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Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
by Anthes, Emily

9780374158590Emily AnthesFrankenstein's Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts Winner of 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Best Young Adult Science Book Longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award One of Nature 's Summer Book Picks One of Publishers Weekly 's Top Ten Spring 2013 Science Books For centuries, we've toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it? In Frankenstein ' s Cat , the journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a "frozen zoo" where scientists are storing DNA from the planet's most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to supply farms with disease-resistant livestock. Along the way, we meet some of the animals that are ushering in this astonishing age of enhancement, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world's first cloned cat. Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs, Anthes reveals that while some of our interventions may be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others could improve the lives of many species-including our own. So what does biotechnology really mean for the world's wild things? And what do our brave new beasts tell us about ourselves? With keen insight and her trademark spunk, Anthes highlights both the peril and the promise of our scientific superpowers, taking us on an adventure into a world where our grandest science fiction fantasies are fast becoming reality. - Description from Syndetics
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A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life
by Bowen, James

9781250029461James BowenA Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My LifeThe Instant New York Times Bestseller! James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet. Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep. When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey. A Street Cat Named Bob is an international sensation, landing on the bestseller list in England for 52 consecutive weeks and selling in 26 countries around the world. Now, James and Bob are ready to share their true story with the U.S. in this tale unlike any you've ever read of a cat who possesses some kind of magic. When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Perfect for fans of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World, this instant classic about the power of love between man and animal has taken the world by storm and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with American fans as well. - Description from Syndetics
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The Seven Ages of Man's Best Friend
by Fennell, Jan

9780060822194Jan FennellThe Seven Ages of Man's Best Friend: A Comprehensive Guide for Caring for Your Dog Through All the Stages of LifeDo our dogs experience the equivalent of infancy and puberty? Do they go through the terrible teens or struggle with midlife crises? And what can we do to ensure they take each step in stride? In The Seven Ages of Man's Best Friend, best-selling author Jan Fennell leads us through the key phases of a dog's development by uniquely defining the seven ages of our dogs. In a fresh, new approach to the subject, Jan charts a dog's life in stages: the buoyant, boundless energy of the Puppy and the Pioneer, the troublesome teens that are the ages of the Playboy and the Prot#65533;g#65533;, the difficult middle years of the Pretender and the Protector, and the twilight years of the Pensioner. The book works as a comprehensive guide to coping with the problems that crop up at particular times in a dog's development, including training and vaccinations as well as puberty and parenthood. In The Dog Listener, Jan Fennell changed the way we think about our dogs. Now, in her most important book since, Jan once more challenges conventional thinking and puts forward an alternative view of the dog's world. It is a book you will want to read straight through -- then keep close at hand for years. - Description from Syndetics
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Working with Animals
by Field, Shelly

9780816077823Shelly FieldCareer Opportunities Working with AnimalsThere are many different types of careers for those interested in working with animals. On the local level, workers can groom and train household pets, walk dogs, run a pet store, or work in an animal shelter. Other opportunities exist in monitoring and managing wildlife, working with farm animals, and advocating for humane treatment of animals. Employment of veterinarians in particular is projected to increase by 33 percent through 2018, a much faster than average rate of growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Career Opportunities Working with Animals describes more than 80 occupations in such animal-related fields as veterinary medicine; shelters, sanctuaries, and refuges; veterinary offices/hospitals/clinics; animal advocacy organizations; care and conservation of wildlife; zoos and aquariums; creative careers; pet care, training, and grooming; pet food, pet supply, and pet merchandise stores; and horses. Appendixes include Colleges and Universities; Zoos, Aquariums, and Sanctuaries; Animal Advocacy Organizations; United States Thoroughbred Race Tracks; United States Harness Racing Tracks; Trade Associations; and Career and Job Web Sites. Career profiles include: Animal advocacy organization publicist Animal treatment investigator Aquarist Dog trainer Entertainment industry animal trainer Jockey Pet food and supply store store manager Shelter manager Small animal veterinarian Veterinary technician Wildlife rehabilitator Zoo director. - Description from Syndetics
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Catalyst: A Tale of the Barque Cats
by McCaffrey, Anne; Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann

9780345513762Anne McCaffrey; Elizabeth Ann ScarboroughCatalystPilot, navigator, engineer, doctor, scientist--ship's cat? All are essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Since the early days of interstellar travel, when Tuxedo Thomas, a Maine coon cat, showed what a cat could do for a ship and its crew, the so-called Barque Cats have become highly prized crew members. Thomas's carefully bred progeny, ably assisted by humans--Cat Persons--with whom they share a deep and loving bond, now travel the galaxy, responsible for keeping spacecraft free of vermin, for alerting human crews to potential environmental hazards, and for acting as morale officers. Even among Barque Cats, Chessie is something special. Her pedigree, skills, and intelligence, as well as the close rapport she has with her human, Janina, make her the most valuable crew member aboard the Molly Daise. And the litter of kittens in her belly only adds to her value. Then the unthinkable happens. Chessie is kidnapped--er, catnapped--from Dr. Jared Vlast's vet clinic at Hood Station by a grizzled spacer named Carl Poindexter. But Chessie's newborn kittens turn out to be even more extraordinary than their mother. For while Chessie's connection to Janina is close and intuitive, the bond that the kitten Chester forms with Carl's son, Jubal, is downright telepathic. And when Chester is sent into space to learn his trade, neither he nor Jubal will rest until they're reunited.     But the announcement of a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws their future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals. Not even the Barque Cats will be spared.     With the clock racing against them, Janina, Jubal, Dr. Vlast, and a handful of very special kittens will join forces with the mysterious Pshaw-Ra--an alien-looking cat with a hidden agenda--to save the Barque Cats, other animals, and quite possibly the universe as they know it from total destruction.   - Description from Syndetics
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Cat
by Rogers, Katharine M

9781861892928Katharine M. RogersCatAccording to ancient Egyptian lore, the goddess Bast, who protected her worshippers from disease and hard luck, had the figure of a woman and the head of a cat. Egyptians loved their feline companions, including them in family portraits, mummifying them alongside their owners, and creating exquisite works of sculpture around their graceful forms.  Four thousand years later, the cat continues to charm us. Katharine M. Rogers traces our relationship with this curious creature in Cat , an entertaining look at one of the most popular pets in the world. From the domestic cat's emergence in ancient Egypt to its enormous popularity in the contemporary United States, Rogers uncovers the feline's cultural history in all its numerous forms: rat-catcher, witch's familiar, and even the inscrutable creature that inspired Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe. As Rogers demonstrates, our fascination with cats lies in their uncanny ability to embody just about any character--from sweet to ferocious, affectionate to independent, eerie to elegant.  Cat will be relished by anyone who appreciates these lovable companions and their amazing ability to bring joy to our lives. - Description from Syndetics
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For the Love of Animals
by Shevelow, Kathryn

9780805080902Kathryn ShevelowFor the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection MovementThe engaging story of how an unlikely group of extraordinary people laid the foundation for the legal protection of animalsIn eighteenth-century England--where cockfighting and bullbaiting drew large crowds, and the abuse of animals was routine--the idea of animal protection was dismissed as laughably radical. But as pets became more common, human attitudes toward animals evolved steadily. An unconventional duchess defended their intellect in her writings. A gentleman scientist believed that animals should be treated with compassion. And with the concentrated efforts of an eccentric Scots barrister and a flamboyant Irishman, the lives of beasts--and, correspondingly, men and women--began to change. Kathryn Shevelow, a respected eighteenth-century scholar, gives us the dramatic story of the bold reformers who braved attacks because they sympathized with the plight of creatures everywhere. More than just a history, this is an eye-opening exploration into how our feelings toward animals reveal our ideas about ourselves, God, mercy, and nature. Accessible and lively, "For the Love of Animals" is a captivating cultural narrative that takes us into the lives of animals--and into the minds of humans--during some of history's most fascinating times. - Description from Syndetics
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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training
by Siegal, Mordecai; Margolis, Matthew

9780684856469Matthew Margolis; Mordecai SiegalUltimate Guide to Dog TrainingDid you ever stop to think that there's only one thing getting in the way of training your dog? You! From the bestselling authors of I Just Got a Puppy. What Do I Do?; Good Dog, Bad Dog; and When Good Dogs Do Bad Things comes this invaluable resource guide to shaping up your lovable canine companion. With their trademark praise, affection, humor, and easy-to-follow style, Siegal and Margolis will teach you how to: * Housebreak your dog for good! * Test your dog for temperament type * Create an everlasting emotional attachment with your dog * Evaluate, choose, and find the best training equipment * Master all the basic commands, such as sit, stay, heel, down, and come * Troubleshoot some of the most common behavior problems So join the many happy dogs and their owners who have gotten a new leash on life with the help of television's favorite trainer. Your pet will love you for it! - Description from Syndetics
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