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Dog Lovers Book Club - January 2016

by Love Pets Photography

LOVED is a series of hard-cover, coffee table books celebrating the lives of pets in Sydney, Australia and the joy they bring to their human families. 

LOVED has been created to help save the lives of beautiful pets that have been abandoned to animal shelters. All profits will be donated to the Animal Welfare League NSW and you can help them by purchasing a copy for yourself or another dog lover in your life.

RRP: $69.95 from

by Louisa Bennet

A great read for dog lovers and those who enjoy cozy mysteries. Louisa Bennet's Golden Retriever, Pickles is the inspiration for Monty. 

You might think that dogs can't understand us...but you'd be wrong. Apart from an obsession with cheese, Monty is a perfectly rational animal. So when his beloved master is stabbed to death, Monty decides to use his formidable nose to track the killer down. Luckily he manages to find a home with Rose Sidebottom, the young policewoman who's investigating the case. But with her colleagues turning against her, and the wrong man collared, she's going to need a little help...

The descriptions of the world observed through the eyes (or maybe nose) of a dog were quite brilliant and will ring true for any dog owner. I struggled a bit at the beginning of the book as some concepts seemed a bit too far-fetched and I even wondered if it was aimed at children (however there are a few swear words), but I persevered and it was really worth it! This lighthearted and funny "whodunit" murder mystery is cleverly constructed and moves at a good pace, keeping you guessing until the last chapters.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, 27th December 2015

RRP: $22.99 from

Travelling with Pets on Australia's East Coast
by Carla Francis

Travelling with your beloved dog (or even cat, bird or horse)? Carla Francis is a dedicated pet owner who has left no stone unturned with this pet-friendly accommodation guide listing.

This third edition explores the best pet-friendly accommodation (from 5-star hotels to campgrounds) between Melbourne and Cairns. Every entry includes a brief, unbiased opinion plus details regarding price and which pets (and sizes) are welcome.

In collating this invaluable resource for pet owners, no advertising was accepted, and only the author’s choice of the best accommodation has been included. Also included are details regarding great dog-friendly beaches and parks to be found on the way.

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Woodslane Pty Ltd, 13th December 2016 (3rd Edition)

RRP: $29.99 from

by Paul Handover

There's a tiny amount of domesticated wolf in all of us. The relationship between canids and humans goes back nearly 40,000 years, when dogs split away from wolves. With our dogs, we have traveled the ancient track from hunter-gatherers to modern humans. However, this track now seems to offer an uncertain future for humankind and society.

Learning from Dogs shows how and why now, more than ever, we humans need to learn from our dogs. At times the book relates personal stories through autobiography, diary, and blog entries. Other times it reinforces a point with speculative and imaginative fictional narrative. Throughout the book, there is a foundation about the history of wolves, dogs, and humans, as the author injects factual research to assist us to more fully understand the importance of this unique relationship.

With just the right blend of humour, story-telling, perception, compassion, and insight, the author shares his unusual perspective and how he came to share what he's learned through a lifetime of observation and interaction with dogs.

Readers who love dogs, or any animals, will connect with this book and become more fully aware of why our animal friends are valuable to learn from to help us heal the challenges of the 21st century. 

Paperback, 244 pages
Published 17th November 2015

RRP: $24.92 from

Kids’ Book Club

by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Andrew McLean

The true story of a little dog who had adventure in his heart and the rattle of the rails in his soul.
In the early days of the railway, when shiny new tracks were opening vast areas of Australia, there was an adventurous dog who was part of it all. 

As the tracks were being laid he was there on the train – riding in his favourite spot on top of the Yankee engine. Everyone knew him. He was Bob the Railway Dog

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Black Dog Books, 1st August 2015
Ages: 4+ Years

RRP $21.25 from

by Bob Graham

This book has received numerous awards and it's no surprise why. It starts off as a typical book about a kid who wants a dog but ends up a loving tribute to dogs in shelters everywhere. 

With expert storytelling and humorously endearing illustrations, Bob Graham created a loving family with unconventional folks. Their love of pups, and each other, is sure to tug at the heartstrings of every young reader.

On a visit to the animal shelter, Kate and her parents know they want the pup Dave from the moment they see him. But then they see old Rosy. How can they take home just one dog?

Hardcover, 32 pages 

Ages: 3-7 years old

RRP $10.35 at

by Stephen Michael King

Mutt Dog is brave and fast and gentle and loyal and smart, but he's also hungry, and he doesn't have a home. Then one day his luck changes, and he at last finds a family--and a cozy, loving place to belong.

With its humorous text and irresistible watercolour illustrations, this endearing story by Australian picture-book creator Stephen Michael King is certain to strike a chord with animal enthusiasts everywhere. A gorgeous book about a stray dog and his desire to belong. In his illustrations, Stephen Michael King has captured everything that is wonderful about dogs – especially those of the ‘mutt’ variety.

Paperback, 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, 1st September 2005
Ages: 3-7 years old

RRP $13.75 from

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