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Dog Lovers Book Club - April 2024

We can't wait for the cooler weather this year, hoping our dogs will finally let us stay in bed in the morning to enjoy reading a great book! 

Here's our pick of new releases and perennial favourites this month with lots of choices for dog lovers big and small - with an expanded kids' section for these school holidays.
Uplifting Stories of True Canine Companionship

by Ben Holt

Experience the unconditional love and incredible stories of remarkable dogs in Dog Tales. This heart-warming collection celebrates the uplifting impact and unwavering bond between dogs and humans, leaving you inspired and filled with joy.

This collection of heart-warming stories shares true accounts of some extra-special pups and celebrates the many ways dogs uplift and enrich our lives every day

Dive into these pages to meet some of the most incredible dogs and puppies who have touched the lives of their owners in unforgettable ways. From loyal service dogs who have helped their owners through some of life's toughest challenges, to playful puppies who bring joy to every moment, the furry friends featured in this heart-warming collection of stories will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.

Whether you're a dog lover or simply need a dose of positivity, the stories inside are sure to raise your spirits. Filled with tales of courage, love and loyalty, this book is here to remind you of the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans. 

So settle in with your furry friend and get ready to be inspired by the stories of these amazing pups.

Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Octopus, 14th March 2024

Price: $21.80 from

The Rise and Fall of American Greyhound Racing and the Dog that Inspired a Movement

by Christine A. DorchakGREY2K USA WorldwideCarey M. Theil

Brooklyn Goes Home is the true story of how one Greyhound sparked a movement to close the worst dog track in the world. After spending eight years in a small, dark, and empty concrete cell, he finally found his forever home with Greyhound advocates Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil.

We once met a dog that changed the world. His name was Brooklyn. It's hard to imagine that a spotted dog would become the inspiration for a worldwide fight; that the campaign would be successful, and that after a decade of suffering, he would come home to us. And yet it happened. 

In fact, the thirteen short years that Brooklyn spent on this earth would turn out to be one of the most consequential periods in history for Greyhounds, and for the broader debate on animal rights. The life of this one dog signalled not only the end of Greyhound racing in the United States, but also the emergence of the first successful movement to outlaw an animal abuse industry that was powerful and economically significant.

This history is based on the memories and reflections of Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil and describes twenty years of working together to help Greyhounds. The two grew up more than a decade apart, on alternate coasts, one raised very traditionally and the other quite liberally, one an animal loving "Jersey Girl" turned lawyer, the other a poet and chess master turned political strategist. This Yin and Yang turned out to be a curious balance of opposites that is perhaps the reason that the organisation survived and then succeeded against very great odds.

Brooklyn Goes Home is the story of the rise and fall of commercial Greyhound racing in the United States and an account of how one small non-profit emerged to make an impact. It is also a remembrance of three glorious years spent with a magical dog. Readers will find inspiration in this chronicle, and perhaps discover new paths to making positive change in the world.

Paperback, 244 pages
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser, 15th February 2024

Price: $13.69 from

Canine Guardians, Companions and Mascots Since the 19th Century

by Jill Lenk Schilp 

This is the story of the vagabond canines that hopped on railroads across the United States, often becoming celebrities and national heroes. Chapters introduce canines like Owney, guardian of the railway mail service; Fala, FDR's beloved dog and train-companion; Annie, the Colorado railway ambassador; the K9 patrols who watch over the tracks; and many more.

As railroads were changing America, these raildogs were changing the people who lived and worked in rail communities. For the dogs of the railways, home became the hearts of the people of the railroad. 
More than the dogs themselves, this book is about the human-animal relationship between a dog and a community and moments in history where that relationship symbolized the quest for home and belonging, a search that humans often share with our canine travellers.

Paperback, 277 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc, 31st January 2024

Price: $50.60 from

Featuring the Hierarchy of Dog Needs
by Linda Michaels

Get the dog training results you've always wanted-combining love with the science of dog psychology.

Foreword by Marc Bekoff, PhD, co-founder with Jane Goodall of the Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and author of 31 books.

The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook provides force-free, practical solutions to common and complex behaviour problems for both dog trainers and pet parents. This comprehensive guide is a transformational problem solving gift to pet parents for the heartbeats at our feet. It is also designed for professional presentations, teaching basic manners classes, and includes private behavioural consultation treatment plans with citations and a detailed index to make finding topics easy. Learn how to prevent behaviour problems before they escalate.

Renowned dog psychologist and trailblazer in positive dog training, Linda Michaels, illustrates the most effective, ethical methods endorsed by the greatest minds in dog training and behaviour. This meticulously researched handbook tackles the simplest and the most challenging issues including:

✔️ Nutrition - Unravel the mysteries of dog nutrition.
✔️ Veterinary and Grooming visits - Help your puppy or rescue dog feel safe from the very first visit.
✔️ Aggression - Learn to identify red flags, including formulas for human and dog-dog aggression, sibling rivalry, and resource guarding treatments.
✔️ Separation anxiety - Create a 'Doggy Enrichment Land' and follow the step-by-step treatment plan for desensitisation and counter-conditioning.
✔️ Trainer secrets, good manners, and basic skills - Discover effective solutions for calm greetings, puppy "no bite", "no jump", lightning recall, and leash-walking.

The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook is a definitive "must have" for dog lovers and seasoned trainers - a classic treasure belonging on the top shelf of every library.

Paperback, 346 pages
Publisher: Canaveral PR, 6th July 2022

Price: $56.69 at

by Gladdie Deane

Hattie Brown's happily waved goodbye to the days of helping Mama train dogs in a small Southern coastal town. Once a brainy kid with few friends, Hattie's riding the wave of success with a Harvard degree and a career as an investment banker at a prominent Boston firm.

Her social life is quite another matter, especially when her best friend Ellie Reade moves to Paris. Hattie's loneliness escalates with the death of her mother and grandmother, and she throws herself into her work, quickly becoming the firm's corporate star.

When Hattie crosses paths with one of Boston's most eligible bachelors, Asher Sinclaire, things start looking up. Asher falls for Hattie's innocence and natural beauty. Her high-powered, well-paying job feeds Asher's hungry ego-and helps with his money problems. A surprise marriage proposal has Hattie's heart racing and her left ring finger sporting a two-carat diamond ring.

Despite funding her husband's fledgling business, the honeymoon period comes to a screeching halt as Hattie discovers Asher believes their marriage is a huge mistake. Hattie suddenly finds herself back to where she started, learning sometimes you have to lose everything to discover what is truly important.

Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Nextone Inc, 19th March 2024

Price: $33.85 at


by Shane Boyes, illustrated by Magnus Weinhauser

Meet Duff, the Dingo dog. He lives in the outback of Australia and loves chickens.

The farmer also loves chickens, so, by default, he does not love Dingo Dogs. But when Duff meets the farmer, the battle is on. The farmer is sure to win-until his granddaughter, Kenna, comes along and falls in love with Duff.

Can Gramma convince Grampa to let Kenna keep Duff, or will he be driven back out to the desert?
Find out in Duff the Dingo Dog.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Ahelia Publishing LLC, 9th March 2024
For Ages: 7 - 12 years old

Price: $33.07 from

by Chris Lynch

A boy learns how to be a friend from man’s best friend in this funny and moving middle grade novel about humans being able to change and dogs changing us from acclaimed author Chris Lynch.

In a family of strong personalities with very strong points of view, Louis is what his mother lovingly calls “the inactivist,” someone who’d rather kick back than stand out. He only hopes he can stay under the radar when he starts high school in the fall, his first experience with public school after years of home schooling.

But when a favour for a neighbour and his stinky canine companion unexpectedly turns into a bustling dog-walking business, Louis finds himself meeting an unprecedented number of new friends—both human and canine. Agatha, a quippy and cagey girl his age always seems to be telling two truths and a lie. Cyrus, a few years his senior, promises he’s going to show Louis how to be a better person, whether Louis wants him to or not. And then there are the dogs: misbehaving Border Terriers, the four (possible stolen) sausage dogs, the rest of Louis’s charges, and a mysterious white beast who appears at a certain spot at the edge of the woods.

Dogs and human alike all seem to have something they want to teach Louis, including his menacing older brother who keeps turning up everywhere. But is Louis ready to learn the lesson he needs most: how to stop being a lone wolf and be part of a pack?

Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 12th March 2024
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

Price: $29.99 at

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

A funny and fantastical adventure from former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and award-winning illustrator Viviane Schwarz.

Gaston le Dog longs to return to the beautiful beach he remembers from years ago. So he sets off on an adventure – but mystery and danger lurk at every turn, and Gaston will need all the help he can get from the friends he meets along the way. 

But can they all be trusted? And will Gaston’s odyssey bring him everything he hoped for? 

This playful new tale from national treasure Michael Rosen sprinkles myth, magic and fairy tale to create a brilliant story, illustrated by award-winning artist Viviane Schwarz, perfect for fans of the Grimwood series.

Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, 5th March 2024
For Ages: 7 - 11 years old

RRP: $27.75 from

A Day In The Life Of A Police Dog

by Mark Tappan

Meet Mattis, a K9 police dog who loves helping people and fighting crime alongside his partner, Sergeant Mark. Learn what Mattis's favourite part of the day is as he follows scent trails, tracks down missing items, and performs his official police work. 

K9 Mattis on the Job from author and police sergeant Mark Tappan will captivate kids as they discover what a day in the life of a German Shepherd police dog is all about.

Real-life hero Mattis the K9 officer first captured America's hearts on A&E's America's Top Dog and at school visits across the country. Now, through this fun story based on Mattis's official police work, kids will find out what this pup loves to do each day, from driving to the police station in the morning (okay, Sergeant Mark does most of the driving) to training with the other officers to using his super sniffer to find missing items! 

But can you guess what Mattis's favourite part of the day is?

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 12th March 2024
For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $43.57 from

by Lynley Dodd

Brand new, bigger and better paperback edition of this best-selling Hairy Maclary adventure

"Sniffles and snuffles and doses of flu - itches and stitches and tummy ache too..."

Hairy Maclary is waiting to see the vet with lots of other pets. Then something happens to turn the waiting room into a kerfuffling scramble of paws, a tangle of bodies and a jumble of jaws . . . what can be the matter? 

Another rumbustious, rhyming romp with Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy and friends!

Paperback, ‎ 32 pages
Publisher: ‎Picture Puffin; 1st edition (13 February 2009)
For Ages:‎ 2 - 5 years old

Price: $13.09 from

A Kid's Guide to Welcoming a New Dog

by Jennie Chen, Giselle Nevada

Join Lora and CJ on an exciting journey as they discover the importance of thorough research and preparation before welcoming a new dog into their home.

Porter and Midge: Paws and Responsibilities
takes children on an educational adventure that covers various aspects of puppy care from the essential tasks of grooming and feeding to the critical elements of training and socialisation. 

Through catchy rhymes, children will gain a deep understanding that responsible pet ownership goes beyond the basics of providing food and shelter. To raise a well-rounded, happy dog requires love, play, and engagement.

As readers follow along, they'll witness Lora and CJ's dedication to becoming responsible pet owners, highlighted by their commitment to regular vet visits, training and the careful selection of the right breed or rescue dog that matches their family's lifestyle. 

This captivating story is a valuable resource for parents and educators seeking to instill important values such as responsibility, empathy, and a genuine love for animals into the hearts of young readers.

Paperback, 30 pages
Publisher: ‎ Raise the Woof Press, 9 February 2024
For Ages: 3+ years old

Price: $21.90 from

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