Michael Schaffer is a former staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, US News & World Report, and Washington City Paper, and has written for The Washington Post, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The New Republic, among other publications. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Keltie Hawkins, and their daughter, Eleanor. They insist that their own pets, Murphy the Saint Bernard and Amelia the black cat, are not freakishly pampered.
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Hear author Michael Schaffer discuss his book One Nation Under Dog: America's Love Affair with Our Dogs. Yesteryear’s pooch has moved from the backyard doghouse to the master bedroom, evolving from man’s best friend to bona fide family member. This is the chronicle of American pet mania.
“Informative, entertaining . . . [A] terrific book.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
When Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural animal shelter...