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.
I am the girlfriend to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys and two overly cautious girl cats, the Manager, Operations and Knowledge Support Services at CAMH, a blogger, a reader, a business owner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a neice, a cousin, a twitter lady for The Puppy Rescue Mission... AND VERY TIRED! LOL!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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
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...
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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