Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Browsing Area Book of the Week, April 2, 2012.

The Wolf in the Parlor by Jon Franklin. Library Call Number: SF433.S73 2009.
          Author Franklin watches his puppy grow into a family member and theorizes that humanity and canines have somehow grown together.  According to a Publisher’s Weekly review, Franklin theorizes that, …”beginning about 12,000 years ago, as wild wolves evolved into “follower wolves” and were subsequently domesticated by early man, a kind of mind meld occurred. As this neurological attachment took shape, the dog shed 20% of its brain mass because, biologically, humans had “agreed to do its thinking” for it, while mankind lost 10% of its brain mass because dogs became ‘our beast of emotional burden.’
“Franklin buttresses his inventive assertion with a combination of absorbingly loquacious ruminations on the behavior of his own dog, Charlie, and a rigorous compilation of scientific facts rooted in a decade of study about the nature of wolves and dogs. As concepts of the canine go, Franklin's is notably audacious. And among a plethora of books on breeding, disciplining, loving and lamenting the loss of man's best friend, this thoughtful discourse is a best of breed.

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