Still more Complete than Whitney's (still in print) 1953 Book of Dog Care, this runs to about double the size, is illustrated with photographs, and has been authored by the staff clinician of the A.S.P.C.A. It's doggedly exhaustive and gives thorough, firm advice on choosing one- (in terms of your temperament, habitat, income, climate, etc.), what to look for, a species by species, listing (description, origins, costs), on to the care of the puppy you have chosen (development phases, diet, training, grooming). Dr. Johnson then includes all common ailments as well as the care of the invalid; first aid: chapters on spaying and castrating, on mating, pregnancy and whelping, on geriatrics, on the difficult dog (they can have very neurotic notions) and finally on travel with a country by country list of conditions to be fulfilled. Complete glossary, appendix of services, etc. This should be the Dr. Spock of dogdom for a good many years to come.