The Dog On The Bed: A Canine Alphabet by Richard TelekyThe Dog On The Bed: A Canine Alphabet by Richard Teleky

The Dog On The Bed: A Canine Alphabet

byRichard Teleky

Hardcover | October 27, 2011

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Is it surprising that a man with a lifelong affinity for dogs would have been born in the Chinese astrological Year of the Dog? Richard Telekey claims that it is not, and his resulting affection for dogs has led him to years of association with them, including not just dog ownership and friendships with other dog-lovers, but a fondness for reading about dogs and, quite naturally, for writing about dogs.
The Dog on the Bed is an old-fashioned abecedarian, a genre used by writers since the days of Ambrose Bierce in the classic The Devil's Dictionary. It can adapt to a writer's favourite subject: M.F.K. Fisher wrote on food, Roland Barthes on romantic love, Ezra Pound on reading, and Richard Telekey is now using it to ponder his favourite subject - dogs. In The Dog on the Bed he uses at least one short essay for each letter of the alphabet to ramble through dog facts, dog thoughts, dog lore, philosophy on dogs, and, of course, personal stories and reflections from his own inborn love of dogs.
He explores aspects of the rich, complex, and mysterious human/dog bond and how that bond defines our culture and ourselves as a species. We are human, he says, because of our dogs.
Start at the beginning (Anthropomorphism) and read through to the end (a remembrance of the author's beloved pug, Zoli) or jump in at some point of special interest. There are musings on Children's Dog Books, Excrement, Second Dogs, Veterinarians, Writers, and Yapping. Esoteric, yes, but never less than fascinating.
The Dog on the Bed is the perfect gift to welcome a puppy into someone's family or to mark the passing of a treasured old friend. Every dog-lover who is also a reader (and are there any who aren't?) will find pleasure in The Dog on the Bed.
Richard Teleky, a Professor in the Humanities Department of York University, is a critically acclaimed fiction writer, poet, and critic. His books include the novels Winter in Hollywood, Pack Up the Moon, and The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin (which received the Ribalow Prize and was chosen the Vermont Book of the Year); a collection of s...
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Title:The Dog On The Bed: A Canine AlphabetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 27, 2011Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface
Acknowledgements
Cast of characters

Anthropomorphism
Anti-vivisectionists
Astrology
Beds
Books
Breeds
Childhood dogs and children's dog books
Communication
Cruelty
Death
Embarrassment
Emotions
Excrement
Fiction
Food
Gardens
"God"
History
Humour
Hungarian dogs
Identity
Illustration
Intelligence
"It" and impersonality
Journalism
Judging dog shows
Kitsch
Language
Loyalty
Lumps
Magazines
Memoirs
Movies
Music
Names and naming
Noses
Obedience classes
Painting and portraits
Photography and photographs
Poetry
Pugs
Quadrupeds
Rescue missions
Rights
Romantic love
Second Dogs
Shared Dogs
Space
Television
Therapy
Time
Trainers and training
Travel
Uncanny
Underworld
Unleashed and off lead
Veterinarians
War
Wills
Work
Writers' dogs
Xylocaine
Yapping
Years
Zoli

Bibliography and sources
Index
Credits

Editorial Reviews

This beautifully written abecedarian book by poet and novelist Teleky (Humanities, York University, Toronto) will delight sophisticated readers who appreciate well-crafted, thoughtful essays about dogs. Moving from A to Z, Teleky covers, among others, anthropomorphism, death, fiction, gardens, intelligence, rescue missions, television, writers’ dogs, and concludes with Zoli (the author’s dearly departed pug). He eloquently examines aspects of the bond between dogs and humans in what appears like randomly selected but are in fact carefully chosen topics. The richness of dogs’ interior lives—in particular their devotion, affection, sense of smell, anxiety, and humor—provide fertile ground for the author’s speculations and theories. The title comes from a French proverb: there are two kinds of masters—those who admit that their dog sleeps on the bed and those who don’t.Verdict: Literary dog lovers will want to curl up with their dog on the bed with this book.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck P.L., NY  [LibraryJournal]