It's true that dogs are humankind's best friend. For millennia they've remained our steadfast and uncomplaining companions through thick and thin. But have you ever wondered why dogs are so accident-prone? Or what causes that distinctive doggy odor? And whether it is, in fact, possible to teach an old dog new tricks? This book is packed with facts, stories, and trivia, as well as answers to the questions that every dog owner ponders. From the essential to the amusing, you'll learn: Signs of dehydration 10 ways to keep your dog slim How to give artificial respiration to your dog, what percentage of owners sign their pets' names on greeting cards, stories of canine heroics, a profile of presidential pooches, the difference between dogs and cats: "When you come home from work, the dog is pleased to see you. The cat is still cross with you for leaving in the first place." Lightly sprinkled with canine humor and quotations, this wide-ranging and easy-to-read manual is essential reading for dog owners and lovers everywhere. Quite simply, this is the book your dog wants you to read.