No time?! Dog books for busy pet parents

Shake puppies by Carli Davidson

The highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling book Shake, Shake Puppies also features 61 dogs caught mid-shake--only this time they're even more adorable and laughter inducing. Shake Puppies features two images of each dog placed side by side to capture the action of the shake--the tousled hair, the distorted expression, the flying water droplets. The photographs capture the dogs in the most candid of moments and were shot against brightly colored backdrops to make them fresh, lively, and inviting. Shake Puppies includes a roster listing the names, ages, and breeds of the dogs, as well as behind-the-scenes images that take readers into the studio with Carli Davidson and the smiling, playful pups. In the accompanying text, she offers never-before-shared insight into her creative process and reminds readers of the importance of animal adoption and quality pet care. Funny and heartwarming Shake Puppies is a colorful assemblage of photographs that are startling and endearing, revealing and irresistible.

The Puppy Bowl is the biggest event of the year for puppy athletes (and puppy lovers) everywhere. These pups might be cute, but they take their play seriously, tumbling over each others’ wagging tails, sniffing with wet noses, and barking in happy scrums, all in pursuit of good fun and friendly competition. Celebrating more than a decade of frolicking fun, Puppy Bowl: The Book collects all the most adorable and hilarious moments from The Cutest Show on Earth. From the starring puppy players to the halftime kitten show to the game’s coveted MVP (Most Valuable Puppy), this is one book no puppy fan will want to miss. Puppy Bowl: The Book captures all of the excitement you love most about the game—the playful tackles, the cutest stumbles, and the cheerful, yipping touchdowns—into one action-packed collection of the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen.

Dog lovers who haven't raised puppies from birth have missed out on one of the most remarkable and adorable times in a dog's life. From one to twenty-one days old, puppies undergo great changes, from needing their mothers' complete care to opening their eyes and ears to the outside world, growing, stretching their legs, and learning to become the dogs that they are. Author/photographer (and new mother) Traer Scott's love of dogs shines through these intimate images of a range of breeds and types, from champion pups to shelter strays, all of them irresistible. Including an introduction on puppies' development and the importance of their welfare, this delightful book reveals young dogs as they embark on the adventures of growing up.

Commemorates the special relationship between man and dog. As with the monks' previous writing on dogs, Dogs & Devotion takes readers on an eloquent exploration of the profound attachment between human and dog, featuring spectacular photography alongside inspirational passages from the monks. Incorporating the wisdom they have gained over decades of living with and training dogs of all breeds, Dogs & Devotion focuses on the love that grows through respect, time and nurture.

You know your dog can sit, fetch, and roll over, but can he respond to "fetch" commands in multiple languages? What about rolling dice? Help you play Sudoku? Recognize Mozart? From the author of Test Your Dog's IQ Genius Edition comes a brand-new spin on how to recognize your pet's potential--only this time it's not finding out how good of a pet your dog could be, but instead if he could tackle the world on his own. To help you find out, Rachel Federman and acclaimed illustrator Chuck Gonzales have paired up to create a visually-rich handbook filled to the brim with quizzes that ask you to imagine your dog in various situations, activity tests for you to perform with your dog, and games to help boost your dog's brainpower. These exercises might not get your four-legged friend into the college of his choice, but they'll certainly give you another way to bond with your pup. They'll also allow you to score his results. If your dog really is a superstar, he should be able to do more than simply meet his own needs all day long. With Test Your Dog's IQ Genius Edition, it's time to find out if you've been catering to your dog for too long; if your pooch is a mooch when he could be pulling his own weight around the house.

Anyone who loves dogs knows that they have their own unique personalities-they may be brave or timid, placid or hyper-but they're always soulful. In this collection of 101 arresting four-color portraits, Hale manages to capture the essential doggishness of her subjects, whether it's Hamish the Chihuahua's minuscule, quizzical face or the quiet intelligence of Loki, a Staffordshire bull terrier mix, sitting patiently with a kitten on his head. Though there are a few gratuitous props-a knitted cap on a Gordon setter, a pearl necklace on a Chinese Crested-the photographs don't descend into the realm of the kitschy and too-cute, partly because the dogs' expressive faces are the focus of the compositions. Hale tosses a few relevant quotes into the mix as well, e.g., Walt Whitman's "The dog is the god of frolic," and P.G. Wodehouse's "It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up." The appendix, which gives a brief description of each dog's story, adds dimension to the photographs. We learn, for example, that Jabba, an eight-year-old pit bull, is just as shy as she looks. During the shoot, Hale says, she "ran terrified from the room...frightened by a fly."

Long gone are the days when being "treated like a dog" was a bad thing. Today, our canine companions thrive under our encouragement and love, but surprisingly, we don't always treat other humans, or even ourselves, the same way. There's so much our dogs can teach us about living a fun, fulfilling life-if only we'd sit up and listen! In this charming book of woof wisdom, you'll discover how to play fair, chase adventure, love unconditionally, and unleash your awesomeness by treating yourself-you guessed it-just like a beloved dog. Take a page from the dog's playbook of life with inspiring tips and lessons like:

* Praise yourself. Seriously. Right now. Even if it makes you feel self-conscious, give yourself a compliment. You're worth it.
* The next time you're with a loved one, give a spontaneous hug, kiss or friendly squeeze. Bonus points if they return the gesture!
* Whenever you have an impulse to do something unhealthy, instead tell yourself, "Good human!" every five minutes for the following half hour as a thumbs up for fighting the urge.

Featuring hilarious, heartwarming pictures of your favorite breeds, Life's A Bark is the perfect gift for dog lovers and anyone looking to put the happy back in their howl.

Shake by Carli Davidson

Original, amusing, and brilliantly documented, Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake. This glorious, graphic volume will stop you dead in your tracks as you are presented with images of man's best friend caught in contortion: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way. With Shake, photographer Carli Davidson proves how eager and elated we are to see our pets in new ways. The result is a one-of-a-kind book: a colorful assemblage of photographs that are simultaneously startling and endearing, consistently hard to look away from, and revealing.

This treasure of a book from bestselling authors The Monks of New Skete, features meditations from their book I & Dog, along with new meditations and stunning new photography. It's a delightful celebration in words and pictures of the special relationship we have with our dogs. With beautiful 4-color photography and meditations from the Monks, the message is simple, subtle, and sublime--resonating on every page, in every contemplative passage, and every soul-filling image. Enjoy every moment, page by page, and appreciate anew the marvelous, mysterious, heeling and hope-filled partnership between dogs and humans as it shines in Bless the Dogs.
The lessons are delivered with a gentle touch; "Dogs make us believe we can actually be as they see us." But they also do not hesitate to show just how important the possibility is: "Listen carefully to your life and you'll find that good companionship with a dog touches the broader issues of our relationship with all creation and the Creator."

Shelter dogs in a photo booth by Guinnevere Shuster

Man's best friend! What better way to showcase adoptable dogs than by letting their true personalities shine in a photo booth! In the tradition of the best-selling dog photography book, Underwater Dogs, Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth wins the heart of all dog lovers. Often seen as sad, rejected, and behind cold metal bars, it's no wonder people would avoid images of shelter dogs awaiting forever homes. From talented photographer (and now public figure and adoption champion) Guinnivere Shuster comes Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth, a guaranteed-to-make-you-smile photo book featuring shelter dogs in a brand-new light. Get ready to see the cutest canine portraits you've ever seen! Guinnevere's fantastic photos went viral  and have been featured on websites, in magazines, and on television programs all over the world: Good Morning America, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, Time, The Daily Mail . . . even celebrities have gotten in on the action: Amy Poehler, Cesar Millan, and Zooey Deschanel have made statements and posts declaring their love of Guinnevere's work. After the adorable and up-for-adoption photos of these furry friends were seen and enjoyed by millions, adoption rates at Utah's Humane Society skyrocketed. The book features 100 dog photo booth style photographs, each accompanied by a short story about the dog's personality, how the dog ended up in the shelter, and the adoption date. A follow-up will conclude the book, with photos of some of them with their new families.

The British are renowned for their love of dogs - an obsession matched by dog owners in the US. Westminster is the US equivalent to Crufts, and has attracted huge audiences since 1877. In 2005, Life magazine assigned photographer Kate Lacey to this unique show. Instead of walking around Madison Square Garden documenting the scene, Kate Lacey rigged up a seamless backdrop to make elegant portraits, much as Richard Avedon once captured glamorous celebrities. Each dog is captured in a lucid portrait shimmering with personality.

97 ways to make a dog smile by Jenny Langbehn

News for dogs and dog lovers to smile about: The irresistible bestseller is now even more irresistible with a 4-by-6-inch "chunky" format. As quirky, colorful, and giftable as ever, 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile is now fresher and more appealing. Developed by Jenny Langbehn, a veterinary nurse who has a gift for making dogs happy, here are 97 foolproof methods and tricks for putting any dog into a state of pure pleasure. Enhancing each entry is an adorable, full-color photograph of the guaranteed result--a smiling dog. Give these a try: Lower-Ear Noogies. The Thumper. Lazy Man's Tetherball. The Hansel and Gretel--"For an afternoon of fun, scamper about the house leaving a trail of plain popped popcorn in your wake." Or "Subliminal Game," which works by sneaking a favorite word like "cookie" into otherwise boring jabber.* The tricks require no fancy props or special talents--just a willingness to surrender yourself to sheer silliness. They combine the creative gift of touch-- unexpected ways to rub, massage, scratch, tickle, and knead--with imaginative play scenarios that are just loopy enough to ensure your dog will be amused, whether he's laughing with you or at you. These tricks really work.

Listeners know Teddy as the silent "other host" of The Savage Nation. He's at Michael Savage's side during every broadcast, guarding the radio equipment and nipping the engineer's sneakers. But the fun doesn't end when the "On-Air" light goes off. Teddy is Savage's constant companion, in the car, at home, and even shopping. Most important, he's Savage's inspiration, helping him remember the most important things in life are the little things. 
Teddy and Me is a rare glimpse into the life of one of America's most popular talk radio hosts. Come along for the ride as Savage and his best friend explore the streets of San Francisco, ride the "Tedevator," and read bedtime stories together. If you've ever wondered how the conservative icon who can go from zero to enraged in a matter of seconds has kept his sanity in an insane world, this book has the answer. To the political establishment, he's a force of nature, but to Teddy, Michael Savage is just his "service human." Spend a day in the life of a media giant and the most politically savvy canine alive in Teddy and Me.

Glamour dogs by Catherine Ledner

An enchanting Afghan, a captivating Chihuahua, a pretentious Poodle, a magnificent Mastiff and a charming French Bulldog. These are just a few of this season's gorgeous glamour dogs. Catherine Ledner brilliantly captures these doggie divas in all their glamorous glory as they strut their stuff on the catwalk, recline on sumptuous furniture and pose on the latest of floor and wall fashions, and proves that, in the words of Bill Blass, "style is a matter of instinct."

An elegant, playful and utterly irresistible tribute to dogs that is certain to become one of the must-have gifts for dog lovers. A humorous and affectionate photographic essay featuring a collection of evocative and playful dogs portraits in the fresh, informal style of photographer Sharon Montrose. Each photo is juxtaposed with unique 'doggie definitions' - lighthearted and inventive captions presented as a dictionary. Includes over 90 duotones of forty eight dogs.

Dogface by Barbara O'Brien

Photographer and animal trainer Barbara O’Brien has spent years photographing aspiring canine actors, from prancing puppies to stately hounds and tenacious terriers. At first, she discarded the photos if her subject was barking, sniffing, or otherwise looking less than perfect—until she realized that those outtakes best revealed the true personality of the pup. O’Brien is a skilled and seasoned photographer, and this winsome collection shows the care she took to reveal each dog’s essential character. The goofiness of the boisterous Border Collie, the decorum of the genteel Great Dane, and the curiosity of the regal Corgi—all of them are captured here in gorgeous four-color photography.

Dogs, in many ways, are smarter than we are-as anyone who has ever loved a dog will certainly agree. They react the world immediately, without question: full-hearted excitement, joy, sorrow, love. If we modeled our behavior more closely on the wonderful qualities of our dogs, we'd reconnect with the best qualities of being human. Full of stories, quotations, exercises, and other inspirations, 10 Spiritual Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog will delight and enlighten spiritual dog lovers everywhere.

Tails from the booth by Lynn Terry

While still in college, professional photographer Terry began taking pictures of pit bulls for a local rescue group, which aided in finding homes for the dogs. With her love of vintage photographs, she explored other photo shoot settings for rescue pits by creating a "photo booth" with background and side curtains. Many of those portraits are found in this unique compilation showcasing dogs, like humans, being silly in the privacy of a booth. Using the format of a typical photo-booth strip, two or three similar breed canine companions are displayed in a sequence with comical results. Included are happy pairs of smooching pit bulls and Boston terriers, while other pooches sneak a quick lick or nuzzle with their companion. Additional photos include dogs large and small grinning at the camera; in others, dogs sport jaunty bow ties, fancy collars, and scarves. 

Dog lovers are a passionate bunch, and Instagram is the perfect platform for expressing their devotion. The curators behind @dogsofinstagram channel this passion perfectly in this delightful book, a must-have collection featuring over 400 of the best crowdsourced dog photographs from their wildly popular feed. For dog lovers by dog lovers, this eclectic compilation celebrates the full spectrum of things to love about our four-legged friends.

Old dogs : are the best dogs by Gene Weingarten

Featuring sixty black-and-white photographs of old dogs shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michael S. Williamson and narrated by Washington Post staffer and columnist Gene Weingarten, this is a perfect collection for dog lovers that celebrates "man's best friend." Anyone who has ever loved an old dog will love Old Dogs. In this collection of profiles and photographs, Weingarten and Williamson document the unique appeal of man's best friend in his or her last, and best, years. This book is a tribute to every dog who has made it to that time of life when the hearing and eyesight begin to go, when the step becomes uncertain, but when other, richer traits ripen and coalesce. It is when a dog attains a special sort of dignity and a charm all his own. If you've known a favorite old dog, you'll find him or her on these pages. Your dog might go by a different name and have a different shape, but you'll recognize him or her by the look in an eye or the contours of a life story. There is the dog who thinks he is a house cat; the herder, the fetcher, the punk and the peacock, the escape artist, the demolition artist, the patrician, the lovable lout, the amiable dope, the laughable clown, the schemer, the singer, the daredevil, the diplomat, the politician, the gourmand, and the thief. Plus, as a special bonus, you will find the first Latvian elkhounds ever photographed.

Dogs know how to talk to us they do it all the time. A pair of raised ears or a wagging tail can speak volumes to those in the know. In this heartfelt ode to the furriest of family members, dog lovers get the chance to say something back, sharing personal letters penned to their beloved companions. With gorgeous accompanying photographs by Robin Layton, this collection of letters and portraits features a wide range of dogs and their owners, including everyday people with remarkable stories as well as celebrities like Hilary Duff, Tony Bennett, and Oprah Winfrey alongside their pooches. Throughout, these tales of perseverance, love, and loyalty celebrate the deep and devoted friendships that humans share with their pups.

A charming, delightfully photographed tribute to the older dog, with essays and poetry. Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way that its animals are treated." How people regard older animals is especially revealing.Beautiful Old Dogs is a heartfelt, emotional, passionate tribute to old dogs. It will inspire many readers to get involved in senior dog rescue and adoption, as it honors our senior best friends and explores their current state of care and custody in an informative appendix. This book features the exquisite photography of the late Garry Gross, a noted fashion photographer during the 60s, 70s and 80s who, after becoming a highly successful dog trainer in New York City, turned his camera lens towards dogs. Gross, along with Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog,founded Dog Trainers of New York in 2002, and became devoted to highlighting the plight and value of senior dogs. "The older the better," Gross said. "Dogs with soul in their eyes." David Tabatsky has collected Gross's photographs here, and carefully curated an accompanying selection of moving, insightful, funny, and uplifting essays and short pieces by a range of writers, with contributions from Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz, Marlo Thomas, and many more.

This inspiring new book gives readers an inside look at the dogs who are rescued and rehabilitated by Best Friends Animal Society at Dogtown, part of the largest no-kill animal haven in the United States.  This sanctuary hosts hundreds of dogs from around the world (including 22 pit bulls who were rescued from their painful lives with Michael Vick), as well as cats, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, and various other animals between 1,5002,000 animals in all. Dogtown is the subject of a television series on the National Geographic Channel; new episodes will begin September 5, 2008.  Like the TV show, Dogtown depicts the engrossing stories of the dogs that are rescued and rehabilitated at the facility by its top-notch staff of veterinarians and trainers.  Readers will learn about the relationships that flourish between the dogs and the trainers, and see how happy endings are possible for these dogs.

Shelter dogs by Traer Scott

n this book, photographer Traer Scott presents over fifty endearing and frequently heartrending portraits of shelter dogs. These images capture the genuine spirit of dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, and temperaments, whether playful, proud, inquisitive, or shy. Above all, these photographs reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity, and even humor that Scott saw in each face, despite the dog's circumstances. By documenting the soulful, unique characters of just a few of the hundreds of dogs she has encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises awareness of animal rescue and welfare causes, and particularly the need for more adoptive homes for abandoned animals. This collection of portraits is a tribute to all dogs and will appeal to animal lovers every where.

From the writer and photographer who brought us the bestselling "Cattitude" series comes a uniquely canine perspective on living the good life. Through chraming photographs and clever aphorisms, Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy takes a light-hearted look at how our four-legged friends embrace the everyday and maintain their eternal optimism. Whether it's advice about enjoying food ("Tap into the mind/body/snack connection"), appreciating the simple things ("Don't microanalyze every nice breeze that comes your way"), or de-stressing ("Never miss an appointment with a couch"), these words of canine wisdom are sure to ring true for human readers as well. Kim Levin's signature black-and-white photography and Christine Montaquila's insightful humor make this adorable book a must-have for any dog lover, or anyone who needs a reason to smile.
 

Old dogs know plenty of tricks for staying young at heart - and here they are! This humorous and loving collection of duotone portraits captures the golden years of humanity's best friends and most faithful companions. Sage and tender moments are caught on film and are paired with captions that reveal each dog's age and their secrets for a long and happy life, such as Tonto (12): "Lift and pee, lift and pee, lift and pee on every tree," and Kelsey (11): "Never let little dogs with bows in their hair get the best of you." These are dogs who know how to live life fully and recognize its priorities (like bacon).Old Friends is the perfect gift for dog owners and everyone who hopes to age gracefully in the canine spirit.

Our beloved pooches bring us a world of happiness. They're loyal companions, kindred spirits and lifelong chums. But they also chew the stuffing out of the couch, keep us up all night with their barking and break into the fridge when we're not looking. Now it's time they own up to the world And their side-splitting explanations and unapologetic confessions are sure to remind you just why pooches make the most wonderful, but sometimes infuriating, companions Loaded with real-life photographs of mischievous canines, 'Dog Shaming' is a tribute to man's best friend.

Old dog town by Michael Mountain

Victorville, Nellie's Nest, Primo's Pack, Sergeant's Troop, Chesapeake Bay, Kiyana's Wolf Den: these are all neighborhoods of Old Dog Town, part of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. From Amra the Malamute sheriff to Jethro the shaggy-dog mayor, the inhabitants of Old Dog town are as varied and fascinating as a cast of characters in a movie. There's Victor the Dogfather who has drawn an indelible line in the sand that no other dog challenges. And Ginger the Chesapeake Bay retriever who has a passion for counting tennis balls. These stories and more welcome you to Old Dog Town, where every day is a dog day filled with sunny skies and golden biscuits.

A dog's world by Asia Upward

A culmination of cute photography and 35 tasty, nutritional recipes to keep your dog happy and healthy. A Dog's World is an absolute 'must have' for dog lovers - or people who simply adore cute canine photos.  It combines hilarious and quirky portraits together with homemade dog food recipes with a human twist. 35 homemade meals for your precious pooch includes Puppy Paella, Canine Frittata, Red Velvet Cake - but the twist is, all recipes are made with food that is healthy for your dog. It also has recommended healthy food lists. Animals SOS Sri Lanka - a charity for whom the author is donating proceeds from the sale of this book, A Dog's World is the result of the paths Asia has chosen to take. It involves working with animals, experimental cooking ,and research into the care of dogs.  As well as creating a book for dog lovers around the world, Asia has also decided that with the success of the book she would like to help charities that help less fortunate animals.

A charming guide to over 100 dog breeds, each depicted in a beautiful watercolor and accompanied by a description that wittily conveys its most salient characteristics. From Afghan to Yorkie,Breeds will make dog owners howl with delight.

Afghan Hound - Tall, elegant, and well behaved. Dogs with excellent eyesight. Have a tendency to be aloof. Will require shampoo (curlers optional).

Borzoi - The wolf-hunter of Russia, this wonderfully tall and swift breed was once used in hunts with packs of over a hundred dogs! These days they prefer to relax by the fire and read Tolstoy.

Corgi - Spirited yet loyal dogs. Unusually large ears, all the better for hearing with. The Queen's favorite and they know it.

Dachshund - A long, loving, and inquisitive dog. Slightly neurotic - will spend large parts of the day worrying.

Scottie - Elegant and compact. Trots along like a dressage horse. Deeply suspicious of other dogs, all of whom are considered lesser beings.

With their prominent jowls and furrowed brows, French Bulldogs may look a little like Winston Churchill. But when a Frenchie raises his broad, sweet face for a kiss, you know you've never seen a more appealing sight. Frenchie lovers will quickly testify to the undying loyalty of this little dog with big bat ears and a most curious expression. With the wisdom of an old soul in his eyes-and his endearing, satisfied snore-this playful and sometimes stubborn little pooch has a big heart and a personality all his own. A clown always ready for tricks, the French Bulldog laughs with his whole body and is a big part of his human family. Frenchie Kisses captures the spirit of this one-of-a-kind breed.

Life with Maxie by Diane Rehm

Celebrated radio talk-show host Diane Rehm gives fans an inside look into her life through the story of Maxie, her long-haired Chihuahua. Illustrated with color photos of Diane and her dog, My Life with Maxie tells the story of how Maxie's presence and sweet personality have profoundly impacted Diane's life. Fans of Diane's show and pet lovers everywhere will love this heartwarming story.

Ah, the darling little Yorkshire Terrier. Cute, sweet, uncomplicated...or are they? It turns out there's a lot more going on inside those pretty little heads than most of us imagined, and a lot more going on at home when they are not under our supervision! Besides their undercover antics, it has also been revealed that some Yorkies have a penchant for recording their innermost thoughts in secreted diaries and journals. The Yorkie Diaries is a compilation of just some of those once private Yorkie files, sure to enlighten and entertain the yorkiephile in you! Entries on naughtiness, on being a terrier, on "all that hair" and, of course, true confessions (some sweet, some snarky) combined with candid color photography of the contributors in action, make for a revealing peek into the minds and lives of these precocious, and precious, little companions.

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