Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets
Ann Love, Jane Drake & Bill Slavin
Tundra, 2012 (2010)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
alking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets
by Ann Love and Jane Drake, and illustrated by Bill Slavin, is billed as '
an informative and playful look at the relationship between pets and people through the ages!
opics addressed are:
Pets and People: Hearts and Smarts
Different Pets for Different Folks
A Cat in the Family
A Dog in the Family
. In the opening pages (above a fascinating timeline of relationships between people and pets that continues throughout the book), the authors invite us to '
Come and explore the unique connection between people and their pets.
hey go on to explain the workings of our
; issues with exotics; feathered pets; our fascination with fish; reptile options; rodent
; forming a connection with horses and ponies; and parrot history. Then comes discussion of the most common pets, cats and dogs. The feline fancier tells us, '
I'm well trained - the perfect cat person!
' The dog owner says, '
I'm a dog person and he's family. For him, we're his pack.
e learn about the wild cat who '
first walked into people's homes about twelve thousand years ago and has mystified its masters ever since.
' They were appreciated for their '
rodent hunting skills.
' Their sense of smell and hearing are superior to ours, and they see better at night. There's a heartwarming tale of a feline lost and found.
he authors present the current scientific view of how dogs were tamed - '
did people domesticate dogs, or did dogs domesticate people?
' Dogs' vision is different than ours; they can locate sounds better than we can, and '
pick up smells we can't imagine.
' They're '
natural born predators
', but they can be trained to alert about their person's epileptic seizures, and to help in other ways.
is a delightful and informative book for animal lovers of all ages, children to adults. If you or your family are considering living with a pet, this book will give you a better understanding of what it involves and of your options. If you already have one in your home, it will help you better understand that often puzzling critter.
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