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Dog Lovers - Book Club December 2016

Tails of Brisbane Photography Book composite shot with six dogs
Tails of Brisbane is a limited edition photography book featuring over 500 beautiful full colour images and is a must-have for any dog lover, especially if you live in and around sunny Brisbane! Or it may inspire you to pack up and move there!

by Charlotte Reeves

Book Cover of Tails of Brisbane photography book by Charlotte Reeves

Over 100 local dogs are showcased whilst out and about in this beautiful city, romping around off-leash doggy playgrounds, exploring trendy city and sprawling urban parks and gardens, visiting historic buildings and posing proudly in front of iconic structures.

The entire book was photographed by Charlotte Reeves, who shares snippets of the lives of her furry subjects as they explore over 70 locations together. 

Every book purchased supports local Brisbane pet rescue organisations, helping them continue the valuable work they do in the community, rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned or unwanted pets and finding them loving forever homes. Isn't that what Christmas should be all about?

RRP: $49.00

by Laura Greaves

Book Cover of Incredible Dog Journeys by Laura GreavesThe perfect read for dog lovers to take to the beach or laze by the pool, this book features 18 amazing true stories of dogs who found their way home. These determined dogs from around the world travelled vast distances and overcame unbelievable odds. 
Meet Bonnie, the Kelpie Blue Heeler cross, who led her owner to safety through one of the deadliest bushfires in Australia’s history; Penny, a Hungarian Vizsla, who was dognapped and found 3800 miles from where she was taken; and Inka, the friendly bull-mastiff cross, who made her way back to her owner after ten years, and just in time for Christmas.

From heartwarming tales of canine loyalty to mysterious cases of dogs turning up thousands of miles away, these are the incredible true stories of how sixteen remarkable dogs found their way home. 

Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia, 28th November 2016

RRP: $35.00 from

edited by Paddy O'Reilly

Book Cover of It Happened Off the Leash Affirm Press This instalment of the bestselling It Happened series, is a tribute to our loyal canine companions and all that they bring to our lives: from dogs who have saved lives or been saved, to dogs with extra-special talents or no talent at all, to dogs who do what they’re told and those who do exactly the opposite. 

These heart-warming, sweet and sometimes sad stories are completed with photos of the cheeky mutts who make us smile when we’re having a dog of a day. It Happened off the Leash pays homage to the best friends who enrich our lives and only ask for your leftover dinner and an occasional back scratch in return.

A portion of the profits of this book are being donated to PetRescue.

Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Affirm Press, 1st November 2016

RRP:$29.99 from

by Amy Luwis
Book Cover of For Dog's Sake by Amy Luwis

For Dog's Sake is a humorous yet absolutely essential book for dog owners. Why? Because every year thousands of dog owners unknowingly risk their dogs' lives -from accidental poisoning to household items to hot cars. 

From poisons to allergies to hidden dangers and emergency first aid, this is a comprehensive, whimsically illustrated and thoroughly entertaining dog safety book.

A gold mine of information packed with charts, infographics, and ridiculously cute art, For Dog's Sake is the dog owner's handbook that all dog lovers want and need. 

In addition to accidents and first aid, a bonus section on superfoods, recipes, and health secrets gives tips that help Fido thrive. Sidebars throughout include quotes from veterinarians on the most common accidents that come through their practices, suggestions for prevention, and more. This trustworthy (and adorable) source of life-saving information is easy to consult at a moment's notice. 

Paperback, 144 pages 
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 3rd May 2016

RRP: $24.99 at 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, which helps thousands of animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to millions of adopters per month—for free.

Book Club - Kids Corner

by Sandy Fussell, illustrated by Tull Suwannakit

Book Cover of Sad the Dog by Sandy FussellWhat does a little dog need to feel loved and cared for?
Mr and Mrs Cripps feed their dog, wash him, and even clean inside his ears but they don’t appreciate his many gifts, like his love of singing (“stop that yapping!”). They also fail to give him a name. So the dog names himself  "Sad". When the people move away and leave Sad behind, Sad is heartbroken.

But then a new family with a young boy arrives at Sad’s house in a big truck. Although Sad is initially frightened, it soon becomes clear that the boy is just the right person to make a dog’s life complete with playtime, treats, and a brand-new name: Lucky. 

Welcoming illustrations illuminate this joyful tale, which reminds young readers to appreciate themselves and the ones—human or otherwise—who depend on them.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia, 1st October 2015
Ages: 3-6 years old

RRP: $24.99 at

by Holly Maguire

Book Cover of Adopt-A-Dog by Holly Maguire What child hasn't gazed yearningly at doe-eyed Cocker Spaniels and bouncy little Terriers, dreaming of the day their parents finally consent to get them that longed-for puppy?

Adopt A Dog is a gorgeously illustrated book that outlines the characteristics of 35 different breeds and introduces kids to the responsibilities of grooming, feeding and caring for a dog. Warm, humorous and stylish, with five-colour printing and a durable, PVC cover wrap, this is the ultimate book in which to indulge puppy love. 

A foldout stickyscape at the back allows kids to position dogs inside a park, a salon and a home with reusable stickers. Apart from the fantastic message about responsible dog ownership, this will provide hours of entertainment during the school holidays!

Published: 1st November 2016
Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $21.99 from

by Sophie Pembroke

Book Cover of Claude's Christmas Adventures by Sophie Pembroke
Meet Claude. He's a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French Bulldog, who loves his humans – the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive to be precise. When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, ‘ferry', ‘chateau' and ‘France', Claude realises they won't be spending this Christmas at home. Only, when he finds himself on the street, as the family car pulls away, Claude realises he is ALONE. And more importantly, he is without all the yummy treats he knows the festive season brings…

Cue the start of Claude's Christmas Adventure. It all begins with a belly-flop through next door's catflap, where he finds newly single and craft-a-holic Holly, Jack the ex-army postman, his arch nemesis Perdita the cat … and serious amounts of gingerbread. Maple Drive's cutest resident is about to bring the street together for Christmas, in ways no-one could have imagined …

A heartwarming and uplifting tale, perfect for young dog lovers this Christmas.

Hardcover, 320 pages (also available as e-book)
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, 20th October 2016

RRP: $20.25 from

by Charles Dickens, Alex Goodwin, Tess Gammell

Book Cover of a Guinea Pig Oliver Twist Bloomsbury
As the first few pages and A5 format suggest, this is an abridged retelling of Dickens' classic, Oliver Twist, featuring guinea pigs photographed in front of teeny replicas of Victorian streets in gritty 19th-century London.

At only nine years old, Oliver Twist is transferred from an orphanage to a workhouse for adults. He is sold to an undertaker as an apprentice, and finally escapes to London, where he joins a gang of pickpocketing street urchins led by Fagin, an older criminal. Young Oliver isn't made for a life of crime, but the band of thieves won't let him live a straight and narrow life; when he attempts to leave, they kidnap him and drag him back into a life on the street. Forced to assist in a burglary, Oliver is shot and taken in by the victims of the crime, who recognise his true nature.

This compact little book is illustrated by dozens of photographs of guinea pig actors and actresses. A nice introduction to a classic of English literature for the littlies…

Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA, 4th October 2016

RRP: $16.99

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