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4 Fun Reads for the 2018 Holiays

Books: This collection of books seeks to please readers old and young.

All year long, Bay Woof receives copies of newly released books on dogs, dog-related topics, and other animals. Here are a few interesting ones that made their way into the in box. One is a cookbook and guide, while the other three are books for young readers. Maybe your youngster might improve his or her reading skills by reading one to his or her favorite dog sibling.

 

For Their Health

Doesn’t your dog deserve the best care ever? Of course, he or she does. And you can start the improvement program right away with advice from a handy cook-bookish book, Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health with Whole Foods, Not Drugs by Judy Morgan, D.V.M., and her husband, Hue Grant, that promotes preparing food for your pet. Grant practices in New Jersey, plying veterinary, acupuncture, food therapy, and chiropractic care on dogs, cats, and horses. Her book covers a lot of territory, from the basics of why and how to food properties in the yin and yang philosophy of and approach to pet diet. She discusses feeding for personality and sets out protocol for fire, earth, water, wood, and metal types, moving into easy-to-make healthy and nutritious treat, including dehydrated goodies and even cookies and fruitcakes. She concludes with supplements. Even if you don’t follow it like the guide it is meant to be, you’ll have fun cooking up some things for your canines. Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health with Whole Foods, Not Drugs by Judy Morgan, D.V.M., and Hue Grant (Thirty-Six Paws Press, 2017, 245 pp., $29.99)

 

Love Your Dog

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You and your kids, ages 6 to 9, can learn a lot about dogs from Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent with photographs by William Muñoz. For starters, how wolves, dogs, and foxes are alike and differ and which breeds do what with handy examples. Or that touching and gazing at your pup increase oxytocin levels — for both of you. What about why dogs wag their tales more toward the left or the right and what those directions mean? The print is big and easy to read, the photos are fun, and there are sources galore listed for additional reading. Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent with photographs by William Muñoz (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018, 61 pp., $17.99)

 

The Story of Strongheart

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More people know about Rin-Tin-Tin than his contemporary Strongheart, and that’s too bad, because Strongheart was really something, too. Find out the real story of this silent film star and one-of-a-kind wonder dog in Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohman, another book for young readers. Strongheart was a German shepherd police dog who lived with filmmaker Larry Trimble. Their first movie was The Love Master, released in 1921, but they made many more, with Strongheart winning the hearts and minds of America. The book tells a sweet story and incorporates lovely illustrations. Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohman (Schwarz & Wade Books, 2018, 245 pp., $17.99).

 

Another Bea Garcia Adventure

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Bea Garcia is back for a third charmer, Tale of a Scaredy-Dog by Deborah Zemke. Bea’s dog is Sophie, the smartest dog in the world who happen to also be a real fraidy-dog (and reminds me of Bay Woof test dog Wiley). Sophie turns tail and runs when the neighbor’s cat Big Kitty scares her, but Bea never gives up on finding and bringing her home, luring her with biscuits and peanut butter cookies. This cute chapter books for kids is a delightful collection of expressive illustrations and clear concepts with humor and teachable moments that will keep youngsters and adults interested. Tale of a Scaredy Dog by Deborah Zemke (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018, 141 pp., $11.72)

Main article photo by: Respective Book Publishers and Lance Yamamoto