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In what promises to become an "Omnivore's Dilemma" for dog lovers?breed devotees and adoption advocates alike?The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions. Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, The Dog Merchants makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. Kavin reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don't even realize is an industry. Kavin's goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.
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Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dogs Blue and Ginger.

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"Riveting, informative, and important. Kavin brilliantly explores both sides of every issue in a surprisingly even-handed manner, while steadfastly remaining a passionate advocate for the dogs caught in the middle. " -- Teresa J. Rhyne, author of the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller THE DOG LIVED (AND SO WILL I) "That Kim Kavin sees questions where the rest of the world sees everyday life is what makes her a great reporter. That she gets answers-disturbing, unexpected, yet ultimately hopeful-is what makes The Dog Merchants such a necessary and compelling read." -- Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of THE LOST DOGS "A deeply researched, entertainingly written, incredibly thorough journey into the murky, confusing, and poorly policed world of breeders, buyers, and sellers of dogs. Read it before you pick out your next puppy. " -- Josh Dean, author of the award-winning SHOW DOG: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of an Almost-Perfect Purebred "We must be their ally, their voice. The Dog Merchants shows you that the way to start is to be a conscious consumer." -- Robin Layton, Pulitzer Prize nominee and co-author of A LETTER TO MY DOG

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