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Dog Lovers Book Club - Christmas Special 2018

Welcome to the super-sized Christmas 2018 special edition of our Dog Lovers Book Club! If you are struggling for last minute gift ideas, we have a fantastic selection of new book releases for dog and animal lovers of all ages...

From Pets to Pandas, My Life in Animals 
by Jonathan Cranston

The Travelling Vet Book by Jonathan Cranston pictured with a Giraffe
Jonathan Cranston is no ordinary vet. In addition to his day job in the Oxfordshire countryside treating cows, dogs, pigs and cats, he's also worked with an astonishing range of species around the world, including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas. 

In this charming collection he introduces us to some of his favourite patients, ranging from beloved family pets through to magnificent creatures of the wild.

Whether microchipping armadillos, anaesthetising giraffes or advising the makers of the Jurassic World series on exactly how to operate on a velociraptor, Jonathan's love for his work and the entire animal kingdom is infectious. From the preposterous (castrating a sugar glider) to the poignant (encountering victims of rhino poaching), the stories in The Travelling Vet will delight and enthral every animal lover. 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia, 28th November 2018

RRP: $35.00 from

Incredible stories of life-saving dogs

by Laura Greaves

The Rescuers book by Laura Greaves showing a dog wearing an orange lifesaver jacket
Dogs are renowned for their loyalty, and those saved from animal shelters or rescue groups seem to be especially devoted to the humans who have offered them a second chance. In this extraordinary collection, meet the brave dogs that have shown incredible courage – even risking death – to protect their people.

There’s Leala, the Staffy who raced for help when her two-year-old owner fell in a dam; Buddy, the labrador who licked his owner awake to save her from a house fire; and Brian, the pit bull who valiantly fought off three other dogs to protect his owner.

From unforgettable moments of courage to heart-warming tales of true loyalty, these are the stories of some of the most heroic rescue dogs in the world.

Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, 3rd December 2018

RRP: $34.99 at

A working dog's life in the high country

by Corey Mosen

Ajax collie cross conservation dog staring at a kea bird, book by Corey Mosen
Together, Corey and Ajax travel through the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes. 

This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the steep back-country, including flying in helicopters, working in blizzards, heavy rain and dense fog, escaping from angry wasps and sleeping out in the bitter cold.

The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over.

Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia, 24th October 2018

RRP: $34.99 from

by Victoria Schade

A hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who's a master at managing her four-legged friends . . . but not so much her love life.

Life on the Leash book by Victoria Schade stylised cover
Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organisation. She's successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her rescue Pitbull as the main man in her life. But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she's ever had. The only problem? Charlie's taken. 
Luckily, Cora also has a new friend - the lovably geeky Eli Crawford. He's always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life.

That's why she's shocked to realise that, even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a spark between her and Eli, too. As Cora's life gets more tangled - and as she prepares to audition for a dog training TV show that may change her life - she has to figure it all out before everything goes straight to the dogs.

Charming, witty and warm – and featuring genuinely helpful information on looking after dogs by expert trainer Victoria Schade - Life on the Leash is the perfect romantic read this summer! 

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia, 1st December 2018 

RRP: $29.99 from

by Alex Cearns

For the love of Greyhounds book by Alex Cearns animal photographer from Houndstooth Studio
Gorgeous images and heart-warming true stories of adopted greyhounds that have found their forever homes.

This beautiful gift book celebrates the greyhounds who have won by finding happy homes with Australian families. These gentle giants are shown revelling in their new lives: whether romping with their new buddies, resting on the couch, or revealing their soft, squishy hearts as they relax with a posse of furry friends.

Alex Cearns is an award-winning animal photographer who lives in Perth, WA. 

Her previous books with Harper Collins are Zen Dogs (2016) and Perfect Imperfection (2018).

Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: ABC Books / Harper Collins Australia, 16th November 2018

RRP: $24.99 from

by Shutterfly

Some of the best parts in your life are those treasured memories with your dog. A custom photo book will help you capture those memories created with your unique style and preferences in mind and it makes a great gift for a dog lover!
Double page spread example of Custom Photo Dog Book by Shutterfly
Pick from the Make My Book Service in which a professional designer will create a book for you, Custom Path and customise every inch of your book, or Simple Path which provides you with templates and photo layouts that you can edit. 

It’s simple to make a photo book with Shutterfly as you're in complete control: you can add text, resize, and move photos (you can easily upload them from your phone and you can choose from seven book sizes! 
Shutterfly Custom Photo Dog Book pages showing a dog's birthday party
This is a perfect way to document your life with your dog — all of your favorite hikes, snuggle sessions, and birthdays together. Don’t let those pictures just sit in your camera roll, show off your favorite moments with your pup!

Paperback or Hardback, 20+ pages

RRP: from $22.56 available online from Shutterfly 

by Erin King Photographer

Longing for Love book cover Erin Photographer stories of Melbourne rescue dogs
The second edition in this fundraising series Melbourne dog photo books, it is a book about love - the precious love that we get from dogs as our pets and the love we can offer them in return. 

With an all new design and new locations it's just as much a collectors’ item to take pride of place on your coffee table as the first book. 

The book tells the heartwarming and inspirational stories of Melbourne rescue dogs, in celebration of their new lives, with beautiful and uplifting photography. 
Pages showing Melbourne rescue dogs in Erin King's book Longing for Love
The dogs are all photographed on location at some of Melbourne's most iconic dog-friendly locations. This fundraising project helps raise awareness and money for three animal rescue groups Puppytales Rescue and Rehoming IncGreyhound Rescue Victoria and Melbourne Animal Rescue.

RRP: $145 + p&p (discounts for multiples) at

Please note: 10% will be donated to rescue groups, books shipping from early December.


by Steven Butler, James Patterson, illustrated by Richard Watson

Dog Diaries Happy Howlidays book by Steven Butler and James Patterson
This follow-up to the hilarious illustrated novel Dog Diaries, features Rafe Khatchadorian's pet pooch, Junior so we'll let him introduce his own adventures!

Hello, my furless friend! Are you ready for a festive adventure? 

Join me, Junior Catch-A-Doggy-Bone, and my doggy pals on the poochiest, most barktastic journey through the Howliday Season.  
We’ll learn all about Fangs Giving, Crisp-Mouth and the mysterious Saint Lick. 

Find out why people called Carol come and sing outside the front door.  And why trees suddenly appear inside your kennel!

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, 3rd December 2018

RRP: $14.99 from

by Greg Ray, illustrated by Jenny Miller

Why Dogs Don't Bark at Santa illustrated children's book by Greg Ray and Jenny Miller
Created in Tasmania, this beautiful hardcover children’s book is a captivating story about ten little Christmas puppies who become lost in an Arctic storm while waiting for Christmas night to arrive when Santa was to deliver them as special presents to children in all parts of the world.

However, as Christmas drew near, the storm grew worse, and Santa feared the little puppies would never be found. It was Rudolph the red nose reindeer who saved the day.

RRP: $25.00 (includes free postage in Australia) at 

Please note: you can send this book as a gift (wrapped in a uniquely designed Why Dogs wrapping paper) for just $10 extra. 

by Katrina Nannestad

The Girl The Dog and The Writer in Provence book by Katrina Nannestad
When Freja and Tobias arrive in Claviers, Provence, it feels like home. The hilltop village is surrounded by olive groves, lavender fields and drifts of red poppies. The market square hides a world-famous p√Ętisserie and an antique merry-go-round. Pippin, their precocious young neighbour, and Vivi, the beautiful chef, fill their lives with chatter and laughter and love.

For a moment, the girl, the dog and the writer are happy.

But a spate of criminal activity casts a cloud over the village. Freja is determined to solve the mystery and uncover the villain, but the closer she gets, the more impossible things seem to become ...

Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad is back with the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome.

Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: ABC Books Australia, 22nd October 2018
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $16.99 from

by Eoin Colfer, P. J. Lynch

The Dog who lost his bark book by Eoin Colfer and PJ LynchA warm, uplifting story for young readers about a boy and his dog and the power of music to heal; a first-time collaboration from two Irish Children's Laureates.

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember - and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever. In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people.

Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy - his boy. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to bark again ... 

Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, 1st November 2018

RRP: $19.99 from


by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mike Byrne 

The Dogs that Saved Christmas book cover by Nicola Davies and Mike Byrne
A heart-warming tale of one boy and the dog that changes his life, from award-winning author Nicola Davies. 

Jake is different from the other kids at school. He struggles when routines change and people's emotions are so hard to understand. Christmas can be even worse and often the festivities are just too much to bear. But when Jake finds a little dog lost in the street he unlocks a connection he's never had before.

Together Jake and Susan form a special bond that helps him to understand the world around him, changing his life for the better. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd, 24 October 2018

RRP: $11.99 from

The Most Amazing Animals In The World

by Guinness World Records

Okay, so there are no dogs in this book apart of a ‘dogfish’ but we still think this is a fantastic Christmas idea for young animal lovers as it is jam-packed with educational facts!
Guinness World Records Book Wild Things The Most Amazing Animals in the World
Whether it's the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, the deadliest or just the downright weirdest, Guinness World Records: Wild Things turns the spotlight on the best of the beasts! 

From gentle giants to killer bugs, powerful predators to cunning prey, and backyard wildlife to species on the brink, the animal kingdom is crawling with record-breakers. Wild Things is your ultimate guide to nature's super-star animals.

You'll also hear from zoology experts and some of the biggest conservation stars including Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jane Goodall, the Irwin family and Deadly 60's Steve Backshall. They share their standout wildlife experiences and favourite record-breaking animals, as well as top tips for anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Ready to find out where the real wild things are - and the records that they hold? Then it's time to unleash the wildest GWR book yet!

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited, 13th November 2018 

RRP: $22.99 from 

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