Connie’s Book Club—Summer 2018
Curl up with a good dog and a good book. Editor-in-Chief Connie Wilson’s selection of THIS summer's Must-Reads.
Antiques Wanted (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery)
Yeehaw! Get ready for the best mystery in the Wild West. When Brandy Borne’s mother Vivian decides to run for county sheriff in the small town of Serenity, Brandy agrees to join on as Vivian’s campaign manager. But before you can say “howdy buckaroo,” trouble hits the area! A mysterious and massive explosion rocks Serenity, killing the aunt of Vivian’s political opponent and wounding Brandy in the process. In order to prevent further deaths, Brandy and Vivian must round up their trusty Shih Tzu Sushi and catch a dastardly outlaw before it’s too late.
As the spring dog show season enters full swing, prize-winning Poodle owner Melanie Travis is excited to help her son and his Standard Poodle win a championship title. But Melanie’s priorities change when things take a dark turn at a conformation show, and Jasmine Crane, a talented artist that crafts handmade dog accessories, is murdered behind her concession booth with one of her own beautiful dog leashes! Her death is soon followed by the disappearance of dog sitter Amanda, and Melanie begins to suspect that the crimes are connected. Will Melanie be able to catch an insidious killer and solve this perplexing mystery? Check out this page turner to find out—we didn’t want to put this book down!
Keeping the Peace: A Guide to Solving Dog-Dog Aggression in the Home
There are a lot of great things about having multiple dogs in your home—having two dogs is great for easing a dog’s loneliness during the daytime, plus there is the simple fact that dogs are pack creatures, and often enjoy the company of additional buddies! Dogs, however, are complex creatures that can sometimes react negatively to other pups, particularly when they are in their personal territory. He and other dogs may not necessarily get along. But how do you deal with this problem, and address canine aggression problems? To begin with, we’d suggest reading up on the subject in Nicole Wilde’s fabulous and informative guide, Keeping the Peace. Filled with sage and empathetic advice, this handy book is filled with knowledge and suggestions for dealing with dog aggression. Covering topics that range from stress, breed, age, and triggers, including other factors, Wilde provides insightful and useful advice and therapies for addressing these issues. An extremely helpful and intelligent guide!
Bodie On the Road
This fun and uplifting read tells the story of a broken-hearted woman and an abandoned dog who come together on a road trip to mend each other’s hearts. Crushed after a break-up, Belinda Jones is beginning to feel like hope and happiness is not in sight for her… until she finds joy in the shape of Bodie the mixed breed. Following the pair from Big Sur to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, this wonderful book shows us the power and beauty of new beginnings and how the bond between humans and dogs might be stronger and more meaningful than any romantic relationship.
Secret of the Snout: The Dog’s Incredible Nose
Of all our dogs’ senses, the one that stands out above them all is their fascinatingly complex and powerful sense of smell. Your dog’s nose is capable of search-and-rescue, solving crimes, and detecting cancer—superpowers which only scratch the surface of your dog’s olfactory abilities. This absorbing deep dive into the capabilities of your dog’s nose will leave you wowed by the mighty canine snout.
The Dog: A Natural History
Behaviour, biology, history, evolution… Can’t decide which aspect of the diverse and endlessly intriguing canine species is most interesting? Dr. Ádám Miklósi’s comprehensive, in-depth guide to everything canine is for you. Gorgeously photographed, this thorough overview explores everything from the anatomy and physiology of dogs to their evolution and the emergence of modern breeds. A must-read for understanding the science behind our furry pals!
Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do
Dog behaviour can be baffling. Why do dogs play? Do pups actually recognize themselves in mirrors? And what’s the deal with eating grass, anyway? Award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff answers all of these questions and more in this insightful and fascinating book that clarifies the many mysteries behind our wonderful, often perplexing dogs.
A Healing Justice
This inspiring novel tells the story of police officer Andie Brady and her German Shepherd, Justice, who serves as her active K-9 partner and loyal friend. After a horrible crime takes place, Andie, hounded by the press and wracked with her own guilt, is placed on administrative leave. With her career and her freedom at stake, Andie returns to a small Puget Sound, Washington community, where she worries that she will lose everything, including the critically injured Justice. In chronicling Andie’s journey to recovery, this wonderful story powerfully renders the post-trauma road to healing while offering a touching and honest representation of the strength and loyalty of our amazing canine friends.