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Dog Lovers Book Club - June 2016

One of Tumblr's most viral blogs of 2014, the Black Dogs Project is a stunning photo series by animal photographer Fred Levy. Known as "Black Dog Syndrome" in animal shelters and rescues, it refers to the unfortunate phenomenon that black dogs are frequently the LAST dogs to be adopted and the FIRST dogs to be euthanised in rescue shelters.

Animal photographer Fred Levy couldn't believe that it was true, so he began talking with shelters. Not only does the phenomenon exist, but he discovered it's an epidemic.

by Fred Levy

Levy decided to turn his camera lens to black dogs, showing the world how beautiful they truly are. He called the photo series, The Black Dogs Project, and the stunning photographs have been shared worldwide, spreading awareness and attention to the problem. 

Each photo is accompanied by the dog’s bio as told by his or her human companion. All found their homes because their person was drawn to a distinctive personality, a look in the eye, or that strange, inexplicable connection we sometimes discover with another creature.

These happy and loveable pups will make you smile, laugh, or even bring a tear to your eye. Help to combat Black Dog Syndrome worldwide by spreading awareness and attention to the problem. A portion of all proceeds for The Black Dogs Project will be donated to black dog rescue. For more details, please visit

Hardcover, 128 pages
Race Point Publishing, 1st September 2015

RRP: $29.99 from

The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen

Award-winning children's author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children's author.
Paulsen is a outdoorsy, kind of guy, living in the wilds of Minnesota, but one day, in his early 40s, he decides to run the Iditarod. A grueling 1,180 miles dog-race, from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. 

This is his memoir of that event and it is awesome. It is also funny, gripping and terrifying.

Paperback, 256 pages
Orion Publishing Co., October 2006

RRP: $17.25 from

by Gary Jackson

World renowned Dog Trainer, Gary Jackson has trained over 20,000 dogs, and has many world records and world firsts in dog training.

In this outstanding book, Gary is going to share with you all the secrets of professional dog training including how to select and test a puppy and adult dog and prepare them as your ultimate dog. Gary will guide you through the maze of breeders and arm you with the knowledge you need. 

Gary will show you how to evaluate a dog for yourself or for rehousing, obedience, detection, search and rescue and protection. This easy step-by-step guide will take you from selection through training to your ultimate dog. This book is certain to become a dog training classic and a must have in your dog training library.

Paperback, 222 pages
InHouse Publishing, September 2015

RRP: $19.99 at

by Louise Ginman

People add a new dog or puppy to their household often without any planning taking place or consideration of how that new dog or puppy will affect the dynamics of the current family and resident dog(s). 
'The Art of Introducing Dogs' looks at a whole range of important considerations before you add a new dog or puppy such as: 
* The sex or age of the newcomer 
* Determining play styles of the dogs 
* Looking at socialisation histories
* Established preferences of your dog 

The book also looks at how you can assess the new dog or puppy before getting your heart set on it, as well carrying out introductions - whether on or off lead, using neutral territories, crossover of scent, parallel walking, dog passing dog and curving techniques.

There is also detailed information on moving from the introduction to living together at home.

For anyone considering getting another dog, 'The Art of Introducing Dogs' is a must have purchase. The book is extremely thorough covering all aspects of second dog ownership, from assessing different play styles and levels of socialisation to step by step practical introductions expressed in a simple, easy to read style.

Paperback, 83 pages
Balboa Press, July 2013

RRP: $16.49 from

Kids' Book Club 

by Libby Hathorn

Lara's parents are divorced and she hardly remembers her father. But when her mother dies, he takes her to live with him, deep in the Australian outback.

Home is a now farm called Willy Nilly out the back of the Bulahdelah Mountains in northern NSW, past Newcastle. Living so far away from everything familiar, Lara fears she will never be accepted and loved - until she meets a mysterious dog, Thunderwith.

If you are looking for a story about loss, belonging, family, resilience, grief and acceptance set in the gorgeous outback of Australia then definitely pick this one up or read it again!

Hachette, July 1999
Ages: 10 - 13 years

RRP: $16.99 from


by Lesley Gibbes, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

In Book One of this hilarious and action-packed series for newly confident readers, you will meet Fizz - an aspiring dog detective!

Fizz is determined to go to the Police Dog Tryouts and prove that he can do the job. But he is the smallest, whitest, fluffiest dog in the long queue.

Fizz wants to be a police dog. He's brave, clever and super-fast, but Fizz doesn't look like a police dog. His family are show dogs and companion dogs, not working dogs. Fizz longs for adventure, and he's determined to try out at the Sunnyvale City Police Station. There, he is the smallest, fluffiest dog in the line-up, and he meets fierce Amadeus, who definitely wants to be top dog.

Paperback, 80 pages
Allen & Unwin Children, June 2016
Ages: 6 - 9 years

RRP: $12.99 at

by Ashley Howland

What happens when you discover your dog is really a super puppy? Maddy and Aijay always thought their yellow Labrador Obi was the best dog in the world. Now they know it is true.

Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist is the tale of his first adventure. Obi has just joined his new family only to discover a mysterious, evil red mist is lurking around his home. It can control toys, animals and now it's after Obi. What is controlling the mist? Can Obi and his friend put a stop to it before it's too late?

Maddy and Aijay listen to Obi's story and find out how he became a real super puppy.

Paperback, 114 pages
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 7 Dec 2015
Ages: 5 - 9 years

RRP: $14.88 at

by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

Biff and Buff love riding in the pockets of Mr Pockets very big coat. They love to have Mr Pockets all to themselves, but when a little lost kitten needs a home they might have to learn about sharing.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Scholastic Australia, 1st February 2016
Ages: 3 - 7 years

RRP: $24.99 at

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