Non-Fic Picks: Books about Dogs

Posted Nov 7, 2015

Woof!  Woof!  Dogs are some of our best companions.  Whether you have one at home or not, you can read more about man’s best friend in this week’s #SaturdayReads.

Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child by Michael Wombacher

Dog trainer Michael Wombacher has conducted thousands of behavioral consultations and taught numerous classes on pet ownership.  In his book, Good Dog, Happy Baby, Wombacher provides expecting dog owners a twelve-step approach to getting their dog ready for baby’s arrival.  Having a child is a major life change that effects everyone, including family pets.  (Think sibling rivalry: your dog was once the center of attention, but now there’s a new kid in town.)  With photos and workbook-like instructions, Wombacher addresses behavior problems before and after child birth as well as transition methods to help everyone live comfortably together.      

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura T. Coffey

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  While the old adage may ring true to some, there’s plenty of qualities senior dogs possess that younger pooches don’t.  For example, while older dogs may be slow moving, their more likely to be calm, easy going, and resilient.  Plus, their probably already house-trained.  However, sadly, senior dogs are the highest-risk population in most shelters, but My Old Dog wants to change that.  With touching tales and beautiful photographs, Coffey highlights dogs that heal, help, and retire with a purpose.  For example, there’s fourteen year old Duval who listens to children read; fifteen year old Rocky who keeps nursing home residents company; and ten year old Boomer who brings happiness to both his human and canine packs.  Soulful and heartwarming, this celebration of canines shows that dogs, like humans, get better with age.      

Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway by Peter Zheutlin

After restaurant owner Greg Mahle closed the door for the last time on the family business, he didn’t know what would come next… Until he stumbled upon a vanload of stranded puppies.  Now he owns and operates Rescue Road Trips, Inc., a transport service that brings rescued dogs from the Deep South to the northern states for adoption.  Rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters and abandonment, Mahle gives unfortunate pooches a second chance at life and love while pet owners gain a new companion.  With over one million miles on the road, Mahle’s story will both break and warm your heart.


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