From the author of Unsaid comes a thrilling story of struggle, redemption, and our devotion to the animals in our lives
By Neil Abramson
“If you love dogs and well-written, suspenseful fiction that is uplifting and will inspire you to open an animal sanctuary, read this lovely novel.”
—Jeffrey Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love,
The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving and Dogs Make Us Human
Praise for UNSAID, Neil Abramson’s debut novel:
“Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals
that share their lives.”
“UNSAID is an extraordinary story of animals, afterlife, and the power of love... It will make you remember, rethink, and rejoice in every meaningful relationship you’ve ever had.”
—Garth Stein, author of the bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain
What would you do if they came for your dog? In JUST LIFE (May 10, 2016; Center Street/Hachette Book Group; $26.00), Neil Abramson, whose debut novel Unsaid won rave reviews from critics, booksellers, and readers alike, presents a riveting, thought-provoking roller coaster ride of a novel that asks that very question.
Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area.
Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers--a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing--all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on--because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.
Neil Abramson’s novel is engrossing and nuanced, with finely drawn characters and an intense pace that rolls to an unforgettable conclusion. JUST LIFE’s message of the balance between fear and compassion, memory and forgiveness, and despair and hope will stay with readers long after they’ve finished reading, and will spark serious discussions and debate.
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About the Author:
A partner in a Manhattan law firm, Neil Abramson lives in Westchester County, NY and is married to a veterinarian. He is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals. JUST LIFE is his second novel.
JUST LIFE: A Novel
By Neil Abramson
Publisher: Center Street / Hachette Book Group
Pub Date: May 10, 2016
Also available in audio and eBook
Celebrity dog trainer Zak George releases groundbreaking guide:
Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution
New comprehensive book teaches everything people need to know to raise and train their dogs
June 7, 2016 — Celebrity dog trainer Zak George announces the release of his first book, Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love. His successful YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. He has also starred on Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out.
With this book, George has distilled the information from his hundreds of videos and experience working with thousands of dogs into one comprehensive guide. Written with award-winning journalist Dina Roth Port, Dog Training Revolution is an invaluable resource for people with new dogs or those who want to see what’s possible when they apply George’s approach to the dog they’ve had for years. It covers everything from choosing the right dog, socialization, house training and basic training, as well as how to handle common behavioral issues such as leash pulling, jumping up, unwanted barking, and more.
“I wanted to write a book that showed, in very simple terms, how the average person can achieve exceptional results with their dog in a way that is supported by the latest science and 21st century ethics,” says George. However, Dog Training Revolution is much more than a training resource—it also includes information on health care essentials such as choosing a vet and selecting the right food as well as cool tricks and fun activities to enjoy with your dog. One thing that really makes this book special is the video integration: Throughout the book, play button icons indicate which subjects have corresponding videos on George’s YouTube channel, making for a truly thorough, interactive experience.
What also sets Dog Training Revolution apart is that George's fresh, positive approach allows you to tailor training to your dog’s unique traits and energy level—leading to quicker results and a much happier pet. He doesn’t base his teaching on breed stereotypes, myths or archaic thinking about dog behavior but rather on scientific research and ethical advancements, all with the goal of raising the standards in the dog training industry.
For more information, please visit http://www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.
ZAK GEORGE has starred in Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out. His YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. Visit his website at www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.
DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as Glamour, Self, Prevention, Parents.com, and the Huffington Post. Visit her website at www.dinarothport.com.
Media Release: 14 April 2016
Is your pup fighting to feel better? Your dog's skin problems, ear infections, bowel issues, obesity, seizures, and bladder issues can often be treated by changing the type of ingredients, calories, or moisture in your dog's diet.
The Dog Diet Answer Book helps dog owners better understand their dog's dietary needs and what ingredients to feed them. With this practical guide, veterinarian Greg Martinez helps you: Diagnose common health problems; Decipher ingredient labels; Feed your dog beneficial nutrients; Identify common allergens; Understand the difference between types of dog foods and diets; Make home-cooked meals and treats for your dog; Decide when to purchase high-quality commercial dog food or add healthy human food, oils, raw food, or home cooking to your pet's diet and much more!
The Dog Diet Answer Book
Author: Greg Martinez, DVM
Format: Softbound, 192 Pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Size: 7 x 9
Published: May 1, 2016
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH
HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
by Frans de Waal
“A remarkable book by a remarkable scientist. Drawing on a growing body of research including his own, de Waal shows that animals, from elephants and chimpanzees to the lowly invertebrates, are not only smarter than we thought but also engaged in forms of thought we have only begun to understand.”
—Edward O. Wilson,
University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
“ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? will completely change your perception of the abilities of animals. This book takes the reader on the fascinating journey of discovery into the world of animal problem-solving.”
author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
“So, are we ‘smart enough to know how smart animals are?’ The question will occur to you many times as you read Frans de Waal’s remarkable distillations of science in this astonishingly broad-spectrum book. I guarantee one thing: readers come away a lot smarter. As this book shows, we are here on Planet Earth with plenty of intelligent company.”
author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
A fascinating history of the study of animal behavior and cognition from a world-renowned expert, ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? [W. W. Norton & Company; April 25, 2016; $27.95 hardcover] reflects author Frans de Waal’s deep love for animals as well as his dedication to forwarding his field of study. With anecdotes and humor, de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, relates the story of his own career and surveys an enormous variety of animal intelligence, which he places on a spectrum that also includes human intelligence—putting to rest any lingering doubts that the era of behaviorism is over.
From ravens to wasps, elephants to whales, spiders to octopuses, de Waal explores the yin-yang relationship between studying captive animals and observing them in the wild, outlining the advantages and limitations to both. He reviews key theories and methodologies, giving generous and widespread credit to the scientists who came before him while also discussing the problematic attitudes that he and his contemporaries are still unraveling. Many of the controversies in the field center around one question: How unique is human consciousness in the animal kingdom? Winding through topics like language, culture, politics, and problem solving, de Waal asks us to measure animal cognition not against human cognition but alongside it.
Imagine a world that didn’t rely on an individual’s ability to recognize other individuals. Imagine that a trunk means for elephant cognition what a grasping hand means for ours. De Waal builds up to the idea that for scientists to truly chart animal cognition, they must stop measuring animals’ success at a presented task against human success at that same task and accept that animals are experts at what is required for survival in their own natural environments.
Full of compassion for humans and animals alike, ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?depicts aspects of animal behavior few people witness, and leads the reader to contemplate not only the definition of humanity but why we seek—or fear finding—humanity in nature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta.
TITLE: ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
AUTHOR: Frans de Waal
PUBLICATION DATE: April 25, 2016
PRICE: $27.95 hardcover
Heel … Sit … Stay … Now LISTEN!
New Book Examines How Imitating Canine Communication Behaviors Can Yield Fantastic Relationships for Life and Career
Listen Like a Dog:
And Make Your Mark on the World
By Jeff Lazarus
“Listen Like a Dog offers a totally fresh perspective on attaining success in our personal
and professional relationship….Take the lead from your dog and reap the rewards.
--Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series;
creator of The Success Principles series
“Jeff Lazarus has given us a roadmap to living a happier and more productive life with
this invaluable book…. Your canine companion seriously has much to teach you about
how to become a better listener!”
--Dr. Marty Becker, New York Times bestselling author
In a world where everyone is barking but no one is listening, Listen Like a Dog reveals that the real antidote to our communication “faux paws” can be learned from observing our canine companions. Dogs don’t interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention by studying facial expressions, observing body language, watching eye movements and listening to our voice patterns. Although they don’t understand our verbal language, dogs listen with their entire being. Brimming with lighthearted humor, LISTEN LIKE A DOG: And Make Your Mark on the World by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: April 25, 2016; Health Communications, Inc.; Self-help & Psychology; ISBN:13-978075318986; Paperback; $15.95) teaches the reader how TRUE listening is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others – whether it’s a marriage/intimate relationship, with co-workers, friends or family.
Written by the bestselling author of Dogtology: Live Bark Believe, which celebrates the relationship between dogs and humans, Mr. Lazarus guides the reader in LISTEN LIKE A DOG to recognizing ideal canine behaviors that can lead to enormous advantages in a person’s personal life and in business.
A recent study by a Cornell University sociologist revealed that we have fully one-third fewer real friends than we did before the social networking boom. Today, we have more shallow connections with others; our communications are expanding horizontally but shrinking vertically. We are trading quality for quantity and real for virtual. Is anyone really listening?
In Listen Like a Dog, the reader will learn that true listening can enhance every relationship in a person’s life. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want to do business with them, they trust them, and will share critical information with them. This means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and personal life. Each chapter in Listen Like a Dog focuses on human behavior and compares that with different aspects of canine behavior with light-hearted humor and laugh-out-loud observations. Readers will learn:
- Violating the Leash Laws: the 11 most egregious mistakes we make when we THINK we are communicating
- Sniff Around: the importance of casual communications
- The Power of the Paws (Pause): how to recognize the many benefits of silence
- Heel, Sit, and Stay: how changing your own behavior can win over others
- Happiness is a Warm Pup: the importance of being genuine and compassionate
- And so much more …
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a Health Science consultant with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, serving as a scientific liaison to physicians, academicians, and health educators. He earned a BA in speech communications, with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communications, from Cal State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has taught public speaking at the university level and conducted numerous workshops on listening, presentation skills, and customer engagement. Jeff’s love for dogs is portrayed in his 2015 release, Dogtology, a whimsical exploration of humankind’s fanatical devotion to dogs. He resides in Orange County, Ca.
Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World
by Jeff Lazarus
Health Communications, Inc. (HCI)
Publication date: April 25, 2016;
Paperback and eBook; 264 pages, $15.95
In what promises to become a Moneyball for dog lovers ― for both breed devotees and adoption advocates alike ― The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.
This incredible feat of investigative journalism is the latest from Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue, and in The Dog Merchants she reveals the complex network behind the $11-billion-a-year business of selling dogs. Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, Kavin makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. She reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don't even realize is an industry.
Kavin’s goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.
“Essential reading for all dog lovers, this balanced work will become the standard on this topic.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“A hard-hitting exploration of the idea of ‘dogs as a product.’ A scathing indictment of an industry run amok; belongs on every pet lover's bookshelf.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A devastatingly clear-cut exposé. That Kavin manages to accomplish so much without tugging too hard on readers’ emotions is only one of the surprises in this megaton bomb.”—Booklist
“Those who are breeding and raising dogs responsibly will find validation in their endeavors―and consumers seeking to buy or adopt dogs will benefit from the information Kavin has gathered as they make their decisions.” —Publishers Weekly
“Kavin looks at every aspect of the dog market. One chapter examines the AKC, and the good and the bad it has caused throughout the years. It was interesting to read how fanciers of Border Collies reacted to the decision by the AKC to start accepting the breed into the organization’s rolls. It is not what you might expect. It’s quite simple —don’t buy a dog until you read this book!”—Feather and Quill
Birding Gets Up Close and Personal
From attention-grabbing mating displays to musical songs, vibrant color patterns and intricate nesting behaviors, it’s easy to see why a recent USDA Forest Service National Survey on Recreation and the Environment found that 85 million Americans are fascinated by birds. They attend classes, enter competitions, join clubs, invest in expensive gear, post on social media, and, of course, spend hours behind a pair of binoculars.
Did You Know?
But for all this work, even experienced birders may never see the intimate lives of the species they observe. And popular birding literature focuses more on helping birders add to their life lists than on showing what makes each species unique: the sometimes endearing, sometimes peculiar, often astonishing details that make up their daily lives. Until now. With Into the Nest, birding experts Laura Erickson and Marie Read present beautiful, close-up photographs and text that capture each dramatic and spectacular stage of the family lives of birds, from courtship through mating, nest construction, egg-laying, parenting on the nest, nestling, feeding time, and, finally, the first triumphant flight of the fledglings.
With its careful documentation of life stages of common birds and its never-before-seen shots, Into the Nest offers a unique perspective on a popular American pastime. Now beginning birders and seasoned experts alike can experience the private lives of their favorite species — from the dramatic “sky dances” of courting Bald Eagles to the gentle berry exchanges between Cedar Waxwing parents, from Downy Woodpecker chicks developing inside their tree cavity to a Warbler feeding a Cowbird chick twice her size.
Laura Erickson is the author of seven bird books and has served as an editor of BirdScope magazine and a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine, as well as a contributor to the All About Birds website. She recently won the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
Marie Read is the author of three books, and her photographs and articles have been featured in magazines including BirdWatching, Birds & Blooms, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and National Geographic. She lives in Freeville, New York.
Into the Nest
Laura Erickson and Marie Read
Storey Publishing, April 2015
208 pages; 9 ¾" x 8 ½"
Full-color; photographs and illustrations throughout
$16.95 Paper; ISBN 978-1-61212-229-8
Joel Silverman has trained animals for Hollywood films, TV, amusement parks, and he now devotes his forty years of professional experience to helping thousands of pet owners train their dogs.
Joel has worked behind the scenes on lots of shows and films, but he’s best known for Good Dog U—his top-rated Animal Planet series that ran from 1999 to 2009. Joel has also authored three books to share his expertise: What Color Is Your Dog?®, Take 2 – Training Solutions for Rescued Dogs, and Bond With Your Heart; Train With Your Brain®.
Joel’s first step has absolutely nothing to do with training—it’s developing a great relationship with your pet. If this is something you personally have not done, you really need to take a few steps back and simply get to know your dog. Spend 20 to 30 days learning your dog’s likes and dislikes.
Joel believes that if you have taken the time to create that bond, you have ensured your dog’s trust and laid a great foundation for your dogs’ training too. Because of that strong relationship, your dog will want nothing more than to please you, and that drive will motivate him in ways you can build on by knowing his likes and dislikes. This is a great way to start a fun and exciting training program!
In more recent years, Joel has stressed individualizing training that caters to dog’s personalities. All dogs are different, and in so many cases dog owners fall into the trap of a one-size-fits-all approach to dog training. Since dogs have such varied personalities, Joel believes they should be trained according to their individual make up. He has created a color scheme to represent dogs’ basic personality types. This helps pet owners characterize their dog to simplify and personalize training. The What Color is Your Dog?® model is easy for the owner to figure out, and makes training easier for the dog too. Joel’s book will help you assign your dog a color that represents the dog’s personality and helps you to understand your dog better. You can then use the color-specific techniques Joel suggests to give you and your dog the most effective and enjoyable training experience possible.
For the past 35+ years, Joel has gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of teaching literally thousands of people about dog training and responsible pet ownership. Whether through his TV series, his books, or his videos—no matter how someone learned Joel’s methods, his biggest reward is someone coming up to him and saying, “thank you for making training easy and fun.”
Most pet owners want the best for their cherished friends. Sometimes, however, the nature of those relationships can upended, and getting back on track can be confusing and difficult. Here, Robert Berkelhammer provides an overview of what constitutes healthy pet family relationships and how pet parents can access services that will facilitate better communication, behavior, and all-around care.
In Pet Care Givers and Families (Rowman & Littlefield), Robert outlines the kinds of work pet care companies can offer and guides readers to getting the best possible level of professional caretaking to achieve behavioral changes in their pets. Dog playgroups, dog walking, pet sitting, and other services are described in terms of how families can work with providers to accommodate their animal and family needs.
Although focused mostly on dogs, the book also addresses the needs and services available for cats and birds. No pet owners will want to be without this book when deciding on a pet care arrangement that suits the family’s needs.
In an interview, Robert can discuss:
- The importance of a healthy hierarchy
- The benefits of dog behavior modification playgroups
- What makes up a sound pet sitting environment
- Tips on communicating with pet professionals
- Transitions in the life of a pet
- Pets mourning the loss of other pets
- Dog walking and handling tips
ABOUT ROBERT BERKELHAMMER: Robert Berkelhammer, Med, known as The Pet Pro and The Posture Guy, is the son of a veterinarian and has worked in pet care since 2007. He has been the Daily Assistant Manager of a dog behavior modification play-group from 2011 to 2015. Additionally, he is a pet sitter, dog walker, and cat and bird visitor. For twenty years he maintained a holistic private practice integrating muscle therapy with yoga science. Robert is currently developing a corrective posture walking class and creating a video series on healthy occupational posture for blue-collar workers, parents and most professionals. Robert studied at the Kantor Family Institute and is a state-certified guidance counselor.
A beautifully illustrated collection exploring the delightful diversity of dogs
By Ann DeVito
From DOG LOVE:
“Being in the present moment is the way of dogs—Pets teach love and compassion.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”
“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.”
“A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one. I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much.”
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
From Schnauzers to Chihuahuas, Mastiffs to Maltipoos, crime-sniffing Blood Hounds to chic Bichons, dogs have charmed humans across the world for centuries with their lovable quirks and appealing personalities. Published in time for the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show, February 15-16, DOG LOVE (Penguin Books Original; Hardcover; On-Sale: February 2, 2016; 9780143107835; $18.00) is a beautiful and engaging collection of artwork and visual typography that explores the delightful diversity of dogs.
Graphic artist and avowed dog lover Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend and their personalities to life with this collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between.
- The American Humane Association reported—after the first Benji movie was released—more than 1 million dogs were adopted from shelters across the country. Powerful awareness and publicity generated by one mutt!
- Humans use 12 million olfactory receptor cells to smell, dogs use 1 billion—Bloodhounds use 4 billion!
- MYTH—Greyhounds wear muzzles because they are mean. FACT—Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing to protect themselves from injury during the excitement of a chase.
- Despite their regal air, ancient history, and over-the-top hairdos, Poodles are not snobs. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. In France, they are called caniches, meaning “duck dogs.”
- Notable Dachshund Owners: Andy Warhol owned two Dachshund puppies, Archie and Amos. Pablo Picasso had a Dachshund muse named Lump.
DeVito would draw daily with her two children. DOG LOVE evolved by drawing the different breeds from The Complete Dog Book, and her children’s love of dogs. Her distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.
By Ann DeVito
A Penguin Books Original ▪ Hardcover
On-sale: February 2, 2016 ▪9780143107835 ▪ $18.00
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