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Dog Lovers Book Club - Christmas 2020

It's Christmas time and the most wonderful time of the year with a super-sized Christmas 2020 special edition of our Dog Lovers Book Club!

If you can't bear the thought of a Christmas morning without some great reads to look forward to, this new selection is certain to help you find the perfect present for dog lovers of all ages.

by W. Bruce Cameron

The perfect, feel-good holiday gift from W. Bruce Cameron, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the A Dog's Purpose series.

The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. 

But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to not only ruin Christmas, but everything holding the family together. 

Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need?

A Dog's Perfect Christmas is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You'll find love and tears and laughter - the ideal holiday read.

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, 24th November 2020

RRP: $19.99 from all good bookstores and online retailers. 

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Uplifting true tales of remarkable seniors 
by Laura Greaves 

Puppies are wonderful, but there is something truly special about an old dog. It’s the grey muzzle and salt-and-pepper eyebrows; the face that says ‘been there, sniffed that’. More than anything, it’s the lifetime of love, laughter and licks. 

Most dog lovers wish their four-legged friends could live forever, and yet senior canines are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups in heartbreakingly high numbers. But every day, all over the world, elderly dogs are doing incredible things.

Dogs like Maya, a rescue dog who pioneered the technique used to save koalas after the Black Summer bushfires. Or Haole, who continued working as a surf therapy dog while battling cancer, and eighteen-year-old Holly, who survived for days lost in the outback. There’s Chilli, who found television fame as a senior, and Chaser, the ‘talking’ dog who even in old age could identify over 1000 different objects.

From saving lives and breaking records to leading online movements and surviving against the odds, stately seniors are wringing every ounce of joy and adventure from their lives. In Extraordinary Old Dogs, meet the geriatric tail-waggers proving there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet.

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia, Imprint: Michael Joseph, 1st December 2020

RRP: $34.99 from all good bookstores and online retailers. 

The HUH? Book
by Ruthless Photos

From the pet photographer that brought you the Tails of Sydney book and the #SquishyFaceCrew book, comes the HUH? book

Ruthless Photos
' third fundraiser coffee table book features 89 dogs and puppies doing their best “what did you just say?” head-tilts. The HUH? book project has raised $5,000 for Fetching Dogs

The finished product is a beautifully designed, limited edition, full colour, hardcover, coffee table book. 
There's a pickup option (Sydney) available at checkout so you don't need to worry about Christmas delivery delays.

Price: $125.00 at

The Heart-Warming Tale of a Life-Saving Friendship

by Kerry Irving

Are you ready, Max? If anyone's going to help me do this, it's you.' This is the heart-warming tale of a life-saving friendship.

In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Kerry Irving's life forever.

Suffering from severe neck and back injuries, Kerry was unemployed and housebound, struggling with depression and even thoughts of suicide. He went from cycling over 600 miles a month to becoming a prisoner in his own home.

With hope all but lost, Kerry's wife encouraged him to go on a short walk to the local shop. In the face of unbearable pain and overwhelming panic, he persevered and along the way, met an adorable yard dog named Max. As the Spaniel peered up through the railings, Kerry found comfort and encouragement in his soulful brown eyes. This chance encounter marked a turning point in both their lives.

In Max, Kerry found comfort and motivation and in Kerry, Max found someone to care for him. This is their remarkable, inspiring story.

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2nd December 2020

RRP: $17.99 at

on Australia’s east coast (5th edition)
by Carla Francis

Get your paws on the latest edition of Travelling with Pets on Australia’s East Coast.

Travelling with your beloved dog, cat, bird or horse? Independently researched and collated, this newly updated fifth edition explores the best pet-friendly accommodation (from 5-star hotels to campgrounds) between Port Douglas and Port Fairy. 

Every entry includes a brief, unbiased opinion plus details regarding price and which pets are welcome.

Now also featuring the best doggie days out, dog-friendly beaches, parks, cafes, pubs and wineries, so you can enjoy family outings with your beloved furry friends. 

In collating this invaluable resource for pet owners, no advertising was accepted, and only the author's choice of the best accommodation has been included.

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Woodslane, 23rd November 2020

RRP: $34.99 from all good bookstores and online at

by Kobe the Pyr

Hiking Mount Kobe is a comprehensive dog travel guide to the Blue Mountains, from Glenbrook at the base of the mountains to Lithgow on the western edge. 

Many people assume the Blue Mountains is not a dog-friendly place because dogs aren’t allowed in the national park, but there’s a whole world of tracks and trails on local council land just waiting for the adventurous canine to explore. 

From bush tracks to waterfalls to magnificent cliff faces, there’s something here for every dog, and our guide book provides all the practical information you need for a fun dog day out in the mountains.

Apart from encouraging more dogs and their humans to visit the Blue Mountains, Hiking Mount Kobe also has a more important purpose, and that’s supporting a community still recovering from the previous season’s devastating bushfires. 

For every copy of Hiking Mount Kobe sold, $5 will be donated to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC) to support their important work in bushfire recovery.

Paperback, 148 pages 
First edition: October 2020

RRP: $45 (includes a $5 donation to BANC), available at:  from


Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World (Young Readers Edition)
by Cat Warren, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others.

Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he’s only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That’s a group that includes cadaver dogs, tracking, trailing, and apprehension dogs; dogs that can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers; and even dogs that can find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake.

All these dogs love to use their noses. They think their job is simply the best, most interesting game they’ve ever played! What good working dogs can do may seem magical or mysterious, but What the Dog Knows shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these amazing abilities.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 6th October 2020
For Ages: 9 - 12 years

Price: $17.90 from

by Raymond P Byiers, illustrated by Levente Farkas

Rigby is a beautiful gentle husky sled dog who has a dream. He wants to help Santa Claus pull his magical sleigh on Christmas Eve! 

One Christmas, as a little puppy, Rigby saw Santa and his reindeer. But then he didn't see them again for years.

Then, one night, he hears them . . . Santa's jingling bells! Santa is coming, and the magic has begun!...

Hardcover, 24 pages
Publisher: FriesenPress, 12th November 2019

RRP: $29.76 at


by Rain Jordan,  illustrated by Elizabeth Anderson 

Beautifully illustrated and inspirational to kids and parents alike, The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted is the story of a little boy who figures out how to help his scared dog learn trust. 

Pet adopters and owners, shelters and rescues, trainers, pet service providers -everyone wins with The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted

Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: Dog's Heart Press; Illustrated edition (17 July 2020)
For Ages: 5 - 8 years old

RRP: $39.56 from

by Diane Dean

Luna, a talking puppy with a positive attitude, deals with being adopted, fears, boredom, and a bothersome cat. When trouble happens Luna uses her animal instincts to help. 

Have you ever thought a dog was talking to you? Luna is the lovable puppy who does just that. When adopted by a family in a hectic Hollywood household, she seeks to achieve her own fame and purpose. 

As Luna tells of her experiences, we see an appreciation for the important things in life. Parents and grandparents reading the story to children may find conversation starters in the life lessons Luna learns. The puppy’s sense of humour and a balance of humility and ego will bring a chuckle to adults.

Paperback, 118 pages
Publisher: Diane Dean Books, 18 February 2020 

Price: $24.52 at

by Alison Ritchie, illustrated by Marisa Morea

The big day has almost arrived and one little puppy is very excited about his first EVER Christmas. 

But with three drooling Dalmatians, six sausage-snaffling Scotties and every dog in town helping out, the festive season is a shambles! Will everything be ready in time for Christmas Day?

Children will love picking their favourite dogs and spotting the puppy in busy scenes. 

This hilarious picture book is a great way to introduce children to Christmas traditions.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK, 1 November 2017
For Ages: from 3+ years

RRP: $14.99 from all good bookstores and online. 

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A Sticker Activity Book

by Bluey

Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show.

Bluey is a six-year-old blue heeler pup who loves to play. Along with her friends and family, Bluey enjoys exploring the world and using her imagination to turn everyday life into an amazing adventure.

Get into the holiday spirit with Bluey and Bingo! Write a letter to Verandah Santa, make your own Christmas labels and play with stickers. A fun-filled sticker activity book for kids of all ages.

Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans. It holds the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 260 million plays for Series One, and is the winner of an International Emmy for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd, 3rd November 2020
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old

Price: $6.00 at

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