The associate editor of The Basenji magazine offers a debut how-to guide for dog lovers.
According to Corell, studies show that women take care of dogs differently than men do. Her colorful guide focuses on women’s relationships with dogs of all breeds, but it may be hard for anyone, female or male, to resist the adorable canine photos in this easy-to-read text. She begins with tips on how to select the appropriate dog for one’s personality and lifestyle; for example, a person who loves a quiet daily stroll won’t be suited for highly active dogs, such as border collies. For less active folks she recommends smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas or Brussels griffons. Overall, she urges women to do their research before bringing a dog home and to consider several things before adoption day, including how much time they can spend grooming their new pooch. Most of the tips are levelheaded and hands-on; for example, when introducing a new dog to one who already lives in the home, she suggests having the two meet on neutral turf, such as a park. But there are also some fun, even somewhat zany suggestions, such as how to plan themed dog parties—including a dress-up “Howl-O-Ween” and a potentially controversial “Bark Mitzvah.” Corell provides clear, simple-to-follow lists, such as a “Take Me Home Essential Shopping List” for items that a dog truly needs, as well as questions to ask when choosing a dog from a shelter or animal-rescue organization. She also offers advice on how to pick a good breeder when choosing a purebred and how to deal with grief after the loss of a pet. It’s not always clear why this slim volume is specifically “for women,” because anyone could benefit from Corell’s upbeat knowledge. However, this doesn’t diminish the usefulness of this book, which also includes an appendix and a list of resources for further learning. (A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to service-dog organizations.)
A lovely guide for first-time dog owners.