Every once in a while, a dog enters your life and changes everything.
Where would we be without dogs in our daily lives? Our dogs stick by us through thick and thin, never disapproving and always waiting for us.
As Mordecai Siegal, author of over 30 books about dogs, cats, and horses stated, “Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.” His words ring true and give expression to the deep love we have for our canine companions.
Join author Melanie Steele and photographer Holli Murphy as they capture the essence of these fine creatures—noble, charismatic and fun-loving in Dogs: The Family We Choose.
The true story of an autistic boy with a body under siege by mysterious illness, and the chicken who saved his life.
"Heartbreakingly beautiful, the gift of the human animal bond."Temple Grandin, Author, researcher, consultant and world-renowned autism spokesperson
Eight-year-old Andrew was autistic and bilingual. He spoke English and Chicken. But the day he told his pet chicken Frightful that his body was trying to kill him, Andrew's family and an entire medical community were launched into a decade-long quest for answers. This honest memoir of fierce and faithful parenting takes readers on a heartfelt journey through chronic illness and Asperger's syndrome to discover the healing bond between a boy and his chicken. Navigating the complex landscape of modern medicine and genetics, through a rare diagnosis of Trisomy 8 Mosaicism and an experimental bone marrow transplant, readers venture to places where chickens talk, superheroes come alive, and a boy on the brink of death finds the courage to survive.
Written for the dog and cat lover, animal advocate, and fan of natural medicine, Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse reveals how our timeless relationships with our beloved animal friends hold the keys to our optimal health. Acupuncturist, plant-based nutritional consultant, and animal advocate Carlyn Montes De Oca weaves together an insightful tapestry of prescriptive advice, personal stories about her lively “six-pack” of rescue dogs and cats, and testimonials from other dog and cat lovers, including best-selling author Jack Canfield.
In an age when most people will suffer from a preventable chronic disease, Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse opens readers eyes’ to the fact that our beloved companion animals can be some of the most powerful allies we will ever have on the journey towards a healthier, happier, and more extraordinary life.
This book is an invitation to understand the essence of life with forty dogs in its entirety, and through that comprehension to truly appreciate what Joseph Robertia sees every day, and never takes for granted how special it is. His heartfelt goal is to share in words and photos the intrinsic nature and indispensable quality that determines each dog and defines their unique character and personality. Not everyone can sacrifice their spare time, salaries, and sanity to get to know so many characters—from the well-mannered to the wily—but Life with Forty Dogs will reveal the endless adventures and misadventures that come to those, like Robertia and his family, who have made a life-changing canine commitment.
Teach your dog to dance, fetch snacks from the fridge, and ask politely before going outside. It’s a whole new bag of tricks from Chester Gigolo!
Determined to spill the family beans once again, Chester reveals more Insider Training secrets for advanced dogs. He’s been studying hard, and this time he’s brought a stack of research to support his lessons in canine psychology. Learn how to correct destructive behavior at a fundamental level, explore the ins-and-outs of dogs’ communication skills, and discover new ways to help your furry friend live a long and happy life.
Naturally, Chester also brings tricks to the table, teaching more than twenty new skills that will make your dog the star of his very own show. Need a pencil fetched or a letter delivered? No problem! Need entertainment for your nephew’s birthday party? Chester has you covered! The sense of accomplishment you and your dog will feel knowing that you put a smile on someone’s face will warm your hearts for years to come.
Written by a professional dog trainer whose dogs have appeared in movies, television, and various other media, Head of the Pack is the next step in your journey of positive reinforcement, canine happiness, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Understanding non-verbal communication taught by a horse. Patricia Conoway has created a breakthrough guide to help caregivers connect with their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She takes us on her journey with her mother Kay who's in the late stages of Alzheimer's, dependent on others for her most basic needs, and no longer able to communicate verbally, when her horse, Dream enters Patricia's life. Dream had been severely abused by a previous owner, and where others would have given up, Patricia was determined to heal her. In this book, Patricia describes her dual struggles with her mother's steady decline and persistent issues with care facilities while she's going through the slow process of learning her horse's body language. Eventually Dream teaches Patricia communication by "watching and listening" with her senses, which she translates to non-verbal "conversations" with her mother. Patricia's straightforward account of her own frailties, doubts and eventual success should be recommended reading for anyone who struggles to relate to a person who has lost verbal communication.
Cheryl Aguiar has a strong connection with wildlife and a great love for exploring nature. This is the story of how she gains the trust of one of Mother Nature's most magnificent and mysterious creatures...the Great Horned Owl. These majestic birds known as raptors have a reputation of being extremely aggressive, but show a different side when struck by tragedy. With some help from her husband, Cheryl's devotion and determination to help this family of owls turns out to be one of the most gratifying decisions she has ever made. The strong-willed adult owl parents accept help from humans to keep their family safely together. Cheryl gives us an unprecedented look into the life of these wild birds while she closely documents the journey of these two adorable owlets as they grow and experience life in the wild.
As the days got longer, Number 10 was sure that Anna would have extra time for him. However, increasing numbers of after-school activities kept her from coming home on time. He watched from his cage as the yellow bus rumbled down the road without stopping. But where was Anna? He didn't understand that she was a teenager now, and her friends were progressively more important. Her girlfriends came over to the house to visit more often. They loved playing with the pup and tossing the ball, but it didn't take long until they all went giggling into the house leaving him alone again. Of course, Anna still loved him, but when she did arrive home, she had her friends over, her homework to get done, her mother to help with dinner, and her chores to finish. To get Anna's attention and have a good time, Number 10 learned to grab the broom's wiry bristles as a new game of play. Anna would laugh which pleased him so he continued his attacks. But, this pastime was short-lived, and after getting a bit of dry kibble, he was once again alone.
Shawn Flynn and his fiancée are excited to start their new life together. They are planning a wedding and have bought a new home. The last thing the two of them need right now is a new cat.
But their recently purchased house seems to come complete with a stray orange feline—a cat with a vibrant personality and a talent for mousing. So Shawn soon finds himself with a regular companion. Little does he realize that this cat will shortly become more important to him than he can possibly imagine.
As Shawn’s personal life begins to shift in ways he never saw coming, Kitty remains a constant source of stability and comfort. Shawn gave Kitty a home, and now Kitty gives Shawn the love he needs to heal.
"Rocky enters the USA as a reject from Holland and unites with his handler for their K9 academy where Rocky shines as a gifted and talented student. After graduation, Rocky quickly adapts to the seedy streets where he searches the midnight shadows for lurking offenders and is shot in the line of duty but still pursues and brings down the gunman. He is recognized nationally, but his own department ignores him and never issued him a badge. Plus, state laws prohibit Rocky from being classified as a member of law enforcement. Regardless, Rocky’s love for his handler and his job has him return to work continuing his legacy where he is crowned Champion in a statewide K9 competition.
So get ready! Lace up your boots and hold on tight to his leash as K9 Rocky: A Cop Without A Badge takes you along the true story of a wildly talented, intensely driven, police canine."
Dog Tales: The Book shares the love, laughter and occasional tears that living with multiple dogs brings to the life of the author. It is a collection of the "best of" her newspaper column that captured the hearts of readers and made her dogs, as she called them "big fish in a small pond". You'll laugh at "Frog Legs are Fine, but Toads Taste Terrible", chuckle at the trials and tribulations of trimming 70 toenails and identify with all the aspects of a life totally gone to the dogs. The often-funny, sometimes touching and always mundane snippets are sure to resonate with people everywhere who share their lives with dogs. So sit, stay, read and enjoy!
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Megan’s Munchkins is the first book in the middle grade fiction series Megan's World. Not everything hidden in the closet is scary, even if it’s furry and has sharp claws! Every teenager’s dream come true and every parent’s worst nightmare, Megan’s Munchkins is a short and sweet tale about a middle-school girl finding, quite by accident, the pet she had always wanted. Plus three more! It’s almost Spring break and adventurous thirteen-year-old Megan Thompson finds four tiny day-old kittens in the park and makes a decision on the spot that will turn her life upside-down. What does a young girl do who has been told by her parents over and over again that she may not have a pet? In Megan’s mind, there is no question. She must save these motherless newborns, even if it means keeping them a secret from her mom and dad. The next five weeks are an exhausting blur of vet visits, endless cycles of feeding schedules, household chores, homework and sneaking around, but Megan has never been happier in her whole life. The kittens grow quickly and begin to venture out into the world beyond the closet. Megan knows it is only a matter of time before she must tell her parents about her secret. Fate steps in and her secret is discovered. What will happen to her precious babies now?
Chuck, a four-year-old black Labrador Retriever, is left at a shelter in Kentucky by his humans. Like many dogs left at the shelter, Chuck is scared, but he is hopeful that his humans will come back for him. During his time at the shelter he realizes that the only way he will leave is if a new family adopts him. Where does Chuck's journey end? Does he stay at the shelter, or does he find a family and become a cherished fur-baby?
This picture book is perfect for children ages 6 through 9 who are interested in adopting a dog.
A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to help animal shelters and dog rescue organizations do what they do best.