Connie's Book Club—Fall 2016

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Cannabis and CBD Science for Dogs

By D. Caroline Coile
Cannabis and CBD Science for Dogs

Backed by 30 years of research, D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. introduces readers to the many amazing therapeutic applications of legal, safe, and veterinarian-approved cannabis products for dogs. Dog lovers everywhere, particularly those looking for a natural remedy for myriad canine problems, from pain relief to anti-anxiety, will appreciate the accessible breakdown of the science and research behind this burgeoning field. Firsthand accounts of success stories keep it readable, relatable, and compelling—if you’re like us and your dog has age-related aches and pains, you’re definitely going to want to give CBD products for pets a try. Another win? All book proceeds are donated to charitable animal organizations!

Doug the Pug: King of Pop Culture

By Leslie Mosier
DougThePug

We, like the rest of the world, can’t get enough of this squishy-faced pup! Doug the Pug has taken social media by storm, with over 5 million adoring fans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Now, he’s bringing his unwitting charm to the literary world. In this full colour photo-book you’ll find a selection of Doug’s best pics: bulging out of a too-tight lifejacket, sporting a mohawk, rubbing elbows with Justin Bieber, and so much more. The adorable antics of this Instagram-famous dog showcase the true meaning of “Pug Life.”

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet

By Victoria Stilwell
Secret Language

In an effort to better understand, communicate, and connect with our dogs, Victoria Stilwell (star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”) unlocks the canine mind. Dogs have a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. Our task is learning how to interpret and respond. In The Secret Language of Dogs, Victoria offers a guide to reading both the subtle and obvious cues our dogs give us, including tips on managing their strange behaviours, and how to read signals of pain. This insightful look into the minds of our beloved pets will undoubtedly strengthen your relationship!

Gods, Ghosts, and Black Dogs

By Stanley Coren
Gods

This compulsively readable collection of dog stories blends fact, history, humour, and mystery to neatly illustrate the age-old deeply rooted bond between humans and dogs. Stanley Coren spans the globe as he shares folklore, mythology, and tall tales gathered the world over, addressing an array of canine-related questions, such as Why do Dalmatians have spots? and Are there dogs in heaven?, along with stories like how a dog myth changed modern psychotherapy. Deeply engaging, this compelling far-reaching look at our deep relationships with our dogs demonstrates the undeniable impact they have had on our lives and the depth and duration of our relationship with canines.

Flash’s Song

By Kay Pfaltz
Flash’s Song

When Kay Pflatz finds out that her beloved Dachshund, Flash, has a tumour on his spine and three weeks to live, she is simply devastated. But the brave, tenacious little dog has a different timeline in mind: instead of the predicted three weeks, Flash lives for an unexpected five-and-a-half miraculous months. Their last months together are captured in this evocative book in which Kay’s love for her dog is tangible. Their story will resonate with all dog owners who understand the deep, incomparable bond that forms between humans and their canine companions, as well as those of us who have experienced the many little miracles dogs bring into our lives. All profits from this book, now available in paperback, are donated to charity.

Sit Stay Heal

By Mel C. Miskimen
Sit Stay Heal

Time and again, our beloved dogs amaze us with their power to heal hearts, as often evidenced in the face of loss. For Mel Miskimen, it was her mother’s passing and her father’s subsequent withdrawal from life that required the help of a four-legged friend. Enter Seamus, a rowdy, hapless Labrador who arrives at just the right time! As Mel uses Seamus to coax her father back to life, she confronts her own feelings of grief and loss, and together the three work their way towards healing. This memoir, at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, is sure to warm the hearts of all who read it.

Sled Dog Dachshund

By Laura Atkins | Photographs by Illustrations by An Phan
Sled Dog Dachshund

{Best Book for Kids} When you think of dog sledding certain breeds come to mind, namely the Husky and Malamute. But what about Dachshunds? When Jasper, an enthusiastic and fearless Dachshund, hears about the world’s biggest sled dog race he knows he needs to not just take part, but win! The fact that he doesn’t fit into the harnesses and is a fraction of the height of his teammates doesn’t deter him one bit. This beautifully illustrated children’s book comes to a nail biting finish—can Jasper pull his team to victory, or will they be one foot short of first place?

Fuddles and Puddles

By Frans Vischer | Photographs by Illustrated by Frans Vischer
Fuddles and Puddles

{Best Book for Kids} Cats are generally the unquestioned rulers of their domain—that is, until a pesky dog happens to intrude on their blissful reign and upsets the balance! That’s precisely what happens to top cat Fuddles when her owners bring home a slobbering, howling, floor wetting dog suitably named Puddles. But can “frenemies” become best fur-friends? This lovingly illustrated book hilariously renders the age-old cats and dogs dynamic with an adorable ending kids will love!

Dog of the Week!

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Meet: Jennie