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Friday, June 09, 2006

Why DO They Drink Out of the Toilet?

This burning pet-related question and many others are soon to be answered by Gina Spadafori, critter maven, in one of two new books: Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Feline Unfathomables, Medical Mysteries & Befuddling Behaviors, and Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries & Befuddling Behavior.

In my household, we refer to the toilets as "punch bowls." Certain canines seem to prefer the punch bowls to actual water dishes, which makes me wonder if there is, indeed, a more nuanced explanation than: "It's water, and I'm thirsty." (I'll have to get the book and find out).

Gina is a syndicated pet-care columnist who authored Dogs For Dummies, Cats For Dummies, and Birds For Dummies. Her co-author for these latest books is Dr. Marty Becker, "Good Morning, America's" veterinary correspondent.

Gina's also a friend of my close friend Elaine, in Sacramento, who yesterday looped me into their e-mail exchange about the upcoming publications. Gina said Becker was "a joy to have as a writing partner. We've had a blast putting these books together."

She's also got a great blog, called Dogma. To visit, click here.

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