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Book Review: Homer
Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins
Homer: Ancient Greek author of literature’s greatest story about the longing for home and the journey to get there. Homer: A baseball player’s ultimate goal — hit the ball far and quickly return home. Homer: A wise dog who sits on the porch and watches the world go by, happy to be where he most truly belongs. Home. In Elisha Cooper’s marvelous and inspiring new children’s book, the other dogs...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Book Review: Little Boy Blue & What’s a Dog For?
Two new books dig into important dog-world issues, but only one stands out
For years, the most under-reported story in the country has been about the veritable army of dedicated animal lovers who work tirelessly to rescue shelter dogs, and the fact that, despite their work, shelters are still putting down millions of dogs every year. Journalist Kim Kavin’s new book, Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth, takes on that story...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Book Review: The Canine Kingdom of Scent
Dogwise Publishing
The Canine Kingdom of Scent
In this mini-manual, author and trainer Anne Lill Kvam outlines her personal method of training fun nosework exercises in a precise, step-by-step process. Amongst her list of scent-work activities for dogs, readers will find confidence- building exercises and downright festive dog fun with games such as Hide and Seek, Naming Your Dog’s Toys, Finding Lost Objects and Kvam’s version of scent...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Zoobiquity - Book Review
Humans aren’t the only ones to suffer from eating disorders, heart disease, addictions and many other ailments. In Zoobiquity, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers examine the range of diseases and conditions that commonly afflict both people and other animals, including dogs. Horowitz’s revelation that species-spanning commonalities exist was sparked when she...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Kit's Corner: On The Go
Dicky Bag, Poopy Packs and Shortomatic Custom Board Shorts
Kit's Corner Product Review - Dicky Bags, Board Shorts, and Poopy Packs.
Dicky Bag For times when trashcans are few and far between, Kit’s mom takes a neoprene Dicky Bag along on walks. Two rolls of poop bags fit inside the lid, and poop-filled bags go right into the waterproof, odor-sealed body, keeping bad smells in and hands free. From £21 (~$34)dickybag.com Poopy Packs With their spiffy designs and cornstarch- based plastic, these are poop bags of choice....
Dog Culture: Reviews
In a Dog’s Heart
Book Review
In a Dog
Jennifer Arnold believes in dogs, and that the opportunity to engage in relationships with them is a gift. In order to realize the full potential of that gift, she asks a crucial question: “What do dogs want and need … and why does it behoove us to give it to them?” She then proceeds to answer it with chapters on canine health, safety, training and bonding, among other topics. Like her first book...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Sergeant Rex
Book Review
Sergeant Rex by Mike Dowling
Rex, a small German Shepherd at the heart of Mike Dowling’s new memoir, Sergeant Rex, ranks as the longestserving military working dog (MWD) in the Marine Corps. In this thoughtful account of their shared tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, Dowling shows Rex to be impressively brave, competent, even funny in the way only a dog can be. But canine courage is an old saw. Dowling is neither the first...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Your Dog’s Best Health Review
Your Dog
Celebrated veterinarian and author Nancy Kay, DVM, a winner of the Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award, is back with another excellent guide to help you f ind top-notch health care for your dog. Organized as a set of twelve reasonable things you can expect from your vet, Your Dog’s Best Health brings clarity to many murky issues for pet owners Should I expect 24-hour care for my dog when he’s...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Sammy in the Sky Review
Sammy in the Sky
This is a truly lovely book, both in its writing and illustrations, about the love between a little girl and the “best hound dog in the world.” It is also a story about the death of a dog, written in a clear, non-sentimental way that makes it an appropriate choice for the introduction of this difficult topic to a young reader (actually, it’s suitable for a reader of any age). The illustrations...
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Dog InSight Review
Dogwise Publishing
Dog Insight - Pamela Reid
A second book from influential behaviorist and trainer Pamela Reid, Dog InSight brings together more than 40 essays on canine behavior, techniques to modify it and the principles behind both. Originally published as monthly columns in Dogs in Canada magazine, the chapters in this book cover key tricks of the trade, such as calming signals, social learning and operant conditioning. Typical...

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