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Dog Lovers Book Club - July 2018

Nothing beats curling up in front of the fire with a great book and our dogs on a cold winter's day! Time to grab a cuppa and enjoy this latest selection of our Dog Lovers Book Club.

by Guy Hull

Hunter. Worker. Legend. The untold story of the dog's role in building our nation. 

The Dogs That Made Australia pays tribute to the dogs that gave their all for our prosperity: the fearless hounds that saved fledgling colonies from famine; the courageous Heelers and tireless Collies that powered the rise of beef and wool; the tough little home-grown terriers that protected the homestead and garden; and the extraordinary police dogs, ahead of their time, loved by the nation. The selfless exploits of our heroic dogs are writ indelibly in our nation's heritage and identity. 

This vivid and meticulously researched history of Australia is told from the perspectives of the Dingo and of the dogs that were imported and developed here, as well as the humans who loved, feared and worked them.

Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia, 18th June 2018

RRP: $32.99 from

A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail
by Debbie Clarke Moderow

At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs. 

Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky Huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond.

The first failed attempt crushed Moderow’s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again to Nome, pushing through injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevailed. Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt - and soldiers on.

Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Red Hen Press, 5th June 2018

RRP: $33.95 from 

The Original Tail

by Ion Idriess

This is true story of Horrie the Wog-Dog who was adopted by the Australian Signal Platoon of the M/G Battalion, in spite of all rules against keeping pets.

It related how Horrie not only won his stripes as a valuable addition to the group but had the further distinction of being smuggled into Australia on their return. The Wog-Dog was sneaked into Greece, went through the evacuation, carried messages and also proved a dependable warning against air attacks. 

He went to Syria and Palestine, he suffered cold and sickness, he fell in love with Ishmi, he was bombed off his ship and he never once was found during all necessary cover-up travelling.  This is the story of a fair dinkum Aussie that will appeal to all dog lovers. A great Father's Day present idea! 

Paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: ETT Imprint, 1st July 2017

RRP: $29.95 from

by Kathie Gregory

Using established and cutting-edge psychotherapies, Free Will Teaching™ offers a perspective that will change your approach to teaching your dog. Force-free, and embracing each dog’s right to free will, both you and your dog will achieve great success. 

Owning a puppy is an exciting and rewarding experience. Understanding why your puppy does what he does, and what influences his behaviour, is key to a harmonious life together, and essential for avoiding the many problems and issues that crop up along the way.

Charting the first 18 months of Wolfie's life, from when he arrived with Kathie Gregory’s family at nine weeks of age, this book looks in detail at the mind and behaviour of a puppy, and how he develops as he becomes an adult dog. It also examines how dogs think, what they do, how they learn, form responses; their likes, dislikes, development stages and hormones, and how all of these influence a dog’s personality and development.

Language, cognitive ability, and emotional awareness are key aspects of FWT, resulting in fantastic achievements. Whether for your own dog or on a professional basis, this detailed account of how to use Free Will Teaching™ as a way of life to teach and guide every dog, takes today’s dog training into the future.

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, 26th April 2018

Price: $29.80 from

by Sophie Lainson

Tail Wagger Talk was written by Sophie Lainson in 2017 whilst she was still in Grade 5, as part of a school project. She chose the topic of ‘Communicating with deaf dogs through sign language’ and presented her research in a short ‘How To’ guide. 

Tail Wagger Talk is a step by step guide to teaching deaf dogs modified Auslan signs (Australian Sign Language). The book includes images, instructions, tips and tricks on how to train and communicate with a deaf dog.

All profits from the sale of this book go directly to Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue. This charity rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes deaf and special needs dogs in ‘tough unfortunate times’ (Sophie Lainson).

RRP: $20 (+ postage) on Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue Facebook page.


by Dianne Wolfer 

A tiny dog, the runt of the litter, is born on a remote cattle station. She shouldn’t have survived, but when Elsie finds, names and loves her, the pup becomes a cherished companion. Life is perfect … until War arrives.

With Japanese air raids moving closer, Elsie’s family leaves the Pilbara for the south and safety. But the small dog has to stay behind. After travelling far from home with drovers and a flying doctor, she becomes a hospital dog and experiences the impact of war on north-western Australia. She witnesses wonderful and terrible things and gives courage to many different humans. 

But through all her adventures and many names, the little dog remembers Elsie, who girl who loved her best of all. Will she ever find her again?

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Australia Children's, 2nd July 2018

RRP: $16.99 at

by Greg Ray, illustrated by Jenny Miller

This delightful book series for children is the result of a collaboration between former journalist and communications specialist Greg Ray and Illustrator Jenny Miller who both live in Tasmania with five titles currently released. 

Long, long ago, two cunning cats decided to steal a special gift that was given to dogs to help them in their role as mans’ best friend. The special gift had super powers the cats wanted as their own. So, they decided to steal the gift by playing a very clever trick on the dogs. Ever since, dogs have been chasing cats to try to get back what is rightfully theirs. 

RRP: $25.00 (includes FREE postage) at 

by Jay & Daniel Gordon, illustrated by Erin Forsyth 

The Long Trip Home is a children’s book that will be magically tailored to your child and their favourite pet. 

The story follows your dog (or cat!) on an adventure through town to find their way back to your child (or adult friend). The colourful, quirky art is lovingly hand drawn, infusing the book with hours of wonder for children and amusement for modern parents alike.

Every copy of The Long Trip Home is personalised by Brisbane brothers Jay and Daniel Gordon who conceptualised this idea for their own children.

Soft Cover, 28 pages
For Ages: 1-8 years old

RRP: $39.95 (free shipping worldwide) at  

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