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    Hey there,

    I'm currently reading a book called "The Philosopher and the Wolf", by Mark Rowlands. Has anyone read it? It's very very interesting. Has some good ideas of dog training, etc. I can type out seqments if anyone wants.

    The blurb is:
    "When Mark Rowlands was 27 and a young professor of philosophy, he bought a wolf cub. It was the beginning of a relationship that would come to define Rowlands' life, and shape his thinking. Beginning with Brenin's exuberant, destructive puppyhood, and ending with his death, 11 years later, The Philosopher and the Wolf is the remarkable recount of a friendship that transcended the species barrier, and a fascinating examination of joy, strength, and the essential nature of the human animal."

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    I'm interested, but then I'm interested in anybody's documented studies of wolves.

    Where did you get the book SSW, as in library? Bookshop?
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    I got it from the Dymocks bookshop. It isn't really a study of wolves, but more of how Brenin (the wolf) shaped his life. It talks about human nature and how it compares to wolf nature, and how wolves compare to dogs.

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    OH got me this book for my birthday but I haven't read it yet. Next one though

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    I haven't read that much of it yet, and I'm loving it =)

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    I'm currently reading "a modern dog's life" by Paul McGreevy, cos I won it. And it's actually interesting.

    I have previously read Farley Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf" which made it pretty easy to spot the alpha roll crud. Wolves don't do that.

    I've also read "How to live with a Neurotic Dog" by Steven Baker which is an interesting and fairly accurate interpretation of how dogs think, back in a time when you could take the dog into a supermarket with you even if you weren't blind. Published in 1961

    And I'm currently avoiding finishing a novel called "Dog Boy" by Eva Hornung. Cos I just know it's going to end sadly. All her books do. It is an interesting description of feral dog life in Russia, with some factual observed stuff and some fantasy imagined novel stuff.

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    I have this book and started reading it, but haven't finished. This was a while ago so I can't remember my exact gripes with it, but from memory it wasn't really much about the nature and behavior of the wolf as it was about bits of the author's life.

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    So, have you finished book yet?
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    Hyacinth, I'll have to look them up =)

    Not yet DA. Getting there

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