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The Dog Crisis

The Dog Crisis

Submitter: I recently found, on the shelves of [a public library], a stark reminder that our closest companions can also be our worst enemies. Some may jump to the conclusion that the energy crisis, or the Vietnam War, were defining crises of the 1970s. Not so-the real threat of the times was running rampant in our own back yards: dogs! The Dog Crisis by Iris Nowell-published 1978-reveals the enormous toll on society exacted by man’s so-called best friends. From the “billions of pounds of food that is needed by humans” consumed by ravenous dogs, to the “tons of feces” deposited daily on our city streets, Nowell sheds light on the gritty details of the ongoing struggle for survival between homo sapiens and canis familiaris.
Thankfully, people read Nowell’s book, heeded her warnings, and the Dog Crisis is over. Therefore, we’ve weeded the book (though we may live to regret it).

Holly: Wow. The page (third image below) that talks about how people get a dog so that their children can witness the miracle of birth is really something. “Animal shelter workers…are beginning to counter with ‘let them come here and see the miracle of death.'”

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14 Responses to The Dog Crisis

  • Holy…

    Did the National Association of Pet Cemeteries REALLY officially suggest that people “brown nose” to get zoning approval…? And I love point 7 on that list. What about population, exactly?

    Who was the publisher of this, or was it through a vanity press or something? There are a heck of a lot of typos, and lousy diction.

  • The Library of Congress catalog has a US edition from St. Martin’s Press (ISBN matches the one in the photo above) and also a Canadian ed from McClelland & Stewart. The LOC also has books by the same author on cross-country skiing in Canada and a bio of the Canadian artist/filmmaker Joyce Wieland, so apparently Iris was a bit of a jack of all trades when it came to writing.
    That “brown nosing” suggestion seems awfully unprofessional.

  • Really, “teaching the facts of life” is/was cited as a chief reason for pet ownership? Not for dogs, I’d bet. Hamsters and goldfish, yeah – short lived and small enough to dispose of easily. I’m guessing “companionship” comes a lot higher up the list for dogs.

  • Considering the way most people act now a days, I’ll take a “dog crisis” over any other kind!

  • Isn’t the whole point they eat the bits of meat we don’t? Not sure how they’re stealing food out of our mouths!

  • Wow. It sounds like Iris has a personal grudge here. Maybe she was tired of taking care of her son’s dog and decided to write a diatribe against all dogs? The whole thing just comes off as cranky old woman yelling at dogs to stop crapping on her lawn. Plus it is kinda creepy that she is vehemently anti-dog and then gives advice on how to start a pet cemetery. *shudders*

    • Indeed. It’s just a long rant with no actual solutions proposed. When I first read this, I was wondering if dingoes took her baby or something.

  • * Most crank calls? Dialed by dogs.
    * Every year, more and more dogs are found guilty of Medicare billing fraud.
    * Going to the ocean and getting stung by a jellyfish: we’re pretty sure dogs are involved in that too.

  • That “miracle of death” sentence may be harsh, but there’s truth to it. It definitely crossed my mind during my animal sheltering days, but I never said it out loud. Honestly, people, teach your kids about life using some method that doesn’t involve traumatizing seven puppies.

  • I used to own this book, and it is awful! There is a long, detailed section in which the author discusses people who have sex with dogs. No, really – apparently you can hire a trained dog to come to a party and do the nasty with you and your buddies.

    I read this when I was about twelve, and doing a report about dogs – specifically dogs in shelters. While this was the only book I could find at the library that discussed actual dog problems (ie, not just about breeds or training), it presented the information in such a hyperbolic, ranting fashion that none of the information seemed trustworthy.

    • Ugh, you are right, Adiel! I missed that detail when I submitted this book. The chapter is called “Party Dogs”, and it explains that “dogs offer release for sexual emotions without going ‘all the way’…Rubbing the fur of a dog or cat is sexually gratifying to many persons”(Nowell 30). It just gets worse from there.
      In any case, I’m sure Nowell’s quoted prices on “party dogs” & tips on where to find them are outdated-another reason to weed!

  • Dogs eat billions of pounds of food annually that is needed by humans? I don’t care.

  • Haven’t read this book, but saw an old documentary as a kid where some guy was ranting that sharks are primitive man eaters that should all be shot on sight. He was on a boat with his buddies and they were discussing JAWS and saying how sharks have attacked many people over the years. They were Australians but reminded me of American redneck hunters as they were drinking and cussing as they fished for great whites and hammerheads. I actually saw this in school and was shocked at their behavior and how they even indiscrimantely killed small harmless sharks as well (they used them as bait for bigger sharks and mentioned fin soup).

  • Not saying this book isn’t horrible, but I do agree with some of the author’s points on the back cover.