National Geographic Special Edition Magazine Review

One of the major reasons for starting this blog was to bring interesting pet-related stuff to light.  Those hidden gems that may help or entertain.  One thing that I always think about when I see any pet-related magazine is ‘Is it worth it?’ This is National’s Geographic’s Special Edition Spring of 2012 Cats and Dogs magazine. Usually these types of magazines are expensive (this one is $11.99 in the U.S.) and you can’t appreciate whether or not you are going to get your money’s worth by flipping through them before buying.  At least, I can’t.  Plus, I’m always looking for literature that I can gain multi-use from.  Something that someone else might find interesting that I can display in my home as a added bonus.

Rating Average: 3.6/4 paws

One of the major reasons for starting this blog was to bring interesting pet-related stuff to light.  Those hidden gems that may help or entertain.  One thing that I always think about when I see any pet-related magazine is ‘Is it worth it?’ Usually these magazines are expensive (this one is $11.99 in the U.S.) and you can’t appreciate whether or not you are going to get your money’s worth by flipping through them before buying.  At least, I can’t.  Plus, I’m always looking for literature that I can gain multi-use from.  Something that someone else might find interesting that I can display in my home as a added bonus.

The Pictures                                                                                                                                                                                    Rating: 4/4 paws

Any magazines that I’ve ever read of National Geographic in the past have always stood out as having exceptional pictures.  This one is no exception.  Even the ads are rich and detailed and make you appreciate whatever lucky breed they happened to choose.  This goes double for the pictures that they’ve chosen for their articles.  They have the right mix of interesting breeds, entertaining poses and artistic touches that should satisfy every preference.  I would keep this magazine around for the pictures alone.

The Articles                                                                                                                                                                                     Rating: 3/4 paws

Without giving much away, it is displayed on the cover that there are some wise words from Cesar Millan.  I’ve got mixed feelings about this guy (another story).  Thankfully, his piece is short and his words of wisdom are some of his wisest ones.  Even though they have relied on the photography to enrich this magazine (this isn’t a bad thing), the articles that they have chosen are thoughtful and interesting.  Plus, as an added bonus, a lot of the pictures have captions explaining them for all of those inquiring minds.  I don’t know enough about Nat. Geo. magazines in general to know if this photography-rich style is consistent across the board, or just something special for this edition.  My only complaint is that I’d love a few more articles to read because the ones they’ve included are so interesting.

Ads                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rating: 4/4 paws

I included this category because unfortunately they can be a large part of any magazine.  Sometimes they are helpful, sometimes they are annoying and sometimes they are completely irrelevant.  For me, the best magazine has ads that are few and far between and relevant.  This magazine has satisfied both categories.  Like I mentioned at the top, even the ad pictures are impressive.

If you are interested in their content in general, you can go onto their website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ and subscribe to all of their magazines.  Or follow them on twitter @Natgeo.

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