New Pet Books Are 'Springing' Up All Over
With spring flowers come spring pet books. Here are eight new reads. Some clearly point out that animals offer more than we understand -- from whales who hug to a cat who predicts death. One book might even lead you into a new career.
"Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat," by Dr. David Rosa
When the author published in the
Like the pull from a magnet, we're attracted to the wild kingdom. This book begins inside an ancient cave, and King, a biological anthropologist, points out cave paintings of animals. Today, most Americans live with pets. Why? No one forces anyone to get a dog, pet rabbit, or fish. King's discussions are fascinating, including those on animal theology and how animal lovers support the fact that they also eat meat.
"Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras: A Menagerie of 100 Favorite Animals," by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
This author has a wonderful library under his wing, writing about everything from the emotions of farm animals to why he lives in
Masson writes about an abundance of wild creatures. I love the way he begins the chapter on beetles. "I did not appreciate beetles," he writes. "God does. He made every fifth species on earth a beetle."
Tidbits in the book are fascinating. Masson writes about wild mountain gorillas approaching observing researchers with freckles, then attempting to remove the specks, perhaps thinking they were parasites. No surprise, Masson writes, fellow primates like chimpanzees and bonobos hug for reassurance, as do meerkats, and it seems that's what humpback whales are doing with their fins wrapped around each other.
"Doggy Business 101: A Practical Guide to Starting and Running Your Own Business," by Darlene Niemeyer
With the economy putting many people out of work, some dog lovers are starting their own doggy businesses. Check out the possibilities here, from doggy day care to starting your own camp for dogs. The basics, from creating a business plan to getting financing, are outlined. Just remember, while working with dogs may be great, their owners are not always so easy to please.
"Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills," by Carol Bradley
This is the tale of one little dog rescued from a
"Catscapades, True Cat Tales," by Patricia Fry
Lots of nice short stories her about cats - some inspiring, and most will make you smile. There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the book is sweet and easy to read.
"Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives," by Rachel McPherson with Deborah Mitchell
The author is founder and executive director of
"Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free," by Susan Richards
So you're an alcoholic and stuck in an abusive marriage. If you open your heart, maybe a horse can help. This story could wind up as TV movie. I can hear the promo now: "She thought her life was over, but when she met a horse named
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