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Dog Lovers Book Club - August 2017

by David Michie 

Bestselling meditation author David Michie explores the deep bond we have with our pets. With insights from Buddhism and modern science, and including true stories from around the world, he shows how we can provide practical support to our pets both in daily life and when they are dying. 

The bonds we share with our pets go beyond words and are often deeper than many of our human relationships. What is the nature of these close connections? And what if our influence on pets, both in life and especially through sickness and death, is far more powerful than we ever conceived?

David Michie draws on ancient Buddhist wisdom, supported by contemporary science, to provide fascinating insights into animal consciousness. He proposes that the pets with whom we share our lives are not there by accident. Whether your animal companion has fur, feathers or fins, he offers a treasury of practical tools to enhance your relationship with them in everyday life, as well as during times of challenge.

Written with humour and compassion, and including extraordinary true stories from around the world, Buddhism for Pet Lovers reveals how our animal companions may indeed be among our most precious partners. For in helping them, our own lives are incomparably enriched too. 

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 28th June 2017

RRP: $27.99 from

Promises to a Small Dog
by Tracey Ison

Adopting a rescue dog can be a journey into the unknown, but adopting a rescue dog born with severe visual impairment was always going to be a challenge. 

The questions came thick and fast - would they, could they, should they? Scout entered the lives of Tracey and Paul and turned them upside down with his own brand of charismatic charm that melted not only their hearts, but the hearts of everyone he met. At first, it was definitely a case of the blind leading the blind, but with his indomitable spirit and a never-ending supply of enthusiasm, Scout was soon leading the way.

Discover how Scout's carers learned to build on the unconditional trust and devotion that came from this clumsy, flat-footed, loveable Lurcher. And maybe - just maybe - this book will answer the real question. Who rescued who?

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie, 27th July 2017

RRP: $26.99 from

Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

by Eileen Anderson

Remember Me? is a guidebook for owners of dogs who are losing their mental faculties as they age, and the story of a dog and owner who retained their bond through this most difficult situation. 

If you have a dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or other dementia this book gives you the information you need to weather this difficult condition and give your dogs the most fulfilling life possible. It covers the symptoms, medications and other interventions showing promise in treating the condition; how to adapt your home and habits to keep your dog safe; products available to solve the problems of senior dogs; how to make things easier on yourself, physically and emotionally etc. 

The story of Eileen Anderson’s small terrier Cricket, who developed dementia, is threaded through the book. As Cricket’s condition deteriorated and her needs changed, Anderson learned about the disease and developed methods to care for her dog. 

Publisher: Bright Friends Productions, November 15th 2015

RRP: $19.87 at (2 weeks delivery) 
or Kindle edition (114 pages, 2-3 hours to read).

by Andrew Rule

Cavemen tamed fire then they tamed animals, wild ancestors of the domestic breeds that have been with us ever since. F
rom the city beggar sharing a blanket with a bull terrier to oil Sheiks breeding Arabian horses, humans are suckers for animals. Writers are not immune. 

Les Carlyon has written of horses and horse people for decades. Robert Drewe's curious eye has fallen on everything from bull sharks to bull ants. Don Watson is a secret racehorse fancier. Paul Toohey laments the passing of the 'roo dog' and Frank Robson the passing of his little mate, Lucky. These are a handful of many Australian men who have agreed to share their favourite animal stories.

Paperback, 277 pages
Publisher: Melbourne University Press, 31st October 2016

RRP: $29.99 at

Kids' Corner

by Claire Garth, illustrated by Johannes Leak

Grover loves living at Cavendish Lane. He has his own bed and lots of toys. It’s the best place to relax after a busy day helping his owner, Annie, at the animal shelter. 

But when a greyhound puppy called Stretch comes to stay, Grover’s life is turned upside down. Stretch has a broken leg. He also has lots of energy! Grover tries to help him look after his leg, but that’s not so easy when Stretch keeps getting it stuck in strange places . . .

What will happen to Stretch? Where will he go?

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Black Inc. Australia, 31st July 2017
For Ages: 6-9 years old

RRP: $12.99 at

by Claire Garth, illustrated by Johannes Leak

This is the fifth book in the Grover McBane, Rescue Dog series but all can be read in any order you choose. 

Grover sees the car boot filled with suitcases, toys and dog food. This can only mean one thing – road trip! Grover can’t wait to hit the road – but his owner, Claire, has a special guest to pick up from the animal shelter first. 

Squeak is a rescued kelpie puppy. He needs a new home on a farm, where he’ll have lots of room to run around. But Grover has always lived in the city. How can he help Squeak find a new forever home? What will happen to Squeak? Where will he go? 

Apart from being an entertaining read (even for an adult) this title deals with the issue of bullying through the eyes of a dog and delivers a powerful educational message. 

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Black Inc. Australia, 31st July 2017
For Ages: 6-9 years old

RRP: $12.99 from

A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
by Kate Klise

Eli the dog has been with Astrid since her parents brought her home from the hospital as a baby. Now Astrid is getting older, and so is Eli. Before he slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. 

So she makes a bucket list for Eli, which includes experiences such as eating with him in a restaurant, and taking him down a slide at the playground.

But in the end, what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid, whom he loves dearly. 

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise have created a story that reminds readers of all ages that time with our loved ones is the most precious gift of all.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends, 18th July 2017
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

RRP: $35.99 from

by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton

For Zara's dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favourite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Hello, Moose! Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.

Goodbye, Moose. But Moose can't be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 25th July 2017
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $33.99 from

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