Books make you wag your tail? Here is some great reads for you to enjoy!
This debut novel by Ericka Waller shows us how dogs can get the best out of us even in the face of life’s challenges. George is a grumpy, belligerent older man who has just lost his wife and is stuck with a puppy he doesn’t want. Dan, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, has devoted his energies to a career as a therapist and his most significant relationship is with his dog. Lizzie, who lives in a women’s shelter with her son, distrusts dogs, but when she has to take the shelter’s house dog for a walk, things start to change. As the lives of these three strangers unravel and overlap, with their dogs by their side, they must accept what fate has in store for them. The book is an inspiring and moving novel about life and the ways dogs can help us understand it. Published by St. Martins Griffin.
$ 16.99 stmartins.com
How Stella learned to speak
Author Christina Hunger, a trained speech pathologist, adopted Stella as a puppy and immediately noticed similarities between Stella’s behavior and that of her young patients with speech development delays. In her work with children, she used Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) devices to help her patients communicate. She wondered, if dogs can understand words we tell them, shouldn’t they be able to tell us words? Can dogs use AAC to communicate with people? Inspired by her passion for technology and her belief that everyone deserves to share their voice, she customized an AAC device to meet Stella’s needs. Today Stella has a database of more than 40 words that can be used individually or together to form almost complete sentences. In the book, Christina uses speaking techniques to find out how dog parents can teach their own dogs to “speak” and shares the heartwarming exchange with Stella. Published by William Morrow / HarperCollins Publishers.
$ 27.99 harpercollins.com
Wag: The science of making your dog happy
Are you training a new puppy? Are you considering adopting a dog? Research dog breeds? Or are you just curious about the happiness of your own dog? This book by Zazie Todd has the answers. A respected dog trainer and social psychologist, she demystifies the inner workings of dogs and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to help you build a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog. You can find all kinds of information including a happy dog checklist; Enrichment exercises; how to socialize and train a new puppy; how to reduce your dog’s anxiety and anxiety; Tips for visits to the vet; and much more. Published by Greystone Books.
101 rescue pups
In the past decade, author Kathy Callahan and her family have taken in more than 100 rescue pups. This book contains the wonderful stories of these foster pups who were suddenly surrounded by a caring family, including patient adult dogs and curious cats. Filled with delightful photos, the book takes you into the world of care. And it’s not just inspiring read about puppies, it’s also about the family and human connection and finding your own way. Published by the New World Library.
$ 18.95 welpenpicks.com
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