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Old 02-19-2013, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last week, I learned about this book from one of Karlo's breeder's other pup owners. She raved about it and said it is a must read.

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs, by Ted Kerasote


Then I heard the author Ted Kerasote, would be in my town to do a book signing/lecture so I decided to go last night.
It was a very informative hour and a half talk/ Q&A session, and his philosophy is so aligned with what I've been doing that I can't wait to read the book!
Ted is the author of Merle's Door and he did quite a few years worth of research before this book, Pukka's Promise was published. I encourage everyone to read it, buy it for your veterinarian as a gift and if you are involved in rescue, share it as well!
Mr Kerasote talked about the statistics of the purebreds and how they are bred to the extremes, which is causing their health demise. There is a page on how the GSD has been bred to the extreme and not for the better.
Talked about the food industry and how sourcing GMO's and food from China is affecting longevity
The toys that are filled with chemicals.
How spay/neuters should be replaced with tubal ligations and vasectomy's for better health and cheaper costs.
How vaccination's being overused/encouraged titers.
He also touched on the 'freedom' that dogs should have, off leash and social hours to keep them happy and social. Not constantly being recalled when they stop to say hi or sniff something.

He did his homework and I nodded my head so much my neck hurt!
There were about 100 people in the audience, too bad they weren't vets and others in the animal industry.
If you are looking for a good book to read while the Winter wanes, this is it!
He let me take his photo(I was at the end of the long signing line)
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Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds very interesting. It is exciting to be able to meet the author. Some of his theories remind me somewhat of Natural Dog Training(Kevin Behan) and also Turid Rugass.
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It was great to listen to him, the time went by so fast. I just wish the audience included the ones that really need to hear his message. The UKC sponsored it and he will be returning to the Premier in June.
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That is usually how it goes - he was probably "preaching to the choir". But there are ways to get the word out- this was a good start. And other threads will provide opportunities for you to show how his ideas can be improve the quality of life for both dogs and their humans.
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The author was on a talk radio show this morning. I was cleaning up my kitchen & kept agreeing with him out loud. I'm going to check out the book
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I read about him and his book in Bark Magazine. Can't wait to read the book.
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I really enjoyed reading "Merle's Door", his first book on Pukka was good too with great pictures! Looking forward to "Pukka's Promise", I haven't got it yet.
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Ted Kerasote on Tour for Pukka's Promise - YouTube
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Love Merle! Too bad he isn't touring in the NE...defin going to pick up Pukka's Promise.
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Ah yes..one of my favorites. Merle's door is so informative and heart breaking, too. The Pukka picture book just simply makes me happy. I do enjoy his wiritng.
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