Show Dog

Show Dog

The Pampered Life and Trying Times of A Near-perfect Purebred

eBook - 2012
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Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials that Jack and his plucky, dedicated owners come to face, and uses their story to explore the larger histories of dog shows themselves; the fascinating and sometimes bizarre history of purebred dogs; and our complex, heartfelt relationships to the pets we grow to love. For dog lovers, readers of Marley & Me, Merle's Door, and Oogy, and fans of Best in Show, Dean's Show Dog is an irresistible instant classic.
Publisher: New York : It Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062098924
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 393 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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Jun 08, 2015

This book gave me some interesting facts to bring up in conversations at parties. Dean knows how to weave three stories together: Jack's, his owners, and his breed. It was worth reading.

Sep 26, 2013

This book gives a very accurate picture of dog shows. I show my own dogs so the interaction between the owners and handlers was interesting to me. I can highly recommend the book.


An insightful and honest description of the world of showing dogs for fun and profit from the point of view of the owner and the handler of an Australian Shepard.
However, the book does not delve into the downside of the showdog world: puppies produced and bought because a particular breed is hot. Often, these join the millions of other unwanted pets, dogs who were not the right fit for the people who bought them.


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