The HIDDEN LIFE OF DOGS by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Long before the Dog Whisperer, anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas revealed to readers the nature of pack dynamics, leading to a completely new understanding of dogs and their desires. 
In this fascinating account, based on thirty years of living with and observing dogs, we meet Misha, a friend’s husky, whom Thomas followed on his daily rounds of more than 130 square miles, and who ultimately provided the simple and surprising answer to the question What do dogs want most? Not food, not sex, but other dogs. We also meet Maria, who adored Misha, bore his puppies, and clearly mourned when he moved away; the brave pug Bingo and his little wife, Violet; the dingo Viva; and the remaining dogs and pups that constitute the pack.
“Instead of training and obedience, [Thomas] offers as an alternative a world of ‘trust and mutual obligation’” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). When it was first published in hardcover, The Hidden Life of Dogs spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller list. This Mariner paperback edition will include a new afterword by the author.

About Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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One of the most widely read American anthropologists, ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS has observed dogs, cats, and elephants during her half-century-long career. Her many books include The Social Lives of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger, and The Hidden Life of Deer. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Published September 10, 2010 by Mariner Books. 195 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An astonishing work of ethology that asks--and answers clearly--a question about dogs that's so simple that, apparently, no one has ever tackled it before: ``What do dogs want?'' Thomas--a trained scientist and novelist who brings her storytelling skills (The Animal Wife, 1990, etc.) fully ...

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Thomas's multifaceted discussion of canine life was a 28-week PW bestseller.

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"Every dog might wish to be Dog One, but like us, most dogs want membership in the group even more than they want supremacy over others.

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Of all the literature I've read about dogs (and occasionally cats), only four items have been memorable: one is Lord Byron's epitaph on his dog Boatswain - 'beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices';

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"The young dogs copied the old dogs, which in their case resulted in perfect housebreaking..."

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