Where Noah's job ended, Mike Capuzzo's work begins! Animals are his beat, and across the country, readers can't get enough of his award-winning humor column. Discover for yourself just how wise and witty he can be as he gives sound advice for animal owners of the domestic breed, and explores the nature of the beast. From the birds and the bees to bats in the belfry, he answers such curious questions as:
* How can dogs and cats improve one's love life?
* What should one do when a gorilla charges?
* Why do cats get chummy with the one person in the room who hates cats?
* Do rats have feelings?
* How can a parrot be smarter than a three-year-old child?
* What was the meanest dinosaur that ever lived?
* And many more!
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Although billed as containing "the wacky and wonderful truth about the animal kingdom," this book is mostly about dogs, cats, and the assortment of other critters humans bring into their homes and apartments as parts of their lives. It's a collection of odd historical facts, debunkings of commonly held beliefs, and trivia concerning these feathered, furred, and scaly friends. Reading it we learn, for example, that Abraham Lincoln's dog was assassinated, how cats survive 30-story falls, and how the dog names Rover and Fido originated. More practically, perhaps, we learn why hamsters like to bite people and which animal will truly never bite a child. Capuzzo admits that his effort works well as literary entertainment when one is ensconced in the personal hygiene room, and maybe such is the best place for it, as its bite-sized sections make quick, easy reading. Jon Kartman
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX044990895X