Pets in America: a history

Book Cover
Average Rating
Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, [2006].
Cherrydale Adult Nonfiction
636.088 GRIER
Call Number
Last Check-In
Cherrydale Adult Nonfiction
636.088 GRIER
Jun 29, 2019
Entertaining and informative, Pets in America is a portrait of Americans' relationships with the cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other animals we call our own. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have pets, and America grows more pet-friendly every day. But as Katherine C. Grier demonstrates, the ways we talk about and treat our pets--as companions, as children, and as objects of beauty, status, or pleasure--have their origins long ago. Grier begins with a natural history of animals as pets, then discusses the changing role of pets in family life, new standards of animal welfare, the problems presented by borderline cases such as livestock pets, and the marketing of both animals and pet products. She focuses particularly on the period between 1840 and 1940, when the emotional, behavioral, and commercial characteristics of contemporary pet keeping were established. The story is filled with the warmth and humor of anecdotes from period diaries, letters, catalogs, and newspapers. Filled with illustrations reflecting the whimsy, the devotion, and the commerce that have shaped centuries of American pet keeping, Pets in America ultimately shows how the history of pets has evolved alongside changing ideas about human nature, child development, and community life. This book accompanies a museum exhibit, "Pets in America," which opens at the McKissick Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, in December 2005 and will travel to five other cities from May 2006 through May 2008.
More Details
Physical Desc:
ix, 377 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-363) and index.
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
APA Citation (style guide)

Grier, K. C. (2006). Pets in America: a history. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Grier, Katherine C., 1953-. 2006. Pets in America: A History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Grier, Katherine C., 1953-, Pets in America: A History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Grier, Katherine C. Pets in America: A History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
Go To GroupedWork

Record Information

Last File Modification TimeJul 02, 2019 04:52:21 AM
Last Grouped Work Modification TimeJul 02, 2019 04:48:56 AM

MARC Record

LEADER01463cam a2200409 a 4500
008050620t20062006ncua     b   s001 0 eng  
010 |a  2005017575
020 |a 0807829900|q ;
040 |a DLC|c DLC|d IG#|d BAKER|d IH9|d YBM|d CUX|d UtOrBLW
042 |a pcc
043 |a n-us---
049 |a VIAC
09204|a 636.088 GRIER
1001 |a Grier, Katherine C.,|d 1953-|0
24510|a Pets in America :|b a history /|c Katherine C. Grier.
264 1|a Chapel Hill, NC :|b University of North Carolina Press,|c [2006]
264 4|c ©2006.
300 |a ix, 377 pages :|b illustrations ;|c 23 cm.
336 |a text|b txt|2 rdacontent.
337 |a unmediated|b n|2 rdamedia.
338 |a volume|b nc|2 rdacarrier.
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-363) and index.
650 0|a Pets|z United States|x History.
650 0|a Human-animal relationships|z United States|x History.
898 |a English qEnglish.
898 |a qBook.
898 |a qBibliographies.
907 |a .b13185032|b 06-30-19|c 01-25-11
998 |a han|b 08-01-18|c m|d a |e -|f eng|g ncu|h 0
910 |a 5123943
903 |a OCLC Holdings Updated 20110802
905 |a MARS
994 |a C0|b VIA
989 |g 1|i 202031952031|j 0|k  - - |l han |o -|p $35.00|q -|r -|s - |t 1|e  - - |d 06-29-2019 12:34|h 06-08-2019 13:50|u 25|v 5|w 0|x 2|y .i12532009|z 01-26-11