What members are reading

Many PAW volunteers try to stay current on animal training, behavior, and welfare issues as part of their commitment to the animals, while others simply enjoy reading about their animal friends and people who care about them. The following list contains a few of the books dedicated PAW members are enjoying.

(For additional material on animal behavior and training, visit PAW's Pet Care Resources link at http://www.paw-rescue.org/info.html)

For Bea: The Story of the Beagle Who Changed My Life by Kristin von Kreisler
It's about Beatrice, a beagle I found on my road and later discovered had somehow gotten free from a research lab. In our 15 years together, we radically changed each otherís lives. She slowly grew from a pathologically terrified dog into a confident diva, and I switched careers from college English teacher to animal-welfare advocate. Though Iíve tried to make For Bea an entertaining memoir and dog-rescue story, Iíve also conveyed a serious underlying message: Lab animals -- just as all animals -- should be treated with the respect and kindness they deserve.
- Kristin von Kreisler

The Dog Who Loved Too Much (Tales, Treatments, and the Psychology of Dogs), by Dr. Nicholas Dodman. Dr. Dodman explains how dogs are so similar to us in many ways, yet at the same time so different. He makes a unique connection between the biology of the brain and the dog's behavior while providing practical and easy-to-understand advice for everybody who cares for or trains dogs.

Animals as Teachers & Healers, by Susan Chernak McElroy. A compilation of unique and moving testimony of the gifts that animals have bestowed on their human companions, some life-saving, others life-sustaining and truly miraculous. The ultimate goal of this book is to elevate the status and significance of animals in society, which is long overdue for the good of the animals and, as the book demonstrates, for the good of humanity.

Second-Hand Dog, by Carol Lea Benjamin. Invaluable guide to rehabilitating those myriad unfortunate dogs who have either never had a home or have been shuttled from one owner to another, losing confidence, trust and self-esteem every step of the way. It's a must read for every owner who wants his second-hand dog to regain the ability to become the warm, loving companion every dog should be.

The Dog Who Spoke With Gods, by Diane Jessup. A poignant, unforgettable page-turner about the bond between a woman and the dog she befriended at an animal research facility. Elizabeth is a pre-med student whose eyes are opened to the cruelty of mistreatment and the cruelty of being denied companionship endured by Damien, a very special and doomed dog. Heart-achingly moving and suspenseful. Beautifully written by Jessup, who has spent a career working with dogs.

All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriott. The first, and best, in the 4-book series about a country vet and his experiences in pre-World War II England, it comprises memorable tales centering on the eccentric and stalwart residents of the Yorkshire Dales and the new vet's attempts to be accepted by them. Charming, hilarious at times, and poignant. Speaks volumes about compassion for animals. Other books in this captivating series include All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog by Sheila Webster Boneham

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats, by the editors of Prevention Magazine. Over 1,000 solutions to your pets problems, from top vets, trainers, breeders and other animal experts.

The Bachelor's Cat, by L.F. Hoffman. This novel is about a bachelor struggles with love while his cat helps him make the right choice.

Fifty Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore. Breezy, enjoyable and surprisingly practical compendium of dog tips for new as well as experienced owners. Contains concise advice for winning the attention and trust of your dog...shaping good behavior...vitamins and herbs for better health and where to get them...plus interesting tidbits from colors to which dogs respond best to patio potty systems...using vinegar to make dog-bathing easier, using a stocking to make vacuuming easier, and using peanut butter to make grooming easier.

Communicating with Orcas - The Whales' Perspective, by Mary J. Getten. Getten is an animal communicator who communicated with an 80+-year-old whale in the Pacific Northwest over the course of a year or so. The whales' perspective is fascinating and amazing.

Return to Eden, by Dean Harrison. Harrison and his wife run the Out of Africa wildlife park outside Phoenix, Arizona, where they live alongside the wild animals, trying to see the world from the animals' viewpoint. Encourages respect for all animals.

Save Our Strays: How to End Pet Overpopulation and Stop Killing Healthy Cats and Dogs, by Bob Christiansen. Extensive data and insight on why animals enter shelters.

Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Application, by Randall Lockwood, Frank R. Ascione. A holistic approach to violence prevention.

Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes at a Country Animal Shelter, by Elizabeth Hess. Quiet acts of kindness and heroism.

Ranch of Dreams: The Country's Most Unusual Sanctuary, Where Every Animal Has a Story, by Cleveland Amory. Adventures in animal rescue.

Living With Dogs: Tales of Love, Commitment, and Enduring Friendship, by Henry Korman, Mary Ellen Korman.

A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us, by Roger A. Caras. Canine personalities and special abilities such as sensing earthquakes and epileptic seizures.

Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship, by Alan M. Beck, Aaron Honori Katcher. The effect of companion animals on our physical and emotional health.

Our Best Friends: Wagging Tales to Warm the Heart, by Michael Capuzzo.

Animals in Society: Facts and Perspectives on our Treatment of Animals, by Zoe Weil.

The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia B. McConnell. This book examines how human behavior affects dog behavior. We know (or should know) that our dogs watch us very carefully. McConnell helps us understand that behavior better, and teaches us how to make it work for us, not against us!

Timbuktu. By Paul Auster. This novel is told from the point of view of Mr. Bones, a mix breed dog and only friend to Willy Christmas. Mr. Bones is a creature who thinks human thoughts while remaining canine to the core. Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post wrote: "The reader accepts without question that although Mr. Bones cannot speak, save to bark, he can think and understand as keenly as can any human creature; Ö and what exists between [Mr. Bones and Willy] is not merely friendship but also love." The novel is about Mr. Bones odyssey after Willy dies. A two-hanky.

Psycho Kitty (Understanding Your Cat's Crazy Behavior). By Pam Johnson-Bennett, a cat behaviorist. Do you have a psycho kitty in your house? Do you despair, thinking that it's hopeless, that cats are basically untrainable? Wrong! Pam Johnson-Bennett can solve your problems, whether your cat refuses to use the litter box, insists on scratching your good furniture, or exhibits aggressive behavior. The volunteer suggesting this title says the book has wonderful short vignettes, and useful advice, is easy to read and holds your attention. The volunteer has a lot of experience with cats, but still learned a lot!

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. By Matthew Scully. The author is a speech writer for George Bush, Dick Cheney and others. He makes an eloquent case for a more enlightened treatment of animals, and, with pointed but elegant words, fights back against the political rantings that label animal welfare people as sentimental wackos. The volunteer recommending this title says, "Although painful to read at times, this book is important and one I will want to keep in my personal library."

(If a Dog's Prayers were Answered) Bones Would Rain from the Sky. Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs. By Suzanne Clothier. Clothier, a nationally renowned trainer, teaches us about our dog's mind and heart, and lets us see the world from the canine perspective. Humane and instructive.

Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary. By Samantha Glen. This book tells the story behind the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country. Beginning with 3,000 undeveloped acres in Angel Canyon (formerly Kanab), Utah, a group of friends committed to homeless animals surmounted obstacle after obstacle to create this home for between 1,800 and 3,000 creatures - from dogs, rabbits and birds to sheep, pigs and horses - 75% of which are adopted and many of which have special needs.

Out of Harm's Way. By Terri Crisp and Samantha Glen. Since 1983, Crisp has devoted her life to saving animals during natural and man-made disasters. From her early volunteer work with the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley, helping stranded pets during local San Francisco Bay area floods and fires, to her recent full-time job as director of Emergency Animal Rescue Services (a nationwide Red Cross-type program for animals), Crisp's dedication and determination are undaunted. Inspiring.

Bonnie Bergin's Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Dog. By Bonnie Bergin with Robert Aquinas McNally. More than just another training guide, this book discusses differences in canine temperament and how to determine what dog is a good match for your own personality. The author, a pioneer in the training of assistance dogs for persons with physical disabilities, demonstrates a keen understanding of training in the context of dog-human relationships.

Help for Your Shy Dog. By Deborah Wood. This book is one of the very few to address working with shy or fearful dogs - whether because of temperament or history. She provides practical, sound advice that can be integrated into day-to-day interaction with your dog.

Disposable Animals: Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets. By Craig Brestrup. Called "one of the most powerful and provocative animal-welfare volumes to come along in years" by the Seattle Times, this philosophical examination of the destruction of homeless animals as a solution to overpopulation challenges conventional practices and offers alternative strategies toward ending the killing of healthy, adoptable animals.

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Last updated October 7, 2003 LET