Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Pets - 452 pages
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From the best-selling author who offers “the most utterly compelling translation of dog to human I have ever seen” (Jeffrey Masson), a joyful chronicle of a dog that is also a groundbreaking answer to the question: How can we give our dogs the happiest, healthiest lives?

When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle — who died too soon, as all our dogs do — he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago.

In an adventure that echoes The Omnivore’s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers. Can a purebred be as healthy as a mixed-breed? How many vaccines are too many? Should we rethink spaying and neutering? Is raw food really healthier than kibble, and should your dog be chewing more bones? Traveling the world and interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement, Kerasote pulls together the latest research to help us rethink the everyday choices we make for our companions. And as he did in Merle's Door, Kerasote interweaves fascinating science with the charming stories of raising Pukka among his dog friends in their small Wyoming village.

Funny, revelatory, and full of the delights of falling in love with a dog, Pukka’s Promise will help redefine the potential of our animal partners.
  

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Contents

1 Too Soon Over
1
2 The Clocks of Danger
8
3 Loaner Dogs
24
4 Houndy Labs
35
5 Sifting the Genes
43
6 On a Farm in Minnesota
67
7 Duration of Immunity
74
8 At Our Start
94
15 Whom Shall We Eat?
224
16 The Worst Word in the World
243
17 Dog Speed
266
18 The Bad Good Death
291
19 Shelters to Sanctuaries
309
20 Chance
323
21 The Flip Side of SpayNeuter
330
22 Not Long Enough
353

9 Outward Bound
112
10 Building the Dikes
137
11 In the Time of the Big Light
160
12 Carnivore to Monovore
175
13 Should a Wolf Eat Corn?
187
14 Real Food Many Forms
209
23 Forever Young
366
Back Matter
385
Back Flap
453
Back Cover
454
Spine
455
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Ted Kerasote is the author of many books, including the national bestseller "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" and "Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age", which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, The New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals.

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