By Ann Hohenhaus, DVM
If you are like me, you received gift cards during the holidays. What better way to spend them than on books about dogs and cats. Here are a few titles that are currently sitting on my nightstand:
Dogs: Man’s best friend
The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend is a collection of stories about life changing dogs. Each section of stories has a title: “Love,” “Comfort and Forgiveness,” etc., but for me they all ring true to the wonderful role dogs play in our lives. Some stories, no more than two pages long, will provoke hours of thought about the special gifts of dogs.
Spoiler alert: get out the tissues! When I attended the author’s book reading, the hors d’oeuvre trays should have had tissues instead of napkins. These stories touch the very depth of your soul and remind you why you love dogs, and more importantly why we can’t live without dogs.
Dog: Detective’s best partner
A Fistful of Collars is another installment in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Chet, the narrator of the book, partners with Bernie, a private detective. Chet is a dog with an opinion. He relishes dinner at the local rib joint, thinks shoe polish is tangy, and muses over words like “collar.” He doesn’t understand why Bernie always talks about collaring perps when they never seem to wear anything around their necks, but instead end up wearing orange jumpsuits! For dog lovers, this book offers a fresh perspective into a dog’s mind.
New kitten and puppy tips
My friend and former AMC colleague, Dr. Jason Nicholas, aka The Preventive Vet has two new titles being released early this spring: 101 Tips for Puppies and 101 Tips for Kittens. I have read the proofs of these attractive and informative books and think they are a must read for new pet families. Beautifully illustrated, even children will like these books and they can be used as a way to actively involve children in the caring of the new family member.
The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook is not on my nightstand, but is on my kitchen shelf. It contains over 100 “tail wagging” recipes. I made the Great Dane Candy Canes as Christmas gifts for a few select dogs. The ingredient list includes brown rice flour, oat flour, parmesan cheese, egg and tomato paste. These biscuits proved very popular, and Marley, the dog with an office across the hall, comes by and sits by my desk every day, hoping for a sample from the test batch. Dog owners like them too as they are really cute done up as holiday treats. I think cats would like the Going All the Way Upstream treats, which contain salmon. Testing these treats on some hungry cats will be my next cooking project.