Eleonora de Lennart reaches into the soul, heart, and mind of a dog. In the most enjoyable way, the book flows like a story about the destiny of an owner and her dog - yet it is enhanced by scientific facts. "Quinky is my destiny dog," says de Lennart, "He change my life, even my career; he made me realize my mentor was correct when saying 'Dogs are scientists in our language.'"
Through numerous fascinating, heartwarming, and sometimes humorous stories about Quinky's doggie friendships, you'll encounter Cleopatra, Girly, Mienchen, Cicci, Rex, and Lissy that are the lucky dogs in the world - but you will also hear about those not-so-lucky dogs like Lucky and Bongy who didn't even have a name before being rescued from the hands of brutal owners. The book aims to help people understand the advanced mind of a dog. You will discover that dogs feel sorrow and guilt, and that they can laugh and cry.
I grew up on a ranch, where we had working dogs. I have had animals all my life, including dogs of a variety of breeds over the years including German Shepherds.
The book tells the story of the author’s experience with raising a large breed dog after only having small breed dogs. The story starts out in Tunisia where she obtains two German Shepherd puppies and after a while the story moves to Vienna, Austria then onto the United States. The author uses this to demonstrate how people in various countries relate to dogs.
The author provides a number of interesting stories about her relationship to Quinky including how they have communicated to each other. I felt the book was primarily a method for the author to express her feelings and opinions about the role of the dog in the modern world, as being part of a family. The author also provided a number of stories of animal abuse and her feelings about the situation. Lennart also provided a detailed story about veterinary malpractice which was interesting. I enjoyed the personal stories about Quinky but all the information about dogs, their behavior , animal abuse I already was fully aware of and if I knew this was the primarily role of the book I would not have purchased it. For those people who have not had dogs this book would be of interest to them.
Marsha Waterbury did a good job narrating the book.
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