Beware of Dog

How Media Portrays the Aggressive Canine


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About the Book

For many of us, the only way we meet “dangerous” dogs is through news reports about vicious attacks, and films and TV shows that feature out-of-control versions of man’s best friend. But there’s more to the Bad Dog’s story than sensational headlines and movie beasts. A deeper look at these representations reveals a villain much closer to home.

This book takes the reader on a rich journey through depictions of violent dogs in popular media. It explores how press accounts and screen stories transform canines into bloodthirsty hunters, rabies-infested strays, ferocious fighters, rogue law enforcement partners and diabolical pets, all adding up to a frightening picture of our usually beloved companions. But, when media tells the dangerous dog’s story, it is often with a deep connection to the person on the other end of the leash.

About the Author(s)

Melissa Crawley has a Ph.D. in media studies and is the author of two books on television and popular culture. She is a member of the Television Critics Association and writes the syndicated newspaper column “Stay Tuned.” She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Brian Patrick Duggan is a canine historian and author of several books and numerous articles about dogs in history. He is a retired university technology educator and an American Kennel Club judge.

Bibliographic Details

Melissa Crawley. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 19 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8524-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4324-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Beginnings 7
Chapter One. Dangerous Dogs 11
Chapter Two. Urban 29
Chapter Three. Working 58
Chapter Four. Screen 116
Endings 165
Chapter Notes 173
Bibliography 195
Index 199

Book Reviews & Awards

Winner, Best Reference Book—Dog Writers Association of America