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Children's Books ages 4-8

Before You Were Mine
by: Maribeth Boelts
Illustrated by: David Walker

This little boy wonders what his dog's life was like before he was adopted from the shelter. Did he have a name like Gus or Miles? Did he have a family who loved him? How long had he been alone?
A heartwarming story about how adopting an animal can bring happiness and comfort to a pet as well as the new owner.

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Rosie's Family
Written by: Lori Rosove
Illustrated by: Heather Burrill
A story about belonging in a family regardless of differences. Rosie is a Beagle who was adopted by Schnauzers. She feels different from the rest of her family and sets forth many questions that children who were adopted may have.

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Truelove
Written & Illustrated by: Babette Cole
Love is a warm puppy. And Truelove is the warmest, most adorable puppy of them all. But when his family becomes too invloved with their new baby to notice him, it's up to Truelove to show them what love is all about.

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Buddy Unchained
Written by: Daisy Bix
Illustrated by: Joe Hyatt
Buddy, a loveable mixed-breed dog, is happy in a new home; he tells the story of his former life, and of how he was rescued and came to live with a caring family.
Buddy's story shows that a neglected or abused dog can be rescued to live a good life in a new home through the efforts of those who care.

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At The Dog Park
Written by: Daisy Bix
Illustrated by: Amelia Hansen
What's more fun for a dog than an outing to a dog park? If you've been to one of the dog parks across the U.S. then you know the answer to that question is: Not much! At a dog park, dogs run and play until even the bounciest pup is ready for a nap.

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Are You Ready for Me?
Written by: Claire Buchwald
Illustrated by: Amelia Hansen
Almost every parent has heard the question, "Please, can we get a dog?" Now there is a book that can help families answer that question, a book that supports either answer. Are You Ready for Me? shows what life will be like with a dog, the responsibilities and the joys both.

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PIPPO
by Annette Langen
Illustrated by Sigrid & Sven Leberer

Adults and children will be moved by Pippo's lonely times in a cellar and his rescue from a snowy forest. They'll enjoy hearing about his important job with his new family - getting Dad out of bed. And then there are such excitements as the good smells on his walks with Grandpa and the loud howling his family does at the Jenny-Lisa birthday, in an account enhanced by ingenious fold-out pages.

A portion of the royalties from the sale of this book is being donated to The Humane Society of the United States.



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POLE DOG
by Tress Seymour
Illustrated by David Soman

Whatever his name was, it's Pole Dog now. His owners drove away in their yellow truck, leaving him hungry and alone on the roadside.
Old dog, cold dog.
Left by the telephone pole dog.
When will they come for their old dog?
When will who come?

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A HOME FOR SPOOKY
By Gloria Rand
Illustrated by Ted Rand

As she rides her bike home from school one day, Annie sees a stray dog searching for food at the dump. The skinny dog looks so scared that Annie names him Spooky. Every day she sneaks over for a visit and brings him food from her lunch and water. But when Spooky gets sick, keeping the dog a secret isn't so easy. It's up to Annie to save him!

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CHARLIE ANDERSON
By Barbara Abercrombie
Illustrated by Mark Graham

Elizabeth and Sarah and their mother have a cat named Charlie, a stray they have taken in. At night, Charlie curls up on Elizabeth's bed to sleep. But every morning, after lapping up the milk in his bowl, he disappears into the woods. In the evening, he returns, in time to be brushed and fed.
Each weekend, Elizabeth and Sarah visit their father and stepmother in the city. They want to take Charlie with them, but Charlie is a country cat, their mother points out. The city is not a place for him.
Charlie grows fatter and fatter, and then one stormy night, he doesn't come home. That's when the girls discover a secret about Charlie, something they have in common with him.
Elizabeth and Sarah's story - and Charlie's - is a contemporary one that takes into account the changing character of the family unit. Simply told and with heartwarming illustrations Charlie Anderson will have special meaning for children whose parents are separated or divorced.

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LILY
By Abigail Thomas
Illustrated by William Low

Lily is a very happy dog. She likes living with Aunt Eliza in their cozy Boston apartment with the soft blue couch. big yellow chair, and the rubber hedgehog she chews on. Each morning and evening, they go for a walk down the same sidewalk to Lily's favorite digging patch. Everything is always in its rightful spot, just the way Lily likes it.
Then one day the moving men come - and everything changes.
Vivid pastels and a sensitive text combine to create a charming story about one special puppy's predicament.

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HE'S YOUR DOG!
By Pat Schories

If boys are of "snips and snails and puppy dogs' tails." then puppy dogs are made of barking and larking - and a few chewed shoes. So when a dog chews one shoe too many, his young owner decides they'll both leave home.
But running away isn't as easy as it sounds; in fact, the more he plans, the more the boy realizes that the answer may be as near as the sneakers on his feet.

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CAN I BE GOOD?
By Livingston Taylor
Illustrated by Ted Rand

For a zestful young golden retriever, each day dawns full of potential adventures.
With all the fun, it is very difficult for him to be good, no matter how hard he tried. So from morning till evening this lovable beast finds trouble wherever he turns.
Not until he is fed and bedded down, surrounded by the family that loves him. does he finally find that is time to be good - until tomorrow.

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I'M THE BEST!
By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illustrated by Will Hillendrand

"My name is Dudley, but once I was named Sparky. Before that I was Fluffy. For two months I was Mopsy. I think I was Cedric for a week. I've had a lot of names."
Dudley Dog has been shuffled from owner to owner. His last one was an elderly woman who give him to the Humane Society when she decided to take a trip around the world. So now Dudley's patiently waiting for someone new to come along and adopt him.
This is a heartwarming story about family love and happy endings.

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I REALLY WANT A DOG
By Susan Brewlow & Sally Blakemore
Illustrated by True Kelley

That heartfelt longing for a dog (what child has not heard them?) are here exuberantly presented with the help of a canny canine coach (and conscience).
So too are a child's sense of responsibility for a dog and the wonderful process of choosing the right one.

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STRAY DOG
Retold and Illustrated by Marc Simont
From a true story by Reiko Sassa

When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day's end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds.
The following Saturday they return to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone - the dogcatcher is looking for him too.

Winner of the Caldecott Medal for Illustration in Children's Literature.

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I WANT A DOG
by Dayal Kaur Khalsa

This is the story of May, a very young girl who wants a dog more than anything else in the world. May's parents tell her she can't have a dog until she's older, and they are not taken in by her clever ploys to get a dog right now.
Undaunted, May finally comes up with a terrific idea. What follows is an unexpected turn of events that leads to surprises for May and the not-so-distant day when she'll have a dog of her very own.

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DRIBBLES
by Connie Heckert
Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles

Siamese kittens Benny and Bing are curious about the old cat who has come to live in their home. They take their questions to older, wiser Gracie. Who is the stranger called Dribbles? Why is she there? Why won't she be friends?
Guided by Gracie's compassionate advice and their own warm interest in Dribbles, the kittens gradually win the old cat over. But the friendship is tinged with sadness, and Benny, Bing, and Gracie come to realize that this makes it all the more precious.

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LOST
by Paul Brett Johnson and Celeste Lewis
Illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson

Here is the adventure of a girl who never gives up hope, and a beagle who never gives up.
His name is Flag.
On the first day of a camp-out in Arizona's Tonto National Forest, Flag takes off after a rabbit. Lost, the little dog encounters a rattlesnake, javelinas, the sharp thorns of cacti, hunger and the weather, the weight of loneliness.
His girl, too.
She misses Flag terribly, but her "lost" posters lead nowhere and the time comes when she and her father can no longer search for Flag.
What will happen?
In a most original picture book Flag's days and nights can be seen in full-color paintings on the left-hand pages; the girl and her father's; on the right.
Though dog and girl are apart, it is their striving together that you will long remember.

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THE GHOST OF GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY
By Ruth Brown

Over a hundred years ago, a faithful little dog named Bobby kept watch over his master's grave for fourteen long years. Some say that his ghost still haunts the churchyard of Greyfriar's in Edinburgh, where both he and his master are buried.

Since then, the story of Bobby's patient vigil has traveled around the world, passing from generation to generation and capturing the hearts of dog-lovers everywhere. Now master watercolorist Ruth Brown presents her own version, beautifully evoking scenes of Scotland, past and present, and painting an unforgettable portrait of one small creature's dauntless love and loyalty.

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DOG
By Robert J. Blake

Old Peter lives alone in an old cottage at the edge of a small Irish village. What use does he have for a stray dog that barks at his door and sleeps on his bed - without so much as an invitation! "I have no need for companions, nor the trouble they bring." says old Peter. "out the door with you."
Ah, but weren't Peter's toes as warm as raisins in a bun last night, with the dog on his bed! And what misfortune may befall Peter if he turns the animal out? As Peter heads out into a cruel summer storm to search for the creature, he begins to realize that perhaps he and the dog might have something in common after all.
With his hauntingly beautiful oil illustrations and a smooth Irish lilt, author and artist Robert J. Blake weaves an artful story of two stubborn, yet lonely souls, who come upon each other and learn the fond warmth of a good companion.

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MICHAEL AND THE CATS
By Barbara Abercombie
Illustrated by Mark Graham

Michael has no pets, only a baby brother. So when he and his family visit his aunt and uncle, Michael is thrilled to discover they have two cats.
Michael loves the cats right away and tries to grab their soft fur. "Don't scare the cats," says his mother. Michael tries to share his ice cream with the cats. "It makes them sick," says his aunt. Michael wants to dress the cats in his sweater and windbreaker so they can all play outside. "Don't Hurt the cats," says his uncle. Michael wants so much to be friends with the cats, but how? He decides to watch the cats to see what they like to do and slowly he learns that little boys like some things and cats like other things. The way in which Michael discovers that the cats really are his friends makes a lovely surprise ending to his visit.
From this simple story, young readers without being at all aware of it, will learn the best way to approach a cat and make friends with it. Mark Graham's glowing full-color pictures will appeal to children and parents alike.

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ADA'S PAL
By George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Marguerite Casparian

Ada is a dog, a black mop-without-a-handle dog, who barks herself back into life.
When her pal Troublesome, a big yellow knock-the-mail-carrier-down dog dies, Ada is so sad and lonesome her family, finally, has to take her to the vet.
"Nothing wrong with this dog but a broken heart," he says.
The narrator, a girl who was Ada's best friend before Troublesome, has an idea how to mend it.
And that is the story of Ada's Pal, charmingly told and charmingly pictured.

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NEWF
By Marie Killilea
Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

The big black dog swam in from the sea, though there was no boat nor ship in sight. And he climbed the craggy Gaspe Peninsula cliffs to the deserted cottage looking for shelter. Instead he found a tiny white kitten left to survive alone on the windswept coast.
Tentatively at first, the two unlikely friends confronted each other: giant dog and tiny kitten. But in the warm and salty days of summer, play and affection quickly supplanted suspicion, and as the seasons passed, they made the cottage their home together. Until winter, when a cruel storm separated the two and tested the dog's strength and loyalty to his small friend.
In her debut picture book, Marie Killilea, internationally know author of the classic Karen, retells a north country legend about the mysterious black dog who comes in from the sea. Ian Schoenherr's paintings, artistically and emotionally powerful in their simplicity and texture, make magnificent this story of two courageous animals and a friendship that survives even the wild and stormy world they share.

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ROSALIE
By Joan Hewett
Illustrated by Donald Carrick

Rosalie is an old dog now. She doesn't move as fast as she used to. She doesn't hear when Cindy speaks to her. And she doesn't climb mountains anymore. But she's still Rosalie - an important member of the family, who gives as much love as she receives.
The special tenderness between a cherished pet and those who care for her speaks eloquently from Joan Hewett's gentle text and Donald Carrick's luminous paintings.

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NOBODY'S DOG
By Charlotte Graeber
Illustrated by Barry Root

Who has the perfect home for a poor stray pup? Not the Fritzes - Nobody's Dog is too small. Not the Applegates - Nobody's Dog is too noisy. What about Miss Pepper? She has a lovely garden full of petunias and the sweetest snowball bush. But Miss Pepper has no use for a mischievous mutt. Can one determined dog cultivate a blooming relationship and find a home of his own?
This is an altogether heartwarming tale that kids will clamor to adopt.



 

Children's Books age 9 - 12

HOUND HEAVEN
By Linda Oatman High

Silver Nickles gazes at all the dog pictures she's pasted on the ceiling of her bedroom, in the tarpaper shack on Muckwater Mountain where she lives with Papaw. She wishes with all her might for a real dog of her own - a dog for her to love, and maybe make up for some of the hurt she's felt ever since her parents and baby sister died in a car wreck. Silver has faith that she'll get a dog before her thirteenth birthday in July, but as Pastor Pete says, "Faith without works is dead." So she sets to work in a kennel to earn money for a dog, and no one - not her prissy best friend Rose, not ornery Papaw, and not Dudley "The Dud" Baxter - can lessen Silvers grit and determination in the face of looming grief and obstacles.

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BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
By Kate DiCamillo

When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her father, she doesn't know what to expect - least of all, that she'll adopt Winn-Dixie, a dog she names after the supermarket where they meet.
Right away, Opal knows she can tell Winn-Dixie anything - like the fact that lately she's been thinking a lot about her mother, who left when Opal was three. And that her father, the preacher, won't talk about her mother al all. And that she's lonely. But with such an unusually friendly dog at her side, Opal soon finds herself making more than a few unusual friends. And ultimately, Opal and the preacher realize - with a little help from Winn-Dixie, of course - that while they've both tasted a bit of melancholy in their lives, they still have a whole lot to be thankful for.

Winner of the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature.

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THE TROUBLE WITH TUCK
By Theodore Taylor

No one, not even the veterinarian could say exactly when Helen's beautiful golden Labrador began to go blind. Probably the light had begun to fail for Friar Tuck long before the alarming day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck's trouble - and how to cope with it - was the focus of Helen's life.
Helen adored Tuck from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. And very soon Tuck returned her love full measure. He waited impatiently for her return from school each day, rejoiced in their playmates and outing to the park, and served contentedly as her bedside guardian through the sometimes long and scary hours of dark. Twice he saved her life
That's why Helen couldn't let Tuck's blindness end his life or even limit it. That's why she fought the chain that tied him down - and was threatening to break his spirit - just as hard as he did. And that's why she thought of the unique, untried solution to Tuck's trouble and labored so many long and frustrating months to make it work.
Based on true events, this is a remarkable story of a girl and her dog, of their devotion, determination, and triumph.

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CHAMP HOBARTH
By Judith Bernie Strommen

Marty Hobart feels as if he was born into the wrong family. His dad runs marathons; his mom just graduated from college; his sister is gifted and talented (and she knows it). Marty can't even make the town diving team. He's a zero. An absolute zilch.
Then a big, smelly, friendly stray puppy enters Marty's life, and he doesn't feel like such a loser anymore. Marty's new friend, Leanne, says that Champ is headed for the town animal jail - maybe worse - unless Marty comes to his rescue. Saving Champ means lying to his dad and pretending he's Leanne's brother so he can volunteer at the shelter. But Marty believes it's time for him to follow his heart, even if it's the hardest thing he's ever done.
Judith Bernie Strommen writes with insight and humor about families, self-expression, and the over-whelming need to belong.

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JUNKYARD DOG
By Erika Tamar

When Katie passed the junkyard, some teenage boys were throwing stones at the dog behind the fence. Katie was afraid of them, but she kept shouting until they went away. Then she was alone with the dog - a skinny brown mutt with misery in his eyes.
His eyes haunted her all the way home.
Once Katie sees the junkyard dog, all she can think about is saving him...but how? He doesn't belong to her, and she can't bring him home - dogs aren't allowed in the projects. Her mom and stepfather say she can feed him, but only if she buys dog food with her allowance, and only if she gets permission from the mean old junkman. All this is hard enough. But when a brutally cold winter sets in, Katie comes close to despair - the dog will die without shelter unless she can figure out a way to save him.
With spare prose and an unerring ability to evoke the uphill climb from childhood to adolescence, Erika Tamar has written an inspiring story of self-reliance and trust - her finest yet.

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SABLE
By Karen Hesse
Illustrated by Marcia Sewall

Tate is overjoyed when a scrawny mutt turns up in the yard one day. She even persuades Mam and Pap to let her keep Sable, named for her dark, silky fur. Before long, though, despite Tate's attempts to train her, the incorrigible dog begins to cause trouble with the neighbors. So Mam and Pap decide Sable must go.
But Tate doesn't give up easily. And neither does Sable.
Award-winning author Karen Hesse tells the heartwarming story of a girl and her dog who are determined to be together.

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BACKYARD RESCUE
By Hope Ryden
Illustrated by Ted Rand

Lindsey hates trapping mice in Greta's garage, but Troll, a screech owl, needs their bones and fur to stay alive. The girls hope his wing heals before the Fish and Game officer can get a search warrant.
These two best friends are determined to keep Troll and their other patients safe, even if running a backyard wildlife hospital means breaking the law. But one thing worries Lindsay - what will happen to the animals if the officer takes them away?

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Pet Loss

CHILDREN AGES 4-8


DOG HEAVEN
CAT HEAVEN
By Cynthia Rylant

PET LOSS: A THOUGHTFUL GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
by HErbert Neiburg

THE OLD DOG
By Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by James Ransome

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
By Hans Wilhem

FOR EVERY DOG AN ANGEL
By Christine Davis

THE TENTH GOOD THING ABOUT BARNEY
By Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Erik Blegvad

WHEN A PET DIES
by Fred Rogers

BONSEY AND ISABEL
By Michael J. Rosen
Illustrated by James Ransome

JIM'S DOG MUFFINS
by Miriam cohen

THE BLACK DOG WHO WENT INTO THE WOODS
by Edith Thatcher Hurd

TOBY
By Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Noela Young

A SPECIAL PLACE FOR CHARLEE
By Debby Morehead

BECAUSE OF FLOWER AND DANCERS
By Sandra Brackenridge

GROWING TIME
by Sandra Warburg

REMEMBERING PETS: A Book for Children Who Have Lost a Special Friend
By Gina Dalpra-Berman
Illustrated by Barbara Hoss-Schneider


ADULT


LOSING YOUR DOG
By Mickie Gustafson

SURVIVING THE HEARTBREAK OF CHOOSING DEATH FOR YOU PET
By Lind Mary Peterson

DOG GONE
By Howard Bronson

THE LOSS OF A PET
By Wallace Sife, Ph.D.

SPIRIT DOGS: HEROES IN HEAVEN
By Susan Kelleher
Illustrated by Rod Lawrence

WHEN ONLY LOVE REMAINS
By Emily Margaret Stuparylz

WHEN YOUR PET DIES HOW TO COPE WITH YOUR FEELINGS
by American Animal Hospital Association

COLD NOSES AT THE PEARLY GATE
By Gary Kurz

MAYA'S FIRST ROSE
Diary of a Very Special Love
By Martin Scot Kosins

SEPARATE LIFETIMES
By Irving Townsend & Judith Roberts-Rondeau

CONVERSATIONS WITH MY OLD DOG
By Robert Pasick Ph.D

FINAL FAREWELL: Preparing for & Mourning the Loss of Your Pet
By Marty Tousley, Katherine Heuerman and Kenneth D. White

 

Overpopulation

THE PET SURPLUS
What Every Dog & Cat Owner Can Do To Help Reduce It
By Susan M. Seldman

SAVE OUR STRAYS: How We Can End Pet Overpopulation and Stop Killing Healthy Cats and Dogs
By Bob Christianson

DISPOSABLE ANIMALS:Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets
By Craig Brestrup

 

Adoption

CHOOSING A SHELTER DOG
By Bob Christiansen

THE ADOPTION OPTION
By Elisa Rubenstein and Shari Kalina

THE CHOSEN PUPPY
By Carol Lea Benjamin

PAWS TO CONSIDER
By Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson

SAVE THAT DOG!
By Liz Palika

THE RIGHT DOG FOR YOU
By Daniel E. Tortora, PH.D.

CHOOSING A DOG
Nancy Baer and Steve Duno

ADOPTING THE RACING GREYHOUND
By Cynthia A. Branigan

SECOND START: Creative Rehoming for Dogs
By Jacqueline F. O'Neil

 

Books for Shelter /Humane Society Employees

CIRCLES OF COMPASSION
Collection of Humane Words and Works
By Shelter workers throughout the United States

LOST AND FOUND
Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes At A Country Animal Shelter
By Elizabeth Hess

PAWS FOR THOUGHT
A Look at the Conflicts, Questions and Challenges of Animal Euthanasia
By B.J. Ellis

SHELTER DOGS
By Peg Kehret

FOUND DOGS
By Elise Lufkin and Diana Walter

SHELTER CATS
By Karen Commings

THE STRAY CAT HANDBOOK
By Tamara Kreuz

 

Behavior/Training

DON'T SHOOT THE DOG: The New Art of Teaching and Training
By Karen Pryor

THE DOG WHO LOVED TOO MUCH: Tales, Treatments, and the Psychology of Dogs
By Nicholas H. Dodman

CULTURE CLASH
By Jean Donaldson

THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH
By Patricia McConnell

 

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