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Dog Lovers Book Club - August 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy our latest Book Club selection with the inspirational bio of a Cocker Spaniel firefighter, a photographic celebration of dogs enjoying themselves, a guide to help you plan your dog-friendly holidays on the East Coast plus some illustrated children's books for the younger dog lovers.

by Paul Osborne 

Meet Sherlock, the bravest dog on watch, keeping the streets of London safe, day and night. When firefighter Paul was offered the chance to work with a young energetic Cocker Spaniel as part of the Fire Investigation Dog unit, he knew that this was going to be something special. Enter Sherlock, a furry ball of power-packed chaos.

But this dog is like no other. He is the pride of the Fire Brigade. One of the most talented and extraordinary dogs the fire brigade has ever trained.

Paul instantly knew they would be a force to be reckoned with. Forming an unbreakable bond, Paul and Sherlock have investigated hundreds of the most dangerous fire scenes, and with Sherlock's nose for identifying causes of fire, have kept London safe. This the incredible true story of London Fire Brigade's top dog on the watch.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone, 3rd May 2018

RRP: $32.99

by Cheryl Murphy

There are many books that celebrate our canine friends, but few so colourfully and evocatively demonstrate the sheer enjoyment they experience from being a dog.

The photographs in Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun! are not about the bond between us and our canine companions, the results of dog training, or the ever-expanding canine wardrobe. Rather, the focus is on how dogs behave when they are freed from everyday constraints and can indulge their natural instincts.

The unsung heroes here are the owners, who, after ensuring that their beloved best friend would be safe, let him or her run free to interact with others for the photoshoot. The resultant images showcase pure doggie delight – as the expressions on the dogs’ faces demonstrate!

Whether chasing balls or other dogs, mud-bathing, swimming, or rolling, this is a joyous celebration of dogs simply enjoying themselves!

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Hubble and Hattie, 31st May 2018

RRP: $38.99 at

by Carla Francis 

Travelling with your beloved dog (or cat, bird, horse)? Independently researched and collated, this newly updated fourth edition explores the best pet-friendly accommodation  between Melbourne and Cairns - from 5-star hotels to campgrounds

Every entry includes a brief, unbiased opinion plus details regarding price and which pets are welcome. Now also featuring dog-friendly cafes, pubs and wineries, so you can enjoy family outings with your beloved furry friends.

In collating this invaluable resource for pet owners, no advertising was accepted, and only the author’s choice of the best accommodation has been included. The book also features great dog-friendly beaches and parks to be found along the way. 

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Woodslane Pty Limited, 20th July 2018

RRP: $29.95 from

by Kristin Morrison

Have you wondered what it takes to start and run a pet sitting and dog walking business or how to make your current pet business more profitable? Whether you are considering starting a new pet care business or already have a pet business and you'd like to take it to the next level, this book will empower you to confidently start or expand your pet sitting and dog walking business in just 30 days. 

Filled with insights gained over a successful career as a pet sitting and dog walking business owner and pet business coach, the book follows an easy-to-use sequence of actions you need to take to launch or improve your existing business. You'll also discover the best way to identify your ideal customer, how to find and keep clients through empowered marketing strategies, and action steps to increase your profits year after year. 

Paperback, 334 pages 
Publisher: Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy, 22nd July 2018

RRP: $62.95 from   


by Aidan Cassie

Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free "shipping to homes around the world," he is determined to become the most terrific fork ever! For what home doesn't need flatware?

Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert family's front door. He is not, however, what they ordered. . . . But he may be exactly what they need. Here is a humorous, heart-tugging picture book about finding a family who wants you just as you are.

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc., 10th July 2018
For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $26.99 from

by Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Eric Comstock 

It’s puppy primping time! Watson the dog has an appointment at the Dirty Dog Salon at 4:15pm - but no one can find him! Follow the clock as time runs out to find Watson the Dog in this third Charlie Piechart mystery. 

Spotting clues, from pink nail polish to cookie crumbs, Charlie and his pal Lewis are determined to get Watson to the groomers for his shampoo and haircut. Can they race against the clock and find him with enough time to make it on time?

Complete with visual sidebars that illustrate the elapsing and remaining time, the third picture book mystery in the Charlie Piechart series is the perfect addition to any K-2 classroom or at-home library. Young math enthusiasts and time-keepers will adore this actioned-packed treat!

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins, 31st July 2018
For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $34.99 from 

by Madeleine L'Engle, illustrated by Christine Davenier

Reissued in hardcover to coincide with the movie release of A Wrinkle in Time, here is a true tale of dog-meets-baby from Newbery Medal-winning author Madeleine L'Engle

Based on Madeleine L'Engle's own Poodle's experience coping with a new baby in the house, this sprightly picture book presents a familiar domestic drama with an utterly charming new twist. Tongue-in-cheek wit, endearing illustrations, and a revealing author's note make this a publishing event to celebrate!

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 1st May 2018
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

RRP: $29.99 from

One Dog's Journey to His Forever Home
by Elizabeth Baker

I had never felt so much pain and sadness in my life!
Everything that had ever make me happy was gone.
Toby, Jill, my home and now here I was in a cage in a dark truck. Oh, WHY was this happening?!

This book, written from the dog’s perspective, is the heart-rending story of his abandonment and journey to his forever home. Young readers will learn that dogs feel pain, fear, confusion and sadness, just as we do, and will realise the importance of responsible, loving dog ownership. 

Paperback, 28 pages
Publisher: Archway
13th February 2018

RRP: $27.95 from 

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