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Dog Lovers Book Club - February 2023

After a long summer break, are you and the kids suffering from the back-to-school blues?

Ensure you make time to switch off from your routine each day! Discover your next book escape in our February 2023 Dog Lovers Book Club featuring our top picks of new book releases for all ages.

How one couple rescued over 13,000 dogs in need

by Ron Danta, Danny Robertshaw and Larry Lindner

An inspiring and heart-warming true story of how one couple turned their home into a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned dogs, Forever Home by Ron Danta, Danny Robertshaw and Larry Lindner will pull at your heart strings.

Danny and Ron – stars of the
Netflix US documentary Life in the Doghouse and founders of one of the most recognised rescue organisations in the world, Danny & Ron’s Dog Rescue – first met while working at a horse show in 1980. However, it wasn’t until a series of life-altering events - and the introduction of a Norfolk Terrier named Chloe - that they became inseparable and their shared passion for animals truly ignited, starting a life-long promise to any animal they came into contact with that they would always feel valued and secure.

Forever Home follows the story of a compassionate and determined duo as they share their journey of not only saving more than 13,600 dogs in need, but providing those dogs with a sanctuary and safe space to recover in their own home – a decision deeply entwined with the moving tale of how Danny and Ron rescued each other.

From the heart-breaking stories of animals unable to be returned to their families as a result of Hurricane Katrina to the animals hurt in the devastating Australian bushfires, Forever Home shows how Danny and Ron have committed their lives to doing everything in their power to save their furry friends.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Affirm Press, 31st January 2023

Price: $26.95 from

by Simon Rowell

An utterly compelling police procedural set on the Murray River, by a rising star of Australian crime fiction.

One foggy morning on the banks of the Murray River, a body is found in a burnt-out area of grassland. The heavily tattooed victim, who has suffered two bullet wounds to the head, is identified as Freddie Jones, a bikie from Moama.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer is on the case, alongside her trusty service dog, Harry. Although Zoe is determined to track down the murderer, she finds herself stonewalled at every turn—by Freddie’s family, his associates and even the local police. But then a second body is discovered, and soon all bets are off…

Wild Card is a gripping mystery about gang warfare and small-town corruption, featuring a crime-fighting duo like no other.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Text Publishing, 17th January 2023

RRP: $32.99 from all good book stores and online.

Exploring All Things Canine
by Erika K Gősi

When Erika adopted Mila, she naively believed that, like instant soup, she wouldn't have to go through the process of cooking all the ingredients from scratch. She wouldn't have to house train, obedience train or intensely socialise a mature dog. 

Mila quickly proved how misguided she was! Her favourite pastime was zealously chewing Persian rugs while the living room became her personal toilet. Alternatively, when asked to sit, lie down, or come, she'd throw herself on her back in submission and refuse to move. Thunder and fireworks sent her rushing around in a mindless panic, while the sight of other dogs turned her into a screaming banshee. Does this sound familiar?

From Wolf to Supermutt and Everything In Between
is a book to guide you and your dog to happiness and harmony.

Predominantly written with information based on research studies, the book also includes anecdotes based on Erika's own experience to give it the personal factor.

Erika's portrayal of all things canine begins with their evolution and domestication, the fundamental processes that triggered our ongoing relationship with dogs. 

Additionally, the book banishes a few myths, and explores the significance of nature vs nurture, including the importance of genetics, breeding and socialisation

Understanding how our dogs think and learn, knowing the source of canine behaviour problems, including the impact of detrimental and positive training methods, we can pre-empt many behaviour problems and positively shape our dogs into happy hounds.

Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing, 30th June 2022

RRP: $33.25 at

Life Lessons from Scrappy, a Pet Therapy Dog

by Larry N Grogan

A Tail of Love, Life Lessons from Scrappy, a Pet Therapy Dog chronicles many of the life-changing events Scrappy and I encountered together while visiting children's hospitals and other health care facilities.

For all of Scrappy's twelve and a half years, she amazed me with her selfless achievements, but it took me many more years than Scrappy's lifespan to understand the true power of those achievements. 

This book is my attempt to transform her achievements into life lessons for humans.

Hardcover, 126 pages
Published: 19th October 2021

Price: $36.95 at


The Canines We Cannot Live Without

by Valeria Aloise, Margot Tissot, Jeffrey K. Butt (Translator)

All the real and important jobs dogs do, in one lavishly-illustrated book of more than 50 breeds.

Dogs save lives and protect property. They search for treasures and sniff out criminals. They guide people who cannot see and comfort those who are sick. Dogs Who Work is about all the important jobs that real dogs do every day. Along the way, you'll meet the breeds that excel in certain skills, from guarding priceless paintings or assisting police or gathering tennis balls! 

You'll even meet the mythological dogs who could fly or bring back the dead, and the famous dog who was elected mayor. This lavishly illustrated book is a great introduction to all the dogs we love-and cannot live without.

Hardcover, 104 pages
Publisher: Helvetiq, 26th January 2023
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

RRP: $37.68 at

A Valentine Computer Science Dog's Tale

by D G Priya

Do kids want to read a coding book? Not as much as dog stories!

My name is Merlin Raj. I have a teeny tiny weakness for socks which makes life as a service dog difficult. Usually, I only have to worry about helping my boy, Matthew, walk at school. But when my family signs up for their first 5k race, this super-smart Golden Retriever who wears glasses will also have to become a racing trainer.

Yikes! Will Boolean math help me uncover the heart of a champion?

Appealing to readers of all ages, Merlin Raj and the Love Me Not Race is the continuing instalment in this illustrated series. From artists to astronauts, the jobs of the future will deal with computers.

With a Computer Science degree and a passion for preparing kids for the future, author D. G. Priya blends technology with animal stories to stimulate a desire to read. Each book in the series introduces a new programming skill. If you or your child like delightful dog tales that explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, dedication, and the importance of being true to one's self, then you'll love this tail-wagging adventure.

Hardcover,122 pages
Published: Vulcan Ink, 19th May 2020

RRP: $39.55 from

Healthy Habits series
by Lisa Edwards, Sian Roberts (Illustrator)

Find out how to be helpful with these cute animal guides!

Mum is teaching her puppies how to be helpful and they are learning how to share, how to have good manners, how to be tidy and more. This book follows the story of the dog family as the puppies grow, but it provides lots of advice on behaviour for its human readers. For children progressing through book bands, the book is suitable for children reading at book band 7: Turquoise.

The Healthy Habits series for children aged 4+, features key information about how to stay healthy in mind and body, simply told and brought to life through a relatable animal guide and bright and gently humorous illustrations. 

The books have lots of good advice and a little bit of learning about the animal world, to keep things interesting for young animal lovers.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books, Imprint: Franklin Watts, 10th January 2023
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old

RRP: $28.99 in all good bookstores and online at

Learn the Alphabet with Dogs!
by P. G. Hibbert

A is for Afghan Hound, B is for Bulldog, C is for Corgi

ABC Dogs is the perfect picture book for your young scholar to learn the alphabet through dogs of all breeds! Each page is a whirlwind of adventure and colour as your child learns through these furry friends.

This joyful illustrated book is perfect for children learning their alphabet!

There's a dog to love for each letter of this colourful book.

Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Thomasine Media LLC, 21st December 2022
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old

Price: $21.75 from

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