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Old English Sheepdogs by Beverly Pisano
Old English Sheepdogs (KW Dog)

by Beverly Pisano



How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With
by Clarice Rutherford, David H. Neil
Editorial Reviews
From Library Journal
The 1981 edition (now out of print) of this little classic on puppy rearing was a word-of-mouth best seller. This substantially revised and expanded edition benefits from an additional decade of observation of puppy behavior by its authors and includes effective, up-to-date methods for educating puppies to become good canine citizens. Along with Job Michael Evans's The Evans Guide for Housetraining Your Dog (Howell, 1987), this is required reading for new puppy owners. Whether the copy still in circulation is battered and gnawed or the book slipped by the first time around, every public library should acquire this new edition, and academic libraries should seriously consider it for its insights into canine behavior. Highly recommended.
- Jennifer King, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:
This classic is newly revised and offers the latest information, including a discussion of clicker training. Puppy owners will find answers to questions about everything from house training to discipline and will learn how to socialize a puppy to promote confidence and a sound temperament. Breeders will learn valuable information about puppy development during the first weeks of life and will gain insights to enable them to give their puppies the best start possible.


I & Dog
by Monks of New Skete, John Sann (Photographer), Monique Stauder (Photographer)
Editorial Reviews
Excerpted from I & Dog by Monks of New Skete, John Sann, Monique Stauder (Photographer). Copyright © 2003. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Here is a sampling of the wisdom found inside this amazing book:

"For many of us, love for creation deepens through the relationships we form with our pets, particularly our dogs. By their very nature and need, dogs draw us out of ourselves: they root us in nature, making us more conscious of the mystery of God inherent in all things."

"Dogs mirror us back to ourselves in unmistakable ways that, if we are open, foster true understanding and change. Dogs are guileless and filled with spontaneity: unlike people, they don’t deceive. When we take seriously the words they speak to us about ourselves, we stand face to face with the truth of the matter. We must learn to reflect on these words—they are inscribed on their bodies, in their expressions, in the way they approach and interact with us."

"Though it is entirely natural for us to project human motives onto dogs, ultimately this is unfair: it puts expectations on dogs that disregard their reality. Dogs wander in their own universe and resist being judged according to human standards. We do justice to a relationship with a dog when we honor it as it is—a dog, a creature who, for all we may understand about it, is still fraught with mystery."

"The biggest problem with dogs is that they don’t live long enough. They always seem to leave us when we’re most vulnerable, most in need of their biased, affirming presence. Dogs make us believe we can actually be as they see us, and it’s often only when they’re gone that we realize their role in what we’ve become."

With its tender message and delightful photographs, I & DOG promises to reach beyond the page and touch the hearts of dog lovers everywhere


Dog Heaven

by Cynthia Rylant
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Newbery winner Rylant, who debuted as an illustrator with her Everyday board books (1993), offers paintings and text in tribute to "Dog Heaven." Here there are fields to run in, soft beds (made of clouds turned inside out) and "angel children," because "God knows that dogs love children more than anything else in the world." Rylant's childlike acrylic paintings-similar though less practiced than the work of Lucy Cousins-are filled with checkerboard steps, yellow daisies and pink stars. Whether she is aiming for whimsy, albeit self-consciously, or striving to present a genuinely comforting view of heaven is not entirely clear. God, for example, stands like an organ grinder at a biscuit machine, wearing a purple hat and sporting a white mustache. "God has a sense of humor," Rylant tells us, "so He makes His biscuits in funny shapes... kitty-cat biscuits and squirrel biscuits," and "every angel who passes by has a biscuit for a dog" because "every dog becomes a good dog in Dog Heaven." Many will think Rylant's vision appropriately warm and fuzzy; others will consider her on thin ice, psychologically and theologically. Dead animals invisibly return to earth "for a little visit," a development likely to unsettle young mourners; told that dogs in Dog Heaven will be "at the door" when "old friends show up," many children are going to worry about how those old friends got there. All ages.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Preschool-Grade 2?Curl up with Rover and take a journey to Dog Heaven, where there are endless fields for running; clear lakes filled with teasing, honking ducks; and loving angel children playing everywhere. There are tasty biscuits shaped like cats and fluffy cloud beds for sleeping, memory trips back to favorite spots and people, and cozy homes with petting hands. Rylant uses simple, comfortable language and an abundance of careful detail to create a place of warmth and happiness. Dressed in colorful clothing and sporting an orange scarf, God is friendly and accessible; he looks after "His dogs," making sure the biscuits are appetizing and the dreams are serene. With their simple shapes and bold lines, the bright acrylic paintings have a childlike appeal. Brush strokes add texture and depth, while unusual color combinations/glowing mixes of oranges, purples, and greens/contribute to the peaceful mood. Canines become part of the landscape; tumbling hills and rounded surfaces reflect the rapid motion of exuberant pooches running breathlessly across endless fields, while paw prints shine brightly beside nighttime stars and decorate the sides of mountains. The reassuring story might comfort a child after the loss of a pet, but this pleasant, imaginary paradise will have a broader appeal to all animal lovers. Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.



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