Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »
  1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Flying Shoes

    Lisa Howorth 9781620403013

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$17.50
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Pets- Dog Breeds
25 Local Warehouse Pets- Dogs General
6 Remote Warehouse Pets- Dogs General

I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet

by

I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Filled with inspiring stories and photographs, this heartfelt tribute to the pit bull celebrates one of America’s most popular yet misunderstood dogs.

Perhaps more than any other breed, the pit bull has been dogged by negative stereotypes. In truth, pit bulls are innately wonderful family pets, as capable of love and good deeds as any other type of dog. Setting the record straight, Ken Foster sings the praises of pit bulls in I’m a Good Dog, a gorgeously illustrated, tenderly written tribute to this most misunderstood of canines.

Founder of the Sula Foundation, which promotes responsible pit bull ownership in New Orleans, and the author of two acclaimed books about abandoned dogs, Foster has made it his mission to bring overlooked canines into the limelight. I’m a Good Dog traces the fascinating history of this particularly maligned breed. A century ago, the pit bull was considered a family dog, featured in family photos and trusted as loving companions for children. More recently, pit bulls have been portrayed by the media as stereotypes of everything they are not. Foster shatters that reputation through moving profiles of pit bulls that serve as therapy dogs, athletic heroes, search-and-rescue dogs, and educators, not to mention as loving pets. Foster also profiles many pit bull lovers, from Helen Keller and Dr. Seuss to actor Todd Cerveris, who took his pit bull on tour with him for the musical Spring Awakening.

Proving that there’s much to love and nothing to fear, I’m a Good Dog restores the pit bull to its rightful place as friend, family member, athlete and entertainer.

Review:

"A beautiful book about some of the most beautiful and big-hearted dogs in the world — dogs who've been misunderstood and discriminated against for far too long. Ken Foster and his rescue work are a gift to animals and people alike. Everyone should read I'm a Good Dog to learn the truth about pit bulls, and celebrate them." Rebecca Skloot, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Review:

"Pit bulls have a true champion in Ken Foster, whose devotion to these unjustly maligned dogs has already saved many of them. I admire his knowledgeable campaign on behalf of these dogs, and as someone whose life has been improved by knowing pit bulls, I recommend this insightful, loving and compelling book about the magnificent dogs whose loyalty and forgiving natures are an inspiration." Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

Review:

"Ken Foster's I'm a Good Dog is the definitive book on the dog that's been so hard to define, the misunderstood pit bull. Visually stunning images are surrounded by Ken's magical dog stories; this book is a gift, and one I'll be giving many times." Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof

About the Author

A writer and teacher, Ken Foster is the author of the bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me and its sequel, Dogs I Have Met. His collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book.  His work has been featured in Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications. He lives in New Orleans with his dogs Brando, Zephyr, Douglas, and Bananas.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

chuerta_1, November 1, 2012 (view all comments by chuerta_1)
As a pit bull advocate here in Portland I'm so glad to see more positive 'press' for these dogs. Unfortunately irresponsible dog owners, dog fighting entrepenuers (at least that's how they view themselves), thugs and those associated with gangs have successfully presented a very negative image of these dogs to the public. Also unfortunately the general public rarely has an opportunity to have the negative image of pit bulls challenged through personal experience with one. I have lost count of the number of stories I've personally heard of people who feared and hated all pit bulls, due of course to news media hype and perpetuation of the myths and misinformation about pit bulls, who then had an opportunity to meet and get to know one owned by a responsible dog owner and who not only forever changed their opinion about pit bulls but more often than not either started to advocate for them or decided that they wanted one of their own. Therefore our advocacy holds monthly Bully Walks through Portland in the effort to help repair the damage done to the typical pit bull and the typical pit bull owner by the news media so that the general public can see with their own eyes and hopefully experience themselves the wonder of these amazingly resilient and loving dogs.

In the end responsible dog ownership will bring an end to the myths, misinformation and propaganda that is spread by the news media and well-meaning anti-pit bull groups by showing the general public that pit bulls are just dogs and what makes a dog dangerous or safe for other living things is not the breed or the size of the dog but is the human being on the other end of the leash. I think this book gets that message across quite effectively and I can't wait to meet Mr. Foster this evening at Powell's.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(5 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)
masnax, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by masnax)
Those of us who are lucky enough to live with pit bulls know that they are indeed the very best dogs. Can't wait to get the new book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(7 of 8 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670026203
Subtitle:
Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet
Author:
Foster, Ken
Publisher:
Studio
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121025
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.38 x 9.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel... Sale Board Book $5.98
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
    Sale Trade Paper $5.98
  3. Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends...
    New Hardcover $17.99
  4. The River Cottage Meat Book
    Used Hardcover $27.50
  5. Unsaid Used Trade Paper $7.50
  6. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems...
    Used Hardcover $7.95

Related Subjects


Home and Garden
Pets » Dogs » Dogs by Breed
Pets » Dogs » General
I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$17.50 In Stock
Product details 144 pages Penguin Putnam - English 9780670026203 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A beautiful book about some of the most beautiful and big-hearted dogs in the world — dogs who've been misunderstood and discriminated against for far too long. Ken Foster and his rescue work are a gift to animals and people alike. Everyone should read I'm a Good Dog to learn the truth about pit bulls, and celebrate them."
"Review" by , "Pit bulls have a true champion in Ken Foster, whose devotion to these unjustly maligned dogs has already saved many of them. I admire his knowledgeable campaign on behalf of these dogs, and as someone whose life has been improved by knowing pit bulls, I recommend this insightful, loving and compelling book about the magnificent dogs whose loyalty and forgiving natures are an inspiration."
"Review" by , "Ken Foster's I'm a Good Dog is the definitive book on the dog that's been so hard to define, the misunderstood pit bull. Visually stunning images are surrounded by Ken's magical dog stories; this book is a gift, and one I'll be giving many times."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.