A GOOD READ: Oh my dog! Read books about pooches
Do you love dogs? Are you thinking of getting a one? Do you already have one?
Whether you want to look at pictures, watch DVDs or learn more about pooches, the library has what you’re looking for.
Dog Fancy is a monthly magazine that always has plenty of beautiful pictures. Each issue profiles three breeds of dog, offers tips on training certain skills, gives advice on grooming and health, and is rounded out by interesting articles.
James Herriot practised veterinary medicine in the 1930s in Yorkshire, England. James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories contains short stories of the famous vet’s experiences with dogs and their owners. Heart-warming, wonderful and at times humourous, these stories are a joy to read. His accuracy and wit writing about people’s relationships with their dogs is priceless.
For help with selecting your future best friend, you will find good information on the library shelves. The Dog Selector: How to Choose the Right Dog for You by David Alderton gives practical advice and facts about matching your lifestyle with the right dog. Maintenance ease, activity level, playfulness, size, intelligence and other requirements and characteristics of different breeds are described in The Dog Selector.
Browsing the non-fiction section on puppies and dogs will reveal a wide range of books about care and training. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1,001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training is an A-to-Z compendium of advice from experts.
Oh My Dog: How to Choose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed and Care for Your New Best Friend by Beth Ostrosky Stern shares the author’s advice and tips and advice from experts.
If you are looking for DVDs, try Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. Seasons of this television show reveal some of the challenges that people have with their dogs and show how to correct them. Enjoy this popular National Geographic Channel show and pick up some tips and techniques at the same time. Millan has been called a Dr. Phil for dogs, and you might find yourself understanding your canine friend better after watching.
So for anything related to dogs, come in and see what your library has to offer. The librarian will be glad to help you find the right resource for your interest.
A Good Read is a column by Tri-City librarians that is published every Wednesday. Katie Oke is a reference librarian at Coquitlam Public Library.