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Life with a puppy is not all fun and cuddling, as Jane and Michael Stern make clear in this delightful book. After all, today's cute ball of fur is tomorrow's fifteen-year veteran of family life. But there's no reason a book that clearly spells out the pleasures as well as the vicissitudes of choosing and raising a puppy can't be as entertaining as it is informative. And that's where "Two Puppies" wins hands down against all other books on selecting and raising your dog.
As Roger A. Caras, president of the ASPCA, writes in his foreword to "Two Puppies," "Puppies are a promise so magical" we sometimes want to believe in them so much we overlook the realities of living with a fellow creature. Not so Jane and Michael Stern: "We searched in vain for a book that was honest enough to tell us that sometimes dogs, like kids, don't grow up exactly as you want them to, despite your best intentions. We couldn't find such a book, so we wrote this one."
"Two Puppies" follows two dramatically different dogs through puppyhoods that are alternately tumultuous, funny, emotionally wrenching, and ultimately happy. It is a journey that goes wonderfully right, as in the inspiring biography of Parnell, the Labrador Retriever born and meticulously raised to work hand-in-paw as a faithful companion and guide dog to a blind woman. On the other hand, through the antics of Clementine, the Sterns's own misbegotten puppy, we see in excruciating detail what can go hilariously but instructively wrong.
There are hundreds of things puppy owners should know before taking on the joys and responsibilities of dog ownership, and this book offers a full supply of solid information, from how to purchase yourperfect puppy to care instructions and training advice. Experienced dog owners themselves, the Sterns share their valuable insight into breeding and training as well as the magic bond that can develop between dog and human. They also remind us that puppies are never predictable and that a puppy's new owner should be prepared for anything. While remaining true to their credo -- first, entertain -- the Sterns have produced a classic book on canine care, a veritable "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for current and future puppy owners.
Title: "Two Puppies: Being the authentic story of two very different dogs, one who is virtuous and goes on to a life of service, the other born to be naughty and wreak havoc in her loving owners' home…"""
Edition: "(Signed, 1st edition)"
Publisher: NY, 1998
ISBN Number: 0684837528
ISBN Number 13: 9780684837529
Book Condition: FINE / Fine
lb: 2.10 lb
Seller ID: 0DH016
Description: "As new - gift quality! Signed by Jane Stern and Clementine (pawprint). ""Including much practical advice for anyone considering life with a puppy."" 188 pages."
Keywords: "dogs, puppy" PETS / Dogs / General "NOT KEPT AT STORE- if you would like to pick this up, please order the day before you want to pick it up. Use the ""pick up in store"" option for shipping at checkout."