War of the Whales
A True Story
The paths of the world’s most powerful navy and the ocean’s deepest-diving whales collided on March 15, 2000, when veteran whale researcher Ken Balcomb witnessed a mass whale stranding that left its victims dying helplessly from a mysterious unknown cause on the shores of the Bahamas. That heartrending event led to an epic legal battle—with Balcomb and environmental lawyer Joel Reynolds on one side and the U.S. Navy on the other—that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way, the Navy conceded for the first time that its sonar war games had driven whales onto beaches, and agreed to comply with federal environmental laws intended to protect whales and other marine animals.
The product of seven years of research and writing, WAR OF THE WHALES: A True Story (Simon & Schuster; July 1, 2014; $28.00 U.S./$32.00 CAN) is a riveting, wide-ranging, and masterly account of this landmark showdown in courtrooms and the court of public opinion. Author Joshua Horwitz takes readers onto the beaches and the research vessels, into the labs and the courtrooms, behind closed doors at Pentagon strategy sessions, and into the thick of the debate over how to balance the requirements of national security with safeguarding the ocean environment. At the center of his vivid tale are two courageous and sometimes conflicted agents of social change —one a maverick, one an consummate insider —who put their personal and professional lives on the line in order to hold the Navy accountable for the survival of the sea’s most majestic and beloved creatures.
A reluctant whistle-blower and a lone gunslinger
Ken Balcomb was an unlikely and reluctant whistle-blower. As a young man, he had done two tours of duty in the Navy, working with sonar in submarine detection, and had taken an oath of secrecy. Fascinated by marine mammals, he later became a leading authority on the relatively unknown beaked whales, species that inhabit the world’s deep underwater canyons, as well as orcas, or killer whales. Balcomb was loyal to the Navy and recognized the need for a robust national defense, but believed that it could be achieved without flooding the oceans with whale-killing sonar. As Horwitz explains, whales and their smaller dolphin relatives depend on their own extraordinarily sophisticated forms of bio sonar for navigation, hunting, and courtship. An ocean flooded with manmade noise – from shipping, oil exploration, and military sonar – can make it difficult for whales to forage, communicate, and even survive. As the saying among marine scientists goes, a deaf whale is a dead whale.
Joel Reynolds, a superb litigator with a passion for environmental justice, had already made a name for himself as an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Staffed with legal gunslingers like Reynolds, NRDC was one of the groups that had made environmental law sexy in the 1980s by suing corporate polluters on behalf of its members. In 1994, Reynolds had won a lawsuit against the Navy for its use of underwater explosions in marine sanctuaries, which violated marine mammal protection laws. When he uncovered evidence of a secret Navy sonar system, he suspected that it was linked to a rash of mass whale strandings around the world but lacked a trail of physical evidence to support a lawsuit. Perhaps, he hoped, that trail might begin in the Bahamas.
The war begins
Horwitz follows the dramatic unfolding of this tale from Day 1 of the Bahamas stranding, where Balcomb, his fellow whale researcher and then-wife, Diane Claridge, and their volunteer helpers tried to rescue the stranded whales. The next day, in search of forensic evidence, they had to wrestle the whales’ remains away from sharks, sever their heads, and stow them in a friend’s restaurant freezer. Weeks later, only the last-minute intervention of a friendly Redcap at the Miami airport (whose daughter was a marine biology student) enabled Balcomb and Claridge to fly the frozen heads safely to Boston. There, Darlene Ketten, the world’s foremost whale forensic pathologist and expert on whale hearing, examined the heads in her lab at Harvard. The CT scans revealed pools of blood from brain hemorrhages, though Ketten was reluctant to speculate on the cause.
But Ken Balcomb needed no further convincing. He had photographed Navy destroyers in Bahamian waters during the days following the strandings, and knew from personal experience that these warships were equipped with high-powered sonar transmitters. Soon—much to the displeasure of Ketten and others in the scientific establishment and their Navy patrons —Balcomb was standing in front of the cameras on 60 Minutes and at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Backed up by dramatic and disturbing video footage he had recorded during the Bahamas strandings, he stated, “I believe the Navy did it.” Balcomb’s claim was soon bolstered by a groundbreaking study published by Jim Mead, the eminent curator of marine mammals at the Smithsonian, which documented the historical connection between naval exercises around the world and beaked whale strandings.
Meanwhile, Joel Reynolds pursued a relentless pressure campaign, backed up by the threat of litigation, with lawyers from the Navy, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Justice Department. Top naval officers like Rear Admiral Dick Pittenger were charged with protecting America and its ships and sailors from attack by undetected enemy submarines. Understandably, they had a different point of view than the Navy’s civilian leadership, who grasped the political necessity of trying to find some accommodation with Reynolds and the wider Save the Whales movement, which had grown into a mass coalition of whale and dolphin lovers, ocean conservationists, and animal rights activists.
Horwitz writes of this culture war over whales: “It defied the admirals’ comprehension that they had to kowtow to a roomful of lawyers and regulators. They had built and trained the most powerful Navy in the history of maritime warfare, had outlasted the fearsome Soviet armada during a four-decade Cold War, and now they were being called to account because a dozen whales had stranded during a training exercise?”
But in order to retain its hard-earned Cold War sonar assets the peacetime Navy had to promote itself as a good steward of the environment – in part, by ingeniously retrofitting its sound surveillance systems to measure climate change in the ocean. However, two years after 9-11, in the most patriotic, pro-military political climate since WWII, NRDC and Balcomb won a major courtroom victory, forcing the Navy to drastically curtail the planned deployment of its LFA (Low Frequency Active) sonar system that would have flooded most of the world’s oceans with high-decibel sound.
Taking the fight to the Supreme Court
In response, the Navy turned to Congress and the executive branch for sweeping national security exemptions from a host of federal environmental laws, including the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In the meantime, evidence of the damage to whales from military sonar continued to mount. In 2003, Balcomb witnessed another mass stranding, this time of pilot whales on San Juan Island in Washington State, where he regularly spent his summers monitoring the endangered killer whales of Puget Sound. Balcomb videotaped a pod of orcas in extreme distress in close proximity of a U.S. Navy destroyer, which only ceased transmitting high-decibel sonar after the Coast Guard intervened at Balcomb’s request. In another major victory for Reynolds and the NRDC, a federal judge ordered the Navy to negotiate a settlement over the use of sonar in training exercises that drastically restricted its zones of operation off the West Coast.
After losing again in the Court of Appeals, the Navy asked the White House to intervene, turning the fight over the use of military sonar into a constitutional confrontation over the separation of powers. When an executive order signed by President Bush was struck down by the courts, the Navy asked the Supreme Court to grant the case a hearing, which the Court agreed to do. In November of 2008, just weeks after Barack Obama’s election, the Roberts Court ruled, by a closely divided vote, that the national security concerns of the Navy admirals should trump the requirements of federal laws protecting whales. However, the Court did uphold many of the specific restrictions sonar trainings that the lower court had placed on the Navy.
A new level of national discussion and accountability
While Reynolds and his allies had suffered a legal setback, litigating the sonar case in front of the Supreme Court had elevated the topic to a level of national discussion that would have been unimaginable even a few years earlier. Reynolds felt confident that they were slowly but surely reining in the Navy’s use of whale-killing sonar in training exercises. They needed to keep pushing for better safeguards, but the Navy’s obligation to comply with federal environmental laws was no longer in dispute.
Furthermore, in the years since the Supreme Court decision, consensus has built inside the research community—including among many of the Navy’s own researchers—about the threat that noise pollution, including military and commercial sonar, poses to whales. In particular, research has revealed that much lower sound levels than previously believed cause changes to migration patterns as well as foraging and communications habits. Most importantly to endangered cetacean species, research has also shown that chronic noise pollution depresses their rates of reproduction.
The mass strandings—and the war—continue
Meanwhile, whales continue to mass-strand around the world in the presence of military and commercial sonar. In 2008, sixty dolphins stranded in Cornwall, England, during sonar exercises being conducted by the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy. That same year, more than one hundred melon-headed whales were driven ashore in Madagascar by sonar being used to explore for oil and gas by the ExxonMobil Corporation. In 2011, at least ten and possibly dozens of beaked whales stranded or washed ashore dead on the Greek island of Corfu following a major Italian military exercise nearby. And in April of 2014, during joint exercise among U.S., Israeli, and Greek navies offshore from Crete, five beaked whales stranded and died.
In 2012, the U.S. Navy filed for permits to expand its sonar training ranges up and down the East and West coasts – including new testing ranges for mines, torpedoes, and other underwater explosive devices. The Navy’s own Environmental Impact Statements predicted millions of marine mammal “takes,” or exposures to these tests, including nearly a thousand deaths and 13,000 serious injuries. In December, 2013, Fisheries granted the Navy its requested permits. Within a month, in separate lawsuits, NRDC and Earthjustice, along with half a dozen co-plaintiffs, sued the Navy and Fisheries for violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
A major new work of narrative non-fiction, WAR OF THE WHALES is at once an enthralling piece of natural history, a gripping David-and-Goliath legal battle, an eye-opening chronicle of secret Cold War military activity, an environmental call to arms, and a probing examination of the conflicting demands of the environment, the law, and national defense.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joshua Horwitz is the co-founder and publisher of Living Planet Books in Washington, D.C., which specializes in books by thought leaders in science, medicine, and psychology. The co-author of two previous books of nonfiction, he lives with his wife and three daughters in Washington, DC.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
WAR OF THE WHALES: A True Story
By Joshua Horwitz
Published by Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
E-Book ISBN: 9781451645033
Learn More about Joshua Horwitz at www.WaroftheWhales.com
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How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | On Sale June 10, 2014
“Science historian and senior TED fellow Braitman takes measure of the emotional thunderstorms that cramp or even curtail the normal lives of animals….There is much here that will remind readers of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson—a gift for storytelling, strong observational talents, an easy familiarity with the background material and a warm level of empathy….Engaging….Sparks curiosity.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Illuminating….Braitman’s delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case to life….[Animal Madness’s]continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.”
“This is a marvelous, smart, eloquent book—as much about human emotion as it is about animals and their inner lives.” — Susan Orlean, bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief
“Braitman shows us sides of the animal mind few have imagined, and in doing so, opens our eyes anew.”
—Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise
" Laurel Braitman deftly and elegantly makes the case that animals have complex emotional lives. This passionate, provocative, and insightful book deeply expands our knowledge and empathy for all species—especially, perhaps, our own.” — Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers, Co-authors: Zoobiquity: Astonishing Connections Between Human and Animal Health
"ANIMAL MADNESS is the sanest book I've read in a long time. Laurel Braitman irrefutably shows that animals think and feel, and experience the same emotions that we do. To deny this is crazy—which is why this fine book should be required reading for anyone who cares about healing the broken inner lives of both people and animals." — Sy Montgomery, author of Good Good Pig
“Braitman assembles the shattered pieces of others’ minds into a thoroughly considered and surprising realization that many familiar animals possess the same mental demons that haunt us. This insight challenges us to accept that our ancient kinship with other animals is as apparent in our psyche as it is in our physique.” — John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow
“Humane, insightful, and beautifully written, Animal Madness gives anthropomorphism a good name. Laurel Braitman’s modern and nuanced definition of the word helps animals, helps people, and bolsters the connection between the two. Her thought-provoking book illuminates just how much we share with the creatures around us.” —Vicki Constantine Croke, author of The Lady and the Panda
“Only a writer as earnestly curious as Laurel Braitman—so irrepressibly game to understand the animal mind—could draw this elegantly on both the findings of academic scientists and the observations of a used elephant salesman in Thailand; on the sorrows of a famous, captive grizzly bear in nineteenth-century San Francisco and the anxieties of her own dog. Animal Madness is a big-hearted and wildly intelligent book..” —Jon Mooallem,author of Wild Ones
“Researchers have long ignored animals in need, especially in the wild. However, just as we suffer from a wide variety of psychological disorders so too do other animals. But they make a remarkable recovery when they are cared for, understood, and loved.” —Marc Bekoff, author of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed and editor of Ignoring Nature No More
Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman’s lessons started closer to home—by observing her pet’s odd behavior. When Braitman’s anxious but beloved Bernese Mountain dog Oliver jumped out of a third-story window in a fit of panic and nearly died, the germ of what would become Braitman’s life passion began: She would go to the ends of the earth to learn about emotionally disturbed animals and the ways they heal, often observing incredible parallels with human healing. In ANIMAL MADNESS: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves (S&S; June 10, 2014), Braitman shares the fascinating, inspiring stories she uncovered – and comes to the conclusion that humans and many other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to mental illness and recovery.
Braitman’s dog Oliver was the poster canine for disturbing behavior: He snapped at flies that only he could see, ate inedible items like Ziploc bags and towels (well past puppy-dom), and licked and gnawed on himself compulsively. One afternoon, when left alone for only a few hours, Oliver chewed through a metal window screen and leapt from the third floor. He was badly injured but survived. Stunned and confused, Braitman set out to understand what was driving Oliver to such extremes, and if he could be helped. Ultimately she was unable to solve his but along the way she met with dozens of veterinarians, animal behaviorists, neuroscientists, and fellow pet owners; combed through the archives of our country’s oldest natural history museums; and traveled the globe to learn from other people’s unique experiences with animals, such as human psychotherapists with gorilla, bonobo and orangutan patients, and Mexican whale-watching guides who’ve witnessed the emotional recovery of once-violent California gray whales. Through her research, Braitman discovered a form of continuity between humans and other animals that – first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT – she’d never been taught in school. It turns out that many nonhuman animals, such as obsessive parrots, self-harming dolphins and anxious gorillas, can lose their minds – and when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.
Thankfully, so many of us can heal. During her travels, Braitman heard dozens of moving recovery stories: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover? The same way we do: with love, with medicine, with behavior therapy, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why we suffer and what can make us feel better.
With the ground-breaking authority and compassion of a Temple Grandin or Jane Goodall, Laurel Braitman takes us to a new frontier in thinking about animal psychology. ANIMAL MADNESS encourages us to understand and embrace the emotional life we share with animals – both in madness and in healing.
About the Author:
MIT PhD in the history of science, Laurel Braitman has written and performed live for Pop Up Magazine, The New Inquiry, Orion, and a variety of other publications. She is a TED Fellow and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Laurel lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, and can be reached at AnimalMadness.com. Follow her on twitter @LaurelBraitman.
ANIMAL MADNESS * by Laurel Braitman * Simon & Schuster Hardcover * On-sale June 10, 2014 * $28
ISBN: 9781451627008 * eBook ISBN: 9781451627022
“A fun book! Life’s a Bark captures the spirit of what is fundamentally canine and offers lots of ideas of how we can practically insert what dogs teach us into our lives, no matter what life throws our way.”
—Steve Dale, author of Chicago Tribune’s nationally-syndicated column My Pet World and host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio-Chicago
What You Can Learn about Life and Love…from Your Dog Canine Expert Larry Kay Shares How Your Dog Can Unlock the Simple Joys in Your Life
Larry Kay says, “Treat me like a dog.” It sounds funny, but he’s right: the days are long gone when being “treated like a dog” was a bad thing. What if we treat everyone—ourselves included—the way beloved dogs treat us: with loyal companionship? New research proves what dog lovers have long known: their canine friends can connect with humans on a deep emotional level, with empathy, compassion, and care.
In his upcoming book, Life’s a Bark: What Dogs Teach Us About Life and Love (ISBN: 9781402293498; JUNE 2014; $14.99 U.S.; Gift; Hardcover), dog-training expert Larry Kay explores the question: “How might we change for the better if we took lessons from the dog’s playbook of life?”
Filled with 123 touching photos, 60 hilarious and heartwarming lessons, and packed with practical tips on life and love, Life’s a Bark shows dog lovers how easy it is to learn from their canine companions’ positive outlooks.
Listen Well. When we need to talk, a loyal dog stays by us with patient attention. Try listening to someone without giving advice.
Love Me As I Am. Dogs accept themselves as they are. When you have a negative thought, interrupt that pessimistic pattern by acting like a dog: smile and pant. (Bonus points for scratching your head with your foot!)
Facts about Larry Kay • His Facebook page has more than 190,000 dog-loving fans • His credo is: “When we discover pets, we discover ourselves.” • His book on dog training won two national book awards • His dog-care DVD for kids won five awards • Canine journalism credits include The Westminster Dog Show, AOL, Dog Fancy, American Animal Hospital Association • His personal brand, Positively Woof, celebrates our human-animal bond with the Power of ARF: Advocacy, Readiness, Fun Visit Larry Kay— • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PositivelyWoof • Website: http://positivelywoof.com/lifes-a-bark-press-kit
Whether you're raising your rabbits as pets or for meat, you need solid, accurate, easy-to-access information to keep your animals healthy and happy. This Q&A resource from expert Karen Patry has the answers to all your questions about everything from housing and feeding to breeding, kindling, health and disease, behavior, and more. Whether you're raising one pet rabbit or running a commercial rabbit farm, this accessible guide is the resource you need.
“Masson brings the behavior of his animal subjects vividly and enchantingly to life…Truly fascinating.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall on The Evolution of Fatherhood
“A masterpiece…the most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility that I've yet seen.”
– Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, on When Elephants Weep
“Masson's rare combination of passionate advocacy and scientific perspicacity makes this book unusually powerful. As a psychoanalyst, he addresses the psychological and emotional barriers that keep people from adopting a compassionate lifestyle - and one so manifestly in their own interest, as well as society's and the planet's.”
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What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has delved deep into the unexplored territory of animal emotions, but in his new book he tackles the wildest creature of all – humans. BEASTS: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil (Bloomsbury; March 4, 2014) is an illuminating account of the relationship between humans, animals, and our perception of violence.
A given person might say they fear shark attacks more than his fellow man, but there is a glaring discrepancy with this prevalent misconception: sharks, orcas, big cats, and other fearsome predators are not nearly as aggressive as humans. We are the only species responsible for killing over 200 million of our own members in the last century alone.
Masson has taught us how to explore human emotions through animal behavior – the way dogs love, cats practice independence, and elephants grieve for their lost ones. In BEASTS, Masson examines the difference between the unchecked aggression and predatory behavior that separates humans from animals, and who the real beasts are.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep. He lives in New Zealand, but will be traveling to the U.S. at publication.
Animal Planet™ Complete Guide to Dog Grooming
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From the most respected brand in pet publishing comes the most comprehensive, concise, all-in-one manual on all aspects of grooming a dog at home.
The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides dog guardians with common-sense advice on coat, ear, eye, nail, and dental care. Award-winning author Eve Adamson and groomer Sandy Roth also show readers how to master a variety of grooming techniques for all coat types, from basic brushing to more complicated clipping patterns and hand-stripping.
The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming also offers:
- step-by-step grooming instructions for more than 140 breeds
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Whether novice or experienced, the Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides guardians with the most comprehensive, user-friendly reference at their fingertips.
Eve Adamson is a New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 50 books. She is a contributing editor to Dog Fancy magazine, writes the “Good Grooming” column for AKC Family Dog magazine, and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Eve lives in Iowa City with her family and two dogs.
Sandy Roth owns a grooming shop in State College, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in grooming pet dogs and show prospects.
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 97 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.
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With furry viral video stars taking the Internet by storm, it’s no surprise that one of YouTube’s most popular pets is a French-speaking Tuxedo cat. But Henri, le Chat Noir isn’t your typical playful kitten charming viewers with mindless antics and common cuteness. In his own words, Henri is “filled with ennui”—trapped in a seemingly pointless existence and desperate to express his disillusionment.
Filmed in black and white to parody French film noir, Henri feels that his philosophical musings are not meant for idle entertainment. And yet, it seems the world is destined to take pleasure in his suffering. Henri’s videos have been viewed more than 12 million times to date, and his following is growing (almost as much as his disappointment).
Despite his distaste for simpleminded cats and misguided humans, Henri won the Golden Cat Award in 2012 (the top prize at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and continues to be featured in the news, including being named one of Huffington Post’s Most Influential Cats of 2012. But, Henri wonders, what good is “influence” if one fails to be understood?
At first, Henri had been undeterred by these distractions, pondering instead life’s larger questions. “Ultimately, our lives are spent diverting ourselves with one meaningless task after another. And yet, the great mysteries of the universe remain undiscovered,” he says. “So, does it really matter if I peed on the counter?”
Such universal truths must be considered. But how can Henri address the narrowness of human understanding when his intellectual property is being compromised? His videos are widely credited as the mastermind work of William Braden (“the thieving Filmmaker”), a former student of the Seattle Film Institute who captured Henri’s malaise on film and has been living off his popularity ever since.
It’s time to set the record straight! Henri’s book offers his first uninterrupted, completely unedited commentary, which he hopes will provide new insight—or at least something for the coffee table that will make people look smart.
Henri, le Chat Noir shares the disenchanted house cat’s cynical, profoundly hilarious perspective alongside 45 artful photos and delightfully doleful quotes from the world’s first philosophical feline. Finally, the eye-opening truth is at hand for anyone who is willing to scratch well beyond the surface.
Publication Date: MAY 2013
WILLIAM BRADEN holds a degree in creative writing and attended the Seattle Film Institute. He is a professional videographer, but now supports himself fully with Henri-related ventures. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is available for interviews.
Henri, le Chat Noir
The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat
$12.99 hardcover, 96 pages, 7 x 5 inches
45 black-and-white photos
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60774-511-2
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As a kitten, I was
filled with boundless
wonder and an endless
need to know more
about the world.
I soon discovered the true nature of our existence, and saw it for the cruel and arbitrary prison it is. Also, I grew into my ears.
Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013.
There are 17 days left in the year.
Humorous memoir chronicles one household’s unpredictable cornucopia of creatures and offers indispensable advice on raising, spoiling, and loving them
39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:
Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers
By Dr. Judith Samson-French
A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers
A REALITY CHECK YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS:
WHAT YOU LEARN HERE COULD SAVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE
Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.
But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?
In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.
Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.
A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:
· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters
· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog
· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving
· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting
· And many, many more!
“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”
About the Author:
A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.
She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.
In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.