A review of the hidden life of dogs by elizabeth marshall thomas

The simplest answer is they don't.

A review of the hidden life of dogs by elizabeth marshall thomas

Right off the bat we meet Misha, a friend's intact male husky whom the author allows to roam his self-determined square mile "territory". She seems to try and defend this inexcusable behaviour by bragging about the dog's ability to avoid being struck by a car and by stating that she never observed him mating with any female dogs.

A review of the hidden life of dogs by elizabeth marshall thomas

There is no doubt i Excited though I was about reading this book, I almost didn't finish it as I was constantly appalled at the the author's irresponsible behaviour. There is no doubt in my mind that her little car-dodging husky made numerous attempts to populate all of Cambridge with his offspring.

She mentions a St. The dog was surrendered because of his behaviour, blame for which she seems to place on the dog himself and not the people who had rasied him. Her last comment on the dog is that his blood is being used for "dogs more fortunate that he, dogs who were wanted by their owners".

She obviously does not see the irony in this statement -- Misha undoubtably fathered numerous unwanted pups, many of which may well have would up in the same animal shelter as the doomed St. Later in the book she describes how a roaming spaniel leaped over her fence and forceably mated with another one of her dogs.

Nonmating drugs did not prevent the unwanted pregnancy; spaying her dog definitely would have. Does the author honestly think her darling Misha was not out doing the very same thing? The author does have a chance to observe the behavior of wolves in their natural habitat and I found that to be much more interesting and responsible.

I'm glad I hung in there to read those parts. Also, I must agree that quite a lot of her conculsions involved a large amount of common sense.Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, an anthropologist and animal behaviorist, has published thirteen previous books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Dreaming of Lions, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer.

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