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Book About Animals for Children

Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.

Picture Books

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen

Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts

Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens

Unusual Pets

Dog Memoirs

Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:

A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock

Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant

Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin

Fixing Freddie: a true story about a boy, a mom, and a very, very bad beagle by Paula Munier

It's okay to miss the bed on the first jump: and other life lessons I learned from dogs by John O'Hurley

Izzy and Lenore: two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me by Jon Katz

Fiction For Cat Lovers

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

The go-between by Joyce Stranger

The nine lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Of cats and men: stories by Nina de Gramont

Non-Fiction Books About Cats

Non-Fiction Books About Dogs

Healthy Pets

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

Girl and dogGot a four-legged friend? Need to be more active? Want to lose weight this summer? Earn the Be Well Badge or Animal Lover Badge by walking around Heritage Park. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound is the Canton Public Library's Summer Walking Program. Do three laps around the lake or 30 minutes with your dog. It's fun for you and your pet!

Vaulting on Horseback - POSTPONED due to extreme heat.

VaultingThe riders and horses from Miracle Ranch in Milford will visit and bring Leon, a beautiful white horse, and the riding team of girls from 5 to 20. Equestrian Vaulting is the art of combining gymnastics and dance while standing on the back of a moving horse. It is quite an amazing sight to see. Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 noon behind the library for this unique demonstration. Be prepared to be dazzled.

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Stiggy's Dogs

Stiggy's Dogs is a nonprofit organization that rescues and transforms shelter dogs into psychiatric service dogs for our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost to them. Please join us as Stiggy's Dogs founder, Jennifer Petre, along with one of the agency's service dogs, shares details of the creation of this organization and the training and pairing of the dogs with their veterans. These dogs are taught specific tasks ranging from reminding veterans to take their medicine, waking them up from a nightmare or alarm clock ringing, to directing them through a crowd. All of the dogs are rescued from shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. By rescuing shelter dogs and providing our military veterans living with PTSD and TBI with psychiatric service animals, this organization is Rescuing One to Rescue Another. Ms Petre will be visiting us on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Author Luis Carlos Montalvan

Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog. Come to the library on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM to hear Captain Montalvan tell his story of finding his best friend and partner in life, his dog Tuesday. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

How to Train Your Puppy

We've added one of the cutest books ever to our Pet collection. It's called Newborn Puppies: dogs in their first three weeks. This colorful pictorial book features a variety of breeds at the beginning of their puppyhood. Puppies need care and training so check out this book, Complete Guide to Puppy Care as well. Once the weather warms up, take your pup to Preservation Park in Canton for some fun and exercise!

Before You Buy That Bunny

Bunny rabbits are so cute and Easter is right around the corner. If you are considering adding a bunny to your family, check out the Michigan Rabbit Rescue where adoptable bunnies are available. To learn more about your new forever furry friend, check out this book, Rabbits: everything about selection, care, nutrition, behavior and training.

Banana Joe the Affenpinscher wins Best in Show

He's the top banana. He's the top dog. He's Banana Joe, the five-year old affenpinscher won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night in New York's Madison Square Garden. Banana Joe defeated 6 other dogs and will retire.

 

AKC names top 10 breeds of 2012

The American Kennel Club named 2012's most popular breeds. Is your dog on the list? Don't forget to watch the Westminster Dog Show on February 12.

Diabetes and Service Dogs

When we think of services dogs, the images that come to mind are dogs that help people with physical disabilities. But what may surprise you is that special service dogs can alert families when a loved one has diabetes. Diabetic-alert dogs are trained to detect dangerous drops in blood sugar. To learn more, read this Wall Street Journal article, read a book about service dogs, or read a book about diabetes.

Reading Assistance Dogs Program

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Program Date: November 26, 6:30-8:30 PM

Best in Show Dog Show Winner 2012!

Zeus the German Shepherd (pictured with his owner, Sofia Greggio and her dad, Dennis Greggio) won CPL's Best in Show Dog Show 2012 on Saturday, September 15. Zeus is 16 months old and loves being the center of attention. He won Best Trick to qualify in Best in Show. Congratulations, Zeus!

World's Tallest Dog

The Guinness Book of World Records 2013 edition has recognized Zeus the Great Dane of Otsego, MI as the world's tallest dog. He measures from foot to shoulder a whopping 44 inches and when he stands on his hind legs he can stretch over 7 feet tall! Zeus is an inch taller than the previous record holder, Giant George.