Small Dog, Big Life: Memoirs of a Furry Genius

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Simon and Schuster, May 5, 2009 - Pets - 240 pages

They watch our every move, study our habits, judge our moods, and time our activities. They plot elaborate subterfuges to manipulate us into doing their bidding and trick us into participating in their nefarious schemes. They charm us into loving them. They are our dogs.

Genevieve, a brilliant seven-pound papillon who dares to break the canine code of silence, invites you into the inner sanctum of dogdom in this hilarious exposť about what dogs really think of their people. In her bitingly funny memoir, Genevieve reveals canine secrets never before shared with humans while also passing on her devious tricks-of-the-trade to her legions of furry pupils.

In Small Dog, Big Life, Genevieve sinks her teeth into such topics as driving tips for dogs, the tragedy of doorbells in TV commercials, measuring the intelligence of humans, finding a reason for cats, how prehistoric dogs saved the caveman's bacon, converting your house into an agility course, and productive kitchen behavior. Throughout, Genevieve unleashes a scathing analysis of human culture that will have sociologists all over the world looking for new jobs, while inspiring canines everywhere to rise up and assume their rightful places as heads of the household.

Insightful, entertaining, and peppered with sophistication, wit, and charm, Small Dog, Big Life is not only for animal lovers of all ages but for anyone who appreciates an ironic sense of humor. And, ultimately, through Genevieve's "words," it is a celebration of the wondrous and loving relationship between dogs and their people.
 

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Contents

four
10
eight
27
A Period of Adjustment
41
Elementary Education
51
Dog and Driver
71
Pet Peeves
81
Going to the Doggy Supermarket
89
Modern Medicine
99
thirteen Party Animal
139
fourteen Paw Park Etiquette
153
fifteen Agility Champion
163
sixteen Do Humans Think?
175
seventeen Picking the Right Human for You
183
eighteen Test the Intelligence of Your Human
193
nineteen Herd on the Street
205
twenty Ask Genevieve
211

Getting Skeeter
111
eleven The History of Dogs and People
117
twelve Weather or Not
127
Acknowledgments
225
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About the author (2009)

Dennis Fried, Ph.D., has worked in college education, marketing, advertising, nightclub ownership, software development, and stand-up comedy. He holds advanced degrees in physics and philosophy, both of which he considers essential to successful dog ownership. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Katrina, and his “trainer,” Genevieve.

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