Alfred’s Nose, by Vivienne Flesher (HarperCollins, $16.99). You don’t have to have a French Bulldog (or be a child) to enjoy this charming children’s book about a dog who learns to accept his differences.
Dogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You, by Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson (Rodale, $17.95). What’s your type? The authors dig into why people gravitate toward certain breeds, and explain what their choices reveal.
Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs, by Gene Weingarten, photographs by Michael S. Williamson (Simon & Schuster, $19.95). A heartfelt and beautifully illustrated collection of venerable canines. In this collection of profiles and photographs, Weingarten and Williamson document the unique appeal of man’s best friend in his or her last, and best, years.
Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain, by Martha Sherrill (Penguin Press, $25.95). Nonagenarian Morie Sawataishi’s life has been measured out in Akitas, the emblematic and noble dogs of Japan who were saved from almost certain extinction following WWII by Sawataishi’s passion and commitment.
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy—and Why They Matter, by Marc Bekoff, PhD (New World Library, $14.95). In this deeply researched book, Bekoff demonstrates both that animals do have emotions and that we dismiss them at our peril … and, as importantly, theirs.
For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement, by Kathryn Shevelow (Henry Holt, $27.50). In 18th-century England, it really was “hell for horses,” and other animals as well. This accessible book lays out the history of the groups that formed to improve animals’ lot and highlights the people responsible for ushering us into the modern era of animal welfare.
Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America, by Nathan J. Winograd (Almaden Books. $16.95). A no-kill manifesto and a clarion call to the pet-loving community written by a man with broad and deep experience in the world of shelters and animal advocacy.
SOS Dog: The Purebred Dog Hobby Re-Examined, by Johan and Edith Gallant (Alpine, $19.95). Delves into the world of the purebred dog and where it’s going in terms of the health and best interests of dogs themselves. With a large percentage of all dog breeds plagued by genetic disabilities, the question is, can the damage already done be repaired?
We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear, by Alston Chase (Transaction, $34.95). A rare and perceptive book about dogs, people and the land they inhabit; Chase takes on some of the big questions, including a complicated one: What kind of life do we owe our dogs?
What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Dog, edited by Steven D. Hales (Open Court, $14.95). Essays by reflective humans who’ve pondered some of the puzzles of life with dogs. “Provocative, unusual, dog-friendly ideas disguised as philosophy,” according to Jeffrey Masson—we couldn’t agree more!
Just the Facts
New York’s Poop Scoop Law: Dogs, the Dirt, and Due Process, by Michael Brandow (Purdue University Press, $29.95). The story behind the political process for cleaner streets in one of the world’s biggest cities—no stone (or pick-up bag) is left unturned!