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Dog Lovers Book Club - March 2020

The Dog Lovers Book Club selection for March 2020 is out with the best new book releases for dog lovers of all ages.

Maintaining physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in your golden oldie 
by Sian Ryan

If you're lucky, your dog is an older dog and you have shared many happy years with them by your side. 

As they grow older, dogs' needs change, and they may not be as mentally, physically, or emotionally robust as they once were. Older dogs are a joy and a privilege to care for, with opportunities to further strengthen your relationship as you adapt to their changing needs. 

Older dog? No worries! encourages you to consider your dog's individuality, and adapt or introduce activities that help maintain their mental agility, emotional resilience, and physical health

Drawing upon the latest research to provide ideas for maximising your dog's well-being as they age, the individual chapters allow you to develop your own care plan for your dog, to incorporate new or amended ideas into your daily routine, and to make simple changes to your home, garden and walks, car, to ensure your older dog is happy, safe, and invigorated.

Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble & Hattie, March 2020

Price: $25.25 from

Veterinary Tales

by Austin Donnelly

Around the globe, from Ireland, the UK and onto Australia and New Zealand, the author, Irish veterinarian and animal lover, Austin Donnelly, takes us with him on an amazing journey full of encounters with all sorts of animals. 

From a Galway postman that raises a nest of robins in his mail van, to a naughty adolescent alpaca in Tasmania causing all kinds of mischief, the stories are full of surprises and there are lots of laughs along the way. This is a perfect gift for anyone who understands that animals are people, too, and appreciates the special bond between animals and their dedicated owners.

Expect a whole range of animal species and human characters, from a county Galway postman that accidentally disturbs a nest of robins in a post box and goes on to raise them in his van, to a naughty adolescent alpaca causing all sorts of mischief, not to mention meet one of the meanest old farmers- wreaking havoc and handy with a rifle, she'll leave you quaking in your boots.

Paperback, 342 pages
Publisher: Orla Kelly Publishing, 14th March 2020

RRP: $29.99Available internationally through all good book stores and online via Amazon Australia at

The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

by Zazie Todd, foreword by Marty Becker 

A psychologist and respected dog trainer shares the secrets to a happy pooch.

Did you know that seemingly noiseless electronics may be upsetting your dog? Or that letting her sniff the breeze is one of the best gifts you can give her?

Wag bridges the gap between human and canine by demystifying the inner lives of dogs to share evidence-based advice for making them happy. 

Acclaimed blogger Zazie Todd from Companion Animal Psychology distills the latest canine science and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog - which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend. 

"If you care about your dog, you need this book. It's packed with insights from the latest canine science, and loads of advice about how you can give your dog the happiest life possible."- Dr. John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense (In Defence of Dogs in the UK).

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Greystone Books Canada, 10th March 2020

RRP: $36.40 at 

by Susan Wilson

Love is unleashed in this inspiring and uplifting novel by New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson. 

Justine Meade lost her mother, her home, even her son. The bright spot in her life, the partner she could always count on, was her grey and black Shetland sheepdog, Mack - that is, until she is summoned back to her hometown after years away. On her journey, an agonising error separates Justine from Mack. As the stretch of highway between them grows longer, her chances of ever finding him seem to diminish.

Ed and Alice Parmalee are mourning a loss of their own. Seven years after their daughter was taken from them, they're living separate lives together, unable to address their unspeakable heartbreak. When they find a little Sheltie by the side of the road, they take him in - and begin to bridge the bridge the chasm left between them.

Fiercely loyal and perceptive, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Now everyone needs him. But to whom does the dog who danced truly belong?

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: St Martins PR., 25th February 2020

RRP: $16.99 at 


TOTO The Wizard of Oz as Told by the Dog
by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark 

“I was there,” Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. “Dorothy and me were both there.”
We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.
Then Papa Toto began…

When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house – only to be plucked into the air and whisked away!

Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is.

But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home – after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along…

Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf. 
A perfect collectible gift for all children (and children at heart)! 

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 20th February 2020
From Age: 7+ years

Price: $15.50 at

by Ben Fogle, illustrated by Nikolas Ilic, (as told to) Steve Cole 

A brand new young fiction series by TV broadcaster and intrepid explorer Ben Fogle, inspired by his real-life animal experiences…

Co-written with best-selling children's author Steve Cole and illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white illustrations by Nikolas Ilic.

You can always count on Mr Dog to help an animal in trouble…

When Mr Dog takes a trip into town, he doesn't expect to stay for long. But then he meets a fox who needs his help – a fox who's very far from home…

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 13th January 2020
For Ages: 7+ years old

Price: $11.50 at

A Tail of a Dream

by S D Hall, illustrated by Shizue Harrison

Grey is a rescued dog who is having a wonderful dream. First he finds himself running through a forest close to a stream. There are flowers in bloom and rabbits to chase and play with. But when a giant rabbit begins to chase him back, what will Grey do? Can he make it home safely? 

Grey was a dog rescued in an orchard by author S. D. Hall. She and her family had no intention of keeping Grey and planned to find him a loving home. After a very short period of time, however, it became obvious that Grey was not going anywhere; he grew as attached to the family as they were to him. 

This tale remembers his fun-loving attitude, his willingness to go and do just about anything his family asked of him, and the love he shared with those in his life. 

This illustrated children's story shares a look into one dog's dream and the adventure that he finds while running through his dreamland.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Archway Publishing, 27th December 2019
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

RRP: $26.95 at

Nat Geo - Doggy Defenders
by National Geographic Kids

In this endearing picture book series about dogs with jobs, you'll join real-life therapy dog Willow as she aids her community and brings smiles to people everywhere. Good dog, Willow!

Sometimes it takes a dog to get the job done! Meet helping hound Willow and follow her as she spends an exciting day at work. Gorgeous photography brings to life the true stories of sweet Willow's role as a therapy dog in Washington, D.C. 

Simple, lyrical text lets readers journey along as Willow visits patients at a hospital, helps children read at a library pajama party, and brings smiles to people who need them. 

Young readers will fall for this witty and daring tale of heroism, along with aww-worthy photographs sure to make dog lovers out of us all.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Kids, 15th January 2020
For Ages: 4+ years old

Price: $14.25 at


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