Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond / Alexandra Horowitz.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Scribner hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An eye-opening, informative, and wholly entertaining examination and celebration of the human-canine relationship." -- From book jacket flap.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. We keep dogs and are kept by them. We celebrate their individuality but breed them for sameness. We create emotional relationships with dogs, but legally they are property to be bought, sold, abandoned, or euthanized as we wish. Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing-- and reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs. -- adapted from jacket
    • Content Notes:
      Bonded -- The perfect name -- Owning dogs -- Things people say to their dogs -- The trouble with breeds -- The scientific process as practiced at home watching dogs on a Thursday evening -- Dog stuff -- The dog in the mirror -- Interlude: The Horowitz dog cognition lab by the numbers -- Does my dog love me? -- Against sex -- Humorless -- Tail of the dog.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-295) and index.
    • Other Titles:
      Story of a singular bond.
    • ISBN:
      9781501175008
      1501175009
      9781501175015
      1501175017
    • Accession Number:
      2019017043
    • Accession Number:
      on1085204537
      1085204537
    • Accession Number:
      fay.667326
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOROWITZ, A. Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. [s. l.]: Scribner, 2019. ISBN 9781501175008. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Horowitz A. Our Dogs, Ourselves : The Story of a Singular Bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Horowitz A. Our Dogs, Ourselves : The Story of a Singular Bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner; 2019. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326
    • APA:
      Horowitz, A. (2019). Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond (First Scribner hardcover edition.). Scribner.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Horowitz, Alexandra. 2019. Our Dogs, Ourselves : The Story of a Singular Bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326.
    • Harvard:
      Horowitz, A. (2019) Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Horowitz, A 2019, Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond, First Scribner hardcover edition., Scribner, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Horowitz, Alexandra. Our Dogs, Ourselves : The Story of a Singular Bond. First Scribner hardcover edition., Scribner, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Horowitz, Alexandra. Our Dogs, Ourselves : The Story of a Singular Bond. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Horowitz A. Our dogs, ourselves : the story of a singular bond [Internet]. First Scribner hardcover edition. Scribner; 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 11]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667326

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* We humans do love our dogs, and we also love books about dogs. Canine researcher Horowitz (Being a Dog, 2016) here further examines the human-canine bond. In 13 delightful chapters, she reveals the current state of dogdom and the often disparate ways we live with dogs. The opening chapter on choosing a dog's name points out how the process makes the dog one of us, and the inherent contradictions it discloses of owning a dog (pet? family member? money earner? guardian?) are thought-provoking. One hilarious chapter reveals Horowitz's informal study of how people talk to their dogs—OK guys: share—and how dogs hear the simple sound of our voices as an expression of love. Two fascinating chapters look at the trouble with purebred dogs and include Horowitz's plea for breeding dogs for health rather than looks. She also provides an absorbing look at the benefits to society and the costs to the dog of spay-neutering surgery, a perspective most dog owners probably haven't considered. Enlivened with the author's sketches of dog faces, which also lead readers to more information, this is a thoughtful and loving look at our species' best friends. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* We humans do love our dogs, and we also love books about dogs. Canine researcher Horowitz (Being a Dog, 2016) here further examines the human-canine bond. In 13 delightful chapters, she reveals the current state of dogdom and the often disparate ways we live with dogs. The opening chapter on choosing a dog's name points out how the process makes the dog one of us, and the inherent contradictions it discloses of owning a dog (pet? family member? money earner? guardian?) are thought-provoking. One hilarious chapter reveals Horowitz's informal study of how people talk to their dogs—OK guys: share—and how dogs hear the simple sound of our voices as an expression of love. Two fascinating chapters look at the trouble with purebred dogs and include Horowitz's plea for breeding dogs for health rather than looks. She also provides an absorbing look at the benefits to society and the costs to the dog of spay-neutering surgery, a perspective most dog owners probably haven't considered. Enlivened with the author's sketches of dog faces, which also lead readers to more information, this is a thoughtful and loving look at our species' best friends. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 April

Author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Inside of a Dog, Horowitz, head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, examines how our relationship with canines changed the course of human development and how our rambunctious, lovable pets shape our lives today. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 September

Do dogs feel shame? Or, are their expressions in popular "pet shaming" pictures and videos based in fear? New York Times best-selling author Horowitz (head, Dog Cognition Lab, Barnard Coll., Columbia Univ.; Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know) explores shared (mis)understandings about and adoration of our canine best friends in her latest work on the subject. Topics in each chapter are handled from various angles. "The Trouble with Breeds," for example, examines the history of breeding and dog shows; hereditary disorders and diseases associated with breeding (essentially, inbreeding); breed-specific legislation (BSL) and breed bans; and humans' inability to identify or understand "breeds" in many of these situations. A robust resource list is provided for readers to explore topics further. Though grounded in extensive academic research, Horowitz's book speaks to a broad audience through personal anecdotes and relatable prose. VERDICT For readers interested in thinking deeply about dogs and our relationships with them. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/19.]—Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #5

In this entertaining and accessible volume, Horowitz (Being a Dog), head of Barnard's Dog Cognition Lab, examines the unique relationship that "scientists, ever unromantic, call... the ‘dog-human bond.'?" She devotes different chapters to various aspects of this relationship, with one particularly intriguing section sharing the results of Horowitz's informal Twitter survey on the reasons behind dogs' names. One respondent, a literature PhD married to a man named Hyde, named her dog Jekyll, thus making for Doctor, Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde—an elaborate joke that also serves as an example of how modern pet owners tend to see themselves and their animals as members of the same family. (On a more somber but similarly meaningful note, other respondents reported giving dogs names once earmarked for the children they never had.) On New York City sidewalks, Horowitz eavesdropped on dog walkers, hearing how owners modeled parenting style with their pets (some were critical, others cheerleaders), used their animals as excuses to introduce themselves to strangers, and encoded passive-aggressive messages meant for their acquaintances in addresses to their dogs. Rounding out her analysis by discussing the philosophical ramifications of dog ownership and the booming economics of the pet goods industry, Horowitz offers a treatise certain to appeal to dog lovers everywhere. With b&w illus. Agent: Kristine Dahl, ICM Partners. (Sept.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.