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Dog Lovers Book Club - July 2023

With the winter school holidays upon us, it's time to stock up on a new pile of great reads for yourself and the kids... 

You can't beat snuggling under a warm throw with your furry bestie for company so it's time grab your favourite cuppa to browse this bumper July 2023 - Dog Lovers Book Club.

by Greg Barron
While running from the law across the New South Wales border, Will Jones and his crew join forces to stop a runaway wagon, saving the life of the terrified driver. On board, inside a tea chest, is a precious cargo - a new breed of pups that will one day become known as Queensland Blue Heelers. The smallest of the pups appears to be injured beyond repair. Can he be saved? The owner doesn't think so.

Pursued by a dogged but flawed police sergeant, Will continues the journey north, following river tracks with Lainey, Fat Sam and Gamilaroi Jim. 

On the goldfields of North Queensland they receive an offer too good to refuse. This leads them to a new field, where nothing is quite as it seems. Will Jones needs all his wits to escape the trap set for him, though it's the loyalty of his mates that saves the day.

Will Jones and the Blue Dog is the second book in the series, following on from Will Jones and the Dead Man's Letter, set across the colourful and wild landscape of 1880s Australia.

Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Stories of Oz Publishing, 17th June 2023

Price: $16.90 from

An A-Z Guide To All Things Canine

by Marc Bekoff, foreword by Jane Goodall

An easy-to-read, all-encompassing, and fun reference on all things canine from an award-winning scientist who has studied and loved dogs (and their wild relatives) for more than five decades

No one is better than Dr. Marc Bekoff at turning state-of-the-art animal science into practical, reader-friendly information. His subjects include dog care, dog cognition and emotions, and dog-human relationships, and though he has impressive scientific credentials and much technical expertise, this is the accessible book that every dog lover should have. 

In concise, readable A-through-Z entries, Bekoff covers it all, including:

✔️ Why your dog is doing this and not doing that.
✔️ Whether dogs have "human" traits such as jealousy and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
✔️ Why it is important to recognize the individuality of each dog, rather than assume that any or all dogs should act or respond in the same way.
✔️ Exactly how to meet any dog eye-to-eye, nose-to-nose, and ear-to-ear to create enduring reciprocal bonds.
✔️ How tuning in to a dog's unique personality busts one-size-fits-all theories and leads to happier dogs and happier human companions.

As the saying goes, dogs are many humans' best friends and beloved family members. If that's the case for you - and whether you are a dog lover, vet, or trainer; whether you have just brought home a puppy or are nursing a senior dog - Dogs Demystified will answer your questions, unlock mysteries, and foster harmony and happiness for all.

Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: New World Library, 6th June 2023

Price: $36.25 from

Monty Dog Detective

by Louisa Bennet

The Nosy Detectives Agency is like no other. For a start, one of the detectives is a dog called Monty, a rescued Golden Retriever with a heart of gold and a super-smart nose. 

Rose Sidebottom, an ex-copper, has an uncanny ability to know when a suspect is lying. And Ollie Fernsby is a teenage super-geek and inventor of the rat-cam. They make a great team. There is just one problem - no clients. 

Then one day, Phyllis O'Neal, a grumpy grandmother from the village of Nether Wallop, offers them an unsolved cold case they can't refuse - who really lit the fire that killed Tony and Marie Toyne? The surviving son and only witness, Finn, hasn't spoken since that terrible night. Monty sets out to locate a forgotten second witness, a dog called Panda, who might recognise the arsonist if she had a good sniff. The tricky case gets harder when Rose is distracted by a handsome fire-scene investigator. 

Can Monty get Rose back on track? Is Tiffany the giant cat friend or foe? And why is the whole village lying about the night of the fire? Can the Nosy Detectives solve the pawfect murder? 

The Nosy Detectives is the third in the Monty Dog Detective series, following on from the bestselling Monty and Me and The Bone Ranger.

Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Clan Destine Press, 29th July 2023

Price: $36.75 (pre-order) from

Relationships Generate Responsibilities
by Craig Banks Merow

The social status of dogs has changed dramatically in the past 75 years. Today, most dog owners and small animal veterinarians consider companion canines to be members of their families and communities. 

However, the attitudes of some dog owners concerning their responsibilities to their dogs - and many of the laws that regulate dog ownership and veterinary medical practice - largely reflect the human/canine relationship and ethical norms of an earlier era. This incongruity leads to unmet needs for companion canines and high levels of stress for many veterinary clinicians.

This book presents arguments for human responsibilities to companion canines, a detailed analysis of what those responsibilities entail, and the professional ethical standards and laws needed to ensure that responsibilities are met.
A new moral framework - the Custodial Property Framework - is created for the care and medical treatment of companion canines, and is grounded in a detailed analysis of the responsibilities of care generated by the relationship we have with our "best friends."

Paperback, 277 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc, 21st June 2023

RRP: $156.35 at

Year Five: A dog's reports from the front lines of hooman rescue

by Gwen Romack

The fourth book in the multi-award winning series.

raining hoomans is a ruff job, but somedoggy has to do it. The Finn Chronicles (c) is a unique story told by an extraordinary dog. 

Join Finn as he shares his fourth year of weekly reports about his struggles to train and protect his rescued hoomans. With sarcastic wit, he observes the curious world around him, heroically saves his hoomans from danger, and vents about his lackluster servants. With bonus content like links to Finn's social media and videos, you'll get to see this vocal and opinionated dog in action. You're sure to fall in love with Finn, his hilarious facial expressions, his tantrums, and even his dim-witted hoomans. 

This is the light-hearted and funny read we need in these not so light-hearted times.

Paperback, 170 pages
Publisher: Gwen K. Romack, 13th June 2023

RRP: $47.25 from

by Carla Francis

There's no doubt cats are a meaningful feature of Japanese life: from folklore to fashion, they've left a giant paw print on the culture. It's believed that felines first appeared in Japan with the arrival of Buddhism via China in around 552, when their main role was to stop vermin from damaging scriptures.

But what can we learn from these philosophical felines? Surely they can teach us a thing or two, through the wisdom gleaned over the centuries residing in ancient temples and co-existing with artists, courtesans, monks and writers.

The Zen of Cat is interwoven with stories and facts about cats, Japan and Zen philosophy. Carla Francis includes discussions with Japanese cat lovers, and invites reflection and 'mindful mewsings' on life through an A-Z of Japanese words to inspire.

Cats are unburdened by worry. They maintain an enviable equilibrium. Maybe we can too?

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 27th June 2023

RRP: $24.99. From all good bookstores and online, visit


by Ann M. Martin

11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her... 

Brilliantly told from 11-year old Rose's point of view, as she deals with the mental and emotional challenges that come with her Asperger's Syndrome and obsession with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name has a homonym (rows), and she purposely gave her new dog Rain a name with two homonyms (reign, rein). 

But not many people understand Rose's obsession, her rules, and the other things that make her different - not her teachers, not the kids at school, and not her single father. Then a massive storm hits Rose's rural town and Rain goes missing. Now Rose must go on a mission to find her dog, even if it means abandoning the safety of her routines and rules to search.

A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Usborne GB, 1st May 2016
For Ages: 9+ years old

RRP: $14.99. For details and stockists, visit

by Ken Mansfield, illustrated by Tiffany Conway

Within the Four Woods were hundreds of different paths and routes, mainly formed by us during our adventures. This is a story about some of those special walks....

Wilson is a loveable miniature Schnauzer dog who helps to deliver messages to all of the creatures within the Four Woods. But when the evil deeds of Harry the Toad and some green slime threaten to stop the upcoming woodland festival Wilson is just the pup to sniff out the cause.

Mythical and extinct creatures, join oddball eccentric woodland animals and "living trees" in helping Wilson solve the mystery and save the festival, but not without some anxious moments and surprises along the way.

Twenty years earlier, we follow the memory of a ten-year-old girl called Jojo as she embarks on one of her daily woodland walks along with her three beloved grandparents. Their adventures echo real life events, full of joy, laughter, despair, occasional confusion and also scientific discovery!

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing, 28th June 2023

For Ages: 7-9 years old

RRP: $33.50 from

Be Happy and Safe with Dogs (2nd edition)

by Kendal Shepherd

The Canine Commandments guides children, and the adults they live with, to interact more safely with dogs and to minimise the risk of a bite.

The 'commandments' are simple to understand and relevant to all children, whether they already live with a dog or not.

This revised second edition of Kendal Shepherd's well known book on dog behaviour includes her famous ladder of aggression and additional new features - quizzes, learning objectives and a glossary - to further engage children, and to support discussion and teaching in classroom settings.

Kendal Shepherd is a veterinary surgeon who has studied canine behaviour for many years. Her passion is the prevention of dog bite incidents in all ages, but particularly in children.

This new edition has been beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Anna Currey.

Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: 5M Books Ltd, 21st February 2023

For Ages: 7 - 9 years old 

RRP: $32.40 from

by Kate Foster

A fun, frolicking adventure about five kids with a mystery to solve!

Eleven-year-old Oli is spending his school holidays at Heroes Club, where kids can build friendships and learn about their emotions, but Oli just wants to be home … where it's familiar, not-so-boring and he can play his favourite game.

But when Oli and the other kids at the club see a stray dog who keeps disappearing into a soon-to-be-demolished building across the street, Oli and his four fellow heroes hatch a daring rescue plan to save the dog before it's too late.

It's going to take bravery, some seriously smart teamwork … and a few broken rules.

Paperback. 208 pages
Imprint: Walker Books Australia, 5th July 2023
For Ages: 8-12 years old

RRP: $16.99. For more information and to purchase, visit

He is lost but still loved…

by Sybil Rowlands

Hero is a black puppy of uncertain breed, the runt of a litter born in a severe storm. He was frightened of almost everything from the time he was little. Although at first not keen to do so, Ned's parents allow him to keep the little puppy as his special pet. Ned names his new pet Hero in the hope that he will live up to his name but to no avail.

Hero runs away in a storm and meets some homeless men who rename him as he has lost his collar. Hero especially befriends one of the men. Hero's owners did not give up looking for him and finally did so in a surprising way. Hero's plight leads the homeless man to reassess his own life. Ned's love for Hero is demonstrated in an unexpected way when he makes a momentous decision regarding the future of his beloved pet.

Paperback, 115 pages
Publisher: Sid Harta Book Publishers Pty Ltd, 1st January 2018

Price: $11.75 from

by Sally CL Robinson

We need your help! Archie has escaped, and is nowhere to be found... Can you have a look around with us, to help us seek and find?

Born without the ability to hear anything, Archie was left sad and alone in a rescue centre, waiting for his forever home. But as long as he has a full tummy and is warm, he won't let anything phase him!

This book follows the 'almost' true stories of Archie the rescued Staffy dog.

His silly antics and adventures will have you laughing and sometimes surprised: do you think he really is naughty, or just misunderstood?

One thing is for certain, though: we all need to be more Archie!

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd / Matador, 28th June 2023
For Ages: 5-7 years old

RRP: $27.50 from

by Tammi Salzano, illustrated by Sarah Wade

Boo and Peanut are headed to dog training with Anna and her brother, Jack. Boo doesn't want to go, but Anna convinces him that it'll be fun - and good for Peanut, too. When they get there, Boo finds so many exciting smells and sees so many fun things to play with. There are balls to chase, ramps to run up and down, and more.

Maybe it won't be so bad after all Then Peanut gets scared by a bigger dog and takes off running across the room, creating chaos, and ends up stuck at the top of a curtain Can Boo help his sister - and make it through the rest of the class? 

This follow-up to Boo and the New Puppy is a fun introduction to the idea that while new experiences can be scary, they can also be fun.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Quarto US, 6th June 2023
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

Price: $18.25 (Pre-order) from

The Adventures of Spillway & Scotty

by Heidi BullenLisa WentzellClaudia Diller (Illustrator)

No matter where they go, Scotty and his special stuffed dog, Spillway, always have fun together. 

Although Scotty was born with a chromosomal disorder that causes developmental delays, with Spillway by his side, there are always adventures to be had Join Spillway as he takes you on a journey through Scotty's life where they experience acceptance, empathy, and inclusion during their unique time together.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: McSea Books, 22nd May 2023
For Ages: 5-6 years old

RRP: $37.25 from

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