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By now, you’ve likely read several book reviews of Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote. I’m a little late to the party. It took me a while to read the book (a) because it’s long and (b) because I’ve been busy taking care of Lilly, after her latest setback (antibiotic-resistant infection and sudden inability to walk / stand). Below, I hope you’ll find a uniquely Champion of My Heart look at Pukka’s Promise.
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell is a deeply researched trek around the world and into the minds and talents of creatures large and small. Beautifully rendered profiles of animal-intelligence researchers and their subjects make sometimes complicated topics accessible, thrilling, and fun.
Set in Baltimore, with a cast of gritty characters, Murder in the Dog Park – Bad Girl. Good Cop. Bad Dog — a novella by Jill Yesko — provides a satisfying adventure with undertones of class struggles between the Haves and the Have Nots.
We try really, REALLY hard NOT to be political online. Last week, however, Lilly got thrust into the political spotlight when someone nabbed a patriotic photo of her from our site and used it in a political Facebook post — without permission or attribution. How weird is that? So, I’m happy to report that Red Dog * Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political by Chuck Sambuchino includes full copyright details on every photo in this dog-centric political humor book.
Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog by Angelo Dirks and Leland Dirks is the latest novel from the duo who happen also to live here in Colorado. Full disclosure, we’ve become friends since Lilly and I reviewed their first book: Angelo’s Journey, which tells the fantastical backstory of a time when Angelo (a border collie) went missing. I loved that novella, and I adore this new book as well.
Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog opens with a tale of instant chemistry and unexpected love. Then, it becomes a heartfelt and surprisingly suspenseful mystery.
On the surface, Following Atticus by Tom Ryan is the story of an overweight, independent, muckraking newspaper guy hiking a bunch of mountains in all seasons with his small schauzer — first just to do it, then the raise money for charity. Ultimately, however, it’s also the tale of seeking the kind of love, peace, and spiritual boost perhaps we didn’t find in childhood or elsewhere in life. I won’t mince words: Following Atticus is as close to perfect as a memoir (including a dog or not) gets.
Truly. Kudos to Tom Ryan … and Atticus
I loved Following Atticus not only for the man + dog relationship and the mountain adventures but also for the hilarious insights into small town politics from his newspaper days.
I’d call Dog Trots Globe – To Paris & Provence by Chula Wula D’Augue (a sheltie) as barked to Sheron Long a “coffee table book,” except it’s too tiny for that. A diminutive travelogue with darling illustrations and lovely photography, Dog Trots Globe is a perky, quick read.
Not kidding. I read the entire book (160 pages) in about 20 minutes, including going online to watch a video extra, showing thousands of sheep and goats bustling down the streets of Saint-Remy. Continue reading
Wise Up! Workbooks for organizing life’s information released new petcare versions. Essentially, Organizing the Care of My Dog ($12.99) is a comb-bound workbook for your dog’s important details if anyone needs to step-in and care for her — temporarily or otherwise.
Follow the Dog Home by Bob, Samantha, and Kevin Walsh, is an epic story that spans 17 dogs, 3 generations, and 70 years. It’s core message, with which I agree, is that dog lovers raise generations of dog lovers.
Dog Photography for Dummies by Kim Rodgers and Sarah Sypniewski (Bark Pet Photography in Los Angeles) is perfect for dog lovers who have really good cameras at home or for those who want to volunteer or go pro in the dog photography world.