Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Donald McCaig. Univ. of Virginia, $22.95 (208p) ISBN 978-0-8139-3450-1
Sheepdog trainer and novelist, poet, and essayist McCaig (Eminent Dogs) takes more than a few detours en route to describing his experiences in the World Trial, the “only truly international” competition for sheepdogs, and he may well lose readers along the way. McCaig has a penchant for making provocative statements that some will find frustrating, such as in an early reference to animal sadism, or when referring to speculation by a neurobiologist that “thin skinned humans” outlasted the Neanderthals because of the domestication of the dog. Most sections not dealing directly with preparations for the World Trial analyze, with a critical eye, various approaches to dog training from his vantage point as a “crude American pragmatist.” The humor is uneven (the remark that “I’m probably too old to be a serial killer, which, like lyric poetry, is a young man’s game,” won’t tickle everyone’s funny bone). The end result is a rambling narrative, with the tension inherent in describing a competitive event vitiated by the side topics. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/11/2013
Release date: 04/01/2013
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.