Mordecai Siegal (pictured here with his dog, Danny) is a renowned pet writer. He was a pioneer in dog training books. His first book was Good Dog, Bad Dog, and since then, he has written 33 pet books. His most recent is Dog Spelled Backwards.
In comparison to when Siegal started out 37 years ago, America’s perception on pets has altered drastically. Pets are an integral part of our culture and our lives. We now have a spiritual and emotional relationship with our pets.
Dog Spelled Backwards compiles some of the best inspirational literature written about dogs, including works from Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Albert Schweitzer, and Rudyard Kipling.
Siegal said he didn’t originally plan to write about dog training or cat health. He wanted to be a great fiction writer instead. But he met Matthew Margolis, a dog trainer, and the two co-authored Good Dog, Bad Dog.
This book launched both of their careers. Margolis became an influential dog trainer. Siegal became one of the most significant pet book authors ever. His books include: â€œThe Cornell Book of Cats,â€ â€œI Just Got a Puppy, What Do I Do?, â€œThe Davis Book of Dogsâ€ and â€œThe Cat Fanciersâ€™ Association Complete Cat Book.â€ He has also written numerous magazine articles for Harper’s Bazaar and Reader’s Digest.
In one story in Dog Spelled Backwards, Siegal writes about his childhood dog, Tarzan.
â€œI was an introverted kid, and I really mean troubled,â€ he said. â€œThis puppy wouldnâ€™t have it. He instantly became my best friend, and I believe he changed my life. I donâ€™t know what would have happened without Tarzan. In a sense, he saved my life.â€
Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World
Photo: John Ashby