I’ve never been one to read much non-fiction, but lately I find myself drawn to a wide variety of subjects. My latest find was a book about cats and dogs. These animals have become more than pets. They are family. The author traces the origins of these animals from ancient times to the present and discusses how they have evolved from being accepted because they were earning their keep as watchdogs or herders or rat-catchers to their present day privileged status as household members. Various animal rights activist groups throughout history are mentioned, and the author brings the subject up to date by discussing how pets now have lawyers to defend their rights. Grimm raises the question as to whether cats and dogs are filling a void by becoming substitutes in our lives, keeping us from seeking out human companionship instead. This is a book written in a readable style and filled with fascinating tidbits and factual information about our four-legged family members and friends.
— Sandy, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR