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Dog Lovers Book Club - June 2019

Here's our June 2019 Dog Lovers Book Club with a mix of new releases and some old favourites to kick off your winter reading season!

In this selection you'll find advice on how to make "Take your Dog to Work Day 2019" the most successful yet, inspiration from dogs doing amazing jobs, the tell-all account of life as a veterinary nurse and the touching bio of a dog who never gives up!

by Stephanie Rousseau 

Office Dogs: The Manual is the guide to dogs in the workplace. As the popularity of bringing our canine companions to the office continues to grow, the many benefits for employers are increasingly recognised. Meanwhile, a new generation of employees are prioritising their dog's needs more than ever before.

Written by a specialist dog behaviourist, this book offers a unique insight into how to integrate your dog into office life, making the arrangement work for all involved: the employer, the employee, and perhaps most importantly, the dog!

Uniquely, this book considers the dog's perspective on office life, whilst also providing plenty of practical advice for making your dog's time in the office a success.
It takes you through the entire process, from gaining the support of your colleagues to policy considerations for the employer.

With helpful, ready-to-use materials for the office included within, and real-life case studies of workplace dog success stories throughout, this book is the ultimate essential reading for anyone involved with office dogs – owners, employers, those who work with dogs professionally, and those who are simply lucky enough to share their office with a dog!

Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie, 25th April 2019

Price: $22.40 at

by Laura Greaves

These are the extraordinary true stories of some of the hardest-working dogs in the world.

Meet Molly Polly, the diabetes alert dog whose round-the-clock job is to keep two young twins healthy; Bailey, the Assistant Director of Seagulls, who keeps the pesky birds away from the heritage vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum; and Daisy, the Collie mix who’s a full-time guide dog for another dog.

From inspirational moments of bravery to dogs doing the jobs that no one else can, these are the life-affirming stories of the most remarkable dogs on the planet. 

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, 27th November 2017

Price: $27.40 from

Paws, claws and puppy dog tails

by Tracey Ison

Even as a small child, Tracey Ison dreamed of a career working with animals. That dream became a reality in 1986 when she secured a training position at a local veterinary practice. Fresh-faced and eager to learn, Tracey was thrown headfirst into life in a busy mixed animal practice. From pigs to Pugs, calves to kittens from day one, Tracey realised that this was going to be no ordinary job.

Working with some truly memorable characters, from a roguish practice principal to a head nurse who was a little too keen on a tipple, alongside committed and dedicated fellow veterinary nursing students, Tracey worked her way up from practice bucket washer to head nurse. 

Assisting in life-saving and tricky operations, nursing sick animals back to health, and shedding more than a tear or two, Confessions of a Veterinary Nurse is a humorous and sometimes bittersweet account of the life and times of a veterinary nurse, where no two days are ever the same.

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie, 15th April 2019

Price: $23.75 from

A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home

by Rob Kugler

An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime.

When US Marine Rob Kugler returns from war he had given up not only a year of his life in service to his country, but he had also lost a brother in the fighting as well. 

Lost in grief, Rob finds solace and relief in the one thing that never fails to put a smile on his face: his chocolate Lab Bella. Exceptionally friendly, and always with - you wouldn't believe it - a smile on her face, Bella is the friend Rob needs, and they spend their days exploring nature and taking photos.

But then Bella develops a limp in her front leg. It's cancer, and the prognosis isn't good. Rob has a choice, either to let Bella go now, or amputate her cancer-riddled leg, and see what the next few months would bring.

For Rob, the choice is a no-brainer, and instead of waiting at home for the cancer to spread, Rob and Bella pack their bags and hit the road. Life is short, but the road ahead is long and winding, and as they criss-cross the country Rob and Bella meet remarkable, life-changing men and women who are quick to make friends with this incredible three-legged dog. 

A Dog Named Beautiful is a book full of inspiration, hope, love, tears, and laughs. Enjoy the journey.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books, 7th May 2019

Price: $41.50 at


(Soldier Dogs #4) 
by Marcus Sutter, illustrated by Andie Tong Wai Lum 

Fans of the bestselling Max and Scout dog stories will love the fourth book in the Soldier Dog series, which takes readers to the beaches of Normandy and the most famous battle of World War II: D-Day. Includes a collectible poster! 

Henri has an urgent mission from a top French Resistance agent in the fight against the Nazis—and the agent also happens to be his mom. He has to deliver a secret map to another town before the German soldiers can catch him.

But on his way, he encounters Ace, an American paratrooper dog who’s landed far away from the beaches of Normandy, and Elle, a war orphan who needs his help. Ace needs to get back to the frontlines so he can protect his handler, and helping would put Henri way off track. But then they’re captured by enemy troops.

Ace, Elle, and Henri have to learn to trust each other—and their unlikely allies—so they can escape in time to help the Allied forces in their historic invasion.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Ace and Henri, this action-packed adventure is inspired by the stories of the real para-dogs of WWII and the brave members of the French Resistance.

Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia, 20th May 2019
For Ages: 8+ years old

RRP: $16.99 from 

by Devra FirstRyan Huddle 

There is a mystery afoot at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A hole appears here, a tiny bite there. Someone has been eating the art! 

Join Riley the Museum Dog, who is specially trained to sniff out pests, as he attempts to catch the mischievous culprit. 

Children will enjoy the antics, as the hunt leads them past and introduces them to some of the world's great art. This book co-produced by The Boston Globe and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston features works by John Singleton Copley, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Kehinde Wiley and more. 

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Muddy Boots Press, 1st May 2019

For Ages: 4 - 10 years old

RRP: $25.90 at 

The Den

by Jessica Knowles, illustrated by Sophie Cope

Adventures of Pepper the Ginger Dog is a series of adventures set in rural England. This book introduces Pepper, the adventurous and fun loving ginger dog on the hunt for a den. 

She is a good-natured and reliable friend to her animal companions - Ted, the timid tortoise and Helen, the energetic hare. Her owner, Maggie May, a charismatic 6 year-old tomboy who loves to wear wellingtons, grandad's tartan scarf and dirty torn dungarees loves the countryside and spending time with her affectionate velcro dog. 

Maggie May enjoys being outside making cakes in her mud kitchen or building dens made out of old wooden pallets and cardboard boxes. She accompanies the animals in most of their adventures however, in this book, she advises Pepper to go to Brambleberry Wood. 

In order to get to Brambleberry Wood, Pepper and his companions must cross the golf course and farmland, where they encounter the fiery Mrs McClair, a territorial farmer. Mrs McClair despises animals on her land and will chase any she meets with her loyal fuel guzzling blue tractor, which is as menacing as she is. The animals face challenges such as swooping golf balls, barbed wire and a raging river - the test of any friendship. Fortunately, cunning teamwork ensures that Pepper and her friends can make it to the woods, leaving behind the raging Mrs McClair. 

Paperback, 50 pages
Publisher: Book Guild Ltd, 30th May 2019
For Ages: 3-6 years old

Price: $18.75 at 

by Dawn Macintyre

"Meet four four fun loving Oodles and join in their fun at Highland Retreat.

Charli is our princess Spoodle, Dougal is the cutest Cavoodle, Riley is our playful Groodle and Barnzy is our elegant Labradoodle. They have oodles of fun every day, so come join in their adventures at home and at play.

In Book 2 of the Oodles of Fun series, come join us as Dougal, Charli, Riley and Barnzy have a fun day out at the beach. Guess who chases the birds!"

​​The sale of each book supports Story Dogs, whose mission it is ‘To make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers’.

Price: $16.00 from

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