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Book: The Grace of Dogs

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Andrew Root’s search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the vet’s office for Kirby, their beloved black Lab dog. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering why the loss of their pet still hurt so deeply, and why his son’s religious act seemed so right in the moment. As Dr. Root, a theologian by training, witnessed his family coping with the loss of Kirby, he felt compelled to explore the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of our relationships with the dogs we love.

In THE GRACE OF DOGS: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father’s Search for the Canine Soul (Convergent, hardcover, $22.00, June 2017), Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), paleontology, and a wealth of personal stories to trace how humans and dogs have so often helped one another—emotionally and even spiritually—to become more fully ourselves. With eloquence, humor, and sensitivity, THE GRACE OF DOGS leads readers on an unforgettable reading adventure in search of answers to questions such as:

· How did dogs and humans first develop the mutually beneficially relationship they share and that remains unique in the animal world?
· Is it accurate to say that dogs love us?
· What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do?
· Do dogs have souls?
· Will we be reunited with our beloved pets in the afterlife?
· Why do children and many adults feel compelled to acknowledge the passing of a pet dog with a religious service or act to acknowledge the loss?

THE GRACE OF DOGS paints a vivid picture of the dog-human connection through history and describes why it’s often the wagging of the pooch at the door that reminds us best that we are worthy of love and created to share love. Please let me know if I can send you a review copy or if you’d like to know more about the book or get in touch with Dr. Root.

AKC’s The New Complete Dog Book

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The New Complete Dog Book is the American Kennel Club’s Bible of dogs. For the past 88 years it has been the ultimate breed resource—the one book that no purebred dog aficionado and expert can live without. In addition to being the longest continually published dog book in history, it is also the most successful dog book ever published, with over two million copies sold.

The revised and updated 22nd edition contains revised breed standards, changes in breed classifications, and recently recognized breeds. Dog owners, breeders, and clubs will find the most current information here on AKC registration, competitive events, and programs.

Readers will discover the following in The New Complete Dog Book:

Official standard for every AKC-recognized breed, including seven variety Groups and the Miscellaneous Class
Breed histories, puppy-buying tips, and pet attributes, each breed written by one of the 200 AKC national parent clubs
Over 800 exceptional color photographs of adults and puppies illustrate each four-page breed entry
Spotlight on finding well-bred puppies, sports and activities for dogs and owners, AKC programs, and canine anatomy
Illustrated glossary of canine terminology

Summer Tips for Dogs

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

With summer around the corner, long days in the sun and vacations are on the radar for many pet owners. Below are some tips from Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, Senior Nutritionist, Petcurean for keeping Fido Happy and Healthy this summer.

Keeping Hydrated: While dogs should have access to fresh water at all times, this is even more critical in the summer months when dehydration can happen rapidly due to the hotter temperatures. Be sure to pack water and a collapsible water bowl when out on the trails, and have fresh water available whether at the beach or playing in the yard.
On the Road Again: When road tripping, be sure to plan your dog’s diet before you leave home. If you are travelling for only a few days, bring enough food and treats (Petcurean’s SPIKE treats are a great on-the-go treat) for the duration of your trip to prevent digestion issues. If you’re planning to be traveling for days, weeks or months, you may need to purchase dog food while you are away – many pet food brands offer store locators on their website so that you can plan where to get your dog’s next meal.
Hot Weather Safety: Dogs can burn in the sun just like people can. White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs are particularly prone to sunburn, so be sure to regularly apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Find a shady spot to place a cool mat for your dog whether in your yard, at the beach, or during trail breaks. Also, outside surfaces can heat up quickly in the summer sun and can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning or evening, or in shaded areas or test surfaces before venturing outside by pressing your hand to the surface for 30 seconds. If it is painful for you, it will also be painful for your dog.