My apologies for lack of posting the past couple of days. It’s just that I’ve been out of town and therefore not volunteering at the shelter at the moment. You can still find more dogs on this site if you’re interested in adopting a dog– there are plenty of them available for adoption. I’ll be back to my regular postings about APS dogs next week.
In the meantime, I’m going to review a few of my favorite dog-related books in case anyone is interested in doing in a little summer reading.
For the fiction lover:
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
This novel is a wonderful story told from the viewpoint of a dog named Enzo — it chronicles his life from a puppy to aging canine that he is now, and his time with his family. It has everything– cute funny stories, heartbreak, clever insights, moments of warmth, and anyone who loves dogs will completely understand Enzo’s viewpoints and his wishes.
For the nonfiction lovers:
Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found, by Ken Foster
This is a collection of well-written essays/stories about dogs and people who rescue them. The not always sentimental, but honest and often confident, stories are beautiful, moving, and will resonate with anyone who has worked with shelter/abandoned dogs, and are a continuation from his previous book, The Dogs who Found Me. Ken Foster also heads The Sula Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to responsible ownership of pit bulls.
For the potential dog trainer:
How To Speak Dog, by Stanley Coren
If you spend a lot of time observing your dog and trying to figure out what it is that your dog is trying to tell you, Cohen’s book might be for you. As with all dog training books, I generally read them with a grain of salt (remember, each dog is unique and not every training method might work), but Coren’s explanations are consistent and clear (for example, when a dog is fearful, its tail is under its legs, or when a dog is happy, the tail is wagging). I found his cataloging of behavior, from barks and woofs, to ear/tail positions particularly fascinating.