When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle - who died too soon, as all our dogs do - he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago.
In an adventure that echoes The Omnivore’s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers. Can a pure bred be as healthy as a mixed breed? How many vaccines are too many? Should we rethink spaying and neutering? Is raw food really healthier than kibble, and should your dog be chewing more bones? Traveling the world and interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal welfare movement, Kerasote pulls together the latest research to help us rethink the everyday choices we make forour companions. And as he did in Merle’s Door, Kerasote interweaves fascinating science with the charming stories of raising Pukka among his dog friends in their small Wyoming village.
Funny, revelatory, and full of the delights of falling in love with a dog, Pukka’s Promise will help redefine the potential of our animal partners.
©2013 Ted Kerasote (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The content of the book was interesting- factual data about canine health issues interspersed with snippets from Pukka's real-life experiences.
The story about how euthanized pets are rendered and used in pet food.
He did a good job differentiating them. Too good, I guess. It seemed so patronizing to hear him try to do different accents to indicate who was speaking. He also used a lot of "little baby" voices to indicate the dogs were speaking. It was distracting. I don't have a better suggestion, but the voices were a bit over-the-top for my taste.
“I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!
The fact that it was a mix of fact and story. (Not fiction but the story of Pukka and Ted). I learned so much from this and the way Ted bonds with the dogs in his life is pretty darned amazing, amusing and heartwarming.
All of them.
The scenes where Burley is stealing the balls from Pukka, AJ and Goo!
That the pet care industry doesn't always have your pets best intrest in mind!
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK! I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!
I don't know - it is a great story but the narrator ruined it.... maybe as a book
After listening to Merle''s Door this performance is horrendous... Luke Daniels makes the dogs sound like stupid children... instead of the wonderful character that the narrator of Merles Door gave them... it was so bad I had to stop listening and read the book instead
No -i didn't finish it - read the book instead - because it is a great story - just horrible horrible narrator
If you love your dog and want to do the best by him or her, don't listen to your vet or big pet food marketing. Listen to this. Dogs need to run free, eat things close to their natural diet and take it easy on the medication in order to be healthy. Ted Kerasote presents this information with lots of understandable scientific evidence and keeps it entertaining with backup anecdotes of his life with his dogs, Merle and Pukka.
I am a diverse reader, though my heart will forever stay in science fiction.
The author interwove the story of his second dog, Pukka, with his research about the health and well being of dogs. He mostly sticks to science to explain many things associated with living with and owning dogs.
I am a dog trainer. I've lived with dogs my whole life and I rely on my service dog to live in a world made for able bodied people. I do my best to stay up to date on the best ways to care for my dogs. This book opened my eyes to a few new things I can do to ensure my dogs live long and healthy lives.
If you are a dog professional, a dog lover, or just someone who wants to learn more about these animals we share our lives with, read this book. I promise you will learn something.
Yes I would recommend it. Great information on vaccines, spay/neuter, dog food, picking a puppy, and much more.
Wonderful reference book with an excellent story.
I don't think so, so I wouldn't know.
Enjoyed the book.
Yes. This book is both a fascinating view of our relationship with our dogs and a good primer on how dogs are treated in our society and how they are raised.
Merle's Door, another book by Ted Kerasote; though Merle's Door is much more about the personal bond between Ted and Merle.
Pukka . . . of course.
just killing time sitting in traffic...
as a dog lover but clearly a novice...i found this book to be extremely eye opening...the story was ok but the research was outstanding and has pointed me to a path of exploration as find my next dog (s)...
yes...for the reasons stated above...
i actually thought the character portrayals were a little hokey...
I thought this would have more useful information about nutrition/behavior/training/medical care for dogs and less detail about his interactions with his dog. It's very light on real info and dwells far too much on every little detail of his life with his dog. That would have made a cute and mildly interesting story if it was 30-45 minutes long but not a whole book. I gave up and never finished listening.
The book raises very relevant interesting issues for dog owners. Well worth listening to. Wish more dog books were as questioning and informative as this.
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