The hilarious and true story of two senior-citizens and their whippet dog who hatch, plan and carry out a “lunatic scheme” to sail from Stone in Staffordshire to Carcassonne in the South of France. From the Hardcover edition.
Following the triumph of thier trip through France to Carcassonne, these two pensioners (and thier whippet, Jim) now cast off in thier narrowboat down the Intracoastal Waterway of the USA - from VIrginia to the Gulf of Mexico. From the Hardcover edition.
At seventy-five, Terry and Monica Darlington had done everything they could think of doing, including starting a business and becoming athletes and running a literary society.Lately they had become boating adventurers and Terry a bestselling writer. But in their Midlands canal town in November, life was looking dull and short on surprises. Then their famous canal boat was destroyed by fire. Within a few days they had bought a new one and soon headed north in the Phyllis May 2 - to Liverpool, Lancaster, the Pennines and Wigan Pier. Terry recorded the journey, and alongside it the story of his life and his marriage and his dog Jim, with his broken ear like a flat cap, and Monica's dog Jess, known with heartbreaking reason as the Flying Catastrophe. Funny, affecting and beautifully told, this is a story that brims with incident and excitement, and is full of the famous and fascinating people the Darlingtons have met - a story of an adventurous life well lived.
Author: Robert Rodi
Read Robert Rodi's posts on the Penguin Blog. "A charming, hilarious look at a little-documented world." -- People In dog years, Robert Rodi is 350. Age, however, couldn't possibly have prepared him for his experience with canine agility-the athletic cousin to best-of-breed shows. Rodi, an epicure and urban intellectual, picks up agility with aspirations for blue ribbons. His dreams of glory quickly fade when faced with the competition: hearty Midwestern handlers and their ferociously fit pups, who annihilate scrawny, scruffy, Dusty, Rodi's rescue dog and would-be champ, in the ring. The duo is utterly lost in the agility circles, but as in the best human/pet stories, they forge an everlasting bond to carry them through. Combining the wit of Christopher Guest's Best in Show and the charm of Marley & Me, Dogged Pursuit is an uproarious account of a neophyte's year in the dog show world that abounds in humor and warmth.
Author: Cesar Millan
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Outlines an approach to dog training that focuses on discipline and balance, discussing the most popular training techniques and how to encourage better behavior by using the dog's natural inclinations.
What's the perfect dog for you? It depends on your lifestyle. Are you a single white female or a family guy? Couch potato or athlete? City dweller or suburbanite? Do you have allergies? Do you have an irrational fear of pomeranians? The hilarious, irreverent voice of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry provides complete information on the best-and worst-traits of 108 dog breeds. A humorous illustration accompanies the profile of each breed. Millions of pet owners in North America spend billions of dollars on their dogs. Families, city slickers-anyone who loves dogs will find something in this guide.
The Dog Bible
Author: Tracie Hotchner
An essential guide for canine aficionados presents unbiased advice on how to provide the best possible care, from understanding dog food labels and canine body language to giving first aid and making informed choices about traditional and alternative health care. Original. 40,000 first printing.
Author: Bronwen Dickey
The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs--and what role humans have played in the transformation. When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed--beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood's "Little Rascals"--come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits--the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA--to early twentieth-century movie sets, where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized--and sometimes brutalized. Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs.
Dogs know how to relax. They forgive and forget. And they scratch where it itches. They really know how to live... Every dog lover knows that man's best friend is sincere and loyal and knows how to have fun-and that dogs are wonderful creatures who have no difficulty showing their love openly. Dogs Don't Bite When a Growl Will Do is an insightful, engaging, and witty guide to the collective wisdom of man's constant companions-and illustrates the human benefits of becoming a little more canine.
This carefully crafted ebook: “The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (The life of William Henry Davies)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp is an autobiography first published in 1908 by the Welsh poet and writer W. H. Davies. A large part of the book's subject matter describes the way of life of the tramp in United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in the final decade of the 19th century. Table of Contents Childhood Youth Manhood Brum A Tramp’s Summer Vacation A Night’s Ride Law in America A Prisoner His Own Judge Berry Picking The Cattleman’s Office A Strange Cattleman Thieves The Canal The House-boat A Lynching The Camp Home Off Again A Voice in the Dark Hospitality London The Ark Gridling On the Downright The Farmhouse Rain and Poverty False Hopes On Tramp Again A Day’s Companion The Fortune Some Ways of Making a Living At Last Success A House to Let W. H. Davies (1871–1940) was a Welsh poet and writer. Davies spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or hobo, in the United Kingdom and United States, but became one of the most popular poets of his time. The principal themes in his work are the marvels of nature, observations about life’s hardships, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met.
Paws & Effect
Author: Sharon Sakson
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Dogs have always been our friends and changed our lives for the better. But they may save our lives as well. Seamlessly weaving scientific research with compelling narrative, Paws & Effect tells incredibly moving stories of beloved pets who have supported their people through periods of ill health and other crises—with miraculous results: *Little Ben, a Chihuahua who can sense impending epileptic seizures *Abdul, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix, who was the world’s first service dog and helped his owner by retrieving keys and phones, medicine from countertops, water from the refrigerator, and could even hand in credit cards at the grocery store *A Dalmation named Trudii, whose obsessive behavior prompted her owner to seek a medical examination that revealed melanoma From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Michael Crichton
From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up—Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling—swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.
A Matter of Breeding
Author: Michael Brandow
Publisher: Beacon Press
A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogs In this illuminating and entertaining social history, social critic Michael Brandow probes the “cult of pedigree” and traces the commercial rise of the purebred dog. Combining consumer studies with sharp commentary, A Matter of Breeding reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets—from Labs to French bulldogs and everything in between—pay the price with devastatingly poor health. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Steven Foster
Britain?s answer to Marley and Me?the hilarious and heartwarming international bestseller about learning to live with a troublesome dog. Like many first-time pet owners, London-based novelist Stephen Foster was upbeat as he began his search for a puppy to adopt. How hard can it be to take care of a dog, he thought?read a guidebook or two, buy a few supplies, and get on with it. But all the books and supplies in the world couldn?t have prepared him for life with Ollie, a willful and moody adopted dog who quickly demonstrated his displeasure at the notion of being told what to do. Walking Ollie tells the funny and charming story of how a growling, skittish man and his equally growling, skittish dog broke each other in, came to see eye to eye, and decided to become best friends.
Floating Through France
Author: Barbara J. Euser
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Incorporated
Revealing a rural side of France, the essays in this collection explore the areas surrounding the picturesque Canal du Midi. Featuring contributions from Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Larry Habegger, Joanna Biggar, and others, "Floating Through France" is perfect for those traveling to France or those who just want to feel like they're there.