First Things on Bark To The Future

(by John Wilson, a very thoughtful reviewer)

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2022/08/fiction-and-friendship

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6 Responses to “First Things on Bark To The Future”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:17 am on August 12th, 2022

    Really liked “fallible narrator” instead of “unreliable narrator “.
    Another C&B victory!

  2. BStover
    10:39 am on August 12th, 2022

    Good day to all.

  3. BooBear’s Mom
    2:54 pm on August 12th, 2022

    Afternoon, folks! I’m sitting down to start the new book. Out of pocket for awhile. See y’all later!

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:21 pm on August 12th, 2022

    Greetings!

    Really enjoyed this review!

    Good evening to all!

  5. dawson
    11:10 pm on August 12th, 2022

    An excellent review. My book has not arrived yet but it’s in the mail.

  6. mlaiuppa
    11:16 pm on August 12th, 2022

    I like “unfailingly rewarding”.

    They could also add addictive to the point of sleep deprivation.

    I may have to read Ed Yong’s book. Chet is a pretty amazing dog but dogs in general are more amazing than people realize. Search and Rescue, Cadaver dogs, therapy, service, assistance. Not every dog can be a cadaver dog. There are some search and rescue dogs that track scent on the ground and some specialize in the air. Some can even track under water. Not all dogs can do any of those things. They all have a much more heightened sense of smell than humans but some are more talented than others. You can train some of it but some of it is just a natural talent on the part of the individual dog.

    The book about animal dreaming sounds intriguing but at the heart is just speculation. Do they dream? I think all mammals dream. Dogs certainly have REM sleep so they must dream. But are they really dreaming of chasing rabbits or are those just muscle spasms? Goliath used to woof in his sleep along with the leg jerks. He was an extremely physical dreamer.

    Mr Andrew Cotter’s most recent Olive and Mabel video is about dogs dreaming and is both hilarious and insightful. While his interpretation of their dreams is likely unrealistic, the video he took of Mabel with her tongue wagging and eyes tracking indicates she *is* dreaming. I’ve seen Diana’s tongue do the same thing, heard Freyja give a woof or two and both of them do the leg jerk chasing thing. Yes, they have dreams. Likely related to a dog’s life; eating, running, chasing.

    I do think fallible is a much better description than unreliable. Chet is quite reliable in things that dogs are reliable about, smell being a biggie. But he is unreliable on things that dogs aren’t very reliable about, like counting and some interpretations of the idiosyncrasies of language and human behavior. He is observant but doesn’t always connect what he’s seen to something significant to their investigation.

    But my favorite parts are when Chet rambles on from one thing to another in a constant “SQUIRREL!” distraction and never quite gets to the point he was originally aiming at, or sometimes does.

    Shot gun seat!

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