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Dog Lovers Book Club - July 2019

Nothing beats curling up in front of the fire with a great book and your dog on a cold wintry day! Time to grab a cuppa and enjoy the school holidays with the July 2019 selection of our Dog Lovers Book Club.

Dogs and People Who Found Each Other
by Margaret Bryant

More than 6.5 million unwanted pets enter animal shelters each year, greatly overwhelming available resources. 

In this book, author and award-winning photographer Margaret Bryant tells the story of some of those dogs who were lucky enough to be rescued and find their forever homes. 

Readers will enjoy a range of inspiring and feel-good tales - plus over 150 unique, personality-filled portraits - that show the way dogs enrich the lives of people young and old, teach humans how to slow down and live life, show humans how to have fun, protect their people from danger, and serve as our lifetime companions in this journey we call life. 

There's also plenty of information about getting started in making a difference in homeless dogs' lives - and choosing the right dog for you. With its evocative portraits and poignant stories, this book will delight dog lovers and animal rescue advocates of all ages.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Amherst Media Photography Books, 15th June 2019

RRP: $36.75 at

Rewiring a Dog’s Brain
by Karin Peterson

A troubled dog, a bewildered human - both overwhelmed by our personal plights. Neither of us understood or welcomed the situation we found ourselves in. I set out to get a well-trained, calm, and reliable watch dog. The dog I got instead was an emotional train wreck, leaving me somewhat in shock. I was clueless as to what to do about it. That I wasn't up to the task goes without saying.

Would keeping this dog be a truly regrettable decision? Was I being hopefully stubborn or hopelessly stupid in my determination to help this emotionally challenged canine? It didn't make any sense, but the look in that dog's eyes seemed to pierce my heart and I saw no other way out.

The Zena Chronicles is a roller coaster ride of joys and heartbreaks that range from good to bad to ugly and everywhere in between. How much of a success story it is depends on personal interpretation. It is truly a love story that gingerly unfolded in spite of the emotional turbulence that raged inside both dog and human.

Paperback, 302 pages
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing, 17th April 2019

RRP: $21.50 at

Maintaining wellbeing in dogs on restricted exercise

by Sian Ryan

“He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers.”

These words – which often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery, or requiring long-term medical care – can strike fear into an owner’s heart. Not a lot of advice is available regarding appropriate mental and emotional support for dogs whilst their usual exercise is limited, and owners are left to manage as best they can, which can be stressful for both owner and dog, and can lead to behaviour changes and problems.

No walks? No worries! is a unique book, written by qualified professionals in their field, that aims to help owners identify the individual needs of their dog, and, in addition, offer support in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise, when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support – as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills – are included.

Beautiful, specially-taken photographs illustrate every chapter, and worksheets enable owners to chart the progress of their dog’s care plan.

Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble & Hattie, 28th May 2019

Price: $29.25 at

Book Club - Kids' Corner

Avalanche Rescue Dog

by Cosmic Picture 
Join Henry, one of the stars of the IMAX film Superpower Dogs, as he embarks on a journey to become an avalanche rescue dog in this gripping true story!

In Whistler, British Columbia, dogs can be found riding chairlifts, perched on skiers' shoulders, and even descending from helicopters--all in the race against time to save people caught in the path of an avalanche. Meet Henry, a lovable Border Collie, and the team of dogs and human partners he works with in the beautiful and sometimes dangerous mountains.

Through the action-packed narrative, informative and engaging interstitials, and eight pages of stunning full-colour photographs, young readers will experience real-life rescues and gain a new appreciation for the bond between dogs and humans.

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Cosmic Picture, 4th June 2019
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $15.99 at

The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

by Victoria Southgate, illustrated by Iris Deppe

Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process! This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. 

In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers.

Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth.

Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities in the process. Less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group, 14th May 2019
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old

RRP: $15.99 at

by Anne Lambelet

As one girl walks home from school, she loves nothing more than to look at all the people and dogs she passes on the way. 

There are small people with tall dogs, people and dogs who share ice cream, and even pairs with matching mustachios. 

Some people are just like their dogs and some are very different, but no matter what, it’s clear that they’re the best of friends. 

When the girl finally makes it home, she has her own best friend waiting for her – and readers are in for a delightful surprise.

Amusing observations and charming illustrations highlight a parade of colourful characters in this celebration of man’s best friend. 
This showcase of delightful dogs and their people is perfect for every animal lover. 

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Page Street Kids, 18th June 2019

For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $24.99 from

by Helen Moss, illustrated by Misa Saburi

In this first adventure, meet Baxter, Trevor, Newton, and Maia - the time dogs! - as they find themselves transported through time and space to 1925 Alaska. 

There, deep in the wilderness, the puppies must help Balto in his famous sled race to deliver medicine during a diphtheria outbreak.

Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Imprint: Henry Holt (BYR), 4th June 2019
For Ages: 5+ years old

RRP: $22.99 at

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