A Journey to the Heart of America's Dog Problem

Non-Fiction - Animals
270 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2015
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Author Biography

Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist and adjunct professor of communication. She launched her journalism career at CNN, first as a newswriter, then as a producer in the network's documentary unit. DOGLAND is her first book.
When Jacki's not teaching or writing, she enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga, and eating ice cream.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

In an absolutely amazing piece of work, debut author Jacki Skole brings us Dogland: A Journey to the Heart of America's Dog Problem. In a wonderful piece of investigation into the supply of dogs in our country, Jacki Skole has taken her heartfelt interest in the origins of her family pet, which she and her family adopted from a rescue as an eight-week-old puppy, and turned it into a work that any lover of dogs, or of animals in general absolutely must read. She spent time interviewing people involved in rescuing canines, from animal rights activists to shelter managers throughout the country, and presents their stories in a beautiful and empathetic manner.

I simply could not recommend Dogland any more highly. This is not only an incredibly well-written and engrossing read, but it is an important and thought provoking work that challenges each of us to evaluate how companion animals are treated and traded in this country. Author Jacki Skole has done an absolutely masterful job at presenting the information she obviously spent a huge amount of time in gathering, all in what is also quite clearly a labor of love for her. Reading the personal stories of both her own family and the many she meets along her research path, one truly appreciates the work that good people are doing in the world of dogs. But for every good work, there are so many more that are the diametric opposite, and can cause irreparable damage to the very creatures that many profess to love. Any reader who loves dogs, loves great investigative work, or loves memoirs should absolutely read this book. It is an A+, five star read, and a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

Publisher's Weekly

“Those who have given their hearts and homes to shelter dogs will find much here to validate their love.”

Animal Sheltering Magazin

"Dogland tackles a complex, emotional topic … and opens readers’ eyes to how we can help these faithful companions."

Glassworks Magazine

"Skole uses her journalism background and her love of animals to shed light on a topic that hits home for just about anyone who has ever brought a dog into their lives…Dogland is a truly compelling book that will have you driving to the nearest shelter to offer a hand or a paw in any way you can."