Mark Derr is the author of six books, ranging from Some Kind of Paradise, an environmental history of Florida, How the Dog Became the Dog, Dog's Best Friend, and A Dog's History of America. As an expert on the subject of dogs, he has been a guest on such programs as The Charlie Rose Show and Fresh Air. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Huffinton Post, Natural History, Smithsonian and The New York Times. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.
This blog, like most of my writing over the past three decades focuses on our relationhip to the natural and built worlds and their creatures. Occupants of the intersitial space between those worlds, for many of us, our primary, if not only, link to the world beyond our own, dogs occupy center stage in their roles as companions, guides, guardians, aides and, although we hate to admit it, objects of fear, loathing and derision.