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Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care
by Jan Rasmusen  Chiclet T. Dog 

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Publisher:  Dogs4Dogs ISBN-10:  0977126501 Type: 


Copyright:  January, 2006

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Much of what we all know about dog care is myth, outdated information or advertising propaganda. Get a crash course in everything dog with a charming distilling of the newest information from top experts across the country. Read it for the two years of research. Have fun with the 90 wild color photos, thought-provoking trivia and commentary from an opinionated and wickedly witty four-pound dog. It will amuse, inform, and may well change your dog's life!


All right, you’re not going to believe this. Really, you’re not. Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself. Mom sometimes warns me about that when she takes me on walks.

Introductions first: my name is Chiclet and I’m four pounds of canine perfection, otherwise known as a Maltese. Anyway, I’m writing to you to tell you how scared I am, and how scared you should be, too. That I’m writing to you is not the unbelievable part. I am a writer—some think a doggone good one. I can’t see why that would surprise you. We dogs “see” for you Humans; we hear for you; we fetch for you; we herd for you; we do A LOT of therapy for you. Now, out of desperation, one of us is writing to you. You need the straight scoop on dog care and you need it from a source you can trust. So here it is. Almost everything you’ve been told about dog care is WRONG!

We’re supposed to be your best friends, but without even realizing it, you’re treating us like your worst enemy. We know you’re doing your best, and we haven’t wanted to offend you by being confrontational, but the news just can’t wait any longer.    

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Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care
Review in The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, January 2006; Reviewed by Jean Hofve, DVM, Editor-in-Chief

This is a wonderful book! Writing from her earnest, unique, canine point of view, Chiclet—a peppery 4-lb. Maltese—imparts crucial information in a fun, easy-to-read style. She and her human companion, Jan Rasmusen, have done an incredible job researching and distilling information that every dog guardian should know.
Chiclet (and Jan) decided to get writing after Chiclet’s true love, Jiggy, developed severe immune-mediated liver disease. His long journey back to health (mainly through a homemade diet) triggered the extensive research that resulted in this book. Their website provides complete support for the book.
This book aims to explode every common myth and cover virtually every aspect of canine care; all in an entertaining and painless fashion. The importance of regular check-ups, spaying and neutering, dental care, home and travel safety, and pest control are emphasized. Behavior, housing, surgery, adoption, rehoming, and even death get the same even-pawed, thoughtful treatment. I was particularly glad to see a discussion about providing for your pet if you die first.
Though Chiclet clearly thinks holistically, there’s not too much here that any vet should argue with—though conventional thinkers may be uncomfortable with the way Chiclet’s sharp teeth (and wit) dissect the medical, pharmaceutical, and pet food industries, and raw diets still aren’t widely accepted. (It doesn’t hurt that I agree with almost everything Chiclet says, but I must say, her logic is flawless!)
I sat down one snowy morning to glance at this book, preparing to muddle through it at some future date. Instead, I was utterly hooked within a few sentences, and finished the entire book in a day. I have rarely been so impressed by any publication! Chiclet’s chatty style provides massive amounts of information in a format that will convince people that they are just having a fun read, when they are really getting an intensive education in dog. She does bare her teeth when needed to get her point across; and there is much that is currently wrong with how most people deal with their dogs that needs correcting!
The 90 incredible photos alone are worth the price of admission, but this is much, much more than a cute picture book. If you want one book that will get your clients clued in to the holistic philosophy in a thorough but gentle and even enjoyable way, this is definitely the one. I’d recommend this one to everyone with a dog. Holistic vets should buy it by the case and distribute it to new clients. Chiclet is here to make your job a whole lot easier; take advantage!

Scared Poopless
"I am incredibly impressed with this book and believe it will be a great addition to the literature."
--Greg Ogilvie, DVM, Diplomate, Internal Medicine and Oncology; AVMA 1995 Veterinarian of the Year; AAHA 1996 Veterinarian of the Year; Colorado Veterinary Medical Association 1996 Outstanding Faculty Award; 1999 SHARE Human-Animal Bond Companion Animal Award; 2001 WSAVA Hills Award for Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare.

Scared Poopless
“This is an incredible work, important, passionate and thoroughly researched, with the potential for bringing about a long-overdue revolution in canine care. It’s an invaluable resource for everyone who loves dogs!”
--Joe Camp, Benji’s caregiver, animal advocate and writer/producer/director of the Benji movies

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Reader Reviews for "Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care"

Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 5/29/2008
Jan, I hope you sell a million! The title is simply hilarious...awesome!...and drew my attention right away (we humour writers tend to gravitate towards such

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/17/2006
Your opening words creates a need in the reader to buy the book to see what they need to learn. Glad I came across this.

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