By Michael Brandow
A provocative examine the "cult of pedigree" and an unique social background of purebred dogs
In this illuminating and exciting social heritage, social critic Michael Brandow probes the "cult of pedigree" and strains the economic upward push of the purebred puppy. Combining client reviews with sharp statement, A topic of Breeding unearths the sordid heritage of the puppy and indicates how our brand-name pets—from Labs to French bulldogs and every thing in between—pay the cost with devastatingly terrible well-being.
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She licked her chapped lips and stared at the tall man who had seemingly come out of nowhere. His hair was wet and matted, colored a mousy blond. He was hunched forward slightly with his hands shoved deep into the pockets of his sporty ski jacket. "No," she lied. The last thing she needed was some deranged wanderer to come by and steal what little she didn't have. Lauren quickly shifted her thoughts to Kristen, sleeping in the back seat. He could take anything he wanted, but she'd walk through fire to protect her precious daughter from harm.
Without something tangible for her to grasp on to, trusting was a dangerous thing to do to say the least. After inserting the key in the lock, she opened the trunk and pulled out the blanket she kept there for just this type of emergency. She was just placing the blanket over Kristen when she saw headlights approach. The vehicle stopped head to head with her car and Kyle jumped out. "Why don't you sit in your car? You'll be warmer. I'll only be a minute," Kyle said as he opened the hood of his Jeep and began connecting jumper cables.
No, Krissy, I have it. Mrs. Hopkins gave it to me when I picked you up after work. " Lauren pulled the sealed envelope marked "North Pole" out of her purse and handed it to Kristen. "Go on. " Kristen's exasperated expression was replaced with a chubby faced smile as she clutched the letter to Santa in her little hand and bolted up the ramp. Thank the heavens above for Mrs. Hopkins, Lauren thought. If she didn't watch Kristen before and after school every day, she couldn't have taken that job at Woodlawn Industries as a customer service representative.
A Matter of Breeding: A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed Man's Best Friend by Michael Brandow