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Business Insider Reviews ‘The Dog Merchants’ Book

business-insider-screen-shotA great new review of “The Dog Merchants” book was just posted on Business Insider. Here’s my favorite part:

“No one’s speaking against adopting a shelter dog, but one quote in Kavin’s book provides a new perspective on breeder dogs versus shelter mutts: ‘Why is it,’ Mike Arms, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, asked Kavin, ‘that somebody can go out and spend $2,000 or $3,000 on a pet and after 30 days realize it’s not for them, and they take it to their local facility, and the minute it crosses that threshold, the value is gone?’

“In other words, why are ‘used’ dogs, even purebreds, worth so much less than ‘new’ dogs?

“While it might sound icky at first, Arms is a fantastic example of how embracing the idea that dogs are primarily products may be in the dogs’ best interest.”

Indeed. Read the full Business Insider review of “The Dog Merchants” book here, or grab your own copy of the book today.

Bark & Swagger: ‘Hands down, the most fascinating dog book I’ve read this year’

Bark and Swagger logoI’m so grateful for the enthusiastic two-part coverage that Bark & Swagger is giving to “The Dog Merchants” book and website.

Jody Miller, who writes the site’s blog and hosts its show on Pet Life Radio, tells readers that “The Dog Merchants” is “hands down the most fascinating dog book I’ve read this year.”

Miller is a woman who reads a lot of dog books. Thank you so much for the high praise!

If you want to know why she’s so enthusiastic, get your own copy of “The Dog Merchants” here.

The Washington Post on The Dog Merchants: “Fascinating” and “Five Stars”

The Dog Merchants-3DToday is an amazing day: The Washington Post has published its review of The Dog Merchants book and website. My favorite parts:

“The Dog Merchants [is] a sprawling, and sometimes fascinating, look at a complex industry. Her reporting reveals that by simply finding a dog to take home we are dipping into a world largely veiled to the consumer and in many ways ethically dubious. …

“Kavin is doing her part. With the release of the book, she’s starting a website of the same name that will let consumers register and post reviews of any breeder or rescue group, sort of a Yelp for dog buyers. If it shines some light on the shadowy, largely unregulated dog industry, I’d say that’s worth five stars.”

You can read The Washington Post review of The Dog Merchants in full here, starting about halfway through the article.

The Dog Merchants Book Earns High Praise from Parade: “Required Reading”

The Dog Merchants-3DI’m so thrilled about this article that Parade published today about The Dog Merchants. There’s a wonderful Q&A about how the book discusses the good and bad going on in breeding and rescue alike, and how all of us must become far more conscious consumers the next time we go out to get our next dog.

Author Leah Ingram writes: “I spoke Kavin about her book, which I believe should be required reading for anyone interested in owning a dog—whether that be via adoption or purchase from a breeder.”

My cup runneth over. Check out the Parade article by clicking here.

New Video: The Blue-Eyed Mutt

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Booklist: The Dog Merchants is ‘A Megaton Bomb that Reveals the Facts’

The Dog Merchants-3DI just received an advance copy of the review that Booklist will publish April 1 of The Dog Merchants book. It’s another winner to add to our fast-growing list, and I am very grateful for the support of such well-respected reviewers.

Here is the Booklist review of The Dog Merchants, in full:

“Kavin wades into the $11 billion dog business in this devastatingly clear-cut expose. That she manages to accomplish so much without tugging too hard on readers’ emotions is only one of the surprises in this megaton bomb that reveals the facts about how large and starkly clinical the business of dog breeding has become.

“There is no denying that Americans love their dogs, or that purebred dogs enjoy a lofty position in our affections, but as Kavin visits the country’s biggest dog auction and navigates the worlds of dog shows, commercial breeders, small breeders, hobby breeders, and the universally hated “puppy mills,” she discovers the cold truth about our relationship with man’s best friend.

“Commercial breeding exists because people want certain dogs and will pay big money for them no matter what. That desire, fueled by pet trends and famous television and movie dogs, means breeding escalates, sales increase, and shelters are inundated with rejected, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs. Kavin’s findings are enraging, and there is no one to blame for this mess but ourselves.”

Get your copy of The Dog Merchants book here.

Kirkus Reviews on The Dog Merchants: Belongs on Every Pet Lover’s Bookshelf

The Dog Merchants-3DI just received an advance copy of the review that the highly respected Kirkus Reviews will publish April 1 about The Dog Merchants. And I could not be more thrilled!

Here is the Kirkus Review of The Dog Merchants, in full:

“A hard-hitting exploration of the idea of ‘dogs as a product.’ Freelance journalist Kavin (Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth, 2012, etc.) compares the experience of attending America’s biggest legal dog auction to what it might be like watching orphaned children auctioned based on looks. To compound her outrage, her own beloved mutts, whom she thinks of as family, would be considered worthless. The recognition that, “like that big case of meat in the supermarket, [the auction dogs] are ultimately a product” inspired her to investigate the $11 billion global market.

“Kavin estimates that ‘some thirty million pet dogs are brought home around the world each year.’ To think of one’s dog as a product to be bought and sold for profit is repugnant to pet lovers, but for the author, it also opens the possibility of using collective bargaining power as clout to force a higher standard of their treatment, using ‘the only language everyone in the dog industry understands: the language of money.’ Despite the size of the industry, many of the worst offenders are ‘small players in the big global web,’ and our cumulative decisions as consumers are important.

“It’s clear that Kavin has meticulously researched the industry, and she notes that in terms of salability of a particular dog, appearance usually matters more than temperament. “The majority of breeds … were developed just like today’s Louis Vuitton scarves or Jimmy Choo shoes or Fendi clutches,” she writes, in order to “visually announce a person’s economic standing.” Televised competitions compound the problem.

“To counter this, Kavin helped launched the website, an encyclopedic database that will serve as a ‘repository of information about pooches and the people who sell them.’

A scathing indictment of an industry run amok; belongs on every pet lover’s bookshelf.”

Order your copy of The Dog Merchants here.

Feathered Quill Gives The Dog Merchants Book a Great Review

The Dog Merchants-3DFeathered Quill, which prides itself on giving readers an honest, unbiased critique of each and every book, just uploaded this review of The Dog Merchants.

I’m thrilled that the reviewer loved the book and recommends it so highly, and I’m especially excited that the reviewer noted how fair and unbiased I attempted to be in reporting on both the breeding and rescuing sides of the dog industry. The review notes: “Indeed, throughout the book, the author rarely injects her own opinions, instead presenting the facts so that the reader can make the final decision.”

My favorite lines, of course, come at the end of the review, which states: “What you, the reader can do is to read The Dog Merchants so you can make a more informed decision when purchasing your next dog. It’s quite simple – don’t buy a dog until you read this book!”

Check out the full Feathered Quill review of The Dog Merchants here.

Another 5-Star Reader Review for The Dog Merchants Book

The Dog Merchants-3DAs advance galleys for The Dog Merchants book continue to go out, we are starting to see reader reviews pop up across the Internet. The newest was just posted on Goodreads, by a reader named Minna who gave the book 5 stars. Here’s what she says:

“This is a book that will make you think, for long, loooooooooong after you’re done reading. If you are a dog owner, a dog lover, a dog anything, this is a book you ought to read. Dogs are examined from every possible political, legal, economical and emotional angle. I learned a lot, reading this, and I know it will stay with me for a good long time. Please: do yourself a favor and pick up this book, especially if you have, have had, or would like to have a dog.”

Thank you, Minna!

Here’s the link for ordering The Dog Merchants book, which will be available to the public on May 2. To read more reader reviews, click here.