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Dog Lovers Book Club - September 2020

Spring has sprung and so has the September 2020 selection of the Dog Lovers Book Club with eight new book releases that caught our interest this month.

You will find expert advice on dog training, comprehensive guides covering dog allergies and dog first aid, a true tale of dog survival with a happy ending plus educational options for the younger lovers. Happy reading!

SOPHIE
Dog Overboard

by Emma Pearse 

The story that became a global sensation, now sold for film, of Sophie, the amazing Australian cattle dog who fell off a yacht, was feared lost, yet swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote Whitsunday island where she survived for five months before being miraculously reunited with her amazed owners.

When Jan and Dave Griffith's beloved cattle dog, Sophie, fell overboard from the family yacht during rough weather, she feared the worst. But Sophie, a true Aussie battler, wasn't going to give up that easily. She swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote Whitsunday island where she survived for five months before being miraculously reunited with her amazed owners. Sophie, a highly domesticated dog, had been living ferally - and surviving. Yet one glimpse of her owners when they were reunited was enough for the old Sophie to re-emerge.

This is an amazing, inspirational story of survival, loyalty and what binds animals and humans together.

Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 8th September 2020

RRP: $21.99 at www.booktopia.com.au

DOG ALLERGIES
A Comprehensive Guide to Dog Allergies

by Gordon Roberts

This comprehensive book will tell you the facts about allergies and will help you and your dog to cope with the discomfort that allergies can bring. 


Find out the best ways to help your dog live with allergies in simple, easy to understand language. 

You'll learn: 
✔️ The biology behind allergies and what happens during an allergic reaction 
✔️  How to tell what your dog might be allergic to, plus a comprehensive list of dog allergens 
✔️  How to identify a food allergy or intolerance 
✔️  How allergies are diagnosed and treated 
✔️  Alternative therapies for treating your dog's allergies 
✔️ How to make your home allergen free 

This book also includes some useful explanations of common medical terminology used in discussions of arthritis, so that you can be as informed as possible about this condition. Your dog will thank you for reading it!

Booklet, 52 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace, 27th July 2015

RRP: $18.12 on Amazon Australia.


NOSE TO TAIL Workbook Series 
by Louise Harding

Do you dream of a well-mannered dog who is a pleasure to have as a companion? Have you ever thought about training your dog but can't imagine where you could find time?


In her Nose to Tail Workbook Series, Louise Harding will show you how you can easily incorporate training your dog into the busiest of lifestyles. All you will need is basic equipment, some five to ten minute blocks of time, energy, and a sense of humour.

Louise will guide you each step of the way from understanding your dog's personality, your own motivations, setting up your home, building focus, and the importance of training with rewards and motivators.

You and your dog will complete a number of tasks that will start you on your path to achieving dog training success!

RRP: $120.00 (set of 6 in print) at www.louiseharding.com.au, $5.99 (Workbook 1 as an e-book) on Amazon.

ANIMAL FIRST AID & CPR
A Professional Manual 
by Dr David M. Horan

Authored by Dr David M. Horan, a veterinarian and educator with over 30 years of veterinary, animal care & teaching experience all around the world.


One of the many titles in the PetFacts™ Series, professional manuals used in Training Organisations and day-to-day workplaces alike. These are essential texts for Veterinarians, Vet Nurses & Technicians, Animal Attendants and anyone who works with animals as well as the average pet owner.


This manual covers:


✔️ First Aid Principles & CPR
✔️ Specific First Aid Emergencies & Treatments
✔️ Body System First Aid Emergencies & Treatments

RRP: $11.99 (Kindle) at animalcareacademy.com


BOOK CLUB - KIDS’ CORNER

THE LOST WAR DOG
by Megan Rix 

The brave, difficult and ultimately hopeful journey across wartime Germany of two best friends and the dog who brought them together.

Tilly and Gretchen have been best friends all their lives, and Gretchen adores Tilly's beloved pet dachshund Wuffly like he's her own.

But tensions are high in Germany in 1938. Tilly's Jewish family are in danger - and Gretchen's father is a train driver in the employ of the Nazis. Before long, Tilly is sent to England as part of the Kindertransport rescue mission. Heartbroken, she has to leave Wuffly and Gretchen behind.

So begins an epic adventure as Gretchen makes the decision to follow her best friend and reunite her with her beloved dog - but when they touch down in England, Wuffly is immediately taken away.

How will each of them fare, as German evacuees in England? And will the three friends ever be reunited in safety...?

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK, 20th August 2020
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

RRP: $14.99 at www.booktopia.com.au

MOON DOG
A heart-warming animal tale of bravery and friendship

by Jane Elson 

A heart-warming animal tale of bravery and friendship between a lost boy, a daring girl and the dog next door - from an author celebrated for her honest, heartfelt and inclusive stories.

Marcus and Delilah couldn't be more different.

He is as big as she is tiny. As angry and lost as she is tremendous and brave.

But they share a dream: to own a dog of their own.

So when a mystery pup turns up in the empty house next door, Marcus can't believe his luck. He visits him every night and names him Moon Dog.

But it's soon clear that Moon Dog is in danger, and when Marcus and Delilah discover a dark secret it will test their bravery and their friendship.

Can they work together to save their dream dog?

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group, 25th August 2020

RRP: $15.99 at www.booktopia.com.au

FETCH!
A How To Speak Dog Training Guide

by National Geographic Kids

From the experts who brought you How to Speak Dog, learn tips and tricks to help train your best friend. 


Whether teaching a puppy the basics, such as "sit," "stand," and "stay;" correcting behavioural problems; or training your pooch to perform more advanced tricks, this comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps to have your canine answering your call in no time. 


With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman, kids will bond with their pups through structured lessons that showcase easy-to-follow instructions and commands. 

Additional content introduces readers to Hollywood hounds, dogs on the job, and famous canines through history. This "paws-on" guide is perfect for families who are bringing home their very first puppy, or seasoned dog owners who want to teach their four-legged family member a few new tricks. 

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Kids, 4th August 2020
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old 


RRP: $26.75 at www.booktopia.com.au

ZORA MEETS THE NEW BABY
Zora the Water Dog

by Amanda Lowney, illustrated by Mai Ngo

Zora Meets The New Baby is the second book in the Zora The Water Dog series

Zora lives a happy life with her small family when a new member arrives, a new baby! 

Zora has a tough time not getting the attention she did before the new baby arrived. Zora sees many changes in her household and has to learn to handle them all. Will Zora find happiness again with her new family of four?

This story is great for siblings that have or will have a new family member in the household. Older sisters and brothers can relate to the different emotions Zora has during this transition in her home.

The Zora The Water Dog series helps young children explore the English language with an easy to read and follow story line. It captures the young audience with entertaining rhymes as well as bright, vibrant and colourful illustrations. 

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: 11th July 2020
For Ages: 0 - 8 years old

RRP: $34.39 at www.amazon.com.au
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