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Books About Dogs, Book Review, Labrador, Black Labrador, Black Lab

I received the following books about dogs for free.

I don’t have time to read, because of the work I do on my blog.  Because I love to read, I set aside an hour a day to catch up on my fiction reading.  What do I like?  Paranormal, teen lit – yep, I loved The Twilight Saga.  This is my library…

I used to love the Sookie Stackhouse series, but the last couple books were awful and I read the reviews of the most recent one and just won’t have my love of the characters tarnished by the direction the author chose to take her story.  But I’ll always love the first books.

Anyway, this is a dog blog and I have 3 books about dogs every dog parent should purchase Today!  We can chat about my love of teen lit later.

101 Essential Tips You Need to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Safe DOG

101 Essential Tips, Dr Jason Nicholas


Flipping through this book made me smile. In 56 pages, I saw tips that it took me a year plus of blogging to learn. I had no idea about Salmon poisoning, I learned about “puppy proofing” through our experience with littermates, and we learned that grapes are toxic from a friend AFTER our dog refused to eat one (smart dog).

101 Essential Tips is written in away that makes it easy and entertaining to read. The illustrations made me smile (especially the dog hoovering the food off the kitchen counter – been there), and the tips are organized in a great way. Dog parents will read from beginning to end in no time, learning a lot along the way.

My ignorance inspired my blog, Keep the Tail Wagging. I want to share everything I’m learning with dog lovers. 101 Essential Tips is a book that I recommend for all dog parents – new and experienced. If you have a friend who has a dog – add this book to your shopping list. It would have helped us out tremendously when we started down the dog parenting path.

Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats, David G Wellock

Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats

Whenever I get a book about health and nutrition, I look for two things to see if it’s worth my time reading.  I want to know the author’s stance on the raw food diet and vaccinations.  I wasn’t very confidence opening the book, because David G. Wellock isn’t a holistic veterinarian; he’s the owner of a franchised Global Pet Foods store in Canada.   Well, the “Canada” gave me a little more confidence, because I’ve met Canadians who have embraced the raw food diet.

Flipping through the book made my heart sore!  Not only did David address the raw food diet, the did it responsibly and with an open mind and I could just hug him for it!  Thank you!!!  And he addressed vaccinations and over vaccination as well.

From there, I flipped through the book some more slowing down and reading about everything health related that I’ve experience, and before I knew it, I had read most of the book!  It’s going to be an amazing resource for writing articles on Keep the Tail Wagging.

If I Should Die Before My Dog, Joe and Cathy Connolly

“If I Should Die Before My Dog — “

I was completely uninterested in reading this book.  What a bummer topic, right?  But after reading about recent police officer deaths, flying to BlogPaws and experiencing turbulence (which normally doesn’t bother me), and watching the news reports about Oklahoma – I started to wonder – what if I did die before my dog?

I picked up the book and was pleasantly surprised.  This is the coolest book and way more than just for preparing your dog’s new family.  It can be used to prepare your pet sitter for your dog’s quirks.  I didn’t complete the book, but as I went through it, I could answer each question with a detailed response for each of our dogs.  In fact, the only “con” I had for the book is that there isn’t enough room to write about multiple dogs.  But I’m okay with writing in the margins.

The sad truth is that we could pass away before our dogs and the idea of my dogs ending up in a shelter breaks my heart.  So I will complete this book.  I’ve even upped my life insurance, named a beneficiary, and I’m now looking for a person who will agree to take on the responsibility of our dogs should something happen to me and my boyfriend.

Yep, this is a bummer topic, but like our monthly bills, it’s something that needs to be addressed.  So rip off the bandage and do it today rather than tomorrow.


What book(s) about dogs do you recommend?

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