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Fogle, Bruce 1944–

FOGLE, Bruce 1944–

PERSONAL: Born February 17, 1944, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; married Julia Foster (an actress), April 13, 1973; children: Emily, Ben, Tamara. Education: University of Guelph, D.V.M., 1970.

ADDRESSES: Office—22 Seymour St., London W1, England. Agent—Gill Coleridge, 2/3 Morwell St., London W1, England.

CAREER: Zoological Society of London, London, England, veterinarian at Regent's Park Zoo, 1970; assistant in small animal veterinary practice, 1971–72; veterinarian in private practice in London, 1973–. Vice chair of Royal National Institute for the Deaf's "Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Scheme."

MEMBER: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary Association, British Small Animal Veterinary Association (metropolitan chairman, 1973), British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group (founding member), Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (cofounder), Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons, Society for Companion Animal Studies (founding member), Veterinary Cardiovascular Club (founding member).

AWARDS, HONORS: Named Order of the British Empire, 2003.

WRITINGS:

(Editor and contributor) Interrelations between People and Pets, C. C. Thomas (Springfield, IL), 1981.

Pets and Their People, Collins (London, England), 1983, Viking (New York, NY), 1984.

Games Pets Play: How Not to Be Manipulated by Your Pet, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

The Dog's Mind, Pelham Books/Stephen Greene Press (New York, NY), 1990.

The Cat's Mind, Pelham Books (London, England), 1991.

Know Your Cat: An Owner's Guide to Cat Behavior, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1991.

Know Your Dog: An Owner's Guide to Dog Behavior, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1992.

ASPCA Complete Dog Training Manual, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1993, reprinted (with Patricia Holden White) as New Complete Dog Training Manual, 2002.

ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1993.

101 Questions Your Cat Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Cat Could Talk), Carroll & Graf (New York, NY), 1993.

101 Questions Your Dog Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Dog Could Talk), Carrol & Graf (New York, NY), 1993.

The Encyclopedia of the Dog, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1995.

First Aid for Cats: What to Do When Emergencies Happen, Penguin (New York, NY), 1995.

Cocker Spaniel: American and English, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1996.

German Shepherd, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1996.

Golden Retriever, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1996.

Labrador Retriever, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1996.

The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1997.

First Aid for Dogs: What to Do When Emergencies Happen, Penguin (New York, NY), 1997.

Puppy Care, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1997.

The Secret Life of Cat Owners, Pelham (London, England), 1997.

The Secret Life of Dog Owners, Pelham (London, England), 1997.

Training Your Dog, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1997.

Cat's Christmas, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1998.

Complete Illustrated Guide to Cat Care, Thunder Bay Press (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Complete Illustrated Guide to Dog Care, Thunder Bay Press (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Dachshund, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1999.

Natural Cat Care, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1999.

Natural Dog Care, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1999.

Poodle, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1999.

Cats, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000, published as Catalog, 2002.

Dogs, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000, published as Dogalog, 2002.

KISS Guide to Living with a Dog ("Keep It Simple" series), Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000.

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000.

The New Encyclopedia of the Cat, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2001.

Caring for Your Dog: The Complete Canine Home Reference, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2002.

What's Up with My Cat?, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2002.

What's Up with My Dog?, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2002.

Cat Owner's Manual, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2003.

Dog Owner's Manual, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor to periodicals and to television and radio broadcasts.

SIDELIGHTS: Bruce Fogle is a Canadian-born veterinarian whose books, along with his television and radio appearances, have made him an internationally-known figure. Described by Joanna Swabe in the International Society for Anthrozoology Newsletter as "very much a down to earth and hands-on veterinarian," Fogle has nevertheless delved deeply into research on animal behavior and human-animal relationships. One of his gifts is translating research into prose accessible by the average reader. "In this respect," stated Swabe, "his contribution to the field of anthrozoology can most certainly be regarded as substantial."

Fogle's career as a writer began in 1979, when Andrew Edney, then president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, asked him to coordinate a meeting on the role of pets in society. Because of the interest generated by the meeting, Fogle decided to publish a volume of papers associated with the conference. Fogle later took the information he gleaned from the conference and organized it into a book aimed at a general readership, Pets and Their People. It was the beginning of a career as a popular writer and speaker on canine and feline subjects. Fogle once told CA: "I edited my first textbook because I felt that the subject would be of interest both to veterinarians and to health professionals who might be presented with situations involving the relationship between their clients and the clients' pets. I wrote my second book because I thought that it would be fun to do so."

Fogle has been influential in introducing the general public and veterinarians to the notion that there is a connection between health and behavior in animals. Veterinarians were, at first, resistant to the idea that behavior in domestic animals, and their relationships with human beings, could be a significant factor in their physical condition. But throughout the 1990s, Fogle's ideas spread rapidly throughout the world.

Fogle has also been a prolific contributor of books for the publisher Dorling Kindersley, writing up to six books a year for the company, which is known for publishing heavily illustrated books. Reviewing the ASPCA Complete Dog Training Manual, a Publishers Weekly writer found the book to be both brisk and "nononsense," yet warned that the information, presented in snippets paired with photos, might be "difficult to assimilate." A Booklist reviewer described The Encyclopedia of the Dog as "a useful reference and browsing volume," especially for distinguishing breeds, and praised the book for having "so much information packed into an easy-to-use format." A similar volume, The Encyclopedia of the Cat, was praised by Dona Helmer in Reference and Users Service Quarterly for its comprehensiveness and fine illustrations. Helmer added that the author puts "his knowledge and expertise to good use in this encyclopedia."

Besides straightforward how-to manuals such as First Aid for Dogs: What to Do When Emergencies Happen and First Aid for Cats: What to Do When Emergencies Happen, Fogle has demonstrated his ability to present his material in a humorous fashion. For example, in The Secret Life of Dog Owners and The Secret Life of Cat Owners, the books are written from the point of view of the pets, who ask questions about their owners' bizarre behavior. The author moved into the area of natural pet health care in 1999, publishing Natural Dog Care and Natural Cat Care. A Natural Life reviewer described the books as well-illustrated, "balanced," and "accessible and authoritative."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, January 1, 1992, Barbara Jacobs, review of Know Your Cat: An Owner's Guide to Cat Behavior p. 801; January 1, 1993, John Mort, review of Know Your Dog: An Owner's Guide to Dog Behavior, p. 780; May 1, 1993, Caroline Paulison, review of ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual, p. 1557; May 1, 1993, Mary Carroll, reviews of 101 Questions Your Cat Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Cat Could Talk) and 101 Questions Your Dog Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Dog Could Talk), p. 1555; October 1, 1995, review of The Encyclopedia of the Dog, p. 346; November 15, 1997, review of The Encyclopedia of the Cat, p. 577; February 15, 2003, review of Caring for Your Dog: The Complete Canine Home Reference, p. 1098; June 1, 2003, Nancy Bent, review of Dog Owner's Manual, p. 1719.

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 22, 2002, Sandy Faut, review of KISS Guide to Living with a Dog, p. 2.

Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), November 23, 2002, review of Caring for Your Dog.

Guardian (Manchester, England), February 12, 1998, Desmond Christy, review of The Secret Life of Cat Owners, p. 17.

Kidsworld, fall, 2000, reviews of Know Your Cat and Know Your Dog, p. 24.

Library Journal, June 15, 1984, review of Pets and Their People, p. 1247; January, 1992, Eva Lautemann, review of Know Your Cat, p. 163; December, 1992, Jennifer King, review of Know Your Dog, p. 172; April 15, 1993, A. Louis Shor, review of 101 Questions Your Dog Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Dog Could Talk), p. 116; June 1, 1993, Jennifer King, review of ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual, p. 176; September 15, 1995, Edell M. Schaeffer, review of The Encyclopedia of the Dog, p. 60; June 15, 1996, Edell M. Schaeffer, review of Labrador Retriever, p. 84; June 15, 1996, Edell M. Schaeffer, review of German Shepherd, p. 84; November 1, 1997, Eva Lautemann, review of The Encyclopedia of the Cat, p. 68; June 15, 1999, Florence Scarinci, reviews of Natural Cat Care and Natural Dog Care, p. 99; November 15, 2000, Edell M. Schaefer, review of The New Encyclopedia of the Dog, p. 60; October 15, 2002, Edell M. Schaefer, review of Caring for Your Dog, p. 88.

Natural Life, May-June, 1999, reviews of Natural Cat Care and Natural Dog Care, p. 15.

Publishers Weekly, February 17, 1984, review of Pets and Their People, p. 74; November 21, 1986, review of Games Pets Play: How Not to Be Manipulated by Your Pet, p. 49; April 26, 1993, reviews of ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual and 101 Questions Your Cat Would Ask Its Vet (If Your Cat Could Talk), p. 75; April 25, 1994, review of ASPCA Complete Dog Training Manual, p. 74.

Reference and User Services Quarterly, summer, 1998, Dona Helmer, review of The Encyclopedia of the Cat, p. 355.

School Library Journal, July, 1993, Judy Sokoll, review of ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual, p. 112; July, 1994, Judy Sokoll, review of ASPCA Complete Dog Training Manual, p. 130; March, 1996, review of The Encyclopedia of the Dog, p. 233.

Seattle Times (Seattle, WA), November 30, 1997, review of Encyclopedia of the Cat, p. G5.

Sunday Mirror (London, England), March 1, 1998, reviews of The Secret Life of Dog Owners and The Secret Life of Cat Owners, p. 45.

Sunday Times (London, England), November 16, 1997, Penny Wark, review of The Encyclopedia of the Cat, p. 12.

Times (London, England), March 1, 1997, Brigid Callaghan, reviews of The Secret Life of Cat Owners and The Secret Life of Dog Owners, p. 13.

Washington Post, July 15, 1984, Winston Groom, review of Pets and Their People, p. BW7.

ONLINE

International Society for Anthrozoology Newsletter, http://www.vetmen.ucdavis.edu/CCAB/newsle∼1.htm/ (November, 2000), Joanna Swabe, interview with Bruce Fogle, p. 10.

Working Dog Web, http://www.workingdogweb.com/ (March 2, 2004), reviews of The Encyclopedia of the Dog.

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