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“An engaging account of how dogs and cats came to be our best friends."—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"A fascinating account of how our conceptions of dogs and cats are changing - and what the outcome may mean for their futures. I was gripped throughout."—John Bradshaw, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense

“Grimm traces the evolution of today's pets, from once being considered feral beasts and valueless subjects to family members and quasicitizens. The author's research includes fascinating travels across the country interviewing detectives investigating animal cruelty cases, soldiers training military working dogs, and animal law attorneys, and he also visits a wolf sanctuary…Engrossing, enjoyable, and well-researched.”—Library Journal, starred

“Grimm, deputy news editor at Science, investigates the ever-changing roles played by cats and dogs throughout history and travels the U.S. speaking to those on the cutting edge of animal science and welfare. [His] most valuable contribution…is his reasoned and well-researched discussion of the pet “personhood” movement, particularly its legal implications for veterinarians, scientific research, and agriculture.”—Publishers Weekly

"Our most common pets—cats and dogs—have made a long journey from wild animals to treasured family members. How did this transition happen? Science magazine editor and journalist Grimm explores the biological changes in cats and dogs as well as human laws and social attitudes in his broad survey of what our companion animals mean to us…Well researched and also very personable, this book will make readers think as they look into the eyes of those furry beings that share their lives.”—Booklist

"Grimm does an excellent job of documenting how Fido became family and how that relationship may be changing,"—Science News

“Well-researched, wide ranging, and well-written. A must read for those who share their lives with dogs and cats. You’ll come to realize that our interactions with these animals are central to defining who we are.”—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed

“CITIZEN CANINE is a fascinating journey through time and space, documenting our relationship with our closest domestic friends. Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Grimm's work is relevant, not just to every dog and cat lover, but anyone interested in how we came to be the humans we are today.”
Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Genius of Dogs

“David Grimm brings a uniquely balanced perspective to a subject that is often overwrought with emotions: the modern relationship between pets and their people. Whether you are a devoted pet lover or a skeptical spouse, "Citizen Canine" is as entertaining as it is eye-opening.”—Ken Foster, bestselling author of The Dogs Who Found Me and I'm a Good Dog

“No one who loves cats and dogs should miss this book. Grimm tackles the tough questions of our times: Should cats and dogs, and other animals be regarded as persons? Would they be happier leading feral lives? Grab this book and read it now for some surprising and inspiring answers.”—Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise, a Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2013"

“An arresting and valuable overview, it’s packed with inspiration and imagination for our future relationship with our four-legged friends.”—Seattle Kennel Club

Citizen Canine is an easy, enjoyable, must-read for all who want to know more about these fascinating beings.”—The Bark

“A fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society.”—Cat Fancy

“Engaging… fascinating… enlightening...Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of how our relationships with cats and dogs evolved will find this book enlightening.”—The Conscious Cat

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David Grimm is a deputy news editor at Science, the world's largest journal of scientific research and science news. He is the recipient of the 2010 Animal Reporting Award from the National Press Club, and has been featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. His work has appeared in Science, U.S. News and World Report, The Bark, and The Financial Times. He teaches journalism at Johns Hopkins University and has a Ph.D. in genetics from Yale.

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Wonderful and inspiring 29. März 2014
Von Ledy VanKavage - Veröffentlicht auf
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I found this book fascinating. I was captivated from the introduction- the author and his wife loving a newly adopted kitten so much that they spend thousands of dollars getting him back to health and at holidays for years after pass him back and forth to each other as their present.

It's an inspiring read, one that at times makes you laugh out loud. (I hope the people I was sitting next to on the plane forgive me.) Citizen Canine fills us with hope for the future of our four-footed friends. Charles Darwin would be proud of the evolutionary path that dogs and cats have taken and David Grimm's telling of their journey.
13 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A must read for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding about our relationship with our pets 23. Mai 2014
Von Ingrid King - Veröffentlicht auf
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Most pet lovers consider their pets member of the family, and for most, it’s hard to understand that not everyone feels the way they do about their pets, but the fact of the matter is that cats and dogs were once wild animals. Science deputy news editor David Grimm explores the changing status of cats and dogs in our society, from their wild origins to their current status of the most loved and valued animals on the planet.

The book is divided into three sections:

In “Family,” Grimm examines how pets went from feral animals to becoming virtual children.
In “Person,” he follows the legal evolution of cats and dogs from objects without value to being on the verge of “personhood.”
In “Citizen,” he explores the legal ramifications of these developments, how they are transforming society and what the future holds for us and our pets.

I expected this to be a somewhat dry, scholarly treatise of these topics, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Grimm’s engaging writing style captured me from the very beginning, when he explains how his journey into the world of pet personhood began: Three months after adopting a pair o two-month-old grey and white kittens, Grimm found himself in an animal emergency clinic. Jasper was in the final stages of kidney failure. By the time Grimm and his fiancee arrived at the animal ER, they had already spent close to $3,000 on diagnostics and treatment (the cause of Jasper’s renal failure was never identified.) While they were sitting in the waiting room, they found themselves contemplating at $20,000 kidney transplant. Fortunately, it never came to that: even though Jasper’s kidneys were damaged, he did recover.

Once Jasper was safely back home, Grimm reflected back on the experience, and realized that even a couple of decades ago, people would have laughed at him spending this much money on a kitten. What had changed? A scientist by training and journalist by trade, Grimm began his research.

His quest sent him traveling across the country, spending time with a Los Angeles detective who investigates animal cruelty cases, touring the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina, coming face to face with wolves and feral cats, and witnessing some of the most fascinating legal cases involving pets.

Make no mistake, this is not an easy read. I found the sections about Katrina particularly difficult to read and found myself sobbing at times at what some of the survivors went through. Even though I remember reading and watching some of the coverage in horror at the time, some of the stories Grimm covers in the book will haunt me forever. I also could not read through some of the sections about the animal cruelty cases, and thankfully, Grimm provided a warning ahead of some passages.

I found the section on the legal implications of pets’ changing status particularly fascinating. Grimm covers this topic from many different angles: animal cruelty, breeding, rescue, veterinary medicine, laboratory research, estate planning, and more. I found myself changing my point of view several times throughout reading it. Just when I thought I had it “right,” Grimm would present yet another angle that made me question everything again.

Grimm writes that “the quest for inclusion defines us all, animal and man,” but ultimately rejects the notion of conferring “personhood” on animals, because, he says, we need animals “to remind us of who we are and where we came from … When we turn cats and dogs into people, we lose the animal part of ourselves.”

Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of how our relationships with cats and dogs evolved will find this book enlightening. And you may just find that you’ll start questioning a few of your long-held beliefs around some of these topics.
11 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fascinating read 11. April 2014
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If you've ever been in a position where you wondered how to explain to your pet that he or she had a choice between going to chemotherapy three times a week, suffering side effects and possibly dying anyway, versus a quick painless death in your arms...or where you were horrified by a friend's willingness to either spend or not spend a huge amount of money to save a pet's life, money that could have been better spent, or not as well spent, on that person's children...or if you've ever hesitated to adopt a pet in the first place because you could afford basic pet chow and yearly veterinary exams but not premium food or health care...or if you just like to read, this is the book for you. It's equally well balanced about dogs and cats, so if you really prefer one or the other, no worries, you won't get slighted. This book has history, philosophy, adventure, heartwarming anecdote, really something for everyone!
8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Thoughtful and provocative 28. Mai 2014
Von Woolfhound - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you care about animals and how they fit into human society this is a good read. Grimm bases his discussion on a lot of research and examples - the section about the use of dogs in combat is particularly interesting. He arrives at a middle ground - dogs are not people, but to quote the book, dogs are not toasters either. He's also quite articulate about the downsides of thinking of animals as persons, and how that could actually cause a lot of peril for our animal companions. It's a good read, and leaves you a lot to think about.

I have to add that the section about pets during Hurricane Katrina is just heartbreaking. I wasn't really aware of just how completely we failed the animals that were under our care during that disaster, and it's pretty inspiring to read about the people who reacted to it by working tirelessly and thanklessly to make sure it doesn't happen again - especially Animal Rescue of New Orleans, ARNO. These are just great people.
6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A must for animal lovers. 9. April 2014
Von Carleton A. Gaskill - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A thought provoking and tear jerking read anyone with furry children will love. Highly recommended! The journey of cats and dogs into our lives will stay with you.
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