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Dog Lovers Book Club - September 2018

The September 2018 Dog Lovers Book Club is out with a selection of the latest book releases for dog lovers of all ages. Whether you're fascinated by dog behaviour and want to understand how the canine mind works, are involved with rescuing or fostering dogs, love reading other dog owners' personal stories or are looking for an educational book for the kids, there's something here for everyone!

by Dr Bruce Fogle

What is your dog really thinking? How do dogs see the world about them? How do they hear, learn and relate to their owners? Why do they suffer from stress and anxiety, and how can we help them cope? 

The Dog's Mind is the answer to all your questions on how the canine mind works. Engaging, entertaining and essential, this book is not only the key text of many dog behaviour diploma and degree courses, but also a joyful and insightful read for any dog owner. 

Combining almost 50 years of practical experience as a veterinarian with an extensive understanding of the relevant research, Dr Bruce Fogle has written the definitive book for anyone who wants to understand their dog.

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, 22nd August 2018

RRP: $25.50 from 

by Cara Sue Achterberg 

When Cara felt her teenage children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs - lots of them! -and so her foster journey began. 

In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day's notice; a heartworm positive dog; a deeply traumatised stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara's on the way to their forever homes.

What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn't just one that could fill the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence - she could save dozens along the way.

When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many lovable pups, Cara says, "If I don't give this one away, I can't possibly save another." Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will you on an journey of smiles, laughs, and tears - and lead you to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help. 

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pegasus Books, 7th August 2018

RRP: $36.95 from 

The canines behind the art

by Stephanie Cowburn

Some people own a dog, whilst others are owned by their dogs – but either way the relationship between each is unique and special. 

Dogs come into our lives, bringing with them a level of devotion never before experienced. They make us laugh at their antics and funny ways, and when they leave us after a life-too-short, they break our hearts and leave our homes empty and echoing. 

This collection of very personal stories, photographs and illustrations will make you laugh and cry. The stories are based on real dogs, which have been lovingly recreated by Stephanie as handmade felt models. It's a book that will appeal to both creative felt-makers and dog lovers alike.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie - Veloce Publishing Ltd, 28th August 2018

RRP: $38.99 from

Screenplay by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson displays his unique wit and playful visual sense in an action-filled saga of Samurai dogs.

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. 

There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Faber and Faber, 21st August 2018

RRP: $29.99 from


A Dog In King Arthur’s Court 
by Audrey Mackaman 

In Camelot, King Arthur’s dog encounters a world of danger and magic… Follow Cavall as he embarks on a quest that will put the unbreakable bond between a dog and his person to the ultimate test. 
When Cavall and his older brother, Glessic, leave the comfort of their simple barn to join the lavish court of Camelot, Cavall wants nothing more than to prove he’s a good dog to the great knights and dogs of the castle—especially to King Arthur. But Gless says only the best dogs are worthy of greatness, and Cavall has never been as strong, brave, or fast as his brother. 

Meanwhile, malevolent forces lurk in Camelot, and Cavall must figure out how to protect his person. To make matters worse, Arthur’s mysterious nightmares are threatening to shake his grip on reality and undermine his authority as king. To fight back against the dangers of the dream world, Cavall will need help from some loyal hounds and the enchanting, sometimes frightening creatures who call themselves the fay.

In this captivating debut from Audrey Mackaman, Cavall will have to prove not only that he can be a good dog for his person, but that he is capable of a greatness all his own.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 21st August 2018
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $34.99 from 

A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival Tale 

by Jane Paley 

He's endearing. He's funny. He's a survivor. In this moving tale of adventure and triumph based on a true story, meet Hooper, the tenacious puppy who makes an incredible journey in search of home. 

Here comes Hooper, one plucky, spunky dog whose warm spirit and goofy personality are irresistible. Hooper tells his own dramatic rescue tale after being left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and taking a daring trip from New Orleans to New York to meet his new family. 

He tells of the terrifying force of Katrina, his trials in the shelter, and being the new dog on the block in a city far from home. As Hooper struggles to find his place, he learns to overcome his fear of water and faces down feisty squirrels as well as the resident bully and top dog in his new neighborhood. 

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 3rd July 2018

For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $16.99 from 

by Lisa Papp

A beautiful, reassuring, story for all those struggling to read. 

Madeline Finn does not like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream van. Fortunately, Madeline meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading aloud to Bonnie isn’t so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow, to keep trying, and to get support from a friend.

American author and illustrator Lisa Papp was inspired by her local library’s “Read-to-Dogs” program. “These former shelter dogs are now spending their lives helping children. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” Most of the dogs featured in the book were once living a life on the streets or in shelters. Lisa spent the better part of a year following these wonderful dogs and their dedicated owners.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Old Barn Books Ltd, 1st August 2018
Audience: Primary / High School

RRP: $16.99 from

by Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora's delightful introduction to the joys of having a dog stars a diverse ensemble of adorable kids and their beloved canine friends.

Dogs are amazing! Dogs are a lot of work! And here is the perfect book to help a child understand what is involved in living with one. 

Lively illustrations show a variety of children learning what makes their dog tick, as they train them, care for them, and play with them. But most of all, it celebrates the fact that dogs are truly awesome companions - who are always happy to see you, and who can even sing, laugh and dream with you!

Rachel Isadora's love for our canine friends shines through on every page, as she shares some of the best - and most exasperating! - things about having a dog.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc, 21st August 2018
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old

RRP: $27.99 from  

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