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Dog Lovers Book Club - May 2019

The first cold snap means it's the perfect time of year to snuggle up to our furry best friend with a great dog book. 

Just in time for Mother's Day 2019, here are our personal favourites of the latest book releases.

How to Be a Dog's Best Friend

by Melissa Starling, Paul McGreevy

Your dog is trying to tell you something—are you listening?

“Why does my dog do that?” It’s a question every dog owner has asked—whether their best friend is growling at an unseen foe, or rolling in an objectionable scent. Now, world-leading canine experts and fellow dog lovers Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy are here with all the answers:

o How dogs use body language to communicate (with both people and other dogs)
o What motivates dogs (and what doesn’t)
o Rules for canine contentment (for example, most dogs don’t enjoy hugging)
o Subtle signs of discomfort, stress, and fear (like lip licking)
o And even how to choose the furry companion that’s right for you.

In Making Dogs Happy, you’ll learn to see the world as your dog does— full of goals to pursue, resources to guard, and stressors to avoid. Using that knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate with (and train) your dog so that they’re the happiest hound on the block. Decode your dog’s emotions and behaviors—and be the best dog parent you can be.

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Expertelligence, 2nd April 2019

Price: $27.75 from

36 Paw-Some Canine Crafts
by Kat Roberts

Get your DIY on with these 36 fun dog-themed projects for you and your pet.

From a cute Pomeranian mug to a bone-shaped welcome mat, this companion to Crafting for Cat Ladies features 36 charming projects for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. 

There are irresistibly adorable items to decorate your home, accessorise your outfits, entertain guests, and of course pamper your pooch. And they're all easy to make, thanks to plenty of step-by-step photos, templates, and beginner-friendly crafting techniques. 

Bring whimsy to your wardrobe with Dalmatian-print trousers, customise a leash and collar for your cherished pup, design a Dachshund shopping bag and so much more! 
Paperback, 128 pages
Published: 1st April 2019

RRP: $24.99 at

by Susan Wilson 

The very definition of a hard-nosed businessman, Adam March has no room in his life for anything but the cold drive to succeed. Not for his social-climbing wife or for his rebellious teenage daughter. 

Then, in an instant, he loses everything. Due to an untimely collision of arrogance, stress, circumstance, and a momentary loss of self-control, Adam finds himself alone, unemployed, and reduced to bussing tables in a homeless shelter, serving men he'd always gone out of his way to avoid. 

Chance was born in an inner-city cellar, a mix of pit bull and God-knows-what. Bred to fight, and damn good at it, he lived in a dank, dark, and vicious world. Not that he wished for something better; that world was all he knew. But when the moment presented itself, Chance made the most of it in a new life on the street, for a little while.

Thrown together, Adam and Chance fill the holes in each other's lives. Adam gives Chance his first real home, a haven he never could have imagined, while Chance gives Adam a new start. And a new heart. That's One Good Dog.

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Griffin Charles & Co Ltd, 16th April 2019

Price: $18.25 at 

by C. A. Fletcher

My name's Griz. I've never been to school, I've never had friends, in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. 

Then the thief came. 

He brought stories of the deserted lands beyond our horizons. I liked him - until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him into the ruins of the world.

I just want to get my dog back, but I found much more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family's real story is. More about what really matters... 

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World is the most moving story you'll read this year. Griz's tale mixes sadness and hope in one unforgettable character's quest amid the ruins of our fragile civilisation.

Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint Orbit, 23rd April 2019

Price: $25.90 at


by Deanna Asbury, illustrated by Mike Mccartney 

Fun-loving, happy-go-lucky Ernie seizes every moment of his summer dog day! 

Follow him from the moment he wakes up until the moment he falls asleep as he lives it up swimming in the pool, bouncing on the trampoline, and chasing fireflies!

In addition to entertaining children with its vivid illustrations and descriptions of Ernie's day, The Dog Days of Ernie can be used to model and teach children grammatical structures. 

It's an excellent source for children learning to answer WH questions (who, what, where, when, why, how), and a fun format for children learning to verbally sequence their thoughts and ideas to retell the story.

This book is illustrated by Mike McCartney, an international dog cartoonist, who makes Ernie come to life with his skilled drawings and sense of humor.

Paperback, 40 pages
Published: 19th April 2019
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old 

RRP: $23.99 from 

The Dog with the Big Head

by Sandee Roquemore-Maxwell 

Gus was once a much-loved dog who lived a happy life. Then things began to change. His owner neglected and eventually abandoned him. He suffered abuse and cruelty from passing humans, deteriorating physically and emotionally. Over time, things out of his control began to shape Gus, his life, and his future.

Gus was found by local rescuers in September 2018. He was in horrific condition, so he was immediately taken for medical treatment sponsored by the Houston K-911 Rescue group. Gus had many medical issues to overcome, he had a long recovery with lots of support from people all over the world, but now he is happy and healthy. Gus has a forever family now and he is loved, pampered and cherished, as every dog should be. 

Author Sandee Roquemore-Maxwell has worked with rescue dogs in the Houston area for many years. She understands that the key to a better future for animals is to teach the next generation to have compassion for those left in their care. 

The story of Gus reminds kids how to love their pets, and what to do if they see one abandoned, while instilling respect for animals everywhere. 

Paperback, 56 pages
Published: 15th March 2019 
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $14.25 at

Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

by Pamela Cameron, illustrated by Renee Graef  

In 1914 crew members of the lighthouse tender Hyacinth rescued a stray puppy from the Milwaukee River and named him Sport. 

For the next twelve years, this charming Newfoundland-Retriever mix lived the life of a ship dog, helping the Hyacinth crew as they carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained the buoys and other safety features around Lake Michigan. 

Sport quickly became a valued companion to his crew and a recognisable mascot of the lake—making friends in every port. 

In this beautifully illustrated children’s book based on historical documents and photographs, readers share in Sport’s adventures while discovering the various ways lighthouse tender ships helped keep the lake safe for others. 

Helpful diagrams, a map, and a historical note supplement this engaging story for young readers.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 8th April 2019
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

Price: $28.90 from 

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