Connie's Book Club—Summer 2016

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Dog Love

By Ann DeVito
Dog Love

Mastiffs to Chihuahuas and every dog in between are represented in this beautifully illustrated collection exploring the diversity of dogs. Each dog breed is accompanied by a brief bio describing their unique personalities, an apropos quote from the likes of Johnny Depp, Pablo Picasso, and Marilyn Monroe, and a stunning illustration by DeVito. The images embody the quintessential features of each dog breed, bringing them to life as you flip the pages of this thoroughly sweet read!

Just Life

By Neil Abramson
Just Life

Neil Abramson, author of the acclaimed Unsaid and award recipient for his legal work on behalf of animals, returns with his latest novel exploring the interconnectedness of humans and animals. When an unidentified virus spreads across the New York City neighbourhood of Riverside, animals receive the blame: first birds, then dogs, leading to an enforced quarantine of all dogs in the area. Samantha Lewis, a local vet and owner of a no-kill shelter, finds herself at the heart of this ordeal, taking in more dogs than she can manage. With the help of an unlikely crew (a parish priest, a troubled foster child, and a former psychologist, to name a few) Samantha copes with the situation, battling her own demons along the way. The riveting story rolls to an intense and unforgettable climax—you’ve got to read it!

Lily & the Octopus

By Steven Rowley
Lily & the Octopus

With emotional depth and a magical spirit, this heartbreakingly lovely novel will definitely cue the tears, in the best way possible. Steven Rowley’s debut novel is about that special someone in your life, the one you trust and can’t live without; for his protagonist, Ted Flask, that someone just so happens to be a loveable Dachshund named Lily. Rowley’s refreshing wit is moving combined with sharp insight to produce a deeply relatable, endearingly real portrayal of grief, personal struggle, and the powerful relationships we form with our four-legged loved ones. This is a book you’ll want to share.

Dog Training Revolution

The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet With Love
By Zak George
Dog Training Revolution

This next-generation guide to positive training covers play biting, potty training, leash pulling, unwanted barking and jumping, and more, with a focus on raising, feeding, and caring for your pup with compassion. Zak George's positive approach to dog training—one without punishment or stress—teaches dog guardians to “read” their dog, allowing them to identify and treat the cause of bad behaviours rather than punishing the symptoms!

Jonathan Unleashed

By Meg Rosoff
Jonathan Unleashed

When Jonathan Trefoil is left to take care of his brother's dogs, Dante and Sissy, he has no idea how they will impact his life. In this romantic comedy written by National Book Award finalist Meg Rosoff, Jonathan navigates his upended life in New York with his new canine friends, who he suspects are trying to take over. A delightful read for dogs lovers and anyone who has ever been confounded by life's upheavals!

Dog Medicine

How My Dog Saved Me From Myself
By Julie Barton
Dog Medicine

In this refreshingly honest memoir, Julie Barton shares the story of her battle with depression and the rescue dog that got her through it. With her lyrical prose Barton reveals the wonderful ways animals can heal even the most broken of hearts and minds. Highly recommended!

Black Empress

Rescuing a Puppy From Iran
By Bobbi Phelps Wolverton
Black Empress

In this travel memoir, Bobbi Phelps Wolverton chronicles her time spent working as a secretary for the Iran Safaris Company in early 1970s Tehran. It was a succession of firsts—navigating the colour and tumult of the teeming city streets crowded with cars and oxen alike, adjusting to a foreign place and different faiths, and even surviving a death-defying river crossing and terrifying police interrogation. But among these adventures and trials, one moment came to define Wolverton's time there—her saving of a black Labrador puppy who was to be drowned. This is an inspiring true tale of harrowing challenges surmounted thanks to the love and affection of a dog.

Medical Marijuana & Your Pet

The Definitive Guide
By Robert J. Silver DVM, MS
Medical Marijuana & Your Pet

Medical marijuana is known to help ease the suffering of humans dealing with illness, but can it have the same beneficial effects on our dogs? In this informative guide, Dr. Robert J Silver, a nationally renowned holistic veterinarian, answers this and many more questions surrounding medical marijuana and your dog. Issues addressed include medical benefits, how to safely use cannabis for your pet, and the legalities around its adminstration. A thoroughly in-depth look at an emerging field of pet wellness.

Cooper

A Rescue Dog's Tale
By James S. Martinez and Timothy T. Civick
Cooper

Follow Cooper the rescue pup on his quest for a forever home! Cooper: A Rescue Dog’s Tale, by James S. Martinez and Timothy T. Civick, is not just a heartwarming story but also a colouring book filled with fun, educational activities, making it the perfect take-along for road trips and visiting. Based on a true story, the book aims to help educate and inspire all who read it—both children and adults alike—to get involved and start helping animals in need. Even sweeter, a percentage of all book sales is donated to charity. Find it on Amazon!

Dog of the Week!

Meet: CHIP HARTT