Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care
Chiclet T. Dog and Jan Rasmusen
by Jean Hofve, DVM, Editor-in-Chief
is a wonderful book! Writing from her earnest,
unique, canine point of view, Chiclet—a peppery 4-lb. Maltese—imparts crucial information
in a fun, easy-to-read style. She and her human
companion, Jan Rasmusen, have done an incredible
job researching and distilling information that
every dog guardian should know.
Chiclet (and Jan) decided to get writing
after Chiclet's true love, Jiggy, developed severe
immune-mediated liver disease. His long journey
back to health (mainly through a homemade diet)
triggered the extensive research that resulted
in this book. Their website provides
complete support for the book.
This book aims to explode every common
myth and cover virtually every aspect of canine
care; all in an entertaining and painless fashion.
The importance of regular check-ups, spaying and
neutering, dental care, home and travel safety,
and pest control are emphasized. Behavior, housing,
surgery, adoption, rehoming, and even death get
the same even-pawed, thoughtful treatment. I was
particularly glad to see a discussion about providing
for your pet if you die first.
Though Chiclet clearly thinks holistically,
there's not too much here that any vet should argue with—though conventional thinkers may be
uncomfortable with the way Chiclet's sharp teeth
(and wit) dissect the medical, pharmaceutical,
and pet food industries, and raw diets still aren't
widely accepted. (It doesn't hurt that I agree
with almost everything Chiclet says, but I must
say, her logic is flawless!)
I sat down one snowy morning to glance
at this book, preparing to muddle through it at
some future date. Instead, I was utterly hooked
within a few sentences, and finished the entire
book in a day. I have rarely been so impressed
by any publication! Chiclet's chatty style provides
massive amounts of information in a format that
will convince people that they are just having
a fun read, when they are really getting an intensive
education in dog. She does bare her teeth when
needed to get her point across; and there is much
that is currently wrong with how most people deal
with their dogs that needs correcting!
The 90 incredible photos alone are worth
the price of admission, but this is much, much
more than a cute picture book. If you want one
book that will get your clients clued in to the
holistic philosophy in a thorough but gentle and
even enjoyable way, this is definitely the one.
I'd recommend this one to everyone with a dog.
Holistic vets should buy it by the case and distribute
it to new clients. Chiclet is here to make your
job a whole lot easier; take advantage!
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