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International welfare group calls for worldwide end to adverts inappropriately using dogs with extreme body shapes

The International Collaborative on Extreme Conformations in Dogs (ICECDogs) has released new guidance for advertisers, heavily informed by research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), that advises on which images of dogs should be avoided in advertising and social media based on the dog’s extreme body shape.

The ICECDogs is a multinational group formed to address the escalating global welfare issues and suffering caused by extreme conformations (body shapes) in dogs. ICECDogs defines extreme conformation as a physical appearance that has been so significantly altered through selection by humankind that affected dogs commonly suffer from poor health and welfare, with negative impacts on their quality of life. Examples of common dog breeds that are often affected by health issues linked to extreme conformation include the French Bulldog, Pug, English Bulldog and Dachshund.

This new guidance calls on all advertisers and users of social media worldwide to immediately stop using images of dogs with extreme conformation in public communications unless these images are aimed at protecting canine health and wellbeing. Instead, ICECDogs recommends that advertisers focus on using images that promote physically healthy conformations in dogs.

The guidance outlines the basic physical attributes and abilities that any dog must have to ensure their capacity to enjoy a full life without limitation from health issues linked to extreme conformations. 

Common examples of health and welfare issues linked to extreme conformation include chronic pain (e.g. eye ulcers because of protruding eyes) or physical incapacity (e.g. unable to sleep or exercise fully due to breathing difficulties from being flat-faced).





Unfortunately, over the past decade, more and more owners are choosing to acquire dogs with extreme conformations, such as excessive skin folds, short tails, short legs and flat faces. RVC VetCompass research has estimated that there were more than half a million French Bulldogs and a quarter of a million Miniature Dachshunds owned in the UK in 2023, along with more than 180,000 Pugs and 130,000 English Bulldogs.


Much of this increased public demand is believed to result from the commonplace use of images of dogs with extreme conformations as promotional aids in advertising and social media, which has normalised these harmful body shapes in the public’s perception.

This new ICECDogs guidance is therefore designed to inform advertisers and social media users about the potential welfare costs caused by the inappropriate use of images of dogs with extreme body shapes and aims instead to encourage public sharing only of images of physically healthy dogs.




ICECDogs is advising advertisers to err on the side of welfare caution and avoid the use of any images of dogs where there is uncertainty about whether the dogs have an extreme conformation. ICECDogs is also advising members of the public who identify advertisements contravening the guidance to report it to the relevant advertising standards agency in their country and also to contact the advertisers directly.

Dr Dan O’Neill, Chair of the UK Brachycephalic Working Group, Associate Professor for Companion Animal Epidemiology at the RVC and co-founding ICECDogs member, said:

“Millions of dogs continue to suffer worldwide every year from extreme and unnecessary body shapes. This new ICECDogs message calls on advertisers to play their part in ending the normalisation of suffering from extreme body shapes and will hopefully contribute to the ongoing worldwide movement to instead celebrate healthy body shapes in dogs.”

The full ‘ICECDogs - Guidelines on Advertising Using Imagery of Dogs with Extreme Conformation’ is available at https://www.icecdogs.com.

About the Royal Veterinary College

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London.
It is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada.
The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2024. 

For more information, visit www.rvc.ac.uk

About ICECDogs:

The International Collective on Extreme Conformations in Dogs (ICECDogs) is a global multi-stakeholder group that works together to minimize welfare issues resulting from extreme conformations in dogs by seeking out and applying evidence-based canine and human approaches.

The current focus of the ICECDogs is to support national/regional multi-stakeholder groups engaged in the issues raised by extreme conformation in dogs and to act as a leader in the development and dissemination of policy and guidance on minimizing extremes of conformation and promoting moderate, healthy conformation in dogs.

ICECDogs collaborates with (multi-)stakeholder groups in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Further information is available at https://www.icecdogs.com/

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This article by Dr Ernie Ward from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention deals with the topic of future veterinary pet weight loss drugs.

 

The Year of Ozempic” proclaimed the December 2023 edition of The New Yorker.


That same month, the journal Science declared glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) weight loss drugs its “Breakthrough of the Year,” beating out commendable contenders such as new malaria and Alzheimer’s treatments, innovative climate change research on natural carbon pumps and artificial intelligence (AI) in improving weather forecasting. Apparently, Science viewed treating obesity as a bigger story than dementia and global warming.

With all the success of human obesity medications, could pet weight loss drugs be far behind?

Following the global attention on weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, rumours of pilot clinical trials and safety studies involving dogs and cats began to circulate. In June 2024, Bloomberg highlighted Okava Pharmaceuticals' efforts to develop an implantable device for administering GLP-1 drugs in cats. This development not only aims to help cats with obesity lose weight but also offers the potential to improve the management of feline diabetes. 
Okava was using the first FDA-approved GLP-1, exenatide, which was authorised for treating human type 2 diabetes in 2005. If you’re unfamiliar with that drug, marketed as Bydureon (exenatide) Pen by AstraZeneca, that’s because it was discontinued in 2021 “due to business reasons.” Could it also have something to do with the next generation of GLP-1s being even better?

In February 2024, Better Choice Company (BTTR) acquired Aimia Pet Healthco to develop GLP-1 drugs in the form of “treats and toppers to safely combat pet obesity.” While we don’t have details of what they’re working on, they’re one of several companies bringing these types of weight loss medications to the veterinary market.

The primary obstacle for drug makers entering the pet market is price. On average, the highly efficacious second-generation GLP-1 drugs cost between $900 and $1,350 per month, not counting insurance or rebates. That’s prohibitively expensive in the veterinary market, where drugs costing even a couple hundred dollars a month are out of reach for many pet owners.

However, GLP-1 prices are expected to decrease over time, as these things do, as Sir Stephen O’Rahilly outlined during his presentation at the 2022 Royal Society conference on causes of obesity. Pretty soon, O’Rahilly believes these drugs will be “cheap as chips.”

He reminded physicians that a similar dilemma was once faced in treating hypertension.

“When I was a junior doctor in London and Dublin, our wards were full of people suffering the end-stage consequences of uncontrolled hypertension – intracranial hemorrhages, heart failure, renal failure. That problem has pretty much disappeared. We did it slowly and gradually over 40 years. It was a combination of public health measures and smart, safe pharmacotherapy.

“Back in the 1920s and 1930s, we didn’t have any antihypertensive drugs. The first drugs that came in (like guanethidine) had horrible, terrible side effects. And people said, ‘We can never treat blood pressure because these drugs are awful.’

“How did we make better drugs? Well, we started to understand the system. We understood the physiology of renin-angiotensin, we understood the importance of the kidney in the control of blood pressure.

“Now we have at least five classes of antihypertensive agents, all of which are cheap as chips because they’re all off-patent. And there’s pretty much nobody whose blood pressure we can’t control.”

And before you write off generic GLP-1 drugs as something for the future, you’re too late. We already have generic liraglutide. On June 24, 2024, Teva launched their off-patent version of Novo Nordisk’s Victoza to treat diabetes. And, yes, it has also been shown to aid in weight loss like the other compounds in its class.

When can we expect weight loss drugs to arrive for veterinary prescription?

It’s hard to know, but based on the amount of interest and resources being deployed, and with recent changes at the FDA and mounting public pressure to offer more treatment alternatives, I’d anticipate within the next five years.

The veterinary profession must prepare for this shift in diagnosis and treatment. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and the World Pet Obesity Association (WPOA) are working to create universal definitions, develop diagnostic algorithms, and encourage advancements in treating clinical obesity in animals.

We must also continue closely working with our partners in therapeutic nutrition. As we’re learning from long-term studies in humans, GLP-1s aren’t a panacea for sustaining healthy body composition. Lifestyle modifications, physical activity, and diet will continue to play essential roles in improving the health and longevity of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and other animals with obesity.

Currently, we have several evidence-based therapeutic dietary solutions to use until FDA-approved veterinary weight-loss drugs arrive to assist our efforts. Veterinary professionals must continue emphasizing the significant health risks of veterinary clinical obesity and the importance of proper nutrition in both treating obesity and improving well-being.

In addition, an “obesity first” strategy should be implemented for animals suffering from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, hypertension, and more. In simplest terms, “obesity first” means we treat obesity as a priority when confronting these obesity-associated disorders. By losing excess body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, nearly all of these chronic diseases improve, and some may even experience remission.

Pet weight loss drugs are inevitable and will likely enter our formularies by the time the next wave of veterinary students graduate. We have the unique advantage of learning from the successes and challenges encountered in human healthcare to guide and inform our next steps.

If you or your organisation are interested in helping us create the guidelines for the future of veterinary obesity care, get in touch here. Together, we can solve the challenges of pet obesity.


References:

Printable Body Condition and Weight Management Charts for Feline and Canine



About the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention is a charitable non-profit organisation. Through the collective efforts of mission-aligned veterinarians, veterinary technicians, academicians, nutritionists, and other groups and organizations, the Association for Pet Obesity provides clinical resources and tools, promotes evidence-based obesity and weight loss interventions, and drives important research to understand the health impacts and complex causes of weight and obesity-related disorders in animals.

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A Data-Informed Path to a Brighter Future for Pets

PetRescue, Australia's leading pet adoption charity, is proud to announce the release of the second annual State of Pet Adoption Report for 2022-2023. 

This comprehensive report provides invaluable insights into the current landscape of pet adoption in Australia, highlighting key trends, challenges, and findings in the effort to ensure a future where every pet is safe, respected, and loved.

Building on last year's inaugural edition, the 2022-2023 report dives deep into the data collected from rescue groups, shelters, vets, councils, and the animal welfare and animal management community at large. It underscores the critical role of data in identifying the areas of greatest need and benchmarking progression in the sector.

Key Findings of the Report include:

✔️ Adoption Trends: An in-depth look at the adoption rates across different species, regions, identifying hotspots of both high and low adoption activity.

✔️ Challenges and Opportunities: An examination of the barriers to pet adoption and the obstacles faced by people working or volunteering in the sector.

Why This Report Matters: Data-driven insights are crucial for understanding and addressing the complex systemic issues surrounding pet adoption. By collecting and analysing this information, PetRescue can:

✔️ Identify Areas of Highest Need: Focus resources on key areas and communities where services and support are most needed.

Victoria saw a 58.5% increase in overall pet adoptions, up to 24,625 pets adopted, in the 2022-2023 financial year and was again the state that adopted out the most pets. Queensland’s pet adoption numbers were next highest with 14,079 adopted pets and New South Wales was the third highest performing state with 13,993 pets adopted.
For pets in Victoria, the average wait to adoption was approximately half of that for pets in Queensland and one third of the time that NSW pets waited. 

✔️ Benchmark Progress: Track our advancements year over year to ensure we are moving closer to our collective goal to keep pets safe.

Compared to the 2022 financial year insights, pet adoption numbers in Australia performed strongly, particularly for cats and dogs, resulting in 10,000 more pets finding homes during the year (62,653* vs 52,593). 

* 2022-2023: 39,241 cats21,226 dogs, and 2,502 other pets adopted

Meet adoptable Lily, female Doberman mix
The overall median days to adoption was 20.94 for dogs and 
14.09 for cats (compared to 2021-2022: 21.21 for dogs and 15.7 for cats). 

Dog adoptions have still not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, with monthly adoptions from the platform at 1,900 as of June 2023, compared to 2,225 in June of 2019 and 1,464 in June 2022.

* Of the 2,502 pets of other species who found homes via PetRescue in the 2023 financial year, the most popular were rabbits (1,023) and guinea pigs (826), followed by chickens and ducks, rats and mice, ferrets, and a variety of larger farm animals.

✔️ Inform Policy and Practice: Provide evidence-based recommendations to policymakers, rescue organisations, and animal welfare advocates.

✔️ Understand the Impact of Changes: Reflect on the effects that changes in external factors such as legislation and economic or societal challenges have on the animal welfare sector.

Meet adoptable male Kelpie, Chips
Organisations with fewer resources reported stronger community relationships. 

However, rescues reported overcapacity and an inability to increase adoption numbers, suggesting they are operating at or beyond their capacity.

While charitable giving (donations) by Australian households rose by 10% across the financial year to achieve pre-pandemic levels, this extra funding was primarily directed towards human health, culture and the arts. Overall donations to animal protection dropped during this same time.

"We truly believe that we can create a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved, and the insights from our State of Pet Adoption Report are instrumental in making that vision a reality," said Patima Tantiprasut, Managing Director and CEO at PetRescue. "This report not only highlights where we need to focus our efforts but also provides an inside look into the hidden world of rescue, providing us with the opportunity to transform into a sector that cares for the wellbeing of all pets, and also people, involved."

Join Us in Creating a Better Future for PetsPetRescue invites the community to engage with the findings of this report and contribute to, collaborate on, and help strengthen future ones. Together, we can drive positive change and truly work towards a future where every pet is safe, respected, and loved.

For more information and to read the full State of Pet Adoption Report 2022-2023, please visit www.petrescue.com.au/library/articles/the-state-of-pet-adoption-report-2022-2023


About PetRescue

PetRescue is a national animal welfare charity dedicated to finding loving homes for pets in need. Since its inception, PetRescue has helped connect 882,771 pets with families through its innovative online platform petrescue.com.au and community program and partnerships.

Find PetRescue on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PetRescueAU or @PetRescueAU on Instagram.


Let sleeping dogs lie in - Alarming number of Aussies share bed with pets 

  • Compare the Market research found that one in two pet owners let their pet cat or dog sleep in bed with them.
  • Gen Z pet parents are the most likely to let their pooch or cat sleep with them, with over 60% of them stating that their bed is just as much a place for their pet as it is for them.
  • Millennials are the least likely generation to invite their furry friend onto their covers.
Most people like a good lie in bed, but according to recent Compare the Market research, so do our pets.

The pet insurance comparison site found that close to one in two pet owners (48.7%) let their pets sleep with them, which will undoubtedly cause arguments for couples nationwide.

* To add to the pile (in the bed), this year’s figures are a significant increase from last year, when Compare the Market found that 41.4% of pet owners sleep with their furry friends.

This year’s figures also reveal that every three in five Gen Z cat or dog owners (60.9%) let their pet under the soft doona covers, which should come as no surprise as previous Compare the Market research found this generation was the most likely to say that a pet is or would be as equally important as a child.

And while Millennials may have coined the term ‘fur baby,’ the survey found that they were the least likely of all generations to let their pooch or kitten snuggle up in bed with them. 

Just over 42% of Millennial pet owners would still share their side of the bed, which is below the average.
 

Generation

% of pet owners who let their pet sleep with them

Gen Z

60.9%

Millennials

42.4%

Gen X

47.9%

Baby Boomers

49.1%

Australian average

48.7%


Speaking on wanting the best for our four-legged friends, Compare the Market’s Executive General Manager for General Insurance and pet insurance expert Adrian Taylor said that we shouldn’t just offer our pets creature comforts for a lavish lifestyle.

“It’s a ‘tail’ as old as time and while it’s one of the most debatable topics across Aussie households, it appears that half of us really do think pets belong in bed with us,” Mr Taylor said. “While some argue that letting your canine or puss sleep in bed causes health issues, disrupted sleep and arguments between partners, others say it makes them feel safe and loved.”





“Regardless, no matter how we look at it, there are some seriously spoiled animals across Australia! We give them the best food that money can buy and we buy them all the treats and toys we can to ensure that they’re entertained, but it’s important never to forget their health,” Mr Taylor said.

Skipping a general health check-up for your pup may seem non-consequential, but it can have a detrimental effect down the line. Think about these visits the same way you view your yearly GP visit.

It’s just good sense to have someone check over you to catch any ailments. The same should go for your pet.

“Another thing that many people may forget to get for their pet, no matter how much they love them, is pet insurance. 

We know cats and dogs of all sizes are quite curious and adventurous, so an emergency vet visit is not out of the question for a pet of any age.

“These visits could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, which can be hard to come by in an instant in the current cost-of-living crisis.

“However, if costs for these sorts of emergencies are a concern, then pet insurance may be able to help by covering a part of the overall cost of these treatments, depending on the level of coverage people take out for their four-legged family member.

“Pet insurance policies offer many different levels of cover, which is why pet parents need to compare their options and shop around to find the best policies for themselves and their pets.
“Furthermore, some policies out there also cover some of the costs associated with routine check-ups or even vaccinations as an optional extra, which is just another reason not to skip out on their pet’s annual check-up.”

Adrian Taylor’s top tips for people considering pet insurance:

1. Be sure to read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to understand the limits of the cover you are looking to buy. There may be a difference in the levels of reimbursement depending on the level of cover you’re looking at as well as between brands. A variety of products cover between 70% and 90% of vet bills. However, some products cover less and others cover more. For most claims, you will also need to contribute to the policy excess.

2. Insure your pet when they are young. Your pet insurance premiums will be lower than if you were to insure your pet at a later stage, as the older they are, the more likely they are to have pre-existing conditions that could drive up the cost to be covered.

3. When reviewing your pet insurance options, also consider if there are any types of extras that you would like your policy to include. Depending on your level of cover, you may be able to add on extras such as dental cover, routine care or even behavioural training, though this may increase the premiums that you will need to pay.


*Compare the Market surveyed 1,010 Australian adults aged 18 and over in April 2024.

About Compare the Market

Compare the Market is a comparison service that takes the hard work out of shopping around. We make it Simples for Australians to quickly and easily compare and buy insurance, energy, and home loans products from a range of providers. Our easy-to-use comparison tool helps you look for a range of products that may suit your needs and benefit your back pocket.

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Sydney Dog Lovers Festival returns, unleashing 800+ dogs, plus new fashion and travel attractions

The Dog Lovers Festival is bounding back to Sydney Showground bigger and better than ever this August. 

Featuring a new line up of pup-inspired entertainment, insightful education zones and renowned animal experts, plus returning crowd- favourites, the two-day celebration promises to inspire and delight all dog owners.




Festival Founder, Jason Humphris says the team has expanded the festival offering to meet the evolving needs and interests of pet owners. New highlights include a Dog-Friendly Travel Hub, the Optimum™ DOGWALK, Australia’s Best Doppelganger (look-alike) competition and more.

“As one of the largest dog-dedicated festivals in the world, we are delighted to launch our reinvigorated festival program in Sydney. We’re constantly listening to the needs and wants of dog parents and understand Sydneysiders raise their beloved companions in diverse environments, surrounded by beaches, waterways, and beautiful parks. 

They are always looking for new ways to spoil their pups and bring them on new adventures, so our festival provides the perfect place to connect with experts and celebrate their love of dogs with fellow fanatics. It's also a great place to shop with all the latest products and services to ensure their four-legged friends lead the most fulfilling lives.”

New and Expanded Features

✔️ Dog Friendly Travel Hub – discover the best dog-friendly travel products, accessories, accommodation, and destinations.

✔️ Optimum™ DOGWALK – be entertained by some of Australia’s ‘Hero Dogs’, fur-shanistas, human celebrities with their dogs, dancing dogs, rescue dogs, famous Insta-Pooches, and expert guests as they paw their way down the all- new runway stage.

✔️ Advance
 Paws and Talks – have all your doggy questions answered with daily educational talks from expert DOGS NSW breeders and their canine companions plus other K9-inspired interactive sessions.

✔️ Mini Dog Races - cheer for the underdog in a race like you’ve never seen before as mini dogs under 30cm race over 15cm jumps, celebrating all that's so great about these little pooch dynamites.




✔️ Dog Parkour – watch a challenging and exciting physical activity in which the dogs learn to interact with their environment taking on a vast array of challenges and obstacles that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

✔️ Australia’s Best Doppelganger – see competition winners of the nation’s best human and canine twins. The competition runs until just prior to festival weekend, live now on event social pages.

✔️Doggy-dedicated supermarket – shop for your dog until you drop with everything you need to spoil your pooch under one roof!

Returning Festival Favourites

✔️ Kurgo® DockDogs – witness a spectacle of talent unleashed as impressive canines go head-to-head in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieval competitions, launching themselves off a raised dock into a 100,000-litre custom-built pool.




✔️ VitaPet Arena – Farmer Dave and his team return with their Extreme High Jumping Dogs, plus new Mini Dog Races and Dog Parkour to wow crowds with their talented terriers. Hear from Dr Katrina WarrenKelly Gill and the Wonderdogs and learn valuable tips and tricks on pooch training. Plus, you can fetch a glance of them on the Optimum™ DOGWALK!

✔️ Lyka Pat-A-Pooch zone – get up close and paw-sonal with cuddly canines of all shapes and sizes in this always pup-ular attraction.

✔️ Adoption Zone – speak with adoption experts about responsible dog ownership and the joy of helping a dog in need find a fur-ever home.


✔️ Advance Breed Showcase – presented by DOGS NSW, the expanded zone gives visitors their fur-fix by meeting the A-Z of dog breeds with 800+ dogs.

✔️ SASH Ask-A-Vet – receive answers to all canine centred questions in a personal one-on-one session with one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospital networks.

Dog lovers that are also feline-inclined will also have access to a limited number of Cat Lovers Festival tickets at half price. Australia's leading cat-committed Cat Lovers Festival is running directly next door (albeit in its own dedicated, dog-free venue) and will be even bigger than the 2023 debut event!




Location: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

Dates & Times: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2024, 9:30am until 5pm

Tickets available at dogloversfestival.com.au (pre-bookings online are essential)


Please note: visitors are unable to bring their own dogs to the event for health and safety reasons, see website for full details on this policy.



With the winter school holidays upon us, it's time to stock up on a new pile of great reads for yourself and the kids with a bumper selection in our Kids Corner this month.. You know, just in case that NBN connection fails yet again! Thankfully, books have always been there for us!

You can't beat snuggling under a warm blanket with your dogs for company so grab your favourite cuppa and enjoy this July 2024 selection of our Dog Lovers Book Club.

BUSTER: A DOG
by George Pelecanos

Ever wonder what goes one in the mind of a dog?
Buster: A Dog is the story of one dog's lifelong journey, as told by Buster himself.

Buster, a strong and proud Boxer, spends his early days with a loving family in a public housing complex in Washington, DC. Abruptly, he is taken away by an abusive, alcoholic man, plunging Buster into a challenging, nightmarish existence.

Over the course of his life, he will experience homelessness, tragedy, a harrowing stay in a kill shelter, and acts of kindness, including his adoption by an older gentleman grieving the death of his wife. At his peak, Buster lives with a young marijuana dealer who runs a profitable but dangerous business in the city. 

Along the way, Buster befriends other dogs and witnesses the best and worst aspects of humanity. As the seasons change, and change again, he begins to understand the finality of existence and in turn learns to appreciate the gift of life.

Hardcover, 88 pages
Publisher: ‎
Akashic Books Limited, 1st edition, 18 July 2024

Price: $32.95 (available for pre-order) at www.amazon.com.au

THE OTHER FAMILY DOCTOR
A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

by Karen Fine, DVM

Karen Fine always knew that she wanted to be a vet and wasn't going to let anything stop her- not her allergy to cats, and not the fact that in the '80s veterinary medicine was still a mostly male profession. 

Inspired by her grandfather, a compassionate doctor who paid house calls to all his (human) patients, Dr. Fine persevered, and brought her Oupa's principles into her own practice, which emphasizes the need to understand her patients' stories to provide the best possible care.

And in The Other Family Doctor, Dr. Fine shares all these touching, joyful, heart-breaking, and life-affirming tales that make up her career as a vet. There's:

  • The feral cat who becomes a creature out of a fable when he puts his trust in a young vet to heal his injured paw.
  • The pot-bellied pig who grows too big to fit in the car but remains a cherished part of her family.
  • The surprising colony of perfectly behaved ferrets.
  • The beloved aging pet who gives her people the gift of accompanying them on one final family vacation.

The dog who saves his owner's life in a most unexpected way

Woven into Dr. Fine's story are of course, also the stories of her own pets - the birds, cats, and dogs who have taught her the most valuable lessons - how caring for the animals in our lives can teach us to better care for ourselves, especially when life seems precarious.

Paperback, ‎304 pages
Publisher: ‎Knopf US, 9th April 2024


Price: $28.30 at www.amazon.com.au 

THE NEW COMPLETE DOG BOOK
Official Breed Standards and Profiles for Over 200 Breeds
(23rd Edition)
by American Kennel Club

The American Kennel Club
(AKC) is known for having the first and last word as the official source for all things dog related, and The New Complete Dog Book, 23rd Edition is the AKC’s “Bible” of dog books that is trusted by veterinary schools, dog training professionals, groomers, breeders, and owners. For the past 88 years, it has been the ultimate breed resource—the one book that no purebred dog aficionado and expert can live without. With over two million copies sold, this guide is also the longest continually published dog book in history.

This revised and updated 23rd edition contains new American Kennel Club initiatives and programs, recently recognised dog breeds that have been added to the seven main groups, revised breed standards, and changes in breed classifications. 

Dog owners, breeders, and clubs will find the most current information here on AKC registration, competitive events, and programs. A celebration of every breed of dog recognised by the American Kennel Club, this newly updated edition is a must-have that belongs in every dog enthusiast’s and professional’s library.

Hardcover‏,‎ 992 pages
Publisher: ‎ Companion House; 23rd edition, 19th June 2024


Price: $74.13 at www.amazon.com.au

YOUR DOG IS YOUR MIRROR
The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves

by Kevin Behan

In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behaviour: a dog’s behaviour and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. 

The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. 

Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined; by heart; and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviours. 

This ground-breaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.

Paperback, ‏246 pages
Publisher:‎ New World Library, 14th August 2022
 
Price: $30.34 at www.fishpond.com.au 

HEADS & TAILS
A Dog Memory Game: Match Up Iconic Dogs

by Marta Zafra (Illustrator)

Unleash your memory skills with this illustrated dog memory deck.

Get ready to test your memory and your love for human's best friend with our new deck of memory cards featuring adorable illustrations of dogs!


Featuring 30 dog breeds across 60 beautifully illustrated cards, it's your job to match the head and tail of each furry friend.

Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, this deck of memory cards is both entertaining and challenging. Whether you're playing solo or with a group, our dog-themed memory cards will provide hours of fun and help improve your memory skills. With charming illustrations, this deck makes a great gift for any dog enthusiast or anyone looking for a fun and engaging game to play with friends and family. You'll have a barking good time!

Game, 60 memory cards
Publisher: Smith Street Books, 30th January 2024


Price: $18.95 from www.booktopia.com.au

BOOK CLUB – KIDS CORNER

SCOUT AND THE RESCUE DOGS
by Dianne WolferTony Flowers (Illustrator)

A celebration of community, adventure, kindness and, above all, dogs!

The summer holidays have finally arrived and Scout can’t wait for her adventure in the big rig with Dad. They’re on a mission to deliver donations of dog food to animal rescue shelters right across the state.


There’ll be lots of music, dad-jokes and a brilliant plan that will make sure everyone’s got a friend for the holidays. There might even be a special four-legged friend in it for Scout.

But Scout and her dad get more than they’ve bargained for. It’s bushfire season – and it’s not just the dogs who need rescuing...

Winner of Children's Book of the Year category, 2024 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.


Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, 6th June 2023
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old


Price: $13.85 from www.amazon.com.au

DOGS TO THE RESCUE

by Lucas Riera, Grace Helmer (Illustrator)

True stories of 19 inspirational 'dogs with jobs'. Learn how dogs can help us in many ways: they can be assistance dogs, firefighters, rescuers, carers, companions to the elderly...

Dogs are more than just members of our families and faithful companions - they can be heroes too!


Not only are dogs incredibly cute, they are also really clever with different breeds having unique traits that can be very helpful in risky situations. This book is a tribute to the abilities that dogs have to help us, and the 19 amazing stories of inspirational doggy heroes are perfect for young readers.

Written in collaboration with the Affinity Foundation (France & Spain), an organisation focussing on helping abandoned pets and raising awareness about how great an impact pets have on humans, each of the brave dogs covered is even more impressive than the last.

You'll read about: 
✔️ Dogs who help the elderly, unhoused people and people learning hard lessons in prisons by offering their canine compassion. 
✔️ Working dogs who are part of the police department, fire brigade, and mountain rescue.

These ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things can teach a lesson to us all!

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Welbeck Publishing, 24th October 2023
For Ages: 8+ years old


Price: $21.95 from www.booktopia.com.au

EVERYTHING DOGS
Canine Facts, Photos and Fun to Get Your Paws On!

by National Geographic Kids

Full of facts for every young dog lover.


Playful pups, furry friends, cute companions! It’s time to learn everything about dogs.

Packed with facts and photos, it’s ideal for kids who want to learn about different breeds, brush up on their doggy communication skills and anyone who simply loves all things canine!

✔️ Colourful photography and illustration
✔️ Hundreds of interesting facts
✔️ Quizzes, interactive glossary and more!

Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 27th February 2023
For Ages: 7+ years old


Price: $13.26 at www.amazon.com.au

DOG'S GUIDE TO HELPING OTHERS
Healthy Habits
by Lisa Edwards, Sian Roberts (Illustrator)

Mum is teaching her puppies how to be helpful and they are learning how to share, how to have good manners, how to be tidy and more. 

This book follows the story of the dog family as the puppies grow, but it provides lots of advice on behaviour for its human readers. 

For children progressing through book bands, the book is suitable for children reading at book band 7: Turquoise.

The Healthy Habits series for children aged 4 plus, features key information about how to stay healthy in mind and body, simply told and bought to life through a relatable animal guide and bright and gently humorous illustrations. 

The books have lots of good advice for human children and a little bit of learning about the animal world, to keep things interesting for young animal lovers.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books, 25th January 2023
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old


Price: $18.95 from www.booktopia.com.au

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOGS: BY A. CAT
by Fred Blunt (Author)

A laugh-out-loud picture book about dogs, written from the perspective of a self-assured cat. This is another fun and sassy picture book from author/illustrator Fred Blunt.

This time, he's focusing on the age-old question: are you a cat person or a dog person?

The cat telling this story is on a mission to convince us that cats are best, by pointing out that dogs stink, they slobber, and they enjoy rolling around in cow poop... 

But when the cat narrator meets a scary BIG CAT, a group of loyal local dogs come to the cat's rescue. Will our cat finally accept that dogs can be clever, too?

Dogs are STUPID.
The End.
Oh. You're still here?
Fine, I'll prove it...



This picture book will have adults and children alike laughing out loud. And whether you're a dog lover or a cat lover, everyone will love the heart-warming ending.

Hardcover‏, ‎ 32 pages
Publisher: ‎ Happy Yak, 9th July 2024
For Ages: 4-6 years old


Price: $17.27 (available for pre-order) at www.amazon.com.au

THE DOG WHO DANCED ON THE MOON
by John Boyne, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay 

There once was a boy called Jeremy Grace

Who had a remarkable interest in space.
He was quiet and shy, very often alone,
Just him and his dog, spending time on their own.

Jeremy dreams of journeying through space, but nobody believes in him... Nobody, that is, but Maxwell, his incredible dancing dog who encourages him to reach for the stars. The pair embark on an out-of-this-world adventure - but when they are faced with an incoming comet catastrophe, it takes bravery, daring and a little bit of dancing to save the day.

Heart-warming and inspirational with a touch of magic, this read-aloud rhyming picture-book story encourages children to follow their dreams.

This is the picture book debut from John Boyne, the author of the globally bestselling, multi-million-copy classic, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The illustrations are by award-winning rising star Ashling Lindsay.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Children’s Book, Imprint: Puffin, 2nd July 2024


Price: $12.92 at www.amazon.com.au

ROY IS NOT A DOG
by Esmé Shapiro, Daniel Newell Kaufman 

Take a ride down Lilypod Lane with Weasel and Pam Pam as they try to solve a mystery in their neighbourhood in this hilariously fetching picture book: could their peculiar neighbour actually be a dog in disguise?

On Lilypod Lane, everyone knows everything about everybody . . . or so they believe! When curious paperboy Weasel encounters his mysterious neighbour Roy on his route, he becomes convinced that Roy is actually a dog! 

But when his friend Pam Pam disagrees, Weasel must put on his detective cap and do his best sleuthing to reveal Roy's extraordinary secret, and prove that not everything is as it seems, once and for all!

An endearingly offbeat picture book that celebrates neighbours and neighbourhoods, Roy Is Not a Dog delivers laughs and lessons about accepting others for who they are as well as the risks and rewards of showing your true self.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher : ‎ Tundra Books (NY), 23d April 2024
For Ages: ‎ 4 - 8 years old


Price: $43.39 at www.amazon.com.au

A CAT CALLED Q AND THE MAGIC GLOBE
by Melody Horrill, illustrated by Angelique Smelt 

When Sheri shakes a mysterious-looking snow globe she discovers in a charity shop, her whole world is turned upside down when she suddenly finds herself inside it, along with her best friend Shawn. 

Once in this strange new realm, she embarks on a dangerous journey to rescue a spellbound land and its weird and wonderful creatures from destruction. Luckily, a majestic, mischievous, sandwich-loving magical cat comes to her aid.

A Cat called Q and the Magic Globe is an enchanting fantasy about the importance of believing in ourselves, being brave, caring for the natural world and embracing our connection to it. It also serves as reminder that magic really does exist in nature, and love can heal and restore everything.


Paperback, 293 pages. Also available as eBook.
Publisher: 12 Willows Press, available from 15th July 2024 (pre-order now).

For more information, visit www.melodyhorrill.com/a-cat-called-q

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