Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

catching up on books

I read a book bad enough that I didn't want to write a review. That was The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. I had chosen it for lack of literary merit but my choice was a bit too good. English speech patterns have changed since the Napoleonic Wars. Enough said. But it was an enjoyable bit of fluff if you can ignore that. Two stars.

I also finished Greyhounds: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Behavior, and Training by D. Caroline Coile. This book is short and full of color pictures, compared with Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, which is long and full of interesting facts. I thought it was a good overview. You can definitely tell that the author has a bit of a bias towards show greyhounds as opposed to racing greyhounds.

Here is a quote:
"It is undeniably special to save the life of a retired racer, but keep in mind that the AKC Greyhound puppy could need you just as much.. Responsible breeders do not breed a litter unless there are homes lined up for puppies, and the greater availability of retired racers has meant that most people wanting a pet Greyhound get a Greyhound from racing stock, not show stock... If these dogs were bred, show breeders fear that the influx of their genes into the AKC show Greyhound type." p 10

I don't feel that saving the life of something that's alive is morally equivalent to setting up a situation where a new life will be created or contributing to the preservation of purebred stock. It seems to me to be a bit irresponsible to get a purebred show puppy purely as a pet when there are still thousands of former racing dogs put down every year. (Of course, if showing dogs is your thing, that's different...) It reminds me of that flyer you see sometimes where you can save 10,000 cats by spaying your cat. Saving is not the same thing as preventing something from being born either.

In general, though, I think that this is a good book. Three stars. Stay tuned for my review of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, when I get done with it. :)
Tags: books 2008, fiction, nonfiction
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