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Review: Why Dogs are Better than Cats

April 29, 2010
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Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats by Bradley Trevor Greive is a tongue in cheek look at why dogs have become “Man’s Best Friend.”  When it came down to claiming the title, dogs had some stiff competition from all sorts of animals and Greive explains why many didn’t make the cut, including cats, who he claims, “were gonged off the stage in the preliminary rounds due to lack of interest (on their part).”  He includes the full bracket to the championship and according to Grieve, it came down to the dog and the lemur.  Grieve does concede that cats do have some good qualities, but in the end, according to him, they fall short of dogs.

The photographs in Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats were taken by Rachael Hale and they’re simply gorgeous, like the one on the cover.  They are mostly of dogs, but do include cats and a few other animals.  I kept stopping while I was reading to show them to Carl.

I love the fact that Grieve includes a list of questions that you should ask yourself before you buy a dog and encourages getting your pet from an animal shelter.

There’s not a lot of text in Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats, but I still enjoyed it.  It’s a book I’ll pick up over and over to look at the beautiful animals.  This book would make a great gift because animal lovers will enjoy the humorous text and the photographs.  My only complaint is that part of the text is in the back of the book under notes (they’re comments, not footnotes) and it got tiresome flipping to the back to read them.

I won an autographed copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing and I just had to show you how the author signed it –

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43 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 5:28 am

    I’m a huge animal lover, and I love dogs! I’ll have to take a look at this one.

  2. April 29, 2010 6:19 am

    The book sounds wonderful! I like the fact that the author promotes adding a new member of the family responsibly and through a shelter. I LOVE the signature! Thanks for sharing! Will have to take a look for this book!

  3. April 29, 2010 6:28 am

    I disagree with the title…..LOL, but it does sound like a fun book. (cat lover here)

  4. April 29, 2010 6:28 am

    Oh how adorable! I love the cover, I love the statement that cats weren’t even interested in the competition, and I love that signature! We used to have a dog, and now have five cats (and a guinea pig) and I would probably agree that dogs are more lovable pets. I might vote that Rufus the wonder pig is a better pet than the cats. We do love our bitchy kitties though too.

  5. April 29, 2010 7:26 am

    This just makes me smile 🙂 Love how the author signed the book.

  6. April 29, 2010 8:06 am

    Of course, the title is correct! And that very cute signature would win a positive review from me,

  7. April 29, 2010 8:24 am

    This book sounds adorable! I also love his signature — very cool!

  8. April 29, 2010 8:33 am

    hmmm, I bet it’s a fun and interesting book. My cat has a small attention span even for cartoons. So, I know that part is true. I bet the photos are beautiful. I love calendars with photos of cats and/or dogs. Thanks for another good review. I enjoyed it.

  9. April 29, 2010 8:35 am

    Love the cartoon, I can just guess which one is the cat(smile).

  10. April 29, 2010 8:41 am

    I love the author signature / doodle! BUT even though cats showed a lack of interest (also love that quote!) I have to admit I am totally a cat person and so disagree completely with his findings 😉

  11. April 29, 2010 9:07 am

    Love, love, love animal books, so this definitely looks like a winner to me. I also am slightly more of a dog person over a cat person, so I can totally relate to what the author says!

  12. April 29, 2010 9:09 am

    I love brilliant signatures like that one!

    This sounds like a book I need to give one of my sisters who is not only a cat lover, but a dog hater.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

  13. April 29, 2010 9:11 am

    I do prefer cats to dogs, but it looks like a really cute book nonetheless!

  14. April 29, 2010 9:22 am

    I’m glad to see dogs are finally getting in a rebuttal with all these books about cats!

  15. April 29, 2010 10:23 am

    Sounds cute! We aren’t really pet people (mainly because of our allergies), but dogs are special!

  16. April 29, 2010 10:54 am

    I already like dogs better than cats, and I love the way the author signed this–so cute!

  17. April 29, 2010 11:18 am

    Love how it’s signed! Sounds like a great book too..I love looking at books like this and as a dog owner and lover, I have to admit I like the title. haha!

  18. April 29, 2010 11:28 am

    I love the authors signature on this one! great little book!

  19. April 29, 2010 12:24 pm

    I’d grab the book for the picture on the cover. I don’t mind books with lots of pictures. This one sounds so sweet.

  20. April 29, 2010 1:10 pm

    I am a dog person–and a cat person. I love them both. The book sounds like a great book for dog lovers. I like how the author signed the book. 🙂

  21. April 29, 2010 1:15 pm

    I love dogs and I love animal photography, but I’m afraid that to read this book I’d have to get over my COMPLETE disagreement with the title first 😉

  22. April 29, 2010 1:28 pm

    Sounds like one my husband and in-laws would love.

  23. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 29, 2010 1:30 pm

    Love that signature! We have a dog and a cat and I wouldn’t trade either 🙂
    I’m going to look for this one for a gift possibility. Thanks for the recommendation.

  24. April 29, 2010 2:42 pm

    I’m a cat person myself, but the author’s explanation about why cats didn’t make the cut (“were gonged off the stage in the preliminary rounds due to lack of interest (on their part)”) makes total sense to me. Absolutely true (my cat’s looking at me right now, yawning to show what she thinks of the book and the idea of being man’s best friend – “what? that’s work!”)

    Loved the way the author signed the book!

  25. April 29, 2010 2:46 pm

    As someone who has 2 chocolate labs… I love the cover the book!

  26. April 29, 2010 4:21 pm

    That autograph is beyond awesome…I want to read this ! 😀

  27. April 29, 2010 4:54 pm

    Sounds adorable! And dogs are totally better than cats, no doubt about it. Cats freak me out!

  28. April 29, 2010 5:00 pm

    You don’t need much text because there’s little dispute that dogs rule. I imagine that turtles, striped bass and many other animals beat cats in the competition.

  29. Let's Read permalink
    April 29, 2010 6:14 pm

    The book must be interesting ! though I am not personally too fond of pets, my 3 yr old loves every animal he sees .. but photographs must be nice and that signature is awesome..

  30. April 29, 2010 7:28 pm

    I loooovvve dogs! I like cats, too, but they generally don’t like me I’ve observed. The signature is adorable!

  31. April 29, 2010 9:00 pm

    This sounds like an interesting book. My son wants a dog, he’s allergic to cats and shedding dogs and can’t wait to be retested to get the all clear to get a pet. Love the way the author signed the book, thanks for sharing that.

  32. April 30, 2010 12:06 am

    LOL! I had to show my husband this review because he’s been telling me this same thing for years. It gave us both a good laugh. I was once an avid cat fan, but we now own two doggies, and no cats. Go figure. Great review!

  33. April 30, 2010 8:44 am

    Obviously the title has it all wrong.

  34. April 30, 2010 9:13 am

    This book sounds so entertaining!! I LOVE dogs so I would love to read it, LOL!

  35. April 30, 2010 9:33 am

    I’m a dog person, Dave is a cat person, so we have no pets. That leaves me no recourse but to spoil the neighbors’ dogs. I love the cover picture and the signature.

  36. April 30, 2010 5:37 pm

    This book sounds like lots of fun. I have to admit, I’ve never owned a dog (except for the stray lab puppy I took in for about 2 months before he chewed his way out of my life!). I’d like to have a dog but I realize I can’t give one enough attention right now. I’ve had several cats, though I’m not a cat fanatic. In the end, I realize that my favorite cats have been the most dog-like — that is, very outgoing personalities with lots of human interaction. Maybe some day I’ll take another chance with the real thing.

  37. May 1, 2010 8:18 am

    I am a cat lover. But sadly, my cat died last year, before I had my baby girl…I still can’t really believe it. I miss her very much. She was like a family member…

  38. May 1, 2010 11:49 am

    I love the autograph!

  39. May 1, 2010 1:24 pm

    I’m so glad you got this book! I love dogs and my boyfriend loves cats and I’ve been wanting to buy this book for him as a silly gift, sounds like it might be worth it!

  40. May 2, 2010 4:56 am

    What a cute autograph! This book sounds like fun and since I have a dog (despite being a cat lover), I totally want it!

  41. May 2, 2010 7:33 pm

    How can you go wrong with a book like this? The author signing makes it all the better!

  42. May 3, 2010 12:45 pm

    YOU LUCKY DUCK!

  43. May 10, 2010 4:35 pm

    I’m not sure I agree with the book’s title statement 😛 but I love both dogs and cats, and I’ll definitely keep this one in mind! Rachael Hale is an extraordinary photographer, so this only would be reason enough to pick the book. Thanks!

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