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The Doggie in the Window

When journalist Rory Kress met Izzie, she didn’t think twice before bringing her home. She found the twelve-week-old wheaten terrier in a pet shop and was handed paperwork showing Izzie had been born in a USDA-licensed breeding facility—so she couldn’t be a puppy mill dog, right?

But a few years later, as Rory embarked on her own difficult journey to become a mother, her curiosity began to tug at her. Sure, Izzie was her fur baby, but who was her dog’s real mother, and where was she now? And where did Izzie pick up her strange personality quirks? Like so many people, Rory had assumed the young puppy was a clean slate when she bought her. Those questions led Rory—with Izzie by her side—on a nationwide investigation, the first of its kind. From a dog livestock auction to the laboratory of one of the world’s leading animal behavioral scientists all the way up to the highest echelons of the USDA, they sought answers about who we’re trusting to be the watchdog for our pet dogs.

The Doggie in the Window is a story of hope and redemption. It upends the notion that purchased dogs are a safer bet than rescues, examines how internet puppy sales allow customers to get even farther from the truth of dog breeding, and offers fresh insights into one of the oldest bonds known to humanity. With Izzie’s help, we learn the real story behind the dog in the window—and how she got there in the first place.

The Doggie in the Window is available April 3, 2018.


"This important book is a call to arms for a complacent public dazzled by a sweet puppy face." - Booklist

"In this brilliant and unflinching piece of investigative journalism, Rory Kress pulls back the curtain on the industrialized and inhumane production of puppies for sale in this country and the utterly inadequate efforts by state and federal authorities to reign in even the worst abuses...If ever there was a brief for why people should adopt and not shop for a dog, this is it." - Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road and Rescued

"With passion and compassion, Rory Kress looks behind the cute puppies we see in pet stores and reveals the truth about the origins of commercially produced dog pups. Kress finds that the problem isn't just breeders acting outside the law, but laws and regulations that consider dogs much like any other agricultural product - a long way from how we know dogs need to be reared for successful, happy lives in human families. Seldom have I been as moved and as educated by a book about dogs." - Clive D. L. Wynne, PhD, Director, Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University

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