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One Nation under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food

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Staff Pick

It's about time someone turned this subject into a great book. As the subtitle suggests, Schaffer found no lack of material in the crazy (and perhaps uncomfortably familiar?) world of American dog ownership. He brings an ideal blend of wit and insight to the task.
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"...[D]ogs are members of the family, frequently as substitutes for children [millions of Americans] never had or who grew up and moved away....[I]t's not about the dogs, it's about the people." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why we spend billions on our pets, and what this tells us about ourselves.

In 2003, Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural shelter and adopted an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard who they named Murphy. They vowed that they'd never become the kind of people who send dogs named Baxter and Sonoma out to get facials, or shell out for $12,000 hip replacements. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Your vet prescribed antidepressants? So Schaffer started poking around and before long happened on an astonishing statistic: the pet industry, estimated at $43 billion this year, was just $17 billion barely a decade earlier.

One Nation Under Dog is about Americas pet obsession — the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, organic kibble, leash-law militants, luxury pet spas, veterinary grief counselors, upscale dog shampoos, and the like: a booming economy that is evidence of tremendous and rapid change in the status of Americas pets. Schaffer provides a surprising and lively portrait of our country — as how we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about domesticity, consumerism, politics, and family — through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our dogs.

Review:

"A Fast Food Nation for dog lovers, this astute and amusing investigative report offers a 'journey into the $41-billion-a-year world of the modern American pet.' Each chapter focuses on 'a different realm of the pet universe,' and the total effect is reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's New Journalism essays on the sociology of pop culture. Schaffer explores baby boomers who devote themselves to 'fur babies' after their children have grown up and moved out. He attends the 2008 Global Pet Expo to take stock of the 2,400 display booths of retail pet items. He observes New York's 'burgeoning canine social scene.' In San Francisco, he looks at how arguments over dog leash laws are case studies in how cities need to 'navigate the controversies' of a new pet-friendly world. And his fascinating piece on the evolution of pet toys — from the first 'purportedly educational' ones made in a Colorado garage in the 1970s to today's 'veritable arms race' — is essential reading for anyone whose dog has become hooked on Kong bounce balls." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Doggone entertaining." Kirkus Reviews

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"Michael Schaffer's terrific One Nation Under Dog is long overdue. Schaffer understands that the mushrooming love affair between Americans and their companion animals — especially dogs — is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena in recent history, and that this shows no signs of abating even in hard times. As pets have moved to the center of our families and our emotional lives, One Nation Under Dog — well written and thoroughly reported — explores how and why they have become mirrors of our society." Jon Katz, author of Izzy and Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me and A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me

Review:

"Michael Schaffer has written a thoroughly researched, jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud exposé of our love affair with the pets in our lives. Go find yourself in One Nation Under Dog!" Nick Trout, author of Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

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"Simultaneously amusing and eye opening, One Nation Under Dog holds a mirror to our pet-obsessed culture, wherein even we cat lovers will see ourselves reflected. Astutely illuminating the political, social, and economic aspects of our devotion to our animal companions, Michael Schaffer makes us chuckle — and sigh with recognition." Kathryn Shevelow, author of For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement

Review:

"One Nation Under Dog is a masterwork of comic sociology: The pooch set has found its Max Weber. With witty analysis, great storytelling and a generous spirit, Schaffer has done more than provide a window into our dog obsession; he has provided a portrait of American life." Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World

Review:

"In a finely tuned voice full of wit and grace, Michael Schaffer takes an incredibly smart look at an important cultural phenomenon that too often is dismissed as a four-legged sideshow. I couldn't stop reading, except to repeat to whoever was around some stunning fact or anecdote about Fur Baby America. If you want to understand how we live now, One Nation Under Dog is essential reading." Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar

Review:

"Well researched with copious notes yet accessible to lay readers who will chuckle in self-recognition; highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why people spend billions of dollars on their pets, One Nation Under Dog is about America's pet obsession — the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, and organic kibble.

Synopsis:

A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why we spend billions on our pets, and what this tells us about ourselves

In 2003, Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural shelter and adopted an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard who they named Murphy. They vowed that theyd never become the kind of people who send dogs named Baxter and Sonoma out to get facials, or shell out for $12,000 hip replacements. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Your vet prescribed antidepressants? So Schaffer started poking around and before long happened on an astonishing statistic: the pet industry, estimated at $43 billion this year, was just $17 billion barely a decade earlier.

One Nation Under Dog is about Americas pet obsession—the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, organic kibble, leash-law militants, luxury pet spas, veterinary grief counselors, upscale dog shampoos, and the like: a booming economy that is evidence of tremendous and rapid change in the status of Americas pets. Schaffer provides a surprising and lively portrait of our country—as how we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about domesticity, consumerism, politics, and family—through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our dogs.

Synopsis:

“Informative, entertaining . . . [A] terrific book.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

When Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural animal shelter and adopted Murphy, a mistreated Saint Bernard, they vowed that theyd never become the kind of people who, say, get their dog a facial treatment. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Murphy is on antidepressants?

It turned out Murphy wasnt alone: yesteryears pooch has moved from the backyard doghouse to the master bedroom, evolving from mans best friend to bona fide family member. One Nation Under Dog is the beloved chronicle of this new world of American pet mania.

Schaffer, guided on occasion by Murphy, provides a surprising, lively, and often hilarious portrait of our country—how the way we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about everything from science and consumerism, to politics and family—through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our animals.

About the Author

Michael Schaffer has written for The Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic, and US News & World Report, among other publications. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Keltie Hawkins, and their well-loved — but not freakishly pampered, they insist — pets, Murphy the Saint Bernard and Amelia the black cat.

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C Horne, March 31, 2009 (view all comments by C Horne)
One Nation Under Dog is witty, entertaining and informative as the author examines how the role of dogs and their relations to their owners are changing in America. The author uses interesting and surprising statistics to illustrate key points about the way we perceive our pets.

At the same time, the author, while a keen observer, does not take sides in condoning or condeming a social trend that's easy to criticize without understanding. This is what makes this book such a delight. Dog lovers can enjoy it without guilt, and take some amusement at how much Fido means to them, and those who have no idea why anyone wants a dog will perhaps grasp the attraction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805087116
Subtitle:
America's Love Affair with Our Dogs
Author:
Schaffer, Michael
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Dogs -- United States.
Subject:
Dogs -- Social aspects -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100330
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10-15 photographs
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 6.37 x 0.885 in

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Product details 304 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805087116 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

It's about time someone turned this subject into a great book. As the subtitle suggests, Schaffer found no lack of material in the crazy (and perhaps uncomfortably familiar?) world of American dog ownership. He brings an ideal blend of wit and insight to the task.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A Fast Food Nation for dog lovers, this astute and amusing investigative report offers a 'journey into the $41-billion-a-year world of the modern American pet.' Each chapter focuses on 'a different realm of the pet universe,' and the total effect is reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's New Journalism essays on the sociology of pop culture. Schaffer explores baby boomers who devote themselves to 'fur babies' after their children have grown up and moved out. He attends the 2008 Global Pet Expo to take stock of the 2,400 display booths of retail pet items. He observes New York's 'burgeoning canine social scene.' In San Francisco, he looks at how arguments over dog leash laws are case studies in how cities need to 'navigate the controversies' of a new pet-friendly world. And his fascinating piece on the evolution of pet toys — from the first 'purportedly educational' ones made in a Colorado garage in the 1970s to today's 'veritable arms race' — is essential reading for anyone whose dog has become hooked on Kong bounce balls." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "...[D]ogs are members of the family, frequently as substitutes for children [millions of Americans] never had or who grew up and moved away....[I]t's not about the dogs, it's about the people." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "Doggone entertaining."
"Review" by , "Michael Schaffer's terrific One Nation Under Dog is long overdue. Schaffer understands that the mushrooming love affair between Americans and their companion animals — especially dogs — is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena in recent history, and that this shows no signs of abating even in hard times. As pets have moved to the center of our families and our emotional lives, One Nation Under Dog — well written and thoroughly reported — explores how and why they have become mirrors of our society." Jon Katz, author of Izzy and Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me and A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me
"Review" by , "Michael Schaffer has written a thoroughly researched, jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud exposé of our love affair with the pets in our lives. Go find yourself in One Nation Under Dog!" Nick Trout, author of Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
"Review" by , "Simultaneously amusing and eye opening, One Nation Under Dog holds a mirror to our pet-obsessed culture, wherein even we cat lovers will see ourselves reflected. Astutely illuminating the political, social, and economic aspects of our devotion to our animal companions, Michael Schaffer makes us chuckle — and sigh with recognition."
"Review" by , "One Nation Under Dog is a masterwork of comic sociology: The pooch set has found its Max Weber. With witty analysis, great storytelling and a generous spirit, Schaffer has done more than provide a window into our dog obsession; he has provided a portrait of American life."
"Review" by , "In a finely tuned voice full of wit and grace, Michael Schaffer takes an incredibly smart look at an important cultural phenomenon that too often is dismissed as a four-legged sideshow. I couldn't stop reading, except to repeat to whoever was around some stunning fact or anecdote about Fur Baby America. If you want to understand how we live now, One Nation Under Dog is essential reading."
"Review" by , "Well researched with copious notes yet accessible to lay readers who will chuckle in self-recognition; highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why people spend billions of dollars on their pets, One Nation Under Dog is about America's pet obsession — the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, and organic kibble.
"Synopsis" by ,

A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why we spend billions on our pets, and what this tells us about ourselves

In 2003, Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural shelter and adopted an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard who they named Murphy. They vowed that theyd never become the kind of people who send dogs named Baxter and Sonoma out to get facials, or shell out for $12,000 hip replacements. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Your vet prescribed antidepressants? So Schaffer started poking around and before long happened on an astonishing statistic: the pet industry, estimated at $43 billion this year, was just $17 billion barely a decade earlier.

One Nation Under Dog is about Americas pet obsession—the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, organic kibble, leash-law militants, luxury pet spas, veterinary grief counselors, upscale dog shampoos, and the like: a booming economy that is evidence of tremendous and rapid change in the status of Americas pets. Schaffer provides a surprising and lively portrait of our country—as how we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about domesticity, consumerism, politics, and family—through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our dogs.

"Synopsis" by , “Informative, entertaining . . . [A] terrific book.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

When Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural animal shelter and adopted Murphy, a mistreated Saint Bernard, they vowed that theyd never become the kind of people who, say, get their dog a facial treatment. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Murphy is on antidepressants?

It turned out Murphy wasnt alone: yesteryears pooch has moved from the backyard doghouse to the master bedroom, evolving from mans best friend to bona fide family member. One Nation Under Dog is the beloved chronicle of this new world of American pet mania.

Schaffer, guided on occasion by Murphy, provides a surprising, lively, and often hilarious portrait of our country—how the way we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about everything from science and consumerism, to politics and family—through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our animals.

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