Wednesday 15 September 2021

Book ~ "Dog Lover's Trivia: Weird and Wacky Facts About Our Furry Friends" (2021) Mike Darton

From Goodreads ~ Schott’s Original Miscellany was a publishing phenomenon. It sired a host of sequels and parodies. But no matter how patiently and for how many years they begged, the potential canine readership was continually left to pine. Until now.

"Dog Lover’s Trivia" is how the original would have appeared had its creator been an obsessive dog owner. Or, indeed, a very literate dog. It parodies the randomness of entry and stylishness of design of the original, but is created entirely for dogs and their doting owners and admirers. The result is a fascinating collection of dog-related facts, including gems such as:
  • Dog epigraphs
  • The origins of dog names
  • An international guide to the word “dog”
  • The oldest dog
  • Weights and breeds
  • Crufts winners
  • Aesop’s fabled dogs
  • Most popular breeds
  • Dog bite statistics
  • Lassie
  • And dogs on the Titanic

I'm a dog lover and that's why this book caught my eye.  This book is a quick read and is full of very random trivia about dogs.  I found most of it interesting.

The book was originally published in 2009 and some of the stats, like popular dog names, are from 2007.  It would have been nice if they had updated these stats to current times rather than 14 year old information as it's probably no longer relevant.  In addition, there are no sources for the stats so who knows if the information is true (the couple of things I Googled were correct) and how dated it is.

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