Dexter here reporting on the latest books that I have read.
Unlike the RH who limits himself to simple minded books...
I, Dexter, read actual interesting books with no pictures, thank you very much.
The first book I want to share with you is called Trust the Dog.
It is all about a place called the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation where they train doggies to work and live with humans who cannot see. This book was great! I learned so much about how doggies train for work and about what it is like for humans who have lost their vision.
Not everything is a bed of roses in guide dog land. Sometimes things don't work out and the doggies cannot stay with their people and that is really sad. But for the most part, it is a very happy making book and I give it two paws up.
I am a big fan of mystery books with doggies in them. Of course I have read everything by Susan Conant (well, OK, just her books with the malamutes). She lives right here in Master Chew Sits and Momma and Angus even used to train at the same doggie club as her. Wow! And I just loved the books by Virginia Lanier.
What makes both those ladies great dog mystery writers is that they teach you a lot about doggies, their human AND dog characters are interesting, plus the mysteries themselves are pretty good.
But having exhausted their books, I sought new doggie mystery authors.
This one looked promising. Called Doggie Day Care Murder.
But it turned out to be stink a roo! First of all, their were human pups in the book. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like human pups as characters regardless of how small a role they play. This one even had a baby! Ick! But that's not the worst part. The plot was dumb, the doggies weren't interesting, AND the author left the fate of an Airedale unresolved at the end! Imagine momma's horror when she heard that. So this one gets paws down.
Then there is a book called Lost and Found which I thought I would try because it has a labradog on the cover
The Amazon description was promising. It even said, "Dog lovers will adore Sheehan's portrayal of Cooper, who, in contrast to all the human suffering, comprises the bright spot in a melancholy novel." OK, I'll bite. Guess what? It was some sort of mushy romance novel! Oh ick! Barf! Yeah, Cooper was kind of cool, but not worth slogging through predictable plot lines and girlie stuff. Gross (OK, Momma did warn me because she, too, had been duped into reading another book by the same author because it had an Irish Wolfhound on the cover).
This one is not about doggies at all, but I highly recommend it for any of you with humans of a "certain age." It is called The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain.
The subtitle is "The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind" so I thought it might help me understand the DOH a little better. Turns out that even though she forgets why she walked into a room her brain is actually improved in many ways from when she was younger. The author discusses the chemistry of changes in the brain over time and how they effect thoughts and behaviors (both good and bad). Seems like on average, humans are much better problem solvers and happier as they mature. Who knew? Don't be scared by the fact that there is lots of science in the book because the author is a talented writer who communicates in plain English.
She also wrote something called The Primal Teen which confirmed everything I already knew about teenage and young adult humans which is that their brains just don't work right yet even though they pass as adults sometimes.
I saved the best for last and this one, friends, is a real find. It is called A Dog About Town. And it is written by an ACTUAL LABRADOG! For real!!!
Not only that, he's a black lab, just like ME! His name is Randolph and he lives with his master in New York City and he is really really smart and helps his master solve the murder mystery. He talks about lots of places in NYC that doggies familiar with the city will recognize. I found his words completely plausible. He didn't just talk about the murder either, he talked about pee and poo and roaching and lots of really interesting stuff. In fact I snuck the rest of this series into momma's wish list on Amazon. FOUR PAWS UP!
Hey! Do any of you like to read dogggie books too? I am always looking for a good read, so let me know or, better yet, share your thoughts on your bloggie.
In other news, check out the peculiar covering Master put on my rock garden.
Momma was making a lot of noise about all the rocks that were coming out in my poops and so he did THIS! Can you believe it?
But fear not! After all, this is Master Chew Sits where rocks grow in the ground like weeds. Sure momma was picking up all the rocks she could that I had strategically placed about the yard, but who cares? In Master Chew Sits all you have to do is scratch the surface and voila! Snack time!
Now I just have to wait for her to go inside so that I can go about my business...
P.S. From Momma - Dexter neglected to mention that we are also reading Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt. This is just about the best dog training book I've ever read (thanks Wild Dingo mom). However, it is very slow going. I need to read a chapter and then think about it for a while and I think that in order to really apply a lot of the stuff you need to find a trainer that follows this method. I did buy the movie version to see if that helps me "get it" at all but haven't started watching it yet. The movie version is available from one of Dexter's favorite web sites, here.