WHEN HARRY MET MINNIE: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP
By Martha Teichner
Dog walkers who meet early in the morning share a special bond. Pet owners can get to know each other by visiting the dog runs at the park or walking through Union Square's farmer's market before everyone else. Martha Teichner was forever changed by a chance meeting with an old friend. Her friend was a victim of cancer after being exposed to toxic substances following 9/11 and needed a home for Harry. He was a Bull Terrier, the same breed as Martha’s beloved Minnie. Martha would you consider giving Harry a loving, safe home?
OLIVER: THE TRUE STORY OF A STOLEN DOG AND THE HUMANS HE BROUGHT TOGETHER
By Steven Carino & Alex Tresniowski
Steven Carino's dog Oliver was stolen from his car on Valentine's Day 2019. He was thirteen when his mother died and grew up with an alcoholic father. His dogs were always there for him. Steven felt completely alone after Oliver, his beloved dog, was lost.
The miracle happened. People from all walks of life met Oliver and Steven through a series near impossible coincidences. Steven's search for Oliver was made possible by the efforts of hardworking immigrants, wealthy suburbanites and deli workers, as well as old friends, family members, street cops, gangsters, a TV reporter, social media followers from around the globe, and a very talented hairdresser. Steven discovered that no one is truly alone and that community can make a huge difference in your life.
DOG'S BEST FRIEND: THE STORY OF AN UNBREAKABLE BOND
By Simon Garfield
Ludo, Simon Garfield's beloved black Labrador retriever and one of many millions of canines that have been integral to our lives, is a dog. How did this dog become a top dog? These faithful dogs have become our best friends and helped us in many ways, including hunting, bomb disposal and detection of cancer. Dog's best friend explores the history of this bond and how it has impacted so many lives, both canine and human.
Garfield begins with the earliest visual representations--dogs depicted in ancient rock art--and ends at the laboratory that first sequenced the canine genome. We meet the Corgis of Buckingham Palace and the Soviet space dogs, as well as a border collie who can recognize more than 1,000 plush toys. Garfield shares the secrets of some of the best dog trainers in the world, takes us into the wild worlds of dog breeding and dog shows and reveals the psychological roots of the human-dog bond. Ludo also pops in his snout from time to time.
HOW STELLA LEARNED TO TALK: THE GROUNDBREAKING STORY OF THE WORLD’S FIRST TALKING DOG
By Christina Hunger
Christina Hunger, a speech-language pathologist, was immediately able to make connections between her job as a speech-language pathologist and Stella her puppy when she first returned home. She worked with toddlers who had significant delays in their language development, and used Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), devices to assist them with communication. She wondered at night if dogs could understand what we said to them. Can dogs use AAC in communication with humans?
Christina decided to test her theory with Stella. She started using a small, paw-sized button that she programmed with her voice to make Stella go outside. Stella has now used over thirty word buttons in her bank for years and can use them all together to make complete sentences.
How Stella Learned is a memoir and a how-to guide. The book chronicles the journey Christina & Stella took together, starting with their first meeting and ending with Stella speaking her first word. It also shows Stella the communication techniques Christina taught Stella. These are broken down into easy stages that can be used by dog owners to communicate with their pet.
MAX THE MIRACLE DOG: THE HEART-WARMING TALE OF A LIFE-SAVING FRIENDSHIP
By Kerry Irving
Kerry Irving's life was forever changed by a car accident in 2006.
Kerry, who suffered from severe neck- and back injuries, was housebound and unemployed, and struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. From cycling 600 miles per month, he became a prisoner in the privacy of his own home.
Kerry's wife encouraged him, despite all the hopelessness, to take a short walk to the nearest shop. He persevered despite overwhelming panic and unbearable pain. Along the way, he met Max, his adorable yard dog. Kerry saw the Spaniel peering up through the railings and found comfort in his brown eyes. Their lives were forever changed by this chance encounter.
Max was Kerry's refuge and motivation, and Kerry was Max's caretaker. This is their amazing, inspiring story.