Thursday, June 01, 2006

Please join me for a very busy weekend...

The Dogs Who Found Me
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
New York
Thursday June 1st, 7pm
The National Book Critics Circle presents a panel discussion of writers whose work has gone to the dogs:
Ken Foster, author of The Dogs Who Found Me
Lee Harrington, author of Rex and the City
Alison Pace, author Pug Hill
Rebecca Skloot, contributor to the anthology Woman's Best Friend
Julia Szabo, author of The Underdog, and NY Post pet columnist
Housing Works Used Bookstore and Cafe
126 Crosby Street, NYC 10012

Friday June 2nd, 4-7pm
Signing/adoption event with MSPCA
112 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

New York
Saturday June 3rd, 11am-2pm
Ken Foster will be signing copies of THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME
as part of a fundraiser and adoption day with Bide A Wee:
109 Third Avenue (corner of 13th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Saturday June 3rd, 4-7pm
Ken Foster will be signing copies of THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME; proceeds go the BARC Shelter, where Foster adopted his first dog, Brando.
Saturday June 3rd, 4pm-7pm
BARC Shelter/BQE Pet Store
253 Wythe (at North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sunday June 4th 12-5pm
Reading 1:15-2:15; signing all afternoon
Dog Day's of Summer Adoption Festival,
Head House Square, 2nd and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia

And, of course, you can still find books at Powell's, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

The New Fact Checking

Has anyone else noticed an increase in completely false information passing as fact? For example, in Doug Brinkley's new book, The Great Deluge, I flipped to the index to see what he said about the two places where I experienced Katrina. Of my neighborhood in New Orleans, he says "all of Bywater was under at least five feet of water." Actually, nearly all of the area was spared. Hattiesburg, according to his book, is 100 miles from the coast. In reality it is almost half as much. Both of these mistakes could have been avoided by looking very briefly at a map.

The new issue of Bomb has a photo of the exploded propane warehouse which is down the street from me at Clouet and Chartres. It is described as being a "Poland Avenue warehouse." Poland Avenue is about half a mile away, and runs in the opposite direction.

And then there is this: increasingly, when my book appearances are listed in newspapers, the book is described as being about the animals I rescued from 9/11 and Katrina. Although both events are in the book and play an important role, the animals I rescue are not from these events (with one exception). And the jacket copy and press releases make this clear. So how is it possible that everyone is getting it wrong? Maybe they simply google for previous listings and repeat the error made a few months ago in another town. But it irks me. And I'm sure there are some people who might buy the book and wonder why those sections don't match what they've been told.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Fatal Dog Attacks

A while back, Laura Maloney, the director of the LA-SPCA, recommended a book to me: . It is really just a book of statistics from 1964-2001 of dog attacks in the US: what breeds, where, under what circumstances, etc. The point being: there are nearly always multiple circumstances that lead to an attack, but people try to look at things in isolation.

I've been meaning to link to the book, but the other day I discovered something even more useful: the book now has a website.

Some of the numbers:

Location of Attack
25% of all fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs
25% resulted from dogs loose in their yard
23% occurred inside the home
17% resulted from attacks by dogs roaming off their property
10% involved leashed dogs or miscellaneous circumstances

Number of Dogs
68% of all fatal attacks were inflicted by a single dog
32% was the result of a multiple dog attack

Victim Profile
79% of all fatal attacks were on children under the age of 12
12% of the victims were the elderly, aged 65 - 94
9% of the victims were 13 - 64 years old

The age group with the highest number of fatalities were children under the age of 1 year old; accounting for 19% of the deaths due to dog attack. Over 95% of these fatalities occurred when an infant was left unsupervised with a dog(s).

The age group with the second-highest number of fatalities were 2-year-olds; accounting for 11% of the fatalities due to dog attack. Over 87% of these fatalities occurred when the 2-year-old child was left unsupervised with a dog(s) or the child wandered off to the location of the dog(s).

Boys aged 1 - 12 years old were 2.5 times more likely to be the victim of a fatal dog attack than girls of the same age.

Reproductive Status of Dogs
Overwhelmingly, the dogs involved in fatal dog attacks were unaltered males.
From 2000-2001 there were 41 fatal dog attacks. Of these, 28 were attacks by a single dog and 13 fatalities were caused by multiple dogs.

Of the 28 single dogs responsible for a fatal attack between 2000-2001;
26 were males and 2 were females. Of the 26 males, 21 were found to be intact (the reproductive status of the remaining 5 males dogs could not be determined).