Searching for last-minute gifts? How about books for your pet-loving friends and relatives, or maybe as presents to yourself?
Here are some suggestions:
"Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves: Featuring Over 150 Suicidal Pets!," by
Isn't this a festive title for a holiday book? With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this little picture book has captions to describe what some pets are really thinking. A Multipoo in a dress, wearing chic sunglasses, notes, "She dresses me 'cause it's cheaper than having me spayed." There's a bunny dressed as a skunk with the caption, "Is this your not-so-subtle way of telling me I stink?" A cat in a graduation cap opines, "A college degree in this economy? I might as well slit my wrists."
"Chow Hound: Wholesome Home Cooking for Your Doggie," by
If you're working hard in the kitchen prepping for the holidays, you might as well whip something up for your doggie (cats will enjoy much of what's here, too). These recipes are easy to follow, and creative. Examples; Peanut Butter Pooch Bread, Quiche Lassie.
"Animal Investigators: How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species,"
This book is fascinating, at least for fans of all those "CSI" shows. The title might as well be "CSI Wildlife." Sadly, the illegal pet and wildlife trade is out of control. I'd never before read about having to deal with a walrus crime scene. It's amazing what science can do. I won't be surprised if this book becomes the foundation for a TV series on Animal Planet.
"Dogs Can Sign, Too: A Breakthrough Method for Teaching Your Dog to Communicate," by
Chimpanzees and gorillas have learned sign language, so why not dogs? While they don't have the physiology to communicate in American Sign Language, according to the author a dog can learn to raise a paw or wiggle a rear end to indicate "I want to play" or "I want my favorite biscuits." This is a fascinating premise, never before investigated.
"Thoughtful Owners, Great Dogs: Canine Behavior and Training A Triadic Approach," by
Akenhead is the kind of dog trainer who ought to be receiving attention, not only for his 45 years of experience but also for his positive, "dog friendly" approach. For example, Akenhead notes that communication is key; so often we assume dogs understand what we're asking of them when they simply don't. As a consequence, they don't comply. The problem is not because they're spiteful or want to be dominant. Akenhead's step-by-step training instructions are practical and easy to follow.
"Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals," by
Even if you haven't been a fan of clicker training, this book is a must read - particularly for dog owners who are sold on the archaic and dominating techniques promoted by a popular TV dog trainer. It turns out that most zoo staff around the world, and trainers who work with animals for TV, the movies or commercials, also use the techniques popularized by Pryor, a dog-training legend -- and for good reason. From the kleptomaniac dog to the depressed Oscar fish -- this book is a wonderful read! Most importantly, a light bulb will turn on in your head, helping you understand the animal mind.
"Happy Dog: Caring For Your Dog's Body, Mind and Spirit," by
"Christmas Is Good: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday," by
This sweet little book will takes only 15 minutes to read. It's also philosophical. "It's not necessary to spend a fortune on a gift, as long as it tastes like bacon," says Koontz. The best-selling novelist is donating sale proceeds to Canine Companions for Independence.
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