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Dog Lovers Book Club - January 2021

It may not feel like summer - thanks to the wet conditions - or holidays - thanks to all the travel restrictions - but these great books will help make your summer a real page-turner!

by Suzanne Stevenson

In a year that has brought challenges to many, Suzanne Stevenson, a widely recognised family photographer from Mosman (Sydney), embarked on a personal project of photographing neighbourhood dogs on their front steps.

Born out of circumstance, this book is a wonderful reflection of our furry friends during the period of home isolation in 2020. 

Suzanne’s work is magnetic and her unique ability to capture the character of each beloved dog is a rare talent.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Affirm Press, 1st December 2020

Price: $30.95 from

The Hidden Dangers of the Commercial Pet Food Industry and How to Do Better by Our Dogs 

by Shawn Buckley 

A big, inside look at the shocking lack of regulation within the pet food industry, and how readers can dramatically improve the quality of their dogs' lives through diet. 

What's really going into commercial dog food? The answer is horrifying. 

Big Kibble is big business: $75 billion globally. A handful of multi-national corporations dominate the industry and together own as many as 80% of all brands. This comes as a surprise to most people, but what's even more shocking is how lax the regulations and guidelines are around these products. 

The guidelines-or lack thereof-for pet food allow producers to include ever-cheaper ingredients, and create ever-larger earnings. For example, "legal" ingredients in kibble include poultry faeces, saw dust, expired food, and diseased meat, among other horrors. Many vets still don't know that kibble is not the best food for dogs because Big Kibble funds the nutrition research. So far, these corporations have been able to cut corners and still market and promote feed-grade food as if it were healthful and beneficial - until now. 

Just Food For Dogs is a pioneer company offering fresh, whole food for dogs, using only USDA inspected and approved meats and ingredients suitable for human consumption. Just as you are what you eat, so is your dog. Once you stop feeding your dog the junk that's in kibble or cans, you have taken the first steps to improving your dog's health, behaviour and happiness. 

You know the unsavoury side of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. Now get ready to learn about unsavoury Big Kibble, and a brighter path forward for you and your pet. 

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: St Martins PR, 1st December 2020 

RRP: $43.75 from 

How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine

by Maria Goodavage

New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage takes us on a thrilling, delightful, globe-trotting journey to discover the heart-warming and fascinating new world of doctor dogs.

In this ground-breaking book, Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centres, and into the lives of people whose wellbeing depends on their devoted, highly skilled personal MDs (medical dogs). With her signature wit and passion, Goodavage explores how doctor dogs are becoming our happy allies in the fight against dozens of physical and mental conditions. 

We meet dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson's disease, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments. Goodavage reveals the revolutionary ways dogs are helping those with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And she introduces us to intrepid canines who are protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs who may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. 

Their pay cheque for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favourite toy.

The emotional element in Doctor Dogs delivers as powerfully as the science. You don't have to be a dog lover to care deeply about what these dogs are doing and what we are learning from them - although if you're not a dog lover, you probably will be by the end of the book.

Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, 17th November 2020

Price: $31.25 from

Woofs of Wisdom

by Orange Hippo!

Packed full of wonderful quotes as well as fascinating snippets of information, this little book is the perfect gift for any dog lover.

Live. Laugh. Bark. What could be better than the presence of a fuzzy and faithful four-legged friend? 

From their loyalty and devotion to their endearing capacity to face life, work and exercise with endless enthusiasm, dogs have been our steadfast companions for thousands of years. 

They may be wordless, but their ability to communicate with deeply expressive eyes, a wagging tail or a joyful bark brings out the very best in their humans - and it's no wonder they have inspired many a bon mot or wise insight over the decades. 

Packed full of wonderful quotes as well as fascinating snippets of information, this little book is the perfect gift for any dog lover.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group, Imprint: Orange Hippo!, 3rd November 2020

RRP: $12.99 from

50 Inspiring Doodle Prompts and Creative Exercises for Dog Lovers

by Gemma Correll

Doodling for Dog People is packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and canine-related facts. This book is designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. 

Packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and canine-related factoids, professional illustrator
Gemma Correll sparks the imagination and spurs canine lovers to explore, experiment, and brainstorm ways to draw and doodle their favorite furry friends with her cute and clever art style.

The artist's simple, unique, and whimsical approach is sure to inspire, entertain, and guide artists of any skill level. Doodlers will find inspiration for drawing different types of dogs, dogs in outfits, dogs in action, and even doggie accessories. An interactive book, Doodling for Dog People demonstrates how to draw whimsical doggie doodles, while encouraging artists and doodle enthusiasts to develop their own style and techniques. 

With its portable format and plenty of open doodling pages, this quirky doodle book is perfect for on-the-go creative types.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing, 1st March 2015 

Price: $18.49 (free shipping) at


Fractured Fairytales

by Andy Mangels 

This fractured fairy tale weaves the story of Elena. She wishes she could hide the snow-white streak in her hair from her former beauty queen stepmom. 

More than anything, she wishes for a dog. She grants one of her wishes by walking six neighbourhood dogs. 

The job introduces her to Zach and his seeing-eye dog. As the teens get to know each other, Elena feels seen. Will her wish to repair her relationship with her stepmother come true? Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Hardcover with Library Binding, 24 pages
Publisher: Magic Wagon, 15th December 2020
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

RRP: $47.75 from

Dog's Day

by Catherine Stier, illustrated by Francesca Rosa

Spend a day in the life of a star Bella the Jack Russell Terrier was born for the stage--she never misses her mark, and her bark is always on cue.

But her dog brother, Chewy the German Shepherd, always gets the big roles. Will Bella ever get her time in the spotlight? 

Told from the dog's perspective, this story also includes back matter about the breed and role of the working dog.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company, 1st October 2020
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $24.75 from

A Dog's Tale About Overcoming Your Fears and Trying New Things

by Nicole MacDonald, illustrated by Claudia Varjotie

Dash, the adorable pup, just can't wait for his sister, Penny, to come visit! Dash has planned the most perfect day full of exciting activities. There's just one problem: Penny is too scared to try them. 

Will Dash be able to encourage Penny to come out of her shell and try new things? Is Penny going to overcome her fears so she can join in on the fun? 

Join Dash in this beautifully illustrated, rhyming tale about being brave and overcoming your fears.

Paperback, 40 pages
Publisher: Nicole MacDonald, 15th July 2020
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old 

Learn more about the Dash series (Dash's Christmas, Dash's Week) at

RRP: $29.95 from

I Love Them All!

by Chad Geran

A rhyming board book that celebrates the boundless joy of loving dogs.

Are you a puppy pal? A canine companion? Down with the doggies? A friend of Fido?

In Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: I Love Them All, a little girl tells us all that she loves about our shaggy, wiry, spotty, playful, lazy, noble, sometimes-droolly, furry companions. Who could choose a favourite?

This simple narrative set to a silly rhyme makes for a perfect book to read aloud for babies and toddlers, and an excellent gift for pet-owners and admirers alike. Those without dogs may find themselves on the way to their local adoption centre after several readings!

Board Book, 16 pages
Publisher: POW! Kids Books, 22nd December 2020
For Ages: 1-3 years old

Price: $21.25 from 


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