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Dog Lovers Book Club - November 2020

Christmas will be here before you know it. If like us, you can't bear the idea of a Christmas morning without a nice pile of books to unwrap, you're going to love browsing our super-sized selection of the latest Dog Lovers Book Club!

OLIVE, MABEL AND ME
Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

by Andrew Cotter

When Andrew Cotter turned his brilliant sports commentary skills from Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Masters to lockdown contests and life online involving his two Labradors, Olive and Mabel, the result was an internet sensation. The series of videos has been viewed well over fifty million times on social media, giving comfort to locked-down dog owners and spectacle-deprived sports fans all over the world.


In Olive, Mabel & Me, Andrew tells the truth about his two canine celebrities. 

This is the full story of their rise to stardom, revealing more about how all three of them find peace and happiness away from the hectic world of the media, most often in the mountains. 
And also just how much Olive dislikes the cat next door. 

Above all, though, this is a book about the love we all have for our dogs, the companionship and pure joy we get from sharing our lives with them. And the love and affection they give back to us, which is in no way related to us providing a near-constant supply of food and walks. 

Beautifully written, touching and laugh-out-loud funny, Olive, Mabel & Me is a treat for dog lovers everywhere.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Text Publishing, 15 October 2020 

RRP: $32.99. Available from all good book stores and online at www.textpublishing.com.au

BEAUREGARD OF BALLARAT
A Happy Tale

As told to Shapoor Batliwalla

Beauregard narrates the story of his early years in the city of Ballarat where he chooses and takes charge of his very own human, a kindly old woman named Irene. 

They share a warm and contented relationship until dark clouds gather over them. While Irene is oblivious to the lurking danger, Beau is not, and eventually it falls on him to save his human with a solution as entertaining and hilarious as it is ingenious.

He narrates his story with gentle humour and a sharp wit and along the way, provides us with some thought-provoking observations of the human psyche. 

With great perceptiveness he reminds us of many of the essential values that some of us may have forgotten. It is a book bursting with laughter, warmth and wisdom.


Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: Ryan Publishing, October 2020


RRP: $19.95 from ryanpub.com.au 

AT HOME WITH DOGS
Rescue Love Stories

by Natalia King-Sun & Patricia Hart McMillan

People who rescue dogs have a great deal of compassion and enough love to last through what is often a trying adjustment period. But adoptive owners say the bond they feel with their grateful pets makes it all worthwhile. 

Heart-warming colour photos of 15 adopted dogs interacting with their humans celebrate the joy that comes from a fortuitous match. The photos are accompanied by the stories of the owners, many of whom selected their pets long-distance and met them at the airport. 

For adoptive families or those considering adoption, the book includes insights on how to make a good match and tips for a smooth adjustment after bringing a dog home. 

This soulful tribute to abandoned dogs of all ages, breeds, and temperaments, and the people who gave them a second chance, will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.

Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, 28th October 2020

RRP: $47.31 from www.amazon.com.au

THE FINN CHRONICLES
Year Two: A dog's reports from the front lines of hooman rescue 
As transcribed by Gwen Romack

The Finn Chronicles is a unique story told by an extraordinary dog. He's irreverent, funny, and full of sass. 
Based on his real life, join Finn as he issues weekly reports back to K9 Rescue Headquarters on the strange behaviours of his rescue-hoomans in their second year together. With sarcastic wit, he observes the curious world around him, heroically saves his hoomans from dangers (see also: evil electric toothbrush), and shares his musings about the often-lacklustre level of service he feels he receives. 

With bonus content like links to Finn's social media and videos, you'll get to see this vocal and energetic dog in action. You're sure to fall in love with Finn, his hilarious facial expressions, his tantrums and even his dim-witted hoomans.

This is the light-hearted and funny read we need in these not so light-hearted times. Don't miss your chance to fall in love with Finn and follow him on social media for year round laughs and love

Paperback, 142 pages
Published: 1st October 2020 

Price: $42.75 from www.booktopia.com.au

LIFE LESSONS FROM A DACHSHUND
A Dog's Guide to Love, Happiness, and Everything in Between
by Simon Glazin

Life advice from a very wise wiener dog.

Are you short of time, short of friends, or just short in general? From relationships to how to handle yourself in an argument and surviving in the big city, Dhillon the Dachshund will teach you all of life’s valuable lessons. 

This little dog has bags of personality, isn’t afraid to use his voice, and has learnt to adapt to and navigate the pitfalls of the modern world. 

In this hilarious guide, Dhillon imparts his words of wisdom on love, life, and everything in between.

Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Ryland Peters and Small, 22nd September 2020


Price: $18.40 at www.booktopia.com.au

BOOK CLUB – KIDS’ CORNER

OUR DOGS, OURSELVES  
How We Live with Dogs

by Alexandra Horowitz

Our Dogs, Ourselves is an eye-opening and beautifully illustrated look about humans’ complicated and sometimes contradictory relationship with man’s best friend.

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. Even while we see ourselves in dogs, we also treat them in surprising ways. 

On the one hand, we let them into our beds, we give them meaningful names, make them members of our family, and buy them the best food, toys, accessories, clothes, and more. But we also shape our dogs into something they aren’t meant to be. 

Pure breeding dogs has led to many unhealthy pups. Many dogs have no homes, or live out their life in shelters. How is it possible we can treat the same species in these two totally different ways?

In Our Dogs, Ourselves (Young Readers Edition), bestselling author of Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs.


Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2nd September 2020
For Ages: 8+ years old


RRP: $26.28 at www.booktopia.com.au

DUMPSTER DOGS
by Ann Colberson Schiebert, illustrated by Jack Varonin

Dog Love, It's the Best!

Exploring lessons in friendship, love, and courage, this fetching tale demonstrates the resilience of our most loved companions. Readers will be instantly drawn into the plight of Riley and his friends as they do their best to stick together through thick and thin. 

After being abandoned by the families they loved, this motley crew of canines has sworn off any interaction with humans. That is, until Riley befriends the adorable dogette, Sophie, and her human, Emily. Torn between his friends and the promise of a new, loving home, Riley must ensure a happy ending for everyone. Luckily, he's up for the challenge.

All animal lovers are sure to find Dumpster Dogs a hit. Schiebert gives each canine character wonderful insight that is so well-defined you will feel like you gained a whole new pack of friends!


Paperback, 142 pages
Publisher: 28th September 2020


RRP: $22.35 at www.booktopia.com.au

AT THE DOG PARK 
by Moira Court 

A doggy art book, an arty dog book, and a crowd-pleasing picture book for all ages.

At the Dog Park features the real-life hounds of Western Australia, including those of local authors Dianne Wolfer, James Foley and Natasha Lester, as well as some of Fremantle Press’s very own pooches. 

In lively rhyming prose, Moira Court captures all the fun and diversity of the dog park – ‘This dog is loud, this one is quiet. This dog is tiny, this one’s a giant.’ 

Each illustration is created using layered woodblock prints, screen-printing and collage. Children will love identifying their favourite dog breeds and what dogs they have seen at the park while learning about opposites. 


Hardcover / Picture Book, 36 pages 
Publisher: Fremantle Press, 3rd November 2020 


RRP: $24.99 (available for pre-order) from www.fremantlepress.com.au

DOGS ON THE GO
by Norie Hart, illustrated by Rocio Alejandro

Angus and his family have moved. The dogs seem different in his new neighbourhood. Where are they all going? 

A sweet adventure tale that will delight young children. 

Originally from Minnesota, Norie Hart married and had two children while living in Puerto Rico. Adventure called and the family moved to Bariloche, Argentina, for ten years. 

She and her husband, along with a houseful of animals, now live in the mountains of Panama.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd., 30th September 2020


Price: $13.19 from www.booktopia.com.au

THE TWIN DOGS
by Chihiro Inoue

The twin dogs are very happy, living in their house with their owners and getting up to anything they want. 

When they aren’t arguing over which of them is the oldest, they like to take their family out for walks, drink milk in the mornings, play catch and get pet whenever they fancy.

All of a sudden, everything changed. No milk in the mornings, strangers are taking them for walks and there’s no running or playing catch – what on earth is going on? 

It appears there’s a new member of the household – they must put a stop to this immediately, so they come up with a plan...

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 1st October 2020
For Ages: 3+ years old


Price: $21.25 at www.booktopia.com.au
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