Booking Through Thursday – Dogs and Pets (July 11)

btt2This week Booking Through Thursday poses the following questions:

My dog just had his birthday (12 years old, thanks), so … how do you feel about books about dogs or pets? Fluffy stories of fluffy family members? Solid books on training them or taking care of them? Touching reminiscences of trouble and the way a person’s dog (or pet) has helped get them through?

(Mind you, almost all the pet-related books on my shelf are about dogs, but I’m well aware that people love their cats, horses, ferrets, rabbits, fish, etc. just as much, so … any species is fine!)

Any favorite books to recommend?

To be totally honest, books about dogs or pets hold no interest for me whatsoever. We don’t have any pets and, quite frankly, I really don’t get the whole pet thing anyway. We did have cats, fish and hamsters growing up, but the only pets we have had in the past few years were goldfish and the last one died about 5 years ago.

I understand why people have pets and get attached to them, but that’s not for me. What I don’t understand is how some animals are acceptable as pets, while others are acceptable as food. The other thing that baffles me is that many pet owners are upset at cruelty to animals that are considered fine for domestication, yet have no qualms about eating something that went through a totally inhumane and cruel experience before ending up on their dinner table.

One book that I’d recommend, in relation to animals (not pets as such), is Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety, which was edited by Moby and Miyun Park. It’s a collection of stories relating to our present-day system of animal processing and factory farms. It certainly is food for thought.

On a lighter note, a series of animal-related books that I always return to is the series of vet books by James Herriot. I loved the TV series based on these books growing up and the books are equally delightful.

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