Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
If you love your dog, or if you know someone who does, this book is the cat’s meow. I say this with one caveat: Rabid may offend people who are truly crazy about their canines–you know, the ones who walk their pugs in baby strollers and take them on vacation at Disney World.
But if you can laugh at the wacky things we do for woman’s best friend, you’ll like the snarky humor about everything from gourmet organic raw dog food to Paris Hilton’s California-style dog mansion. The funniest thing about author Pamela Redmond Satran‘s book is that everything in it is true. She meticulously researches human behavior toward dogs. She offers quizzes about doggie sex (there is an XXX-rated dog website called Zoo Tube!) and canine acts of heroism (dogs can detect epileptic seizures up to 45 seconds before they happen). She even has a detailed timeline of royal dogs in history.
Since she’s become a dog expert of sorts, I asked Pam to please explain why I’m so passionate about pooches. I spent a fortune on a malti-shit four years ago, and I just adopted a homeless mini-chi-pinscher last weekend. (Housebreaking is just like potty training minus the M&M’s and meltdowns.) I added this most recent creature to my hectic household of three kids, a cat, three fish and a husband.
Her wise words were: “Okay, I think parents with young kids often use the kids as an excuse for getting a dog–and they can be a very good excuse–but a deeper reason for wanting a dog may be that it’s a time of your life when you’re filling up your house, literally and figuratively. The energy and emotion a dog brings is appealing. I think we even like the busyness. You’re not going away for spur-of-the-moment romantic weekends or lying on the couch reading away your weekends anyway, so why not add a dog to the crazy, chaotic, happy mix?”
So check out Rabid for yourself, and buy one for your mother-in-law. You can’t go wrong. Pam (who happens to live around the corner from me) is an ace writer. So I have to plug all of her great stuff. You may know her work from Glamour magazine, her famous Baby Name Bible books, her Nameberry website, her last humor book called How Not to Act Old or one of her seven novels–my favorite was about three mothers called The Possibility of You.
She nails Rabid. And the book really does make me feel better about myself. Yes, I’m crazy about my dogs, but Pam proves that others are much, much further gone.