Show Dog by Josh Dean
The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred

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Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials that Jack and his plucky, dedicated owners come to face, and uses their story to explore the larger histories of dog shows themselves; the fascinating and sometimes bizarre history of purebred dogs; and our complex, heartfelt relationships to the pets we grow to love. For dog lovers, readers of Marley & Me, Merle’s Door, and Oogy, and fans of Best in Show, Dean’s Show Dog is an irresistible instant classic.

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Josh Dean is a former deputy editor of Men's Journal and was one of the founding editors of PLAY, The New York Times Sports Magazine. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Outside, GQ, Men's Journal, Popular Science, Fast Company, Inc., Travel + Leisure and many others. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News as well as numerous public radio programs. He lives in Brooklyn.
Published February 7, 2012 by It Books. 429 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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A lighthearted account of a year in the life of a show dog.

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