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Dog Lovers Book Club - April 2016

by Bitsa Bernard Photography

This limited edition, hardcover coffee table book is the perfect gift for any animal lover, local or visiting! Featuring over seventy local dogs in some of Adelaide's most well known landmarks including Victoria Square, the new Adelaide Oval, the State Library and surrounding areas such as Hahndorf.

A portion of each participation fee was donated to local rescue groups including Paws and Claws Adoptions Inc, Guardian Angel Animal Rescue and Adelaide All Breed Dog Rescue, already raising over $2,200! 

Publisher: InHouse Publishing, 142 pages

RRP: $89.95 from

by Nigel Allsopp

Australia was one of many countries during WWI that used animals to aid its fight against its enemies. In fact, both Axis and Allies used millions of various types in places as remote as the shores of Gallipoli, the sands of Beersheba, the rain and mud fronts of France, and the arctic Alps. These animals, Australia’s four-legged diggers, had no choice in if or where they served, and many thousands gave the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly one thing they had in common, whether a Waler horse, military working dog, or a carrier pigeon, was that all but a few never returned home.

Nigel Allsopp’s book tells the untold history of Australia’s animal warriors, 100 years ago, their continued use in warfare in present day operations, and the fight to get their deeds officially recognised; a struggle that still goes on today.

Publisher: InHouse Publishing, December 2015
Format: Paperback, 292 pages

RRP: $25.00 from

by Arika Mizubayashi

Mélodie is the heartfelt memoir of a Japanese man's life with his Golden Retriever—or rather of his Golden Retriever's life with him. Fidelity, patience, attachment, love and family ties are illuminated through the demands and joys of living with a large dog in a small apartment in Tokyo.

Akira Mizubayashi's attachment to Mélodie profoundly transforms how he lives his life and makes him reimagine the nature of relationships between humans and animals.

In his homage to Mélodie, Mizubayashi offers a moving account of faithful love and compromise.

Publisher: Melbourne University Press28th March 2016

RRP: $27.99 from


The Brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up
by Pen Farthing

When people gave up on Wylie, Wylie refused to give up on people. For a street dog born in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to be crowned top dog at Scruffts, a competition for crossbreeds held during Crufts, the largest dog show on earth, is nothing short of a miracle. But for Wylie, the gentle, cropped-eared ball of fur, miracles seemed to happen quite regularly. 

Beaten and abused at the hands of uncaring humans, Wylie suffered terrible injuries that needed urgent treatment. Rescued close to death, with hacked off ears and a severed tail, he was attended to by soldiers who feared he would not last the night. Astonishingly he did, only to return days later with new injuries.

However a lifeline came when he was handed over to animal welfare Charity Nowzad and flown to Britain in the hope of finding a new life. But would anyone take a chance on a seemingly undomesticated stray? Luckily for Wylie his biggest adventure yet was about to begin. 

Hardcover, 274 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 11 September 2014

RRP: $29.99 from

by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Phil Lesnie

A moving story, told completely in dialogue, about a young Australian soldier in the battle of the Somme. Walking through the fields away from the front, he finds what he thinks is a stray dog, and decides to adopt it as a mascot for his company. 

Then he meets Jacques, the homeless orphan boy who owns the dog. The soldier realises that Jacques needs the dog more - and perhaps needs his help as well.

With stunning illustrations from Phil Lesnie, this is a deeply moving celebration of friendship in times of war.

This book was inspired by Libby Hathorn's months of research on her uncle, who survived Gallipoli but went on to fight at the Battle of the Somme and was killed there in 1917 at just twenty years old.

Publisher: Hachette Australia, 22 March 2016
Ages: 3 - 6 years

RRP: $24.99 from

by Johanna Bell, illustrated by Dion Beasley

A cheeky, cheerful, charming story about naughty camp dogs that is also perfect for literacy development through its use of counting, colours and rhythm, with wonderfully funny naive illustrations.

'On Monday I went to my auntie's house and guess what I saw? ONE yellow cheeky dog sleeping on the floor.' So begins this lively, cheeky story set in a remote Indigenous community, moving through colours, numbers and days of the week to the dog-packed final page.

Johanna Bell works evaluating education programs in the Northern Territory. Dion Beasley is an up-and-coming artist whose Cheeky Dog brand is already widely known and loved.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, June 2016
Ages : 3 - 5 years old

RRP: $24.99 from

by Anjalique Gupta, illustrated by Alexandra Gold

Patch goes to London is the adorable story of a very clever little Jack Russell called Patch, and his adventures in London. On his birthday he receives a pet passport and an air ticket to London. There, Patch will be able to piece together the clues as they unfold in an absolutely amazing adventure. 

This is a truly wonderful book for young readers to either read by themselves or enjoy reading with a parent or grandparent. Patch’s cute character is based on a real dog, owned by the author, and he has been lucky enough to travel the world with his human mom. 

The illustrations by Alexandra Gold on each page are just enchanting and make the book into a vivid adventure for young readers. Each canine character is a different breed, adding more interest for young readers who love animals.

Paperback – August 16, 2015
Ages: 3-8 years 

RRP: US $7.99 from

by Claire Garth, illustrated by Johannes Leak

The Grover McBane, Rescue Dog series is for junior readers aged 6–9 years. Based on the author’s own Border Collie dog, this first title, Grover Finds a Home, tells the story of a dog whose owner doesn’t take care of him. 

Grover is a brave dog, but right now he’s cold, wet, hungry and afraid. After escaping from his owner’s yard in a thunderstorm, Grover is taken to a local animal shelter. The people there are kind, but Grover isn’t sure he’ll be allowed to stay. His owner doesn’t seem to want him and Grover is scared …
What will happen to Grover? Where will he go? This book is perfect for children who love animals.

By buying this book, you are also supporting the work of Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Black Inc., 28 March 2016

RRP: $12.99 from

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