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Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 8. Juni 1998

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Caroline Knapp is head over heels in love--not with a human being, but with her mixed-breed dog, Lucille. From the moment Lucille first locked eyes with Knapp through the bars of an animal shelter cage, the intelligent, pointy-eared mutt began to transform Knapp's life. Reeling from the deaths of both her parents, a breakup with a long-term boyfriend, and her newly won sobriety after a 20-year battle with the bottle (which was skillfully chronicled in a previous memoir, Drinking: A Love Story), Knapp found in Lucille not only companionship, but "consistency, continuity, connection. In a word, love." Although she doesn't regard Lucille as a replacement for alcohol and lost loved ones, Knapp does believe "that in loving her I have had that sense of being filled anew and essentially redirected, an old identity shattered and a new one emerging in its stead." In Pack of Two Knapp, with the help of dog psychiatrists, trainers, breeders, and owners, explores the partnership between human and dog and the mysteries of the canine mind--how dogs love, how they think, and how they see human beings. And despite her findings that the dog will remain essentially "mysterious ... unknowable," Knapp is ultimately at peace with this, still devouring the moments when dog and human can "transcend the language barrier" to "understand what the other wants and feels." This book pays homage to the wonderful and complex relationship between one woman and her dog. --Naomi Gesinger

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"Caroline Knapp is a rare writer, with a sophisticated, beautifully controlled style." --Newsweek -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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I too have read many many books on dogs (and horses) and enjoyed them. I bought Pack of Two expecting just another "nice" book about dogs, but was amazed at how the author hit the nail on the head. I have a 6 year old black lab that I feel EXACTLY the same way about - even though I am in a relationship. This books will help you explain your feelings about your dog to others. It is beautifully written as well and once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
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This book is perfect for people who own -- and love -- their dogs, yet are stymied when their non-dog lover friends say, "Sure, Barkey is cute, but he is JUST A DOG."
Caroline Knapp has truly communicated the joys of "dog cohabitation" (as opposed to "dog ownership") in a way that even non-dog people can appreciate. Her largely anecdotal work will both resonate with those who have a dog, and will help to shade in mysterious and perplexing areas for those who don't -- and who wonder how people can get so darn attached to an animal.
And, perhaps best of all, Ms. Knapp avoids most of the preposterious dog-as-human-in-little-fur-coat anthromorphism that many writers of less talent and intelligence have used to convey that difficult to describe feeling of being engaged in a reciprocal love relationship with a dog.
As a writer myself, I am impressed -- and a little bit jealous of -- Ms. Knapp's use of language and phrasing to convey both complicated concepts and strong emotions. And, there are quite a few instances of humor in the book as well -- any dog owner who, as Ms. Knapp recounts, is convinced that a neighbor overhearing him or her speak to the dog would think "I'm a goon" will certainly empathize.
Again, the tone of this book is appropriate for both "dog people" and those indifferent to dogs alike. And, for those individuals (you all know who you are) who have fretted while dining out -- or, better yet, refused a dinner invitation altogether -- because of not wanting to leave Rover home alone, this book will speak to your soul.
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last month, my maltese dog, priscilla, died. i had gotten her when she was 6 weeks old, fell in love with her instantly, and stayed in love with her for the next 16 years. my husband bought Pack of Two after reading a book review. in the review, the relationship between caroline knapp and lucille reminded him of myself and priscilla. my husband's concern was that my reading it might be too upsetting for me. on the contrary, knapp's insights into the interdependence between people and their dogs was enlightening, entertaining, and heartwarming. the strenght of the book lies in the psychological assessment of why we bond so strongly to these animals. knapp has really done her homework, citing interviews with psychiatrists, psychologists, veterinarians, and pet owners, as well as reporting research done on the human companion-animal bond. what results is a book that explores the connection we make with dogs. we fall in love with our dogs and they accept us for w! ho we are. we relive our past lives through our dogs and they bring out the best in us. they provide us with constancy and companionship. as i read through the pages, i kept repeating "yes, oh yes, i know houw you feel". i will grieve for my priscilla for a long time to come, but the comfort i derive from these shared experiences found in the pages of this book help ease my pain. bravo to knapp!! this book is bound to become a classic for dog lovers everywhere.
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Eloquent yet direct, touching and honest without being sentimental -- this book comes straight from the heart. Excellently written, Caroline Knapp succeeds in verbalizing the thoughts and feelings of dog owners who love their dogs as deeply as they do their dearest family members. She captures with words what many of us have felt and known in our hearts...anyone who has felt lost and alone and turned to his dog for comfort and love will understand what she means when she describes having a dog as "solitude without loneliness." Anyone who has heard "its just a dog" and secretly thought, "No, he's my dearest friend" will see themselves in many places in this book. Those who feel a desire to get a dog but don't know why will likely find the answers in this book -- especially if they've felt deep personal pain. For those of us who love our dogs deeply, but come from families or cultures who consider this kind of love "stupid" or! ! "abnormal," this book is a vindication, a testament that the way we feel is normal, that there are many others who feel as we do. If you fit any of these descriptions, I'm sure you'll find "Pack of Two" as insightful and moving as I have. A warning: though this book is well-written and interesting in itself, non dog lovers may find it difficult to "get into" this book and may well be bored by the details which dog lovers will find delightful.
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Okay, I admit it: I am not a dog lover, so I'm probably not the prime target for this book. However, I did love Caroline Knapp's last book, "Drinking: A Love Story," and I eagerly awaited her next effort. I have to say I was a little disappointed. At 250 or so pages, this isn't a long book, but it feels like it should have been about 240 pages shorter. Knapp passes over the same territory again and again, often using the same images and descriptions. They're ones that seemed fresh to me in "Drinking" (there's never just rage, but "oceans" or "rivers" of it; "add venom and stir," a great description of anger, has multiplied into at least 5 versions of the "and stir" or "stew" images) but now seem tired and unimaginative. These are stylistic concerns, though - my biggest problem with this book is that despite its attempts at characterizing its chapters with headings like "Therapy Dog," in the end each section is more and more of the same. It reminded me a little of Stewart Smalley, the character from Saturday Night Live who repeated, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me." Caroline loves her dog Lucille more than anything; Lucille loves her (she hopes.) And, gosh darn it, she's okay with that, so you should be, too.
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