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Dog Lovers Book Club - September 2022





Spring has almost sprung and so has the September 2022 selection of the Dog Lovers Book Club with ten new dog books that caught our interest this month.

You will find a comprehensive guide for travelling with pets in Australia, some heartfelt biographies, a practical veterinary manual plus some wonderful illustrated children's books. 
Immerse yourself in nature with your dog this month, take a breath and happy reading!

TRAVELLING WITH PETS ON AUSTRALIA'S EAST COAST
Discover thousands of places to take your pet

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, the newly updated sixth edition of this popular guide 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 authors choice of the best accommodation has been included. 
Discover thousands of places to take your pet. Includes traveller’s tips for dog-friendly sightseeing.


Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Woodslane Press
September 2022

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

To plan your dog-friendly trips this Spring, we have 4 copies of Travelling with Pets (6/e) to give away! Entries closing Sunday 4th September (11:59pm).

THE SPECKLED BEAUTY
A DOG AND HIS PEOPLE
by Rick Bragg

From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin', the warm-hearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon. 

He has been that way since the moment he appeared on the ridgeline behind Rick Bragg's house, a starved and half-dead creature, seventy-six pounds of wet hair and poor decisions.

Speck arrived in Rick's life at a moment of looming uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis, chemo, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia had left Rick lethargic and melancholic. Speck helped, and he is helping, still, when he is not peeing on the rose of Sharon. Written with Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humour and grit, The Speckled Beauty captures the extraordinary, sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published: Penguin Random House, 2nd August 2022


RRP: $34.25 from www.booktopia.com.au

LEO & FRIENDS
The extraordinary dogs with the healing touch
by Lyndsey Uglow
‘I knew dogs could make a difference to the children’s lives. I knew it the moment I watched a little boy, exhausted by pain and sickness, stretch out his hand to touch my dog’s paw, and then…he smiled.’
Lyndsey Uglow
 has endured and overcome mental health challenges and much personal pain, including her young son’s battle with Leukaemia. Lyndsey knows only too well the emotional rollercoaster experienced by parents supporting their children through critical illness, but she also knows just how much the company of dogs can alleviate just some of their worry and pain.

The healing bond with dogs that helped her, she now shares with others – in the shape of a dynasty of exceptional Golden Retrievers @leoandfriendstherapydogs, including the incredible Leo. Since 2012, Lyndsey has made it possible for therapy dogs to visit more than 10,000 children, many critically ill, bringing smiles of simple joy and a sense of normality to lives ruled by pain, sadness and uncertainty in paediatric intensive care, cancer wards and palliative care.


Leo has also faced his own battles. After suffering a serious injury on a beach run, he was saved by a pioneering technique which restored him to full health for the sake of the children who were missing him so much.

This is Lyndsey and Leo’s story and how they have brought the extraordinary healing powers of dogs to others; while sharing the stories of just some of the thousands of children for whom a soft paw or wet nose has brought comfort, care, laughter and joy at the darkest of times.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 7th September 2022

RRP: $19.99 from all good bookstores and online. 
For details, please visit www.harpercollins.com.au 

DISEASES OF SENIOR CATS AND DOGS
Diagnosis and Therapy

by Salvador Cervantes Sala


Pets, particularly cats and dogs, are living longer than ever before. Almost half of their lifespan makes up the senior / geriatric life stage

This book is a practical manual that comprehensively covers geriatric medicine of dogs and cats, and provides readers, whether veterinary surgeons working in routine clinical practice or students approaching the end of their veterinary medicine degree, with a different approach to clinically useful information on this topic. 

In this second edition all chapters have been rigorously reviewed and updated, with a particular emphasis on pharmacological protocols and dosages and new therapies. An entire new chapter on endocrine problems in senior pets has been added.

Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Edra Publishing US LLC
15th July 2022

RRP: $172.95 from www.booktopia.com.au

BOOK CLUB KID'S CORNER
 
WE CAN DRAW DOGS
by Corina Jeffries

Dogs have been companions to humans for thousands of years -- maybe even longer than we expected. This book introduces readers to different dog breeds and their histories. 

They'll learn what each breed was used for in the past, and how they use their skills and senses today. 

From Salukis to Golden Retrievers, engaging text and photographs bring each dog to life. Readers will also learn about the ancestor of all dogs - the grey wolf. Accessible instructions are provided step by step so young artists can draw their own dogs. 

Dog lovers and aspiring artists will find this book to be both fact-filled and fun.

Paperback, 24 pages
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, 15th August 2022
For Ages: 8 - 11 years old


RRP: $33.25 from www.booktopia.com.au

COLLETT THE WONDER VET
by David Bullock

The story of a girl called Collett and how she became a very special Vet.

Collett the Wonder Vet
is a charming picture book for children aged 3 to 8 about a little girl with a big heart and a desire to help any animal in need. A great introduction into the world of animal care and the invaluable role that Vets play.


A beautiful story that captures the diverse and interesting role of a veterinarian.’ - The Vet Society

Kind, caring and funny, the perfect story for every child who dreams of becoming a vet when they grow up’. - Nat Scroggie MRCVS - Real Life Wonder Vet!

The book is 33 pages long and beautifully illustrated throughout.

Publisher: ‎Independently published, 7th August 2022
Paperback, 33 pages
For Ages: 3-8 years old

RRP: $11.35 from www.amazon.com.au

A DOG'S GUIDE TO BEING HUMAN
by Shanna Silva, Agn├Ęs Ernoult (Illustrator)

A hilarious and heartwarming picture book sharing a dog's hard-earned wisdom about living a happy life.

My humans have brought home a tiny baby. It is up to me to teach her how to fit in!

Smudge has a new family member: a baby girl. And he has a LOT to teach her about fitting in with the humans. Like don't drink from the toilet (the humans don't like it). 

But DO share your snacks (especially with Smudge). And make as many friends as you can - yes, even the occasional cat. There's so much to go through, but as Smudge knows, it's every good dog's job to welcome home their family.

Hand this book to all animal lovers and growing families!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: 
Yeehoo Press, 1st edition (August 23, 2022)
For Ages: 4-8 years old

RRP: $37.75 from www.booktopia.com.au 

DIXIE HAS THE ICKIES
The Amazing Story of a Real-life Rescue Dog
by Tracy Voss, illustrated by Marcy Tippmann 

No home, no food, left Dixie feeling awful...

Little Dixie was born under a porch at a tire shop, where her mom and siblings had too little food and too many bugs. Her luck changed when she and her family were rescued by Dr. Elizabeth. 

Dr. Elizabeth's friend Tracy then worked to find Dixie a wonderful home with an amazing little girl. This is the heart-warming, true story about a little dog who-despite the rough start to her life-ends up in the best home with a very special purpose.

A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to Tracys Paws Rescue which rescues approximately 350 dogs a year from Texas kill shelters. The dogs are rehabilitated with love and good medical care. When the dogs are ready, homes are found with loving families all over the United States. Over the years, Tracy Voss has rescued over 6,000 dogs. She decided to write about some of her favourite rescue dogs to help broaden the awareness of the pet overpopulation problem in Texas, saying: 
"Through education, we can teach our children to have compassion towards all living creatures."

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Live Like a Dog, 15th August 2022
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old


Price: $ 23.50 from www.booktopia.com.au 
 

THE DOG AND THE CHICKEN THIEF

by Chantal de MarollesAxel Scheffler (Illustrator)
A fabulously funny picture book, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the superstar illustrator of The Gruffalo and Zog.
Each night, a farmer's chickens get gobbled up by a cunning fox. When the farmer has finally had enough, he decides the culprit must be found - and tasks his loyal dog with catching the chicken thief.

Poor Dog searches and waits to no avail. And when Dog asks for help, things just get worse! Pig falls asleep, Sheep is too scared... who will help Dog catch the thief, and how?

Tuck into this hilarious tale, illustrated by the one and only Axel Scheffler, written by Chantal de Marolles. A joyful clash of wits to be enjoyed again and again. Every spread features gorgeous original artwork by Axel Scheffler with lots of enjoyable details for families to spot together.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Imprint: Alison Green Books, 4th August 202
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RRP: $22.80 from www.booktopia.com.au

LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS
Movie Novel (DC Comics)

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side.

When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, 1st May 2022

Price: $11.90 from www.booktopia.com.au

If you live in Melbourne, we have 2 Family Passes to an advance screening of DC League of Super Pets (movie) to give away at the Coburg Doggie Drive-In Event on Saturday 3rd September!  Hurry as these will be drawn after 5pm on Thursday 1st September.
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