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Dog

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By: Susan McHugh(Author)
248 pages, 110 illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
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  • Dog ISBN: 9781861892034 Paperback Jul 2004 Temporarily out of stock: order now to get this when available
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The story of the canine has been fundamentally entwined with that of humanity since the earliest times, and this ancient and fascinating story is told in Susan McHugh's Dog, now available in B-format. The book unravels the debate about whether dogs are descended from wolves, and moves on to deal with canines in mythology, religion and health, dog cults in ancient and medieval civilizations as disparate as Alaska, Greece, Peru and Persia, and traces correspondences between the histories of dogs in the Far East, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Dog also examines the relatively recent phenomenon of dog breeding and the invention of species, as well as the canine's role in science fact and fiction; from Laika, the first astronaut, and Pavlov's famous conditioned dogs, through to science fiction novels and cult films such as A Boy and his Dog. Susan McHugh shows how dogs today contribute to human lives in a huge number of ways, not only as pets and guide dogs but also as sources of food in Asia, entertainment workers, and scientific and religious objects. Dog reveals how we have shaped these animals over the millennia, and in turn, how dogs have shaped us.

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Susan McHugh is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA.

Popular Science New
By: Susan McHugh(Author)
248 pages, 110 illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
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"Next time your pet pooch rolls over to have his tummy tickled, you might pause to consider whether he could really have wolf relatives. This is just one of the debates that Susan McHugh unravels in her enchanting book Dog, which draws on mythology, religion and dog-cults to show how we and our best animal buddies have shaped each other over centuries."
You Magazine

"a well-informed and wide-ranging guide to the cultural history of the dog [...] it is lavishly and eclectically illustrated. It surveys the whole gamut of human-dog relations, in religion and myth, literature, science, art, and entertainment. If I, who am largely indifferent to the species charms, found it an enjoyable and stimulating read, it can presumably be safely recommended to all real dog enthusiasts."
International Zoo News

"Unusually and surprisingly for books on dogs, McHugh has produced a work in which the facts are correct and the scope is balanced, broad, and fascinating to read."
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