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WIN 1 of 5 Copies of ATLAS OF DOGS by Lonely Planet Kids

Satisfy your canine curiosity with this who’s who (or should that be ‘woof’s woof’) of dogs. This fully illustrated guide lets us off the lead to explore all the weird and wonderful dog breeds from around the globe. Large maps of each continent show where each dog breed (both common and rare) is from.

Follow-on doggy profile pages will then give the low-down on each one - where they come from, their history, their physical characteristics and their personality traits

From the Alaskan Malamute and the Dalmatian to the Labrador and the Welsh Corgi, this book has got canines covered.

Region-by-region, you'll explore:
  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe (West)
  • Europe (South and East)
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand

Special themed spreads include Dogs with JobsHow Dogs CommunicateDoggy Heroes plus:

✔️ Dog myths and legends
✔️ How dogs communicate with one another and with humans
✔️ Record-breaking dogs
✔️ Popular mixed-breed dogs around the world
✔️ Hound dogs and their super senses and many more...

It’s going to be pawsome!

Hardcover,  112 pages
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids, 1st September 2022
For Ages: 6-10 years

RRP: $24.99 available from all good bookstores and online from

About Lonely Planet Kids:

Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world's leading travel authority Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travellers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. 

Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!

You can find Lonely Planet Kids on Facebook at
Win 1 of 5 copies of "ATLAS OF DOGS" 
(Total Prize Pool: $125.00) thanks to Lonely Planet Kids

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2. Tell us "why would your kid / grandkid love to read this #AtlasofDogs"? 


1. This Competition will open on Saturday 1st October 2022 (5:00pm) and will close on Sunday 9th October 2022 (midnight A.E.S.T.). Open to Australian residents only.
Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your book directly from the Publisher.
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The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
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6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.

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The October 2022 selection of our Dog Lovers Book Club is out with some great reads to relax during these school holidays or get an early start on your Christmas shopping list.


by Victoria Schade

A burned-out veterinarian takes a much-needed beach vacation, where a charming surfer makes waves in her love life, and a unique foster pup renews her passion for her work.

Exhausted veterinarian Morgan Pearce is feeling overworked and under-thanked, so when two favourite clients ask her to watch their special needs senior dog in their Nantucket home, she jumps at the chance for a summer break. She hopes her time on the island will be a reset from the stress of her everyday life, but her chill vacation vibe takes a hit when she gets roped into fostering a challenging, anxious dog and helping plan the local rescue group's glittery annual fundraiser.

Her trip starts to feel more like a vacation when Morgan begins falling for Nathan Keating, an irresistible entrepreneur who thinks every problem can be solved on a surfboard. Just as the summer is shaping up to be the magical refresh she needs, thanks to a fling that feels like the beginning of something real and Hudson, the foster dog who reminds her how much she loves her job, a visit from her estranged brother and the discovery of who Nathan really is changes everything. Morgan finds herself at a crossroads, trying to determine if mistakes from the past must define the future, or if she should forgive, forget, and grab hold of a chance to finally rescue herself.

The perfect easy read for beach days and summer travels!

Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA, 28th June 2022

RRP: $33.50 from

by Dr Rowan Kilmartin

A guide to Canine Cruciate Surgery Rehabilitation Program including a 10-week detailed program of specific approaches, exercises, massage, and restoring balance to get the best results after your pet has undergone surgery for cruciate.

If they could talk about walking again: Canine Cruciate Surgery Rehabilitation Program is a book about how you can help your pet recover and become mobile after they have undergone cruciate surgery. This manual includes tracking sheet tables to mark off your daily progress for each week. 

There is a detailed description of each exercise, massage, or movement and just how much walking they can do. These manual details a comprehensive program with aim of getting your pet back to the way they were before the injury.

Paperback, 38 pages
Publisher: Tablo, 13th September 2022

RRP: $57.89 at

A British Love Affair
by Georgina Montagu, Dylan Thomas (Photographer)

This book celebrates the special relationship between beloved British dogs and their devoted owners. Architects, fashion designers, florists, entrepreneurs - these and the other famous, creative and hyper-successful people have one thing in common when it comes to their canines: the strength of the bond between human and four-legged friend. 

This makes for tales of companionship that will be sure to uplift your spirits and make the heart sing. Exuberantly photographed by Dylan Thomas, with interviews by Poodle-mad Georgina Montagu, Top Dogs is a joyous read and lustrous eye-candy for dog lovers. 

From Jacobean manor to Cumbrian hill farm, and circus wagon to royal residence, the lucky hounds who are showcased in this sumptuous volume occupy some of the loveliest homes in the country.

If you love everything British or know  a dog lover hankering after their homeland, this book would make the most gorgeous Christmas gift idea!

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Triglyph Books, 1st September 2022

Price: $115.67 from

by Riesa and Bowie

‘Good health starts with good food.’ In this book, you will find:

An alphabetical list of healthy fresh produce and everyday foods you can safely feed your dog with the nutrient guidelines showing which foods are rich in different nutrients.

✔️ Over 30 dog-friendly recipes to inspire you to become your dog’s personal Master Chef – all of which have been tested and approved by Bowie. The recipes range from supplemental foods to formulated complete meals for adult dogs, both raw and cooked options.

✔️ Dogs’ physiology and the nutrients they need to thrive.
Fresh food feeding guidelines (including ratio and feeding guidelines) with practical advice and tips (on Balance, Budget, Bacteria and Bones) to ensure your dog has a successful transition and a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.

✔️ Our recommendations of dog supplements that can help support your dog’s health and wellbeing – including discount codes exclusively created for those who purchased ‘Bowie Drools Over the Alphabet’ book.

✔️ Plenty more resources about dog nutrition and making food for your dog.

✔️ Through the vibrant colours of fresh produce and visually beautiful and drool-worthy recipes, this book will take you on a journey of discovery and learning about your furry best friend and how to better their health and diet. Whether you are new to fresh food feeding or a seasoned fresh food feeder, there is something for everyone!

This book will inspire you and your dog to eat and live healthfully. No longer does my dog eat better than I do, and vice versa!

Digital ebook PDF, 254 pages

Price: $34.95 from

by Michael LaReaux

Jake Phillips doesn't break the rules because he's a troublemaker. He breaks them because he thinks the rules are stupid. But some rules aren't meant to be broken. Haunted by memories of fear and violence, Ursus has never known kindness.

An accident sends Jake to an afterlife where pets go to await their human companions. Jake soon discovers it's not the afterlife he learned about in church. An evil presence stalks the dark places among the trees, searching for dogs and cats to steal away. With Ursus as his guide, Jake sets off on a journey through ancient woods and golden grasslands, determined to put a stop to the disappearances and bring back those who were taken.

Jake isn't strong, brave, or smart. Most of the time, he isn't even very nice. But there are animals who need rescue, and there is no one else to save them. He will just have to find strength and courage along the way.

Paperback, ‎ 500 pages
Publisher:‎ Stormbird Press, 12th October 2022
For Ages: 13 - 18 years

Price: $28.25. Available for pre-order now from


by Anthony McGowan

Chernobyl, 1986. Without humans, how will dogs survive?

As humans fled the nuclear disaster, they were forced to leave their pets behind. Without people, nature began to return to the woods surrounding the power plant--lynx, bear, and wolves. But the overgrown forest is no place for dogs.

Can Zoya, and her pups Misha and Luka, learn to survive in the deadlands? And will Zoya ever find her way home to her beloved owner?

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Rock the Boat, 13th September 2022
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $36.75 from

by Lonely Planet Kids, Frances Evans, Kelsey Heaton (llustrator)

Satisfy your canine curiosity with this who's who of dogs. This fully illustrated guide will take you on a woof-tastic journey around the world to meet over 150 weird and wonderful dog breeds - from the dapper Boston Terrier to the chirpy German Dachshund, the lively Portuguese Podengo and the tiny but tough Australian Terrier.

This gorgeous hardcover atlas features large maps of each continent that show where each dog breed (both common and rare) is from. Follow-on pooch profiles then give the low-down on each one - their history, physical characteristics and personality traits.

You'll explore the world of dog breeds, region-by-region and additional special features include:
✔️Atlas of a Dog's Body and their Super Senses
✔️ Doggie Dictionary
✔️ Little Dogs and Gentle Giants
✔️ Terrific Terriers
✔️ Dogs with Jobs
✔️ Heroic Hounds
✔️ Cute Crossbreeds and Marvellous Mixes
✔️ Doggie Sports and many more!

This book would make a perfect Christmas or birthday present for a young dog lover!

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids, 1st September 2022
For Ages: 6 - 8 years old

Price: $14.80 from

Enter to Win 1 of 5 copies of Atlas of Dogs this week (Oct 1- Oct 9)!

An Illustrated Collection of 40 Sweet, Silly, and Supportive Dogs
by Kristina Micotti

Each dog entry includes a charming illustration and a short essay about this dog and why you need its playful advice right now. 

Think supportive socks-with-sandals-wearing 'Dad Dogs', goofy prankster 'Clown Dogs', and more. Sprinkled throughout this fur ball-filled book, you'll find fun interactive elements like:

✔️ Words of Affirmation: WoooWOOwoo (Which means: 'You are a ray of beautiful sunshine, and you are capable of accomplishing all of your dreams')
✔️ A Draw Your Own Dog guide
✔️ The Which Dog Do You Need Right Now? Quiz
✔️ Activities, recipes, and more dogs!

From chill puppers to little stinkers, the dogs in this book think the world of you.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 5th May 2022

RRP: $26.95 at

by Philip C. Stead

How many dogs live in the neighbourhood? Louis decides to find out by meeting every single one.

Louis really wants a dog, but his Grandma insists, "There are enough dogs in the neighbourhood already." While Louis disagrees, he realises he needs more information to support his argument- so he sets out to figure out how many dogs live in the neighbourhood.

While Grandma sets out on errands of her own, Louis starts knocking on doors. He meets big dogs and little dogs, dogs with jobs, dogs who eat socks, and dogs who are much missed. (He also meets cats, and birds, and one very big python, but those don't count!)

By the time he gets home Louis is ready to tell Grandma just how many dogs are in the neighbourhood. . . . But Grandma thinks he just might have missed one. A particularly loveable dog. A dog who needs a new home.

Maybe there aren't enough dogs in the neighbourhood after all?

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, 20th September 2022
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

Price: $28.25 from

Life Lessons from Dogs
by Joann Neve, illustrated by Janelle Edstrom

Belle was a fun-loving Golden Retriever pup that loved her friends and loved to have fun. Sometimes, however, her friends got into mischief. Belle never got into trouble and never argued with her friends about what she should or shouldn't do. With a twitch of her nose, Belle understood how to do the right thing.

Belle Understands! is a charming and endearing story about friendship and peer pressure. It is the perfect book for parents, teachers, and caregivers of kids 3-9 to start discussions on being your own person and making your own decisions. 

This is the third book in the Life Lessons from Dogs children's series of books.

Paperback, 38 pages
Publisher: Joann Neve, 30th August 2022
For Ages: 3 - 9 years old

Price: $26.95 from

The Coalition of the Protection of Greyhounds would like to recognise seniors who have opened their homes and hearts to fostering gentle greyhounds straight from the racing industry. And it’s timely to do so, given that October is Seniors Month in Queensland and South Australia, while Victoria has its Seniors Festival this month.

Right now there’s an urgent need for greyhound foster carers. The greyhound racing industry is responsible for continued over-breeding of these dogs which no longer have a home after their career has ended.

While the owners may think older pups have no value, our foster carers beg to disagree. In South Australia, Karen and Ray Carter have been proud dog owners since they first got together in 1990. They used to have Golden Retrievers but after they were gone, Karen and Ray opted for a lower-maintenance breed since both were already retired and wanted to downsize.

(L to R) Greyhounds Dawn, Max & Sabrina
 in their jammies with their
humans, Karen and Ray
“We decided we wanted rescue dogs, as there are so many beautiful pups needing homes. We wanted a breed that didn't shed too much, that enjoyed a short walk, was content to laze around, didn't bark much and annoy the neighbours, and was happy in a small garden. Greyhounds ticked every box,” Karen said.

In 2015, they fostered their first Greyhound as volunteers with Kennel2Couch Greyhound Connect. Since then, they’ve fostered seven beautiful greys, but had three ‘foster-fails’ – this is when the foster pup is so charming that the family can’t help but adopt it.

Karen said that fostering has been an eye-opening experience about the degrading conditions under which Greyhounds suffer in the racing industry, but it’s also had other positive and unforeseen outcomes.

Ray with Max and Dawn before their walkie

Besides offering their lovely company, the pups have enriched their social lives and even improved family fitness. The pups need their walkies, after all!

“There are many local support and walking groups. Friendships are easily made. We’ve met many new people and made friends with like-minded folk who love the greys as much as we do. Now I'm retired and they are a big part of my social circle and my exercise regime,” said Karen.

Victorian residents, Sheila and Nat McGovern, started volunteering as foster carers from the beginning of August this year. After losing their much-loved Spud - another Greyhound rescued from the racing industry - they decided to start fostering as volunteers with Greyt Greys Rescue, in Victoria. 

They agreed that this is a perfect way of helping the greyhound cause and having a companionship without the permanent responsibility of adoption.
It was through fostering that they met Curly, the second greyhound they’ve welcomed to their home. Once again, they got to see a grey ‘blooming’.

“They go from being a commodity to a member of the family. When they first arrive they are quiet and a little fearful of their new environment. They watch and quite quickly start picking up their new routine,” said Sheila.

Sheila McGovern kissing Curly (lead image: Nat MgGovern with Curly)

"When they leave they know their name, they know cuddles and kisses, they know to go outside to go to the toilet, they know they're loved, and best of all, they know they like this new life.” she continued.

Curly hasn’t only won the couple’s heart: “The grandkids love Curly and he's so happy to see them when they visit. He knows they're going to play with him,” said Sheila. Charming boy!

Generally, the Greyhounds stay with the foster families for about two to eight weeks, which, of course, can vary. Curly, for example, started the adoption process with his ‘forever’ family after seven weeks with the McGoverns.

CPG asked if they weren’t concerned about the process, if Curly would miss them or if they worried if the new family would know his little quirks and preferences.

“Of course, we were thinking that, but these majestic beings are so clever that they'll teach their new humans the ropes,” said Sheila.

Nat with Greyhound Curly: who wears it better?

Karen finishes with a few tips for those who are interested in sharing their golden years with a little speedster.

“Fostering a Greyhound is the perfect way to find out if you are suited to greyhound ownership without making a permanent commitment. There is one to suit everyone,” she said.

“There are so many support groups and people willing to assist you as we all have one goal which is finding them a happy forever home,” she said.
  • To volunteer with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, see here.

written by Barbara Sarsan, CPG volunteer writer, September 2022 for Australian Dog Lover.

About Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

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As we're about to wrap up Therapy Dog Awareness Month this September, this is a chance to recognise these wonderful animals and the support they provide to individuals living with disability.

A Therapy Dog provides comfort, companionship and emotional support. Any breed can become a therapy dog if they are raised and trained effectively however there are certain breeds that tend to be more commonly seen in therapy settings like the Labradors chosen for their gentle and calm demeanour.

Therapy Dogs like those offered by Guide Dogs' Therapy Dog Programs can particularly support people who experience behavioural, emotional, developmental and mental health conditions, physical disabilities or isolation caused by age or illness.

Guide Dogs Therapy Dog Specialist Elisha Lamont said “Our Therapy Dogs program is one of our lesser-known services beyond our much-loved namesake yet just as important to communities across Victoria. 

Therapy Dogs provide comfort, companionship and emotional support to an individual who might benefit, as well as taking up roles in various in facilities such as schools, hospitals nursing homes, psychologists, counsellors, and rehabilitation clinics to support on a broader scale.
Therapy Dogs are specially trained in providing a sense of calm and comfort and just like a Guide Dogs placement, Therapy Dogs are also carefully selected to match each individual or facility role based on their personality traits.
"This September we want to raise awareness for the fantastic work of our Therapy Dogs and the important role they play in lots of people's lives, highlighting the broad range of different services our dogs can provide.

At around 14 months of age, dogs in the Guide Dogs' Puppy Raising Program are evaluated to determine whether they will successfully complete formal Guide Dog training or go on to fulfill another role. The dogs are then assessed by trainers to determine if a Guide Dog role is best for them. If they are better suited to another career, Guide Dogs will determine what alternative roles they could fulfil in the community, such as working as a Therapy Dog.

Guide Dogs Australia currently offer two Therapy Dog Programs:

Therapy Dogs for Individuals

The primary role of a Therapy dog for an individual is to provide companionship and emotional support to individuals who might benefit.

Therapy Dogs for Facilities

The primary role of a Therapy dog for a facility is to provide companionship and emotional support on a broader scale to appropriate facilities, such as schools, nursing homes, psychologists, counsellors, and rehabilitation clinics.

Therapy Dogs having already received lots of socialisation and foundational training throughout the Puppy Raising program, they don’t require any further training following their formal training program and are fully qualified to offer comfort, support, loyalty and friendship. However, once carefully matched with a facility or individual, Guide Dogs provide training and support for recipients or facilities when they receive their Therapy Dog.

It’s difficult to know exactly how many Therapy Dogs are currently working in the community, however Guide Dogs Victoria has placed 25 dogs in the last 7 months in Therapy Dog roles. Most of the Therapy Dogs placed this year were placed with individuals, however some dogs were placed in schools and one dog was placed with a speech pathologist. Other facilities where Therapy Dogs have been placed include hospitals nursing homes, psychologists, counsellors and rehabilitation clinics to offer support on a broader scale. 

Luka-Barkley, known usually just as Barkley, is a 20-month-old white Labrador whose sole job is to give unconditional affection to students visiting our department.

The gorgeous Luka has already led a star-studded life after being named by listeners of 89.9 TheLight (Light FM) and making a star appearance in the TV series Born to Lead - Episode Two.

Barkley’s owner and staff member at Carey Baptist Grammar School, Tanya Taylor said “Barkley has brought so much joy to Carey Baptist Grammar School’s Student Development Department since he joined earlier this year. 

We’d always hoped that a Therapy Dog would add to the student experience and Barkley’s presence and loving engagement has proven as much, we are so grateful to have Barkley on our team”.

“The new Therapy Dog Program at Guide Dogs Victoria has not only provided us with the most beautiful, loving and gentle dog, but they have also provided our team with training and resources to help us along our journey with him. 

One of the aims of having a therapy dog at Student Development is to help students overcome any apprehension they may have in reaching out for Student Development support, now students come up just to say hello to him!

As students and staff arrive, Barkley’s presence provides a wonderful distraction from other pressures and promotes healthy connections between people around him. Students often chat about their own pets, or family members’ pets and have questions about Barkley. 

If a student arrives distressed, Barkley will sit with the student and gladly accept the pats and tears with calm, non-judgmental ‘dogginess’. 

We have learnt that Barkley loves to sit with people, touching them in some small way, just with a part of his body on someone’s foot.
Barkley is blissfully unaware of the broader impact he’s having in helping to destigmatise visits to Student Development, where his role is to greet everyone at the entrance, help comfort distressed students and also sometimes accompanies students into their one-on-ones.”

Guide Dogs Victoria currently have more than 30 individuals and facilities on our waitlist in different stages of the application process and are calling on everyday Australians to support its Therapy Dog Program.

To help train the next generation of Therapy Dogs, please visit

World Animal Day highlights huge demand for new veterinary workers

With the number of pets in Australia now outnumbering humans, TAFE NSW is training a future workforce with the skills to care for the growing pet industry.

The rising demand for skilled workers in the veterinary industry has never been greater and comes as World Animal Day approaches on 4 October.

With approximately 69 per cent of Australian households now owning a pet, TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher Celia Innes said in her time working in the animal services industry, she has never seen such a high demand for vets and vet nurses.
“Employers are screaming out for staff right now – there is an incredible boom taking place in the animal services sector so there are job opportunities galore,” Ms Innes said.
“Our hands-on, practical courses at TAFE NSW ensure students can graduate on Friday and walk into a vet clinic with all the skills to start work on Monday.

“If you have a love for animals, veterinary nursing is an incredibly rewarding profession. Helping an animal that comes in sick recover and watching them go home happy and well with their owner is the best feeling in the world.”

Many studies show that owning a companion animal has huge benefits for mental health. A recent survey by the Waltham Foundation found that 86 per cent of respondents felt they had bonded more with their animals in lockdown, whilst 60 per cent thought their pet had helped them maintain a regular routine, and 43 per cent said their animal reduced their anxiety.

Hannah Murphy is a 21- year-old Umina local who has scored her dream job in the industry as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse at Beach and Bay Vet after studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Gosford.

“It’s a very rewarding career, there’s nothing better than sending home a healthy animal,” Hannah said.

“The TAFE NSW training took me three steps forward in my career. I am now at the stage on doing anaesthetics and aiding in putting catheters in animals and sometimes that just involves a bit of cuddling so it’s a pretty good field to work in.”

For more information on TAFE NSW Animal Care Courses, please visit

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Australia's best annual Dog Market event is back with a mini Christmas market “Pup-Up”

Paws at the Park are excited to be back for their 14th doggie market event in time for Christmas, and with special guest…Santa Paws! 

The Saturday 15th October event at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang has been made possible thanks to the ongoing support of Division 5 Councillor, Peter Young and the Gold Coast City Council.

In its six years, Paws at the Park has grown to be Australia’s largest free dog market event, has been voted Queensland’s ‘Best Doggie Day Out’ and won Australia’s ‘Best Annual Dog Market Event’. 

Having recently reached the fundraising goal of $65k for Animal Welfare League of Qld, the organisers have their sights set on raising even more to help pets in need.

Co-creators Jenna Schroeder and Lia Ferguson are thrilled to be able to bring their Christmas event back to Nerang - with a twist.

Jenna explains that “This year we’re running our Christmas event a little differently, by holding a more intimate and chilled out mini “pup-up” market. We’ve hand-selected 20 high-quality local businesses to shop from, as well as some amazing food trucks, live music and everyone’s favourite Take-Your-Own Santa photos with Santa Paws himself. 

"It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a picnic blanket, bring the family, do some Christmas shopping and chill out under the beautiful fig trees at Country Paradise Parklands.”

Highlights of Santa Paws at the Park Market event include:

✔️ Take-your-own Santa photos (with a percentage of funds going to Charity Partner AWLQ)

✔️ A selection of 20 high-quality doggie market stalls including Gold Sponsor, The Treatery.

✔️ Delicious food trucks

✔️ Live music

When: Saturday 15th October 2022, from 9am to 2pm

Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang, Gold Coast, QLD

For more information, please visit either the

MEDIA RELEASE, 28th September 2022