Book Reviews from FetchDog.com
Schulz and Peanuts
By David Michaelis
"Around 1950, with a few strokes of his pen, Charles M. Schulz gave birth to America's most beloved cartoon canine, Snoopy."
Dreaming in Libro
How a Good Dog Tamed a Bad Woman
By Louise Bernikow
"Behind every productive woman writer, I am tempted to say, there is a great dog."
Paws and Smell the World
Unforgettable Moments with Our Best Friend
By Dana Thomas EdD
"Seemingly old photographs, with their gray-yellow hue, of dogs in their daily lives adorn glossy pages, setting the perfect tone for a trip down memory lane."
Charlie Wilson's War
By George Crile
"A dog doesn't quite seem to fit in amongst the spies, wealthy socialites, belly dancers, law-bending politicians, kings, mountain soldiers, and weaponry."
Bliss to You
Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life
By Trixie Koontz, dog, as told to Dean Koontz
"A lot of dog books rightfully conclude with the end of the dog's life, often leaving the reader with a pile of damp tissues."
Let's Have a Dog Party!
20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share with Your Best Friend
By Ingrid E. Newkirk
"If you're stuck in a rut of rewarding your dog with the basic toy, treat, walk around the block, and scratch behind the ear then Ingrid E. Newkirk has got news for you."
By Alison Pace
"In the vein of a personal memoir, Carlie's realistic influence on Amy's life reminds us that dogs are more than just pets."
Pet Food Politics
The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine
By Marion Nestle
"Nestle courageously attempts to make sense out of this largest pet food recall in American history."
Finding Dog Love on the Internet
By Tanya Turgeon
"In this modern age many successful relationships begin via the Internet. So it should not have come as such a surprise that love would bloom for me in front of a computer screen."
A Dog Like No Other
By John Grogan
"It's the perfect dose of memory refreshment on the escapades of crazy, loveable Marley."
Born Without a Tail
By Cayr Ariel Wulff
"Moody cats and belligerent dogs only seem to offer an irresistible challenge to Wulff and her unending supply of patience and hospitality."
Or, Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog
By Stephen Foster
"Through frustrating adventures and tense moments we witness Foster's varied, and at times desperate, attempts to earn the trust and affection of an abandoned mutt."
A Member of the Family
Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with your Dog
By Cesar Millan
"Taking us step-by-step from birth to death through the evolution of both the human family and the dog pack, Millan explains how to successfully achieve a healthy coexistence at every life stage."
The Well-Adjusted Dog
Dr. Dodman's 7 Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend
By Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman
"Dr. Dodman goes well beyond the typical diet and exercise suggestions we've come to expect from most dog experts."
A Dog Named Christmas
By Greg Kincaid
"A Dog Named Christmas is a nice reminder that whatever pain accompanies the loss of a beloved pet should never hinder loving again."
Easy Ways to Keep Spots Digs Stylish and Spotless
By Julia Szabo
"Szabo's enthusiasm is contagious and the ideas inspirational, leading to a book that is meant to be more than just read and placed on a shelf, but put into practice."
Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care
By Randy Kidd, D.V.M, Ph.D.
"As most pet owners know, the stress of having an ill or injured dog stems mainly from feelings of helplessness."
By Ingrid Lee
"It exposes adolescents to the true nature of the devoted pit bull and why they deserve to be treated with as much love and respect as any other dog breed."
The Natural Pet Food Cookbook
Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats
By Wendy Nan Rees with Kevin Schlanger, DVM
"The list of foods NOT to feed your dog or cat ... is reason enough to have this on your shelf."
Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook
From the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company
By Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
"Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook redefines the term comprehensive."
One Can Make a Difference
How Simple Actions Can Change the World
By Ingrid E. Newkirk with Jane Ratcliffe
"Seasoned author, activist, and animal advocate Ingrid E. Newkirk gathered the essays of 50 inspirational people under the single title One Can Make a Difference."
The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
"Stein wraps the special skill of racing cars in the rain around an intense family drama."
The Dog Rules
14 Secrets to Developing the Dog You Want
By Kyra Sundance
"If you're the average dog-lover looking for a bit of everything so you can 'Do more with your dog!', then you're in the right place."
Reaching the Animal Mind
Clicker Training and What it Teaches us about all Animals
By Karen Pryor
"Karen Pryor shows herself to be one part scientist, one part writer, and two parts genius with bits of biologist, behaviorist, psychologist, and grandmother thrown in."
By Maggie Estep
"There's no shortage of passion as Estep's complex and twisted characters go beyond the clichés to find love that is honest and real."
By Matthew Van Fleet with Photography by Brian Stanton
"Dog is a great way to include the youngest members of the family by sharing the joy of reading, the love of dogs, and encouraging a new generation of book hounds."
What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You
By Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson
"It's time to ... make way for the newest personality type movement, Dogology."
Tales from a Dog Catcher
By Lisa Duffy-Korpics
"The only enemies in Duffy's life are negligent and abusive owners, who are reponsible for frustrating and often heartbreaking circumstances."
Read author Lisa Duffy-Korpics' thoughts on this review
My Year of Competing Dusty, the World's Least Likely Agility Dog
By Robert Rodi
"Rodi is not a dog expert, but a writer entering a dog's world, which is why once you start reading you won't be able to put it down."
Rickie and Henri
A True Story
By Jane Goodall, Illustrated by Alan Marks
"A great way to pass on the respect for all creatures and the possibility of peace between those with opposable thumbs and those without that Jane Goodall has spent a lifetime advocating."
The Harry Potter Series
By J.K. Rowling
"Inspired by the film, I returned to my beloved books and was reminded that they are not only fun and captivating but also are definitely dog-friendly."
By Jane Goodall, Illustrated by Julie Litty
"Dr. White shows the amazing healing powers so often offered by our four-legged canine friends to the human race."
By Jill Ciment
"At the end of the day, what's important in life is family, even when family comes packaged as a little black wiener dog."
Modern Lullabies for Dog Lovers: Book 1
By Ron Burns with Andy Demsky
"Burns can't help but capture the very essence of dog."
See an excerpt from this review on the book's website.
And at A Place to Bark.
Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac
The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life
By Bruce Goldstein
"'Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac' intimately chronicles Bruce's quest for happiness, stability, and mental peace, proving there's no better place to find these things than at the end of a leash."
By Sandra Day O'Connor
Illustrated by Tom Pohrt
"This is a great book to share with animal-loving children, who sometimes don't understand why every animal can't be a pet."
Good Dog, Carl
By Alexandra Day
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, that couldn't be more true."
Speaking for Spot
Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
By Dr. Nancy Kay
"Every word in this book helps to prepare us for different potential health obstacles our dog may face, easing communication and stress."
See an excerpt from this review on the book's website.
To the Rescue
Found Dogs with a Mission
By Elise Lufkin
"The holiday season is upon us again and nothing will get you in the spirit of giving like the new book by Elise Lufkin."
Dog Is My Co-Pilot
Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship
From the Editors of "The Bark"
"Whether we admit it or not, many of us cannot imagine navigating through life without a four-legged, tail-wagging friend by our side, or on our lap, or in our bed."
Portraits of Dogs and Their Celebrities
By Brian Nice
"Master photographer Brian Nice makes no effort to hide his ulterior motives for creating this collection."
How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck, and a Few Turtles
"The testosterone fueled bunch offers a refreshingly realistic approach to helping animals."
The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle
By Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery
"There is no better example of how war affects all lives than this fantastically sweet book."
Pillow with a Heartbeat
The Heartwarming Tale of a Little Dog Who Finds His Big Purpose
By Nancy Stanley and Truffles
"Although it is certain that countless other dogs have shared a similar journey what makes this version unique is hearing it in the dog's own words."
Soul of a Dog
Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm
By Jon Katz
"Katz devotes each chapter to sharing the history and personality behind each of his animals."
Paws to Protect
Dogs Saving Lives and Restoring Hope
By Sharon Sakson
"This book will fascinate, inspire, inform, and thanks to Sakson, make sure these dogs who selflessly do so much for us are not forgotten."
Don't Dump the Dog
Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems
By Randy Grim
"Except for the fact that he's agoraphobic, arachnophobic, and germaphobic ... Grim is exactly the guy you'd want coming over to help with your dog issues."
Scent of the Missing
Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog
By Susannah Charleson
"Despite the physical dangers the team often faces ... the most difficult part seems to be perfecting the connection between dog and handler."
The Daily Coyote
A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming
By Shreve Stockton
"Stockton's experiences raising Charlie expose a tail-wagging, tummy-rub loving side that lurks just beneath the surface of these naturally wild animals."
Love is the Best Medicine
What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles
By Dr. Nick Trout, DVM
"Dr. Trout takes love to a whole new level."
Running with Champions
A Midlife Journey on the Iditarod Trail
By Lisa Frederic
."'Running with Champions' does an amazing job chronicling how a forty year old woman who knows nothing about mushing goes from volunteering at the infamous race to working at Iditarod Champion Jeff King's kennel to finally participating herself."
Seek and Discover More Than 150 Details in 15 Works of Folk Art
Text by Deborah Raffin
Paintings by Jane Wooster Scott
"Mitzi makes her way from page to page through winter villages, spring carnivals, summer boardwalks, autumn art exhibits and more in the grand tradition of 'Where's Waldo.'"
Move Over, Rover
What to Name Your New Pup When the Ordinary Just Won't Do
By Kyra Kirkwood
With illustrations by David Semple
"Selecting a name for your new pooch can be just as difficult as picking out the pup herself."
51 Puppy Tricks
Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Puppy
By Kyra Sundance and Jadie
"This efficiently formatted book has something for every type of learner...and we don't just mean the dogs."
The City Dog
The Essential Guide for City Dwellers and Their Dogs
By Sarah Whitehead
"With a little guidance canines and humans can happily coexist in some of the busiest places on earth."
Good Dogs, Doing Good
Lives Transformed by Man's Best Friend
Edited by Richard Day Gore and Juliann Garey
"A consistent theme through all twenty-three self-contained chapters is a dog's uncanny ability to distract us from the harder parts of life."
It's a Dog's World
The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living
By Wendy Diamond
"Diamond does her best to combine dog-friendly living with ways to give back to dogs who aren't so 'Lucky.'"
Barkitecture for Your Best Friend
From DIY Network's "Barkitecture"
"The creators, producers, architects and barkitects involved in "Doggie Homes" have thought of everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything."
Oh My Dog
How to Choose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed, and Care for Your New Best Friend
By Beth Ostrosky Stern with Kristina Grish
"This is the essential go-book for all things dog related and an absolute reassurance that you are not alone when it comes to wanting to do the best for your four-legged bundle of joy."
Woman's Best Friend
Women Writers on the Dogs in their Lives
Edited by Megan McMorris
Foreword by Pam Houston
"A collection of stories celebrating the very real and very special relationship between women and their dogs."
No Pet Left Behind
The Sherpa Guide for Traveling with Your Best Friend
By Gayle Martz with Delilah Smittie
"Martz will take you through everything you need to know to travel by plane, train, automobile, and even cruise ship."
City Walks with Dogs
New York: 50 Adventures on Foot and Paw
By Nadia Zonis
"Zonis includes dog-friendly places to stop for a snack, shop for some kibble, let loose in a local dog run, or take that refreshing dip we were looking for in the first paragraph."
Your Inner Dog
Discover What Your Favorite Breed Says About You!
By Diane Morgan
"If you want to make the most of dog and dog-people watching, keep Diane Morgan's "Your Inner Dog" nearby."
How to Get Great Pictures of Your Dog
By Kim Levin
"Even amateur photographers can capture the best canine moments by following the advice of long time animal lover and professional 'phoDOGrapher' Kim Levin."
Now and Then
By Jacqueline Sheehan
Foreword by Pam Houston
"The story is easy to read with layered accessible characters and well-played chapter endings that leave you wondering what happens next."
Kinky's Celebrity Pet Files
By Kinky Friedman
"Kinky, like the celebrities he reveres, makes no effort to maintain a PC status, which is exactly why this book is so funny."
Groom Your Dog Like a Professional
Step-by-step Techniques & Tips for a Great-Looking Dog
By Peter Young
"Young takes us step-by-step through the ins and outs of maintaining a healthy dog."
Ask Your Animal
Resolving Behavioral Issues Through Intuitive Communication
By Marta Williams
"It's safe to say that a majority of dog owners talk to their dogs whether we admit it or not."
Breakfast at Sally's
One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey
By Richard LeMieux
"LeMieux successfully uses 'Breakfast at Sally's' to give real faces to the homeless, breaking down stereotypes, labels, and judgement."
The Man Who Lives with Wolves
By Peter Young
"Anyone harboring a fascination for wolves or a curiosity about their dog's ancestry and not-so-distant cousin will find Ellis's life work amazing."
The Emotional Lives of Animals
A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy -- and Why They Matter
By Marc Beckoff
"Beckoff's enthusiasm is contagious."
A Story Poster Book with Tales of Dramatic Rescues, Courageous Journeys, and True-Blue Friendships
By Karl Meyer
"'Dog Heroes' consists of thirty poster pages perfectly suited for the classroom library."
Through a Dog's Eyes
Understanding Our Dogs By Understanding How They See The World
By Jennifer Arnold
"Arnold's life work makes her the perfect spokesperson for the canine-human bond."
Be Thrifty. *(...Not Cheap!)
How to Live Better with Less
Edited by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree
"No one can deny pets are a luxury since they are usually an unnecessary added expense. Yet so many of us can't imagine out lives without them no matter what the cost."
The Happy Adopted Dog
How to Adopt the Perfect Family Dog
By Marc Beckoff
"To be as informed as possible before, during, and after the adoption process consider procuring one of the newer additions to the dog-centric Terra Nova Series, 'The Happy Adopted Dog.'"
The Hound from the Pound
By Jessica Swaim, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
"Both children and adults will have a marvelous time perusing Jill McElmurry's charming illustrations for all the different breeds author Jessica Swaim has adroitly worked into the havoc."
A True Rags to Riches Story
By Patrick Bettendorf
"Pit Bulls bear a reputation for fighting but Ruby proves that some things are worth fighting for."
Stella is a Star!
By Bernadette Peters, Paintings by Liz Murphy
"Thanks to Peters' courage and creativity, children of all ages now have the opportunity to experience the true nature of this lovely breed and what it means to be misjudged."
Old Dogs Are The Best Dogs
By Gene Weingarten, Photographs by Michael S. Williamson
"."'Old Dogs Are The Best Dogs' is a gentle reminder to make light of the quirks that come with an aging dog and enjoy the time you have, since that's exactly what your dog will do."
The Sit Down Come Heel Stay and Stand Book
A Step-by-Step Dog Training Achievement Program
By Claire Arrowsmith
"This book provides attainable goals to reach in a brand new year with your dog."