In this fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals. He treks the long and often torturous path from their wild origins to their dark days in the middle ages to their current standing as the most valued animals on Earth. As he travels across the country - riding along with Los Angeles detectives as they investigate animal cruelty cases, touring the devastation of New Orleans in search of the orphaned pets of Hurricane Katrina, and coming face-to-face with wolves and feral cats - Grimm reveals the changing social attitudes that have turned pets into family members, and the remarkable laws and court cases that have elevated them to quasi citizens.The journey to citizenship isn’t a smooth one, however. As Grimm finds, there’s plenty of opposition to the rising status of cats and dogs. From scientists and farmers worried that our affection for pets could spill over to livestock and lab rats to philosophers who say the only way to save society is to wipe cats and dogs from the face of the earth, the battle lines are being drawn. We are entering a new age of pets - one that is fundamentally transforming our relationship with these animals and reshaping the very fabric of society. For pet lovers or anyone interested in how we decide who gets to be a “person” in today’s world, Citizen Canine is a must-have. It is a pet tale like no other.
©2014 David Grimm (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).
I had some friends tell me not to get this book as it was not good. Well, I don't know what they were talking about or what they were thinking. This really was a good book! Not perfect but most definitely not bad.
I love that David Grimm includes experiences with and feelings about his cats. Also, I enjoyed the variety within the types of people that he spent time with while 'researching' this book. There were so many great moments here. It was very worth it to me to have spent one of my credits on this book, I really enjoyed it.
Graham Hamilton was a good narrator for this book. He did a good job.
I do recommend this book and I will be listening to it again.
After an hour I had to stop the audio. I bought the kindle book. The narrator seemed in a rush to get the narration over with, not the least intuitive.Mechanical reading. Very difficult if not impossible to focus on the content because of the distracting empty voice. It sounds like he reads fast to get it over with quickly like a iuvenile reading an assigned text that he does not care to understand.
Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.
What an interesting Book. I am a pet lover so this book really hit home. I found myself in there more than once. Very thought provoking, I talked to my Vet, told him to read it.
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