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Ahhhhh, Summer Reading!

Is there anything better than lounging outside on a beautiful summer evening with a good book in hand? If so, I haven’t found it yet!

This year we have come from a particularly difficult period and I wanted to focus on books that add a lot of value. For the first time, this List does not contain novels! How strange it is! However, there is a memoir that reads like a Novel, useful non-fiction books and, of course, a ton of pet-friendly children’s books.

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The perfect beach read packaged in a memoir! When Kate MacDougall leaves her stable but unfilled job at Sotheby’s to walk dogs, her mother is not on board. Fortunately, it’s her partner, so she dives in and creates a travel agency for dogs. The memoir is a coming-of-age story told through the dogs she and her employees walk through the neighborhoods of London. Each chapter tells an anecdote about one of the dogs she cares for and how the fate of the dog relates to Kate’s developing story. It’s a well-made and entertaining story with a lot of endearing moments. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will relate to the stories Kate told and the experiences she had with dogs — and their owners. A quick and fluffy read full of heart, perfect to throw in your bag to read on a park bench.


When an animal dies, a piece of your heart goes with it. For those of us who love animals, we know how deep the pain of their passed away is. Unfortunately, this pain is often rejected: “It’s enough to have another dog!”This book attempts to honor the pain of losing a pet and offers a series of stories, tips and journal prompts to guide you along the way. I’ll be honest: this book is not for everyone. In some places it’s a bit woo and in others it’s preaching (for example, she says not to drink decaffeinated coffee until 2 o’clock at night, which I think has nothing to do with it and makes me feel grumpy because I literally drink a full coffee every day at 2 o’clock.. can you tell I’m protecting my coffee habit?).

Anyway, this is a good guide that gives you permission to feel what you need to feel, how deeply you need to feel it and for how long. The prompts are thoughtful and even leave room for inserting pictures, which can become a memory keeper of the life of your beloved pet. I also think that if someone you love loses a pet, as a gift, this could be the perfect and thoughtful way to let them know that you care.


If this book had nothing else to offer, it would still be worth putting it on your shelf for the beautiful photography. However, it contains a lot of useful information with a ton of practical tips. This is a natural care guide, and I was delighted that it was about much more than food and visits to the vet. In fact, the majority of the book covers behavior, training, safety, walking, etc. It starts with a super helpful section on exercise and safe activity monitoring – much appreciated by me as we try to balance Cooper’s need for body activity with his aging body. There is also an entire section – the second half of the book – about mental health. It’s deep, thorough and friendly.

For me, I sometimes hesitate to dive into discussions about “natural dogs” because I don’t like the way the conversation (usually) focuses on food. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I don’t feed raw (and yes, this book certainly promotes a raw diet), but I was delighted to see the emphasis on a holistic and global approach to raising a natural dog that went far beyond a simple raw diet. The mental exercises chapter alone is worth it! Get this one if you are looking for tips for a sweet life to enjoy your dog. Highly recommended!