*Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 13 — Recommended

This volume is a definite change of pace for this series about a pet shop worker, her dog, and their friends and canine companions. I appreciate the creator tackling all phases of pet ownership, though. One thing people should consider before getting a dog, or any pet, is that they are likely to outlive their animal loved one. It’s an important lesson in understanding the cycle of life.

Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 13 cover
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 13
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Kanako had a Pomeranian named Czerny. She doted on her pet, dressing the dog up in special outfits every day and generally treating her as precious. Unfortunately, Czerny has passed away suddenly. In this book, Suguri helps Kanako come to terms with her loss.

There’s a whole gamut of reactions covered here. One shop worker needs to be educated on how significant this loss can seem to a pet owner, while others feel a lot of grief. The problem of different recovery rates — some get over their pain quickly, others need much more time — causes tension among friends. An owner, losing her closest friend, might even feel suicidal.

The others worry about Kanako. Should they let her recover at her own pace, or should they step in to help? What kind of support does she need, because every situation is different? We don’t often see much of Kentaro, one of the pet shop workers, but here, he demonstrates unusual depth and consideration. And the gang has a creative suggestion to reorient Kanako in a more positive direction when it comes to remembering her beloved pet.

The big question is whether a grieving owner should get another dog, and if so, how quickly. Things are complicated by a natural disaster, which leaves both owners and pets homeless. By the end of the story, I admit, I was tearing up, because reading about the love between people and dogs is so heart-warming.

I was surprised but pleased to see such an affecting story in what I previously thought was a much lighter series. There’s a lot of thought-provoking learning here, accompanied by lovely pictures of cute doggies (and girls!). Although rated for Older Teens, I would think this would be a good read for anyone, teen and up, wondering about how to deal with loss.

Oh, and there’s also another story to change the mood, a comedy about feuding pet owners whose dogs are friends. It involves a modeling session with outfits for the pets, so the writer works in some information about sizing and reasons for dog clothes.

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  2. Johanna Says:

    “…One thing people should consider before getting a dog, or any pet, is that they are likely to outlive their animal loved one…”

    Good point, and I appreciate your adding “likely.” It’s very likely for someone in Inubaka‘s target age group getting a dog, and in some other less-likely cases I’ve seen the inverse advice given:

    Someone at Petyak.com, in “Life expectancy of Parrots,” Says:

    “…We adopt dogs, cats, and hamsters understanding that we will lose them one day. Owning a parrot is a bit different…

    “…The reality is that by the time a person is settled and able to afford a parrot, he or she may be middle-aged. If a 50 year old adopts a young parrot, the odds are that the owner will die before the bird. It is important to decide how your bird will be cared for in the event of your failing health or death. You may even want to name a caregiver for your bird and allocate part of your estate to your bird’s care. No one likes to think about these matters, but owning a parrot requires assuming responsibility for the life of your pet, even if it extends beyond your own…”

    Johanna Says:

    “…I was surprised but pleased to see such an affecting story in what I previously thought was a much lighter series. There’s a lot of thought-provoking learning here…”

    Yes, this is stuff that at least one place of higher learning is taking seriously (or two if you count UPenn’s School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Social Policy & Practice separately, and BTW that page’s link to the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society (CIAS) is broken so here’s a new one).

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