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1. Boatswain In November 1808, Lord Byron's brave and courageous Newfoundland dog Boatswain died after contracting rabies. Byron, unafraid of being bitten and becoming infected, wiped away Boatswain's slaver with his own hands, nursing the dog until the disease took its toll. On his companion's death, the grieving Byron composed the lines "Epitaph to a Dog", to be carved on Boatswain's tomb at Newstead Abbey, the poet's estate: "Near this spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, / Strength without Insolence, /Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices."
2. Quinine In 1892, Anton Chekhov was given two dachshund puppies by his publisher, Nicolas Leykin. Chekhov named the male dog Bromine (Greek for "strong-smelling"), and the tan one Quinine (a drug used as a painkiller). It was Quinine - the lazy, idle, and potbellied female, who became the author's favourite. According to his sister Masha, "every evening Quinine would come up to Anton, put her front paws on his knees and look into his eyes devotedly".
3. Tulip was a loyal, loving female German Shepherd owned by JR Ackerley, author, literary editor of the Listener, and best friend of EM Forster. Ackerley was well into his 50s when he acquired Tulip, and in this ebullient animal, the distant Englishman found the friend he'd been searching for all his life. Originally, the dog belonged to the author's boyfriend, Freddie Doyle, a petty thief, who was sent to prison. Doyle's family took in the dog and Ackerley, distressed by the miserable conditions in which she was being kept, decided to rescue her. Their story is told in Ackerley's best-known book, My Dog Tulip.
4. Bull's Eye is the ill-used mutt, often assumed to be a bull terrier, belonging to Bill Sikes, the vicious thug in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. In the novel, no breed is mentioned; Bull's Eye is described as "a white shaggy dog, with his face scratched and torn in 20 places". Man and dog are bound together, both victims of a cruel upbringing, both unpredictably violent. The two brutes share more than similar sounding names; Bull's Eye has "faults of temper in common with his owner". Yet they are inseparable, and Bull's Eye, who sleeps at Sikes's feet or by his side, is always ready to obey his master.
5. Shock is the name of the lapdog belonging to Belinda, the comely and cossetted heroine of Alexander Pope's mock-epic poem "The Rape of the Lock" (1712), which, in keeping with its satirical style, presents Shock not as an individual in his own right, but as the summation of various cliches about lapdogs. It was common for love poets to regard these popular pets as little rivals, nestling gleefully on their mistress's lap or between her breasts or thighs, the fortunate recipients of sexual favours permitted to no human suitor. Could the source of this anxiety be that lapdogs make men seem unnecessary?
6. Nero was a Maltese lapdog belonging to Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of the Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle. Nero made regular appearances in Jane's letters and diary entries for 10 years, and, since she was a prolific correspondent and journal-keeper, his character and personal habits are chronicled in detail. He was particularly fond of cake, though his everyday dinner was "mostly bread and water with one spoonful of oxtail soup for relish". He was bathed every day, ran off from time to time, and was stolen by dognapping gangs more than once, but always made his way back home unharmed.
7. Flush "He & I are inseparable companions," wrote Elizabeth Barrett of her cocker spaniel Flush, "and I have vowed him my perpetual society in exchange for his devotion." Although Flush was a real dog, he's best known through Virginia Woolf's Flush: A Biography (1933). In this story, told from the spaniel's perspective, "A dog somehow represents: no I can't think of the word - the private side of life, the play side," wrote Woolf to a friend, which perhaps explains why Flush remains one of her most popular books.
8. Wessex was a snappy, aggressive, attention-hungry terrier owned by Thomas Hardy and his wife, Florence. Like many dogs, he liked to defend his territory, and when strangers arrived at the Hardys' home, Max Gate, he'd go for their legs, often ripping their trousers. He walked around on the dinner table during meals, helping himself to food from people's plates. Lady Cynthia Asquith described him as "the most despotic dog guests have ever suffered under". The Hardys' postman had to kick out two of the dog's teeth in self-defence.
9. Argos is the loyal hound who belonged to Odysseus, who recognises his disguised master after an absence of 20 years. In joyful anticipation, Homer tells us that "he dropped his ears and wagged his tail". But Argos, understanding that his master is in disguise, can't approach him and Odysseus can't acknowledge the dog without giving himself away. Odysseus sheds a secret tear, and Argos, after waiting so long to see his master again, dies after a single glimpse of him.
10. Toby is a friendly and intelligent dog occasionally borrowed by Sherlock Holmes from Kelso Sherman, who keeps a menagerie of creatures at 3 Pinchin Lane, Lambeth. Toby is fetched whenever Holmes and Watson need extra help sniffing out a clue. He may be "an ugly, long-haired, lop-eared creature, half spaniel and half lurcher", but Holmes defers to his expertise: "I would rather have Toby's help," he says, "than that of the whole detective force of London."
LIVING WITH BLIND DOG BOOKS This article is proudly presented by WWW.AMAZON.COM and Caroline D. Levin and Cathy Symons
"Living With Blind Dogs," now in its second edition, is the original and definitive resource book on this topic. It embodies helpful hints from hundreds of blind-dog owners, as well as years of ophthalmic nursing, veterinary, and dog training experiences. Both the veterinary community and dog owners alike continue to praise this text, in which Levin successfully answers the common question: "What do I do now?".
This revised edition contains all the topics covered in the first edition, such as: Dealing with feelings of loss and grief, how dogs react to blindness, conditions that cause blindness and how they progress, genetics, pack issues, training concepts, new skills, helpful hints to negotiate the house, yard, and community, toys, games, and suppliers/resources.
The book also includes numerous new sections and chapters: Dogs both blind and deaf, dogs blind from birth, white canes and other devices, circling behaviors, changes in barking patterns, dealing with cats, giving eye drops, traveling and camping with a blind dog, adding another dog to the pack, dry eye syndrome, VKH, and new findings on PRA and SARD.
How would you like to have your pup with you all the time on your desk while you're at work? Perfectly behaved, never makes a peep, never poos on the outgoing mail? You totally can have this with a paper pup made from the book "Paper Pups" by Hiroshi Hayakawa.
I know that Christmas of 2015 is already over, and you've probably used some of those Christmas gift ideas for dogs of your own, and after New Years resolutions have been set, I'm sure some of you decided to read more books in 2015. So how about more of the best dog books out there?
I hope that this ultimate list of best dog books for dog owners I have here will serve as a reference guide of sorts for you to know which dog books deserve to be on a responsible and loving pet owner's bookshelf.
Here's the ultimate list of top best dogs books, and I ranked them close to the order I would start reading them myself if I haven't already done so. I will include photography books, and cookbooks, and advice books all in the same list simply to provide variety. Therefore, assuming that you will start your reading list exactly as I have outlined it below, you will have a great time enjoying the information, and it won't get tedious, boring, and one-noted.
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog This is one of my favorite books about dogs of all time. It's general information that is packed with tips and advice for novice pet owners, however, even experienced dog lovers will find great tidbits and interesting ideas on how to care for, train and live with their animal friends. 101 Dog Tricks is by far one of the most recommended dog books you'll hear from experienced dog owners who also love to read a lot. It's a decent resource without too much unnecessary fluff.
Underwater Dogs Dog photography book comes out pretty soon on the list, but it's so worth it! Such a simple idea, yet it can easily be labeled genius - dogs jumping into the pool and the skillful photographer Seth Casteel manages to capture that first "in the water" moment, which is nothing short of hilarious. Funny photographs of random dog breeds are absolutely worth the price for any true dog admirer.
How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond Cesar Millan has marketed his way into the dog training and care industry better than anybody else, but his content is still worth a lot. Cesar got famous through his deep knowledge of dogs and, largely, due to an opportunity to work on The Dog Whisperer show which became very popular among dog owners. This book on how to train a young puppy and how to live with them in perfect harmony for the rest of your their lives will teach any dog owner a few good tricks. Absolutely worth it.
You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook Learn to become a dog chef and please your pooch while also having fun! Amazon's best selling book for almost a decade now, it contains very cool recipes on homemade dog treats and homemade dog food preparation. If you're the one not scared of the kitchen, and you know how to mix the ingredients well, then you'll be able to follow all the simple advice given in the book. Trust me, if your canines only knew, they'd be grateful to you forever.
War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love Canines are clever, honest, heroic, amazing creatures, and this book tells and demonstrates exactly why that is. Full of randomized stories of dog heroism and their unconditional love for humans, I can guarantee it will fascinate you and maybe even make you shed more than a few tears. The book demonstrates why canines of today are more than just a man's best friend, they are true loyal companions. Definitely worth to have on your bookshelf of best dog books.
Dogs This simply yet very aptly titled book will allow you to enjoy some of the best pictures taken of dogs (by photographer Tim Flasch) alongside compelling, interesting, essential information and stories about the animal and how we came to live alongside dogs as trusted companions. It's an entertaining, subtle, very sophisticated and informed look at Canis Familiaris from the author Lewis Blackwell that you will be glad you've read.
Shake Similarly to the book of dogs underwater, this is yet another collection of hilarious and curious photographs of dogs in motion. The book contains pictures of 61 different dogs captured in mid of them shaking, exposing darting eyes, stood up ears, crazy hair and their jowls flopping all over the place. Yet again, photographer Carli Davidson proves us that canines are interesting in any way, shape, action or form. If not for anything else, this is simply a fascinating and curious dog book.
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain Occasionally, I love to dig deep into the science of the dog's brain, trying to figure out why they do things that they do. One of such online researches led me to discover Professor Gregory Berns who specializes in canine neuroscience and cynology, as well as his highly fascinating book. It explains the precise reasons why our pets love us unconditionally, why they do things that they do and what type of actions they expect from us. If you really want to learn about dogs, this is one of the must-have books.
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems Another one of the best dog books from Mr. Millan. While I prefer his previously mentioned book to this one, it still remains a great resource which taught me a lot about dog training and especially how to correct certain behaviors of my puppies. Cesar delves deep into the reasons why some of these common dog behavior problems arise and how you can prevent them in the first place. Even though I'm not a big fan of his, I have to give it to him: the man really knows his dogs.
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs If I'd have to compare this to the above mentioned Gregory Berns' book, I would say that Patricia's book is just as interesting and worth reading, but it's less scientific. However, with that being said, this read will provide you with some of the things you wouldn't learn from anywhere else. Dr Patricial B. McConnell isn't only a scientist, but she's also been a dog trainer for decades, and if there's a few people in this country who really understands the connection between people and dogs, she would be one of them.
The Dog Encyclopedia This one is only for the true fanatics of dogs; possibly even dog historians, if you will. The 360-page encyclopedia is chock full of information about dog breeds, history of domesticating dogs, where they came from, how they rose to become the best man's friend and so forth. This one of the best dogs books also includes exquisite photography shots of almost 400 dog breeds. All listed based on FCI's groupings. You will learn what dog breed is more adept and what things, and everything similar and related. That sort of information is never useless for long-term dog owners.
Underwater Puppies I loved this book just as much as its first edition, but I had to push it further down the list of best dog books only because I didn't want to include too many dog photography books close to each. It contains over 80 hilarious and captivating images of puppies under the water, and trust me when I say this: it's really hard to put it down, even though the reading material is minimal. Once you flip through the book once, you will instantly want to do this all over again. Photographs are pure gold. Photographer Seth Casteel also released a Underwater Puppies 2015 wall calender which is just as great!
Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom For the sentimental out there (and more of general pet and animal lovers than dog owners alone), this is exactly what you need. The book is stuffed with award-winning photographs of interesting, gorgeous and spectacular colored photographs of the most unusual relationships among animals, and honest love between different species. It's both unusual and so familiar at the same time, and it even gives me chills to write about it. I'm definitely going to flip through it again after I'm done with this post, it's a been a while.
Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog and Provide It with Vital Mental Stimulation Dog owners looking for ideas on how to spend more time with their pets, how to teach their dogs certain tricks that regular obedience training can't accomplish, or wanting to simply exercise their canine's brain waves this book will be a perfect choice. Challenging your pooch with problem solving games and puzzles will help your pet to maintain their cognitive skills sharp and ready for longer. It's important for us to train our brain, and it's just as important to keep our dogs active in that area too.
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Another one from the dog psychology and cynology science, this book explains everything you always wondering about dogs. How they see our world, how they perceive humans, what and how they smell, hear, feel. It's all in there. Pretty scientific and sometimes a little harder to crack without additional Google search, this book still remains a fascinating read for a true fan of dogs.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs Quite possibly one of the most densely packed books about dogs out there, it could have easily been a 1000-page long. This Book of Dogs contains a lot of random information, articles, ideas, tips, advice and facts about what dogs are and how they live lives among us: poems, humor, stories, interviews, articles, fiction and non-fiction, cartoons, drafts, art, drawings, archives and full color photographs. It's all there in this best dog book for dog owners to enjoy!
How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days (Revised) This is a more specific read for a new dog owner looking for accurate advice and step by step guides on how to pet-proof their home and housebreak their young puppies in the new place. The best part is that information is very detailed and comes in a 7 day plan which, if you follow it correctly and to a letter, will make sure that by the end of the week, the young dog will be housebroken and ready to live a more comfortable live in their new place. Try it if you're new to dog ownership or looking to get a puppy!
Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog Cesar Millan certainly released plenty of best dog books for pet owners, and here's his third one on my list. This book is aimed at those dog owners whose pets are more well-behaved and will listen to your commands without breaking focus. Believe it or not, there are many different methods that are effective in training different dogs with random behaviors. So if the description of a "test dog" in the book fits your case, I'd say skip the previous two Cesar's books and get this one instead.
Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5 Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement I love dog books that entail course with time frames - this book is one of those. Authors present a simple and well detailed plan of 5 weeks that will get you from having an uncontrollable dog with poor behavior to a pet of your dreams who will listen to every command. More importantly, the whole concept of training your dog in this book is based on reinforcing positive behavior, which is how, in my opinion, every single dog should be trained. Try it if you need help in training your pooch.
I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful & Misunderstood) Pet I'll admit, I'm pro Pitbulls and I believe they do not deserve the poor name that people apply to these dogs. If you're like me, you're going to love this book dearly. However, if you're not like me, and need convincing that Pitbulls aren't as bad as some people make them out to be, then this book will explain why the dog breed in question has been so hated on for many decades. All the stereotypes are broken and explain well alongside amazing photographs of America's most beautiful, famous and misunderstood dog.
Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs Take the advice from the author Rick Woodford on how every dog owner should be feeding their pets. In 2015, we're trying to focus on healthier, less processed food items, so why should our pets whom we love dearly consume anything worse? The book explains the pros and cons of certain feeding patterns, what foods are great for dogs, what foods aren't and most importantly why. It's not a recipe cookbook for dogs, but it will definitely teach you a few tricks on how to easily implement healthy eating habits for the benefit of your canine's health.
The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend One more of the best dog books for a sentimental pet owner like myself. Jennifer Skiff tells us stories from her own experience, and the experience of those she knows, about the things we learn when living around dogs. All stories are 100% true: some will inspire you, some will make you dislike people, and others will just make you cry. The book demonstrates in writing and photographs exactly why canines are a man's best friend, and anybody who reads it will find it very difficult to argue with that statement.
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats Although it's not focus exclusively on dogs, this book is still relevant for any pet owner who cares about the health of their animal friends. This book has been on Amazon's best selling list for many years now, and rightfully so - it has also been recently updated and revised after 9 years for the first time ever! What's in it? Everything! From pet food and appropriate natural pet living conditions to choices of environment, diseases include such rare things as Mad Cow disease and West Nile virus, natural dog food recipes and so forth!
Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs I love, love, love this book! It might not be for every aspiring dog trainer or even owner, but it's definitely something a true fanatic of dogs would love to flip through. In 60 black and white photographs of older canines, this book demonstrates the exact reasons why a dog is a man's best friend. Two time Pulitzer prize winning photographer Michael S. Williamson will tell you a story through his work, and it will be accompanied by just as breathtaking write ups from the author Gene Weingarten. A must have best dogs book for a true dog lover.
The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think And to round up our list of 25 best dog books for pet owners, I suggest you to try another one of the science-based books about dogs that will teach you accurately about the thought process of dogs, and both authors of this book do it better and more scientifically than any other dog training ever could. Did you know that dogs don't actually experience guilt per se, but it's more a feeling of fear rather than anything else? This and a lot of other fascinating facts are included in this book. All the information contained here helped me in communication with my dogs in our daily lives.
The Art of Racing in the Rain "The Art of Racing in the Rain" appears on many "best of" lists and with good cause. Narrated by a lab/terrier mix named Enzo who yearns to be human so he can better communicate with Denny, his racecar-driving owner, this novel offers a unique perspective on human life and its quirks and foibles. It also provides a vehicle for a depth of emotion that is rather startling. Read this book and you will be sure to pass it on.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls An auto-didact who grew up during the depression, Rawls only ever wrote two books - "Summer of Monkeys" in 1960 and "Where the Red Fern Grows" in 1961. He spent most of the rest of his life as a motivational speaker. But somehow he hit an instant classic with "Where the Red Fern Grows." This tale of a boy and his two hunting dogs is sweetly written and easy for readers of any age to follow. Read it, if you haven't. If you have, read it again.
Old Yeller by Fred Gibson Fred Gibson captures both the voice and essence of a young teen, Travis, from Texas. The name Old Yeller is a double entendre, describing both the ugly color of the dog's coat and the horrible noise he makes while he's barking. Initially Travis hates Old Yeller, but then he warms to him as the dog proves his worth time and again. I won't give away the ending although Gibson does, right in the second paragraph.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by John Grogan Essentially, this book is an autobiographical love letter about a man and his dog. John Grogan is a journalist and life long writer and it shows in his tight prose and wit. Grogan beautifully counterweights Marley's goofier moments with personal hardships in his own family. This book reads a bit like a Rembrandt portrait is utilizing colors both light and dark, some gentle and others severe, to create an image that is wonderfully human.
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant A picture book that picks up where most dog books leave off, Rylant paints and writes her vision of dog heaven. It's a place where no dog will ever go hungry or lack a soft bed or children to play with. "Dog Heaven" is the ultimate comfort read for those experiencing the loss of a pet.
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron Here is another title that shows up on many recent "Top 10" lists. Bailey, the dog protagonist, is reborn multiple times while searching for the answer to a very human question: Why are we here? While not overly melodramatic, "A Dog's Purpose" still manages to be a tear-jerker. It's a worthy entrant to the canon of recent dog literature.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford Many of us best know of this book from one of its two film adaptations: Disney's 1963 "The Incredible Journey" or the 1993 update called "Homeward Bound." Originally, this book by Scottish author Sheila Bunford was billed as a children's novel, although that was not what she intended it to be. The story, inspired by a real-life incident, details the adventure of three house pets who cross a wilderness to find the family they love. Basically, it's the story of "Lassie," but with three animals instead of one.
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight Speaking of Lassie, here she is: heroine of the most faithful dog story ever told. Set in depression-era England, Lassie's loving but poor family is forced to sell her to a local noble. Unfortunately, she keeps breaking out and running back to their house to be with her boy. Her new owner takes her to Scotland to get her away from the family that she refuses to desert, but she breaks out again and this time sets out on a 1,000-mile journey home. "Lassie" has been adapted into a TV series, a picture-book, a movie, and has spawned numerous sequels.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London Some will tell you that this is the best dog book ever written. "The Call of the Wild" follows Buck on a whirlwind journey to Alaska to become a sled-dog. Learning the hard lessons of life quickly, Buck loses the trappings of civilization and uncovers his own primitive nature. This 1903 classic is a must-read, not only for the quality of its prose but for its complexity of character. A great book for young readers facing transitional stages of life, it's also a story that gets better with multiple readings.
Dogsbody by Dianna Wynne Jones Dianna Wynne Jones is an author whose works have achieved cult classic status among fantasy fans. (Her novel "Howl's Moving Castle" was adapted into an animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki.) "Dogsbody" is the story of a powerful being, Sirius, the Dog Star, who is framed for a murder he did not commit. As punishment, his consciousness is sent to earth into the body of a dog where he faces a next-to-impossible mission. Jones was a master of her craft, and this is a title that deserves recognition.
McDuff Moves In An endearing tale of a stray pup who finds himself a home with a kindhearted couple, Lucy and Fred at number 7 Elm Avenue. Adorable illustrations especially if you love little dogs. This book should be in the library of all dog-loving children. Ages 2-5 By Rosemary Wells
Delightful picture book inspired by a true story of a little dachshund who went to visit Picasso and stayed forever. Ages 4-8 By Monica Kelling
Enzo Races In The Rain A picture book from the author of: The Art of Racing in the Rain. Delightful illustrations bring the much-loved Enzo to life as he takes a journey from city to country. Told from the point of view of the dog. The story is about finding a true home. Anyone who owns a pet with a personality will enjoy this story. Ages 4-8 By Garth Stein
When You Wander: A Search-and-Rescue Dog Story From the point of view of a rescue dog who explains to a small child what to do if lost and how they will be found. Through the use of rhyme and watercolor illustrations the story demonstrates the importance and ability of a search and rescue dog. Ages 4 to 8 By Margarita Engel
Huck Michael longs for a dog; his parents provide many substitutes over the years. After an illness in the family, his parents decide to grant him a wish. The family becomes smitten with Huck, a toy poodle. When Huck goes missing, the family learns about love and compassion from friends and strangers. The reader will feel happy, sad, excited and scared before shedding a few happy tears at the end of the story. Ages 8 and up By Janet Elder
Because of Winn-Dixie The story of 10-year-old India Opal Buloni. Opal adopts a large strange dog called Winn Dixie, who seems to understand everything she says. Because of Winn Dixie, Opal discovers friendship, forgiveness, and love in the most unlikely people and places. This treasured classic looks at the power of love and dogs in healing hearts and relationships. Ages 8 and up By Kate DiCamillo
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