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Dog Lovers Book Club - January 2019

The January 2019 Dog Lovers Book Club is out with a selection of ten new book releases for dog lovers of all ages! Whether you're looking for an easy read by the pool or at the beach or need inspiration to kick off your year, we hope you'll find something of interest!

by W. Bruce Cameron

From the author of the beloved bestseller and major Hollywood movie A Dog's Purpose, comes this charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. 

Lucas Ray is shocked when, while attempting to rescue stray cats from an abandoned building slated for demolition, an adorable puppy jumps out of a crawl space and into his arms. Even though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. 

As it becomes more difficult to hide her rapidly growing presence from neighbours, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the veteran's hospital where he works. There, the happy-go-lucky dog naturally brings joy and comfort where it is needed most. 

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control for being a pit bull, a breed banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and Lucas, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home. A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog's Way Home is a fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart.

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Pan Macmillan Australia, 11th December 2018

RRP: $17.99 from 

The Rescue Dog that Rescued Me - A Foster Tails Story
by Barby Keel

A starved and neglected dog on the brink of death, and the love and kindness of the woman who gave him the chance of a new life.

Late one night, as she checks on the animals in her care before bed, the peaceful silence surrounding Barby Keel's animal sanctuary is shattered by the sound of a van screeching into the driveway before roaring off into the distance.

Hurrying to the front of the sanctuary, Barby is horrified by the sight that greets her. In her many years caring for neglected and mistreated animals, Barby has seen the worst of what people can do to the creatures in their care, but the sight of the dog in front of her shocks her to her core.

As her torch beam sweeps the trembling body of the greyhound that has been dumped on her doorstep, she can see every rib and every bone through the patches of matted hair. Badly beaten, it's clear that the dog is only hours from death.

A year into her second cancer diagnosis, Barby puts all thoughts of her own health aside as she throws herself into caring for the Greyhound, whom she names Bailey. Can Barby save Bailey's life? And who will care for the animals at the sanctuary if Barby doesn't survive her second cancer diagnosis.

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co, 27th December 2018

RRP: $22.99 at

Your Dog’s First Year

by Dr Rachele M. Lowe

Thinking of buying or adopting a new dog, where do you start?

Firstly, you need to know what pet will suit you and your family.This guide gives you step by step advice on where to find a good breeder, what to expect from your vet, puppy proofing your home and how to maintain a happy healthy dog. There's also a Q&A section with a list of 100 of the best dog breeds.

This is the ultimate guide to starting your journey with a new fur friend.

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 3rd December 2018

RRP: $19.99

A Talking Dogs Scentwork Manual

by Pam Mackinnon

Turn your dog’s favourite pastime into your favourite hobby and have fun together!

As a drug detector dog handler with HM Customs & Excise, Pam Mackinnon searched all over the UK, from oil rigs to cruise ships, postal depots to airports, and vehicles to houses. Combining her detection skills with her work as a dog training and behaviour consultant, Pam developed the UK's most successful scentwork training programme that teaches all dogs to become detector dogs.

Pam takes you through each stage of scentwork, beginning with introducing your dog to a specific scent, through starter searches, and on to advanced work, indoors and out. Aided by illustrations and full colour photographs of many different breeds at work, this manual will open up a whole new world of activities that you and your dog can enjoy together at home. We can’t wait to get started!

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie UK, 15th April 2017

RRP: $38.99 at

by Cheryl Smith

Do you need some inspiration to create your own sensory garden for your dog's mental enrichment?

People love their dogs. They also love their gardens. But sometimes these two passions seem to be in conflict. Let Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs show you how to design your garden with your dog in mind and be your guide to dog-friendly landscaping and training efforts.

Every part of this book shows you how garden design and traditional gardening tasks can blend harmoniously with dog ownership. 

Not just one more dog training book. Just like a dog can be trained to respect your indoor living space, so too can she be trained to respect the garden and its many features. 

Learn how the breed of dog (or mix of breeds) can affect garden behaviour. Find out how boundary training, creative use of outdoor equipment and directed digging and elimination can prevent problems before they occur. The author suggests materials that work well with dogs as well as plant selections that can withstand even the most energetic canine. 

E-book, 191 pages
Publisher: Dogwise Ebooks, 2004

Special Price: $5.00 at


by Belinda Murrell

Life can be hard when you’re crammed into a tiny caravan with your noisy family. Pippa’s looking forward to moving into their new home above the Beach Shack Cafe, but it’s taking forever! Money is tight, too, and Pippa has her eye on a gorgeous new swimming costume. 

Luckily, Pippa has her Sassy Sisters to help. Together they come up with a plan to make some cash: Pippa’s Perfect Pooch Pampering! Before long, Pippa has her hands full with adorable but pesky pups.
What could possibly go wrong?

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia, 3rd December 2018

RRP: $14.99 from

by Ross Welford

The astounding new novel from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster, this is a story for everyone of ten and older who loves adventure, laughs and tears. 

When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future.

But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie's beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that's only the start of her troubles.

Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity … without actually leaving the room.

An extraordinary quest with the biggest stakes of all, and a huge idea at its heart, this is time travel – but not as you know it.

Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 17th December 2018
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $14.99 from

by Claire Garth

The Amazing Adventures of Grover McBane, Rescue Dog brings together the five classic stories about this inspirational dog into one book for the first time!
✔️ Grover Finds a Home (shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize 2017) 
✔️ Grover's New Friends  
✔️ Grover, Benji and Nanna Jean
✔️ Grover, Stretch and the Broken Leg
✔️ Grover and Squeak's Farm Adventure 

The Grover McBane series proudly supports the work of the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

Paperback, 472 pages 
Publisher: Black Inc.3rd December 2018

RRP: $24.99 from

A New Family Member

by Janet DiLeo Wade

Most people love dogs. And luckily, most dogs love people. But sometimes that love can cause problems.

In her book Corky the Wander Dog: A New Family Member, author Janet DiLeo Wade shares stories of her family's dog, Corky. He immediately makes himself at home, not only at his new house, but all over the neighborhood. Before long, he's a fixture here, there, and everywhere. Wander with Corky through his many adventures in his New Orleans neighborhood. 

His fun-loving spirit and friendliness get him into a bit of trouble before he learns there's no place like home!

Format: Paperback. 24 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, 22nd November 2018
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old

RRP: $33.99 from

100 DOGS
by Michael Whaite

100 dogs in one perfect picture book! This hilarious rhyming read-aloud (doggy) treat is a celebration of all things canine, jam-packed with funny, furry friends.
Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone . . .

Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book? Follow the bouncy rhyme as it weaves its way through an array of hilarious hounds (from petted pugs to silly sausage dogs) and find out . . .

This silly celebration of dogs is bursting with funny details to spot and crazy, characterful dogs to fall in love with.

Note: this book is causing a huge divide because it shows the very negative image of a Bull Terrier being scary. However it could be used for a discussion at home or in the classroom to educate children about not judging dogs (and people) by their looks only ...

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, 15th October 2018

RRP: $14.99 from

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