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Some Dogs, Like Humans, Thrive If They Have a Project


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(p. 40) Warren, a science journalism professor at North Carolina State University, never dreamed of becoming a cadaver dog handler, searching woods and rubble for dead bodies. She just wanted a new German shepherd puppy after the death of her saintly dog Zev. What she got was Solo: "a maniacal clown," loving and intensely smart, but "an unpredictable sociopath with other dogs." . . .

. . . Fortunately, Warren understood behavior issues are rarely the dog's fault. They often just mean humans haven't found the right way to channel their pet's energy.

. . . it's . . . a moving story of how one woman transformed her troubled dog into a loving companion and an asset to society, all while stumbling on the beauty of life in their searches for death.

For the full review, see:

REBECCA SKLOOT. "Release the Hounds." The New York Times Book Review (Sun., December 8, 2013): 40.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the review has the date December 6, 2013.)

Book under review:

Warren, Cat. What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs. New York: Touchstone, 2013.

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