Connie’s Book Club - Fall 2014

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog

By Jackie Clark Mancuso

Two things inspired this delightfully charming illustrated children’s book—Jackie Clark Mancuso’s own time in the City of Light and a scruffy little Norwich Terrier named Hudson. In Paris-Chien, Hudson, newly relocated from the US to France, learns that while moving to a new place and making friends can be difficult, it can also be an amazing adventure. A wonderful book to share with the children in your life.

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

By Ellen Cooney
The Mountaintop School

Cooney’s beautiful novel of redemption and second chances shows that rescue is really a two-way street. The titular Mountaintop School for Dogs is a sanctuary where abused dogs recover from their pasts and are helped on the road to healing. But they are not the only ones forging a path to recovery. A woman outrunning her own down-on-her-luck circumstances lands a job at the Sanctuary out of necessity but, while working to rehabilitate and rescue these wayward dogs, finds she is rescued right back.

Sophie: Inspired by a Real Story Dog

By Y. Hoch
Sophie: Inspired by a Real Story Dog

Guaranteed to delight dog lovers of all ages, this winningly illustrated children’s book about friends, love, and self confidence follows Sophie, a Welsh Corgi, on quite the journey. After receiving an invitation from her sister in London to attend a royal wedding, Sophie and her friends embark upon an adventure in which they solve a mystery and rescue a priceless stolen cheese recipe, so the princess may marry the man she loves. Get ready for a new favourite in the bedtime story rotation!

Harlow & Sage (and Indiana): A True Story About Best Friends

By Brittni Vega
Harlow & Sage

This story of dog friendship might just be the cutest thing going. It made us smile, brought tears to our eyes, and made us want to go hug our dogs. There are a lot of adorable duos out there, but this pair—plus newcomer puppy Indiana— might just be our favourite.

Underwater Puppies

By Seth Casteel
Underwater Puppies

Photographer Seth Casteel, the man behind national bestseller Underwater Dogs, is back with a new book guaranteed to also be a smash hit: Underwater Puppies. His surprising photographs capturing what’s happening below the surface make for arresting portraits both fascinating and funny. Simultaneously gorgeous and otherworldly, the book’s exuberant pups had us at the get-go.

Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

By Robin Ganzert, PhD, and Allen and Linda Anderson
Animal Stars

Learn more about the animals that enchant us on the big screen in Animal Stars. This book not only offers a look into the fascinating world of these talented animals, but also provides insights into their training and daily life, as well as their bonds with their celebrity costars who have fallen in love with them. Actors, directors, and trainers all weigh in with behind-the-scenes stories and highlights.

Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

By Linda Bender
Animal Wisdom

Animal advocate and veterinarian Linda Bender draws on a lifetime of experience to craft this beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the interconnectivity between people and the sentient creatures we share our world with. It’s a welcome reminder of what our animal friends can teach us, how we can better communicate with them, and the many ways they can change our lives for the better. This inspiring look at our relationships with animals—and how they deepen and enrich our lives—is filled with wonderful anecdotes that will keep you turning the pages. If you’re looking for a deeper, more spiritual connection to animals, this is the book for you.

The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss

By Russel Friedman, Cole James, & John W. James
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss

Your relationship with your pet is special—it’s a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss (dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors’ Grief Recovery Method, this book addresses the differences in losing a pet, and ultimately, moving on with life.

The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey

By Susie Brooks
The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey

Star of Buzzfeed, Tumblr and his own blog, Corgnelius the Corgi has taken the internet by storm. But when his new brother Stumphrey arrived onto the scene he was forced to share some of the limelight. Susie Brooks shares the adorable, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud hilarious adventures of these two short-legged pooches in The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey, a wonderfully put together collection of photographs featuring the two self-professed “cutest Corgis in the world.”

True Tails from the Dog Park

By Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg
True Tails from the Dog Park

A collection of true stories and helpful tips and rules for dogs and their owners, True Tails from the Dog Park by Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg is a delightfully fun book written from the perspectives of their two dogs named Max and Luther. We guarantee this book will have you laughing and sitting on the edge of your seat, all while educating you on the importance of being a responsible dog owner.

Dog of the Week!

Meet: Misty