Pets in America: A History

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UNC Press Books, 2006 - Pets - 377 pages
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Entertaining and informative, Pets in America is a portrait of Americans' relationships with the cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other animals we call our own. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have pets, and America grows more pet-fr
 

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Grier (material culture studies, Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Lib., Univ. of Delaware) begins her history of pets in America by sharing her personal history, including, appropriately enough, the fact ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction A Modern Pet Owner
1
1 A Natural History of Pets
19
2 At Home with Animals
58
3 The Domestic Ethic of Kindness to Animals
127
4 The Edges of Pet Keeping and Its Dilemmas
182
5 A Pet in Every Home
231
6 Buying for Your Best Friend
272
Epilogue One View on Pets in Modern America
314
Notes
321
Index
365
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Katherine C. Grier is professor of material culture studies, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library and the University of Delaware. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, and Onancock, Virginia, with her husband, two cats, and two dogs.

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