A really cool collection of animal stories.
Hearne exhibits a lighter side in this collection of animal tales. She writes about dogs of many breeds and accomplishments, including her own Airedales. There are stories about cats, horses, ornamental carp, a pet scorpion and tortoises. One section profiles advice columnist Josephine Trainer, the Miss Manners of dogdom. In a more serious vein, Hearne discusses naming dogs and mourning their deaths. She takes issue with Ludwig Wittgenstein on lions and language, visits a troupe of performing orangutans in Las Vegas and articulates her complex position in regard to the animal rights movement. The book is a treat for animal lovers
The author, also an animal trainer, does a wonderful job in describing the kind of relationship humans need to have with their pets to be effective. The writing is somewhat amusing and at times cynical and most difinetly original. A very good read for animal lovers.