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Dog Lovers Book Club - October 2018

The October 2018 selection of the Dog Lovers Book Club is out with some great reads to relax during these school holidays or look forward to for the summer holidays!

Life Through the Eyes of a Dog

by Danielle Corrie 

Whisked away without warning and left in a stranger’s garden, Teida finds herself in the home of a woman who has never had a dog before and who leaves Teida alone all day to work long hours. Frightened after a robbery, Annie is unsure if she can open her heart to a pet that depends on her. Lonely and full of confusion, Teida wonders if she will ever have a family who loves her. Neither of them has any idea that this is the beginning of a lifelong connection.

With Annie, Teida finds a home and a family, and together they experience good times and bad as they learn about love and friendship, spirituality and life and death. Many friends help Teida as she tries to understand the world around her, until in the end she is able to teach the humans a thing or two.

From an energetic young dog with a heart full of love, Teida grows to give comfort to all those around her and to discover many things about the nature of the universe. With the unconditional love of Teida, Annie is able to open up to others and to feel the joy of taking care of an animal companion. During the illness of a close friend, they come together to support each other through crisis and sorrow.

A touching tale about connections of the soul between animals and humans, Teida’s Story explores relationships, loss, grief, excitement and pure joy from the perspective of one very special dog.

Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers Australia, 3rd September 2018

RRP: $19.99 available from all good bookstores and online from Booktopia 

The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home
by Mikael Lindnord

The epic true story of one man, a dog, and how they found each other.

When you're racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that's exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon.

When the team left the next day, the dog followed. Try as they might, they couldn't lose him—and soon Mikael realized that he didn't want to. Crossing rivers, battling illness and injury, and struggling through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, the team and the dog walked together toward the finish line, where Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring him back to his family in Sweden, whatever it took. 

In compelling prose, illustrated with candid photographs, Arthur provides a testament to the amazing bond between dogs and people. 

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Greystones Books, 4th September 2018 

RRP: $33.95 from

The Life and Times of a Barge Beagle 

by Alison Alderton 

Amidst a crisis, Alison feels life's not worth living, but Buster, a Beagle puppy, will change everything... 

Acquiring Lily, a Dutch barge, Alison and her husband, Roger, head for the calmness of the inland waterways. Boating with Buster, they learn plenty about boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats! 

Redundancy triggers a move to Ireland where the characters are larger-than-life, and the lakes so huge they are known as inland seas. They become custodians of a historical property, partake in milestone boating events, and go ice-breaking in the coldest winter for fifty years. A move to Europe seems to be the chance of a lifetime, but tragedy strikes when Buster develops a debilitating illness. 

Watching the world go by aboard Lily aids Buster's recuperation, as they travel through the Netherlands and Germany: spending long summer days on the Mecklenburg Lakes and winter in the former Eastern bloc. Finally, they cross the Baltic Sea to enter Danish waters.

Buster's story flows through the waterways of Europe in this colourfully portrayed, moving book of canine companionship. Boating with Buster is a charming memoir that readers who enjoy animal stories, travel and boating will delight in. 

Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing, 28th September 2018

RRP: $59.99 (Special Price $39.25) at 

Please Note: for each book sale, a donation will be made to Beagle Welfare UK at

The Story of Corporal Horrie

by James Bell Moody 

James Moody of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion found an Egyptian dog in 1940, who became Horrie, the Battalion's mascot. 

He wrote it first as a simple tale, augmented by his own photographs of Horrie and his mates in action in Greece, Crete and Palestine. This was sent to Ion Idriess, who developed the book with a series of questions, to finally develop the classic tale of man's best friend: Horrie the Wog Dog (ETT Imprint 2017)

Published here for the first time is Moody's original tale, and extended response to Idriess' questions, which gives a much stronger picture of members of the Battalion itself, the Rebels, written and lived in than Australian larrikin manner. Introduced by Tom Thompson, it also includes many pictures of Horrie in action, never before published.

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: ETT Imprint, 1st October 2018 

RRP: $30.00 from 



by Greg van Eekhout

This edge-of-your-seat action-packed story is Homeward Bound but set in space!

SOS. Ship damaged. Human crew missing.
We are the dogs. We are alone.

Lopside is a Barkonaut—a specially trained dog who assists human astronauts on missions in space. He and the crew aboard the spaceship Laika are en route to set up an outpost on a distant planet.

When the mission takes a disastrous turn, the Barkonauts on board suddenly find themselves completely alone on their severely damaged ship. Survival seems impossible. But these dogs are Barkonauts—and Barkonauts always complete their mission.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 4th September 2018
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $26.25 from

Dozens Of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas For Dog People

by Gemma Correll

Doodled Dogs is packed with creative prompts, fun canine facts, and step-by-step doodling projects for the dog-lover in you—the perfect book for on-the-go artists.

In Doodled Dogs, beloved artist and illustrator Gemma Correll provides inspiration and ideas for doodling a variety of different dog breeds in a fun, quirky style. From a Yorkshire Terrier and Gemma’s signature Pug to a Greyhound and Standard Poodle, doodle enthusiasts will learn to draw and doodle all their favourite canine companions, in addition to anthropomorphic dogs, canines in costumes, and even dogs in hats! 

A bonus project demonstrates how to create your own dog-doodled mug. This compact hardcover book makes the perfect gift for on-the-go creative types and dog lovers alike.

Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing, 29th August 2018
For Ages: 10+ years old

RRP: $19.99 from


by Catherine Pickles, Chantal Bourgonje (Illustrator)

This beautifully illustrated book for children tells the story of a child and a dog going for a walk, told from the dog’s point of view in an easy-reading rhythmical style. 

As explained by Worzel, an enormous Lurcher with ‘issues,’ new experiences can be very scary for him, although he really, really does want to go on exciting walks. The original and engaging illustrations will delight children and adults, as well as educate, showing them the secret language of dogs, and will help children learn how to walk dogs in a safe and responsible way. 

The information presented in this book is endorsed by dog trainers, parents and teachers alike, and would be an essential addition to every classroom, library and children’s bookshelf.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Hubble and Hattie, Veloce Publishing Ltd, 27th September 2018
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

RRP: $20.99 at

Where’s Ayla’s Duck?

by Emma McPherson from Muddy Pawz

Ayla is a cheeky fox red Labrador who loves to play, go on a search with her and have a pawsome day!

Ayla uses her nose to find what is lost and today it’s her duck, have a look and see if you can find it, I wish you such luck! Don’t worry if you can’t see the duck.

Ayla is here to help you find it in this interactive iBook! Just press FIND IT and watch the book come to life as Ayla uses her nose to sniff out her duck in a fun video.

E-book, 18 pages
For Ages: 3-5 years old but anyone that loves to see a dog use its nose to find things will enjoy this E-book.

RRP: $2.99, available on iPad, iPhone and Mac via the Apple itunes store.  

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