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A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs
and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed
Man's Best Friend
Foreword by Dr. Marc Bekoff (The Emotional Lives of Animals)
Beacon Press
ISBN-10: 080703343
XISBN-13: 978-0807033432


A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogs. So-called “purebreds” are the mainstay of the dog industry, and social critic Michael Brandow argues that these aren’t markers of time-honored traditions but rather commercial inventions of the nineteenth century that were marketed as status symbols to a growing middle class. Combining social history and consumer studies with sharp commentary, this book reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets pay the price with devastatingly poor health.



New York's poop scoop law
Dogs, the dirt, and due process
Purdue University Press
New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
ISBN-10: 1557534926
ISBN-13: 978-1557534927

Praised by The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" as "a fine Empire State procedural," this classic on canine culture traces the strange custom of "scooping" to a small piece of legislation that hit the sidewalks of New York in the 1970s. Cited by publications ranging from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs and the New York Historical Society's Encyclopedia of New York City, this essential work includes delightful stories of anti-poop efforts in cities around the world. 

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