The books we’re reaching for this winter

It goes without saying that while winter has its definite positives (no humidity hair, am I right?!), it also means we don’t get to head out and about with our dogs quite as much as we like. Icy temperatures, relentless rain and snow can keep both humans and their dogs limiting the time they spend outside. While we are huge advocates for enjoying the country with your best mate, we are also big fans of enjoying some downtime bonding with our canine companions. Whether you’re after fiction to read back to front, or prefer to flick leisurely through beautiful photographs, you’ve come to the right place. Pull on your Uggs, grab a cuppa and snuggle in because we’re rounding up the books for dog lovers that are taking prime position on our shelf this winter.

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Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
$33.59
Lily and the Octopus
Lily and the Octopus
$38.49
Jonathan Unleashed
Jonathan Unleashed
$32.17
Dog Poems
Dog Poems
$25.81
Dog People
Dog People
$36.86
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
$29.47
The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction
The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction
$28.75
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
$35.96
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
$68.82
The Forever Dog
The Forever Dog
$34.99
Where They Purr
Where They Purr
$74.99
Resident Dog
Resident Dog
$59.99
Lily and The Octopus book
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart – when you sit down with this book, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Jonathan Unleashed book

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff’s charming, hilarious novel about a young New Yorker’s search for happiness and the two dogs who help him find it.

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him – only richer and with a different sense of humour. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up. When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s worldview begins to shift. Could a Border Collie and a Cocker Spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly manoeuvring on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rosoff’s novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.

Dog Poems by Leonora Craig Cohen

Since prehistory, dogs have served as man’s best friend, giving us loyalty, assistance and boundless inspiration.

Dogs offer comfort and amusement to their owners; they provide solace when we’re sad, entertaining antics when we’re bored and affection every day. To poets in particular, these beloved creatures are the most bountiful muses, as they bark, yip, hunt, fetch, growl and slumber, reflecting back at us our most heartfelt tenderness and often rewarding us with unconditional love we scarcely deserve.

Dog Poems offers a litter of verses in celebration of our most faithful companions by some of the greatest poets of all time.

Dog People Book
Dog People by Sandra Muller

What dog owner hasn’t done this? You anthropomorphize your four-legged friend, put thoughts and feelings into his or her head that he or she almost certainly doesn’t have, and basically turn your pet into a four-legged person. That is exactly how photographer Sandra Muller feels about her dog Maja – who inspired Dog Peoplethe book that provides hilarious and creative photographic answers to the question: “What kind of person would this dog be?” Whether it’s Great Dane Holly as a couch potato or Gismo riding a Harley, these images and more make up the unforgettable and endearing collection of portraits from man’s best friend in Dog People.

The book is a colourful parade of dogs, from Giant Schnauzers to Pugs, from registered purebreds to street rescues. There is also a humorous description of each dog explaining how the outfit was chosen to make the particular animal a Dog Man or Dog Lady. For example, take Gisbert, a pug who would surely be a doctor if he were human – as he loves his vet so much that all you have to do is say “Dr. Uwe” and he pricks his ears–as much as any Pug can prick his ears, at least.

The Dog Book
The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction by Kathleen Walker-Meikle

The perfect gift for any dog lover, this is the story of man’s best friend from the canine gods of Ancient Egypt to the heroic mascots of the Second World War. Over the millennia dogs have been hailed as gods, demons, saints, military heroes, even reigning kings – and all the while have been the keen hunters, loyal guards and beloved pets we know today.

They feature in Egyptian myth, classical astronomy, medieval romances and early modern portraiture; they took part in the court-life of Imperial China, in early Hollywood film studios and in intrepid expeditions to the North Pole. Featuring the pampered pets of Queen Victoria and Pablo Picasso, popular medieval dog names, regimental mascots of the Napoleonic Wars and tales of canine loyalty through the ages, this beautifully illustrated volume shows how dogs have for millennia been the beloved companions of peasants and princes alike.

Inside of a Dog Book
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think. An engaging read with answers that will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

The relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog-owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs – as seen from the animal’s point of view. Inspired by her years of living with her own dog, Pumpernickel, who was a constant source of delight and mystery, Horowitz’s mind became filled with questions and ideas. In crisp, clear prose, she draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to give readers a sense of a dog’s perceptual and cognitive abilities—and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like. Horowitz’s own scientific journey, and the insights she uncovered, allowed her to understand her dog better and appreciate her more.

Containing up-to-the minute research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend’s behaviour in a different, and revealing light, allowing them to understand their pets and enjoy their company even more.

The Art of Racing in the Rain Book
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

The Forever Dog Book
The Forever Dog by Rodney Habib, Karen Shaw Becker

In this path-breaking guide, two of the world’s most popular and trusted pet-care advocates reveal how to delay aging and provide a long, happy, healthy life for our canine companions

Like their human counterparts, dogs have been getting sicker and dying prematurely over the past few decades. Why? Scientists are beginning to understand that the chronic diseases afflicting humans – cancer, obesity, diabetes, organ degeneration and autoimmune disorders – also beset canines. As a result, our beloved companions struggle with preventable health problems throughout much of their lives. Because dogs can’t make health and lifestyle decisions for themselves, it’s up to pet parents to make smart, science-backed choices on their behalf.

Rodney Habib and Karen Becker, DVM, travelled the world collecting wisdom from top geneticists, microbiologists and longevity researchers. They also interviewed people whose dogs have lived into their twenties and even thirties. The result is this unprecedented and comprehensive guide, filled with surprising information, invaluable advice and inspiring stories about dogs and the people who love them. The Forever Dog prescriptive plan can be tailored to the genetic predisposition of particular breeds or mixes. The authors discuss various types of food – including details commercial manufacturers don’t want us to know – and offer recipes, tips and easy solutions for ensuring our dogs obtain the nutrients they need. They also explore how external factors that we often overlook can greatly affect a dog’s overall health and well-being – including the role our own lifestyles and our vets’ choices play. Indeed, the health equation works both ways and can travel “up the leash.”

This definitive dog-care guide empowers us with the knowledge we need to make wise choices and keep our dogs healthy and happy for years to come.

Where They Purr Book

Where They Purr: Inspirational Interiors and the Cats Who Call Them Home by Paul Barbera

One for the cat lovers amongst us! Cats can be notoriously aloof, yet they have a special knack for commanding a room. What can these curious creatures reveal about their owners’ personal style and design sensibilities?

Where They Purr showcases twenty-eight inspirational houses and their stylish interiors, along with the charismatic felines that call these places home. From a historic Victorian terrace to a modern farmhouse with panoramic vistas, an art-filled inner-city apartment to a cozy rental that melds classic pieces and clever design, discover each cat’s domain and their predilection for sunlit nooks, midcentury furniture, or rooms with a view.

Through stunning photography, Paul Barbera captures these enviable homes complemented by the enigmatic qualities of those most contrary of domestic companions: our cats.

Resident Dog Book

Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There by Nicole England

In this stunningly photographed book of architecturally superb houses—many of them architects’ own homes—we see how the presence of a dog brings warmth and life to the most dramatic spaces. From mid-century raw brick to a penthouse apartment, gracious Edwardian to Scandinavian modern, from beach house to country retreat, there is always room for a dog or two. They trot, nap, and sniff through every page, at times more rambunctious than their surroundings, and at others perfectly in tune with the setting.

Peek inside the most breathtaking homes that feature French bulldogs, golden retrievers, Labradoodles, and more as your guides. Oblivious to designer furniture, heritage considerations, or serious design aesthetics, dogs can make themselves at home anywhere. In fact, the homes in this book are all the more appealing because of their resident dogs.

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to California’s Monterey Peninsula

To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colours and the light—these were John Steinbeck’s goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way, he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

 

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