Book: Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country
Author: Benoit Denizet-Lewis
1. What made me want to read this book?
I am an animal lover, especially a lover of dogs! They are amazing creatures, which have changed many a person’s life. As soon as I saw the cover of this book I was hooked. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel the states with their furry friend?
2. Which passages were the most interesting, disturbing, humorous, or sad?
This book is filled with excitement and humor! On his journey, the author ran into a bunch of funny dog-lovers and a few dog-haters. The part that makes me laugh out loud is on page 66, when the author visits a dog park and runs into a man who asserted that his children are transforming into “petless freaks” without a dog! Another notable passage revolves around homeless teenagers who have dogs. The dogs serve to protect and comfort the teens, who are struggling to make ends meet on the streets. This passage is eye-opening and makes me want to learn more about the plight of homeless teens across America.
3. What has this book taught me? Has it broadened my perspective on the world or some part of my life?
This book taught me the importance of making a bucket list and sticking to it. The author was lucky enough to have a job that enabled him to take such an epic journey across America with his canine. After reading this book, I now know that trips like this are possible.
4. Has this book changed my opinion about anything or anyone?
Although this book was a great read, it didn’t change my opinion about anything or anyone. I don’t believe that was the aim of the book either. This is probably due to the fact that I’ve been studying Animal Science and have had my own encounters with dog lovers and haters. Nevertheless, this book is a great read and reminder of why I decided to pursue a career in Animal Science!
5. What is the writing style like? Engaging, boring, easy to understand?
This book is great to read during summer days sprawled out by the pool or sipping tea in your backyard. It is real, true, and human. The author writes about his encounters with dog owners and accents the tales with excerpts from research papers and books about canine intelligence and the dynamic relationships between dogs and their humans. Overall, this is an excellent book for dog-lovers and those who are interested in learning about dogs.
I will be visiting the library today to pick out a few new books. I’ll post the title of my next book later.
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