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Grrrrrrreat Reads – Not Just For 1st Time Adopters


It is exciting to find so many good books about pet adoption on the market. Those of us who live with adopted pets know how much they mean to a family.


If you have ever opened your heart to an older pet, here’s a book you’ll want to check out:

 According to William Hageman, Reporter for the Chicago Tribune,  “If you read My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts (New World Library) and don’t want to run out to a shelter and rescue a senior pet, you have a heart of flint.”  The book, written by Laura T. Coffey and photographed by Lori Fusaro, champions a sometimes-forgotten segment of the animal shelter population.  It contains some truly beautiful photographs of senior dogs and a very nice resource section for folks who make older dogs a part of their life. http://www.myolddogbook.com/



Perhaps the writer of My Old Dog will follow up with an equally well-built version about senior cats? Let’s hope so. In the meantime, we have an excellent book available now, offering the latest information on Senior Cat Care. Written by Susan Easterly, Your Older Cat – A Complete Guide to Nutrition, Natural Remedies and Veterinary Care is a veritable Bible of good information for anyone whose cat is reaching its sunset years. With easy to follow tables, resource lists and helpful hints, this book will help any reader get a grip on old-cat topics like the aging process, preventive care, natural healing options, chronic diseases and senior cat nutrition. The suggested reading list is most helpful and the photos are just beautiful.


At the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s an excellent book on how to raise a great puppy written by Dr. Sophia Yin. Dr. Yin died a few years back, but she left behind her a tremendous wealth of writings about positive methods in pet training based on the latest research. Being a veterinarian, Dr. Yin also tempers her writings with the physical drivers behind behavior. Illustrated profusely with photos and drawings that are easy to interpret, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days – How to Start Your Puppy Off Right not only can help someone raising a puppy to do it right. It also can help the owner of a young dog understand the reasons behind behaviors they may be seeing in their pet, and how they can best modify those behaviors without ruining the dog.


Since we like to be even handed in our reviews, we owe it to the felines and their families to mention an equally interesting and well-designed how-to book about cats by Pam Johnson-Bennett: Think Like A Cat – How To Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss  From how to choose a new cat or kitten to how to kitten-proof a home to how to help your vet diagnose your cat’s ailments, this book is the one cat owners will turn to again and again over the lifetime of their cat. There’s some exceptional material in here about how to not only train a cat, but how to modify and even eliminate undesirable behaviors your cat may have developed. Personally we might have liked to have seen a few more illustrations in this book to break up the text a bit and help the more visual learners in our midst to get the message; but with so much valuable information in this book, we can forgive the lack of images and appreciate the treasure between its covers.

Grrreat Reads – Holiday Gift Edition

Grrreat Reads – Holiday Gift Edition

For starting a new family tradition


“No Room” by Peter H. Riddle, Illustrated by Shelley Hustins Christmas is a time for celebration, for families, and especially for the giving of gifts, and there can be no greater gift than to share one’s home. Kindness brings its own rewards, and sometimes more, as the family in “No Room” discovers when a stray cat appears on their doorstep one snowy Christmas Eve. The oldest boy wants to take the cat in, but there is a problem. “We haven’t got room,” Father said, “for another. We already have seven pets, and your brother.” Just before bedtime, the children gather around to hear their father read the beloved Christmas legend about Mary and Joseph being turned away from a crowded inn on the eve of Jesus’ birth. What happens next can only be described as a miracle.


For young adult readers


The touching prequel to Greg Kincaid’s bestselling novel “A Dog Named Christmas”, “Christmas with Tucker” is the moving story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him hope and a touch of courage. It is the winter of 1962, and Kansas is hit with one of the worst blizzards in its history. It is during this cruel season that twelve-year-old George is called upon to endure more than even most grown men could withstand—the death of his father and the upkeep of the family farm that is his legacy. When his mother and sisters leave for Minnesota, George has only his grandparents and the companionship of Tucker, an Irish setter, to help him persevere through these most difficult challenges. Can he find the strength to walk the road that leads to healing, finding his true self and ultimately becoming a man? “Christmas with Tucker” is a classic Christmas story about a young man’s love for his dog, his family, and his farm.


Set in the Deep South, William A. Armstrong’s Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of the great coon dog, Sounder, and the poor sharecroppers who own him. During the difficult years of the nineteenth-century south, an African-American boy and his poor family rarely have enough to eat. Each night, the boy’s father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food and the man grows more desperate by the day. When food suddenly appears on the table one morning, it seems like a miracle. But the sheriff and his deputies are not far behind. The ever-loyal Sounder remains determined to help the family he loves as hard times bear down on them. This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind an African-American family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as “Old Yeller” and “Where the Red Fern Grows” will find much to love in “Sounder”.

For the younger set


Sandra Markle and Howard McWilliam ask this question of kids and generate some pretty wild ideas. Sparking imagination and at the same time, informing about all sorts of species of animals, this book is rich in colorful illustrations and facts about animals that even many adults probably don’t know. A great book to share with your children! And while you’re at it, why not consider…….
what-if-we-had-animal-teethThe second of three “What If…” books from Sandra Markle and Howard McWilliam! It’s just as zany, just as colorful, and loaded with interesting information about what it means to have the teeth of a snake, a giraffe, a beaver, a shark, and so many others! The scientific information woven into each fun-to-read section stirs the imagination and is sure to liven your holiday dinner table conversation. Then, why not make it the triple set………




what-if-you-had-animal-earsWhat If You Had Animal Ears!? is the third of the series of imagination-building books that are truly as much fun to share as they are to read. Inspiring kids to discover what it might be like to have the ears of other animals is just one cool aspect of this book. While entertaining and informing, it’s also helping children learn empathy, the ability to put themselves into another’s shoes (or ears, as the case may be). Guaranteed to keep your kids laughing, chattering and imagining all the way through the holidays and beyond.





Just for fun – high-quality coffee table books


Seth Casteel captures new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. From the water’s surface, it’s a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant. But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. “Underwater Dogs” gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.


Since the wolf first snuck into the caves of our ancestors to take warmth from the fire, dogs have been man’s constant companion.”  Dogs” multi-award-winning photographer, Tim Flach, delves deep into the psyche of humanity’s enduring bond with Canis familiaristo to present an exquisite study of “man’s best friend.” The images featured in “Dogs” promise to deliver one of the most appealing, popular, and exciting photographic tributes to dogs ever published.