people. A little less Gordon Ramsay. I would have to see more than one episode to confirm this, however. It still doesn’t change my mind about his training methods.
- I am still trying to decide what trick to teach Shiva for Pup Love’s Tricks for Treats Contest. Obviously, I have to enter. There is just no question about that. But what to do? We’ve learned all the easier ones and I don’t know if I will have time to perfect something harder. Hmmm. While I ponder over it, I think you should definitely come up with something too. The more competition, the better!