Beware of Dog
How Media Portrays the Aggressive Canine
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.
Melissa Crawley. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 19 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
Series: Dogs in Our World
Table of Contents
Chapter One. Dangerous Dogs 11
Chapter Two. Urban 29
Chapter Three. Working 58
Chapter Four. Screen 116
Chapter Notes 173
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Best Reference Book—Dog Writers Association of America