Here’s a book for all you dog lovers!
The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book format. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the book (I believe in the biblical account of Creation, and so differ with Thomas’s evolutionary viewpoint, and I also believe in the importance of training), Thomas’s approach offers some amazing insights into the ways that dogs think and behave and why they do so. You will learn about dog government–did you know that dogs have their own rules and methods of governing their packs? You will learn about breeding and mating habits–did you know that even dogs can rape? You will learn about why and how dogs mourn, why some dogs will kill other dogs puppies, and much more. And all this, not from some scientist and not in scientific jargon, but simply from a lady who observed her own pets very closely. It is truly fascinating! You won’t be able to put it down! I give this book a high recommendation!
Summary: Long before the Dog Whisperer, anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas revealed to readers the nature of pack dynamics, leading to a completely new understanding of dogs and their desires. In this fascinating account, based on thirty years of living with and observing dogs, we meet Misha, a friend’s husky, whom Thomas followed on his daily rounds of more than 130 square miles, and who ultimately provided the simple and surprising answer to the question What do dogs want most? Not food, not sex, but other dogs. We also meet Maria, who adored Misha, bore his puppies, and clearly mourned when he moved away; the brave pug Bingo and his little wife, Violet; the dingo Viva; and the remaining dogs and pups that constitute the pack. “Instead of training and obedience, [Thomas] offers as an alternative a world of ‘trust and mutual obligation’” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).
Have you ever read this book? How did you like it? What is your favorite book about dogs and how they think and behave?