Pets in America : A History, by Grier, Katherine C.
- ISBN: 9780156031769 | 0156031760
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 8/6/2007
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When did America become so obsessed with its pets? It wasn't as recently as you might think. In fact, as Katherine C. Grier shows us in this lively social history, Americans have a long and abiding fascination with their furry, feathery, and sometimes scaly friends. Pets in America is the first comprehensive, thoroughly entertaining account of our long history of animal keeping. From White House gerbils to Mrs. Ralph Waldo Emerson's many cats, from drug-sniffing dogs to celebrity horses, from pet food to training to birdcages to art to cemeteriesno aspect of pet culture is left unexplored. Peppered with the warmth and humor of anecdotes from period diaries, letters, catalogs, and newspapers, Pets in America is also packed with more than one hundred whimsical pieces of pet Americanaillustrations and photographs of all of man's best friends. Pets in America is fun social history for a popular audience and pet lovers everywhere.