Who Let the #Cats #Books Out?

As we leap into the new year, these two feline photo books are bound to catch your attention — If It Fits, I Sits and Pounce — a new high-flying title from Seth Casteel, the photographer who brought the world Underwater Dogs.

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12 Best #Dogs Books for Christmas #kindle

With all the “Best of” lists coming out as we wrap up 2016 — I figured why not add a pile of this year’s dog books to the mix? If you’re looking for stocking stuffers or other pet presents, there’s plenty of reading material to entertain the dog person in your life!

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FICTION

Lily and the Octopus (Steven Rowley)

Twelve Dogs of Christmas (David Rosenfelt)

Just Life (Neil Abramson)

Sit! Stay! Speak! (Annie England Noblin)

Earnest (Kristin Von Kreisler)

NON-FICTION

Being A Dog: Following the Dog into A World of Smell (Alexandra Horowitz)

Dogs and Their People (BarkPost)

The Secret Language of Dogs (Victoria Stilwell)

The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog (Patricia McConnell) – Available Feb 2017

Let Me Tell You About Jasper: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog (Dana Perino)

Free Days with George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog (Colin Campbell)

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home (Pauls Toutonghi)

Top 100 Books for #Dogs and their People!

Wesley Banks, author of the newly-released Faith in Every Footstep, has compiled a list of his Top 100 Dog Books using a complex, dog-eared algorithm of ratings, reviews, and sales (call it Moneyball for Mutts) — and It’s Just A Dog is proud to chew up the #30 slot!

Also, Mr. Banks is gifting a bundle of classic dog books this weekend — so check out his giveaway here on his website!

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Christmas Eve Smackdown: #Cats vs. #Dogs Books!

When families get together over the holidays, some relatives can’t help talking smack — even when it comes to their favorite pet books! So, Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times breaks down this year’s best cat vs. dog book stocking stuffers!

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Beloved Dog #Books!

beloved dog book maira kalmanIf you’re going to buy just one dog book for the holidays, I’d heartily recommend Maira Kalman’s Beloved Dog. It’s a gorgeous, colorful, witty publication –– and all about the love of a good dog!

And I’m not alone. See the heartwarming reviews in Brainpickings or Modern Dog!

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@DeanKoontz Talks #Dogs!

Have you ever wondered how Dean Koontz pumps out all those mystery novels? perhaps he has a ghostwriter…dog?

Whatever the case may be, if you want some good old-fashioned advice from this hot new dog columnist, then check out Koontz’s latest, Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn.

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Let’s Hear It for Broadway Barks #doglovers!

stella and charlie friends forever bernadette petersAh, summertime…Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Broadway Barks! Yes, the annual Broadway dog-pleaser is back again July 11 in New York City.

So, if you’re anywhere near Times Square this Saturday, trot on over to Shubert Alley and get the new book, Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever, signed by the Pied-Piper of rescue pups, Bernadette Peters! All proceeds go to the pooches! (Playbill)

The Magical Fantastical Photicular #Safari Book!

safari photicular book dan kainen carol kaufmannI came across the new SAFARI: THE PHOTICULAR BOOK (Workman Publishing) at a local indie bookstore — and it just seemed to pop out at me!

Created by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufmann, this ingeniously-designed hardback will make all wild animal lovers feel like kids in a candy store!

Wilma’s World Rocks The Art of #Dogs

Wilma’s World: Good Advice From A Good Dog, a charming new dog book snack from Chronicle Books, shows off the simple joys of artist Rae Dunn’s beloved Jack Russell terrier, Wilma. While it may not be as raucously funny as Wayne’s World, you’ll surely get a smile out of some of Wilma’s best tips to living the good life! (Amazon)

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A Son Moves Out and Gets Replaced By Family Dog?

I caught this pic on BuzzFeed a couple weeks ago — and it still cracks me up (It was #16 on a post titled “23 Parents Who Are Funnier Than Their Kids”). Apparently, a young man recently moved out of his parents house, but Mom and Dad didn’t waste too much time replacing his pic on the family’s wall of fame…(originally posted on Reddit)

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You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover…or Can You?

Somebody on the Internet has compiled a Tumblr blog of the most unintentionally — or maybe intentionally — hilarious self-published ebook covers that have appeared on Amazon. And what surprised me was that a disproportionate amount of these tomes seem to be animal books!

That said, I did have some trepidation about posting this since the article could be construed as book cover shaming — and I know how hard it is to write and publish a book. However, then I figured, as they say in showbiz, any publicity is good publicity! (BI)

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