One Nation Under Dog

by Holt Paperbacks
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One Nation Under Dog : Adventures in the new world of prozac-popping puppies, dog-park politics, and organic pet food

by Michael Schaffer.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, LLC; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0805091467
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why we spend billions on our pets, and what this tells us about ourselves.

In 2003, Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural shelter and adopted an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard who they named Murphy. They vowed that they'd never become the kind of people who send dogs named Baxter and Sonoma out to get facials, or shell out for $12,000 hip replacements. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? Your vet prescribed antidepressants? So Schaffer started poking around and before long happened on an astonishing statistic: the pet industry, estimated at $43 billion this year, was just $17 billion barely a decade earlier. One Nation Under Dog is about America's pet obsession - the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, organic kibble, leash-law militants, luxury pet spas, veterinary grief counselors, upscale dog shampoos, and the like: a booming economy that is evidence of tremendous and rapid change in the status of America's pets. Schaffer provides a surprising and lively portrait of our country - as how we treat our pets reflects evolving ideas about domesticity, consumerism, politics, and family - through this fabulously reported and sympathetic look at both us and our dogs.


About the Author:

Michael Schaffer is a former staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, US News & World Report, and Washington City Paper, and has written for The Washington Post, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The New Republic, among other publications. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Keltie Hawkins, and their daughter, Eleanor. They insist that their own pets, Murphy the Saint Bernard and Amelia the black cat, are not freakishly pampered.