By Michael Brandow

ISBN-10: 0807033448

ISBN-13: 9780807033449

A provocative examine the "cult of pedigree" and an wonderful social background of purebred dogs

In this illuminating and enjoyable social historical past, social critic Michael Brandow probes the "cult of pedigree" and strains the economic upward thrust of the purebred puppy. Combining buyer stories with sharp observation, A topic of Breeding unearths the sordid background of the puppy and exhibits how our brand-name pets—from Labs to French bulldogs and every little thing in between—pay the fee with devastatingly negative wellbeing and fitness.

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Indd 47 175L 16/11/2010 10:42 AM A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. indd 53 175L 16/11/2010 10:51 AM Going outside is good. Coming inside is good. It’s all good. indd 58 175L 16/11/2010 10:52 AM Two paws clap and there is no sound; what is the sound of one paw? indd 61 175L 16/11/2010 10:52 AM Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

Indd 29 175L 16/11/2010 10:36 AM Peace comes from within. indd 33 175L 16/11/2010 10:39 AM One does not chase the car in order to catch the car. indd 38 175L 16/11/2010 10:40 AM Calmness of mind is reached by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward UPS men. indd 41 175L 16/11/2010 10:40 AM Three things cannot be hidden long: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Okay, maybe four if that nosy Schnauzer next door sees where you’ve buried your bone.

Indd 29 175L 16/11/2010 10:36 AM Peace comes from within. indd 33 175L 16/11/2010 10:39 AM One does not chase the car in order to catch the car. indd 38 175L 16/11/2010 10:40 AM Calmness of mind is reached by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward UPS men. indd 41 175L 16/11/2010 10:40 AM Three things cannot be hidden long: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Okay, maybe four if that nosy Schnauzer next door sees where you’ve buried your bone.

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