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Dog Lovers Book Club - October 2020

Our October 2020 selection of the Dog Lovers Book Club is out with some great reads to relax during these school holidays plus it is never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents for dog lovers!

A Dog's Letters Home
by Richard Glover, illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

For years, Richard Glover has delighted his readers with dispatches from Clancy – his much-loved Kelpie – as Clancy tells his parents in the bush about the oddities of his owners’ behaviour, what life is like in the big city and how he fits into it all. 

Clancy changes from being a puppy enthusiastically training his humans to being a mature activist for dogs’ rights everywhere. 

In this book, Richard has compiled Clancy’s musings (including fresh missives not seen before) and debated some of Clancy’s opinions. 

With delightful illustrations by cartoonist Cathy Wilcox

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia, Imprint: ABC Books, 7 October 2020

RRP: $29.99 at

The science of why and how your dog loves you

by Clive D L Wynne

Does your dog love you?

Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dog’s nose, the warmth of them lying at our feet, even their whining when they want to get up on the bed. It really seems like our dogs love us, too. But for years, scientists have resisted that conclusion, warning against anthropomorphizing our pets. 

Enter Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviourist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship. Drawing on cutting-edge studies from his lab and others around the world, Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from their faces and tails to their brains, hormones, even DNA. 

This scientific revolution is revealing more about dogs' unique origins, behaviour, needs and hidden depths than we ever imagined possible.

A humane, illuminating book, Dog Is Love is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a dog and experienced the wonder of being loved back.

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Quercus, 10 November 2020

RRP: $22.99 – Pre-order from

Macmillan Collector's Library

by Ed. Ned Halley, Various

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library - a series of stunning pocket size classics. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover.

From the grit of a frontier man’s dog, from pampered lapdog to wayward mongrel, from faithful guard dog to strong willed pet they’re all here in Classic Dog Stories – the perfect gift for dog lovers everywhere.

In this entertaining collection, dogs of all kinds are brought to life. Working dogs, dogs who are mistreated by humans, dogs who save lives and the ones that make us laugh; they all leap and bound on the page in stories by our most accomplished writers, including Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, 
Charlotte Brontë, Jack London, Jerome K. Jerome and many more.

Hardback, 352 pages
Publisher: PanMacMillan Australia, Imprint: Macmillan Collector's Library, 26th October 2020

RRP: $22.99 from bookstores and online at

by Cindy-Lou Thompson

The art of needle felting dogs can produce amazingly hyper-realistic results, and with a little know-how, some needles and wool and a few inexpensive accessories, you can also needle felt like a professional.

If you have ever wanted to improve your needle felting and take it to a whole new level to create more lifelike dogs, A Masterclass in Needle Felting Dogs by world class needle felter Cindy-Lou Thompson of Chicktin Creations, is essential. 

Covering five different breeds of dog, with step-by-step instructions and photos, you will be taken through the processes of creating different body shapes, proportions, armatures, coats and blending. You will be shown how to create realistic accessories such as eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and nails.

Learn how to achieve a professional finish with different textured coats, clipping and shaping, and finishing off, using a variety of mediums and methods, some of which have been designed and developed by Cindy and have never been revealed until now.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble and Hattie, 15th September 2020

RRP: $29.75 at


by Elizabeth Fensham 

Eric Bright and his doggy best mate, Ugly, are back. They're up against their biggest challenge yet- solving the serious problem looming over Eric's mean and miserable big sister, Gretchen. It's lucky Ugly is the friendliest dog ever. He's a star companion pooch, working with kids at school. He's surely going to rescue Eric's sister - and, on top of that, win almost every category at the upcoming school pet show.

Surely. But when Ugly goes off his food and refuses to play, Eric must figure out what's hounding him. Can he fix Ugly and Gretchen on his own? My Dog is a Winner is a paw-some tale about friendship, compassion and what it takes to be a real hero.

Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: University of Queensland Press, 1st September 2020 

Price: $13.50 from

by Lindsay Holliday

How do you buy a boat to sail to Kookaburra Island when you’ve got no money AND the Ranger is getting in your way? 

Meet eleven year old Danger. With the help of his trusty dog Jett, and friends Charlie and Jimbo, Danger starts his first ever money-making job and powers up his own gang to outwit the local bullies and the Ranger. 

Danger Versus the Ranger is the first in a series of humorous new chapter books for primary school readers.

The Danger series inspires children to be brave in a new environment; make friends and include others; stand up for what is fair; to look for solutions and be resourceful; be polite and to work hard for what you would like to have and all told with humour and adventure.

Paperback, 78 pages
Publisher: Danger Media; 13th August, 2020 (1st Edition) 

RRP: $15.99 from selected book stores and online at

by Kathy Hoopmann 

This revised edition of All Dogs Have ADHD takes an inspiring and affectionate look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), featuring all-new images from the canine world. 

These charming photographs bring to life a variety of traits that will be instantly recognisable to individuals with ADHD, including being restless and excitable, easily distracted and acting on impulse.

This book reflects the difficulties and joys of raising a child with ADHD with humour and understanding, celebrating what it means to be considered “different.”

Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 21st August 2020
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old

RRP: $21.80 from

by Milos Adventure Dog Downunder, Paula Appelhans, Lindsey Browne, illustrated by Bao Viet 

A children’s book that makes taking your children to hospital that little bit easier!

Milos takes on his health condition as a young child might. But did you know that children might develop symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a hospital visit? 

There are several stages from diagnosis to surgery and recovery where a child might encounter experiences that lead to symptoms. Milos, like any other child (human or doggo), has to see his doctor for regular check ups.

At his latest check up, the doctor discovers a strange bump on his shoulder. With the help and support of his family, friends and health care team, read how Milos goes through many of the same situations a young child might experience in their own health care journey. Read, through Milos’ perspective, how he navigates his way through his health condition from diagnosis and surgery to recovery.

Paperback, 44 pages
Publisher: Paula Appelhans, 29 April 2020
For Ages: 3-7 years old

RRP: $10.00 from 


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