So, for example, in the chapter called "The Book Of Bones," Mr. Lazarus writes, "When you think about it, the things we get from Dog every day are the very things we typically seek through spiritual or metaphysical belief: love, unconditional acceptance, non-judgment, loyalty, a feeling of partnership in life, inspiration, courage, steadfastness, and joy." (p. 16)
I agree that many people get many of these things from dogs, however, dogs do not unconditionally accept humans. Indeed, they are rather selective and will snub mean people. They discriminate among humans just like we discriminate among dogs. Mr. Lazarus also writes, "Dog Is Unconditionally Loving." (p. 19) While dogs might on occasion love "too much," they're very careful about to whom they open up. Anyone who has rescued an abused dog knows just how selective she or he can be. Thinking of dogs as blank slates and as "unconditional lovers" misrepresents who they really are.
Another overstatement in "Dogtology" can be found in the section called "The Ten Noble Qualities of Dog." Here, Mr. Lazarus writes, "Dog Lives in the Moment," (p. 17) He then goes on and claims, "Dog exists in the now. Not in the five minutes ago. Not in the tomorrow. The now." However, this is not so. As I wrote in "Butts and Noses," the past clearly influences a dog's behavior - just ask anyone who's rescued an abused dog. And, they think about the future - just watch a dog running to the front door when their human says something like, "Wanna walk?" or a dog waiting for a frisbee or a ball to be thrown and watch them track the trajectory, although tracking might not be conscious, even in humans. Nothing really is lost about the awesome character of many dogs by recognizing that a dog's life, like ours, is influenced by his or her past and what they're thinking about the future.