Review—Fetching Fido: A Guide to Locating Your Perfect Pet Pal
Perhaps you’re thinking, “I don’t need that!” And you might be right. But Fetching Fido isn’t so much a book to keep in one’s personal library as it is a resource to share with others.
In our contentious world, we sometimes forget that most people are reasonable and compassionate and that they will behave accordingly when given the proper knowledge. With so much loud discussion, we fail to recognize that some people are simply uninformed or misinformed and that effective animal advocacy begins with humane education.
Those of us who live in a dog-centered universe may not understand that many kind and loving potential dog parents do not know exactly what a puppy mill is or why they should avoid puppy mills in their search for a dog. Most people know that you can get a dog pretty much anywhere—on the Internet or from pet stores, shelters and rescues, or local breeders—but many people do not know that it is as important to select the right source as it is to choose the right dog.
Duffy makes a firm case for adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, rather than buying a puppy from a breeder, but, for would-be dog parents who are set on buying a puppy, she explains why it is important to select a reputable breeder and how you know when you’ve found one.
Duffy also provides a list of guidelines for choosing a shelter or rescue dog whose needs match your emotional and tangible resources.
If you know someone who is thinking about getting a dog, share Fetching Fido! The booklet would also be a great resource for school and public libraries.
You can preview Fetching Fido for free, or you can purchase the hard copy for $1.99 plus shipping. If you would like to share the booklet with others, buy in bulk to save money. You can buy 10 copies for $16.91 or 25 for $37.31.