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Dog Lovers Book Club - June 2022

Here are our top picks for the June 2022 Dog Lovers Book Club with a mix of new book releases and some old favourites to kick off your winter reading season! Time to grab your favourite cuppa to snuggle up under a warm blanket with your dog (or cat, we won't judge)!


by Kobe the Pyr

What exactly does a Pyrenean Mountain Dog from the Blue Mountains of Australia eat? 

Find out from Kobe’s first ever published collection of recipes for dogs!

How To Eat Like A Kobe features 50 of Kobe’s favourite foods, compiled from many years of eating with great gusto.

From dinner recipes to snack recipes, from soups to meatballs to baked goods, from sensible meals to party fare, How To Eat Like A Kobe is what a dog’s belly dreams of.

In fact, some of the recipes are so tasty that a dog’s human may even steal a bite, and every recipe includes a Share-O-Metre to rate how enjoyable the recipe is likely to be to a human! 

While filling dog bellies with good food is the primary aim of this cookbook, it also has a more serious objective – to help reduce food waste in Australia.

For every copy of How To Eat Like A Kobe sold, 10% of the sale price will be donated to OzHarvestOzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Every $1 they receive can deliver two meals, and Kobe the Pyr and his hoomum Muriel are proud to support their mission to stop good food going to waste.

Publisher: Kotes by Kobe, 3rd June 2022

RRP: $45.00 (pre-order now) at

by Susan Kimmel Wright

Mabel plans to bring the thrills of volunteering to the masses-if she doesn't go to the dogs first.

When Mabel finds herself sharing a thicket with a dead body while volunteering with canine search-&-rescue, her life has clearly-once again-gone to the dogs!

After her losing her job at age forty-nine, Mabel thought she'd turned things around. Now she's doing good by volunteering, and surely, she'll soon be a successful author, writing about her experiences. After solving two notorious decades-old cold cases while serving as a historical society volunteer, she's already getting invitations to appear on TV.

Her new assignment couldn't be simpler. All she has to do is hide in the woods and let Millie the search dog practice finding her. But to her horror, Millie finds more than Mabel-there's a dead body hiding in the same patch of brush. To make things worse, Mabel's maybe-boyfriend, suspended PI John Bigelow, has a dark history with the victim.

While struggling with maid-of-honour duties for best friend Lisa, a string of disasters created by handyman Acey, and a disagreeable new neighbour, can Mabel solve another murder in time to save John's detective license-if not his neck?

Paperback, 306 pages
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink, 22nd May 2022

RRP: $39.25 from

by Sally Bradbury, Emma Judson and the professional team behind DTAS

The articles in this book are a culmination of responses to behaviour and training questions from group members in the popular Facebook group Dog Training Advice and Support, a group that has been helping dog owners and changing lives for over ten years now.

This collection of over 75 articles is easy to read and based in modern science, using force-free and fear-free methods.

It covers covering all aspects of raising a puppy and living with a dog or multiple dogs, including helping with fears and anxieties, changing unwanted behaviours such as barking, begging, digging, counter surfing, reactivity. 

Teaching recall, loose lead walking and other life skills…

This Amazon No.1 best seller is a must for every dog owner.

RRP: $19.45 from


by Catherine Pfeifer
"When it comes to interacting with a service dog in public, it's a simple enough proposition. Please ignore service dogs "
You'll find this and other rare gems of advice in this entertaining book on a little-known but important part of our culture: the trusty service dog. These animals, specifically trained to perform necessary services that allow their human partners to live safely and independently, are often misunderstood. 

Please Ignore Service Dogs, you'll learn why these guidelines ought to be followed:

✔️ Do not distract the dog.
✔️ Do not touch the dog.
✔️ Do not bother the dog's partner (who is just trying to get through their day).
✔️ If you are a business owner, please limit your questions to "Is that a service dog?" and "What service do they provide?"
✔️ If you see a service dog without a handler, follow it because their partner may need help.

Please Ignore Service Dogs covers what service animals are, what they are not, how they are trained, ADA requirements, and more, told with real-life stories and examples-everything you've ever wanted to know about service dogs. Whether you're considering acquiring one, find yourself regularly interacting with them, or just want to know more about them, you'll find this book a valuable source of information.

Paperback, 102 pages
Publisher: Merganser Press, 14th May 2022

RRP: $31.75 from

by Jack London

The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) are two classic American adventure novels by Jack London depicting the evolution of two dogs in the wild, now presented together in this elegantly designed jacketed hardcover edition.

The novels are in fact mirror images of one another, as Call of the Wild depicts Buck's journey from domestic to wild dog, while White Fang recounts White Fang's transformation from wild beast to domestic companion. Both convey powerful themes of redemption and survival that continue to affect readers even today. 

These beautifully written stories are a perfect addition to any young adult's library. Anyone with a taste for adventure, who loves the outdoors or camping, or who spends time daydreaming about living self-sufficiently will be enamoured by these adventure stories.

Essential volumes for the shelves of every classic literature lover, the Chartwell Classics series includes beautifully presented works and collections from some of the most important authors in literary history. 

Hardcover, 340 pages
Publisher: Chartwell, 5th January 2022
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $19.50 from

by Zana Fraillon

A powerful, inventive, sweet and deeply moving novel from the bestselling author of The Bone SparrowBe strong. Be fierce. Life is more than a concrete floor.

Scruffity is born into the harsh, grey world of a puppy farm. Taken from his mamma and locked in a concrete cage, what he yearns for most is Family. To belong is The Way of Dog. But no one wants him.

Just as his chances of adoption grow dangerously thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted and lonely as he is.

Outside, Scruffity learns all about The Way of Dog - it is to run, to dig, to howl and, biggest of all, to love. But when tragedy strikes, Scruffity is suddenly all alone.

How does a dog find his way home when he never had one to begin with?

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: University of Queensland Press, 3rd May 2022

Price: $15.25 from

by Renata Kaminska

Hector and the Time Machine is the second book by author Renata Kaminska. This sequel to Hector, a Dog’s Story (2020) was launched on May 21 - the World Day for Cultural Diversity. Both titles are available in English and Polish.

This is a fast-paced story about Hector's adventurous journey, sensitive to the diversity of cultures and contemporary issues. This time, Hector travels back to 2020 on a time machine. In his journey around the world, he is an observer of important events and phenomena, including pandemics, climate change, Brexit, multiculturalism and so much more.

Just like a child, he asks questions and looks for answers to understand the complexity of the modern world. The book helps parents engage in conversations with their children on difficult topics based on their own values system ​​and knowledge.

Hardback, 114 pages
Publisher: Renata Kaminska, 21st May 2022
For Ages: 6-13 years old

Use the code HECTOR at and receive a 15% discount.

RRP: £19.90 from

Dreams of being on top of the world

by Thurston Jones

A story of three polar dogs who became lost from their pack. Follow these homeless dogs as they dream of being back on top of the world!

Ole, Bjorn and Kwan are friends and are members of the same pack of dogs. The pack of sledge dogs race from town to town in the snow and deliver goods to people who really need them. The dogs become homeless one day as they lose their friends in a snow storm.

However, they have each other's friendship and support and are able to have lots of fun as they explore the beautiful polar lands. When they become tired and huddle with each other to go to sleep, they realise that they do have an imaginary owner who visits them from the stars and allows them to dream far more fun and adventure.

Polar Dogs is an uplifting, rhyming story that explores the importance of natural beauty, friendships and belonging. They wake each morning and fill their days and nights with as much as life can give them.

This beautifully illustrated picture book is a great bedtime read or as a classroom story to encourage discussions on animal kindness and the environment.

'They may not have much; they may not need much but they may want you!' Follow them and their simple beat of life again and again and again.

Format: Paperback, 30 pages
Publisher: Independent Publishing Corporation, 23rd April 2022
For Ages: 4 - 9 years old

RRP: $12.22 at

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