Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Senior Dogs Across America by Nancy LeVine. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, young or old, will warm to this stirring tribute to our best animal friends. Award-winning photographer Nancy LeVine has traveled the length and breadth of America—from Kauai to Martha’s Vineyard, from Seattle to Natchez—to meet and photograph some of our most endearing senior canine citizens. These gallant companions ride on our tractors, doze on our couches, happy to be in our company. They remind us of the best in ourselves, and as they lose their vigor and youth, they reflect our own inevitable aging with
courage and calm. Nancy’s photographs perfectly capture the enduring appeal of these elderly dignified beings in the places where they belong—all across
America. As “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, says, “These images can make you laugh, cry, and simply feel the nobility of elder dogs.” Nancy LeVine is an award-winning photographer who has traveled worldwide on a variety of assignments. Her project “Senior Dogs Across America” has
been featured on The Today Show and a number of blogs around the world, including the New York Times LENS Blog, BBC, and Lens Culture. The Bark magazine has presented this work. A solo show of these photographs opened at the Houston Center for Photography in 2012. Nancy completed her MA
degree at NYU/ICP. She currently works on assignment in New York and Seattle.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of highquality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal,
and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.
Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.Book DETAILS
ISBN13: 9780764351112
Size: 12” x 9”
Illustrations: 84 color photos
Page Count: 128 pp
Binding: hard cover
Price: $29.99Advanced Praise for Senior Dogs Across America:
Photographer Nancy LeVine shares portraits of
endearing elderly canines in her new book Senior
Dogs Across America—which remind us of the
lessons that are often learned with some age.
—Oprah.com
These images never cease to put a smile on my
face and bring tears to my eyes. Like with any good
portrait, the personalities of these elderly dogs
shine through each frame.
—Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot
Nancy’s extraordinary images result from her
ability to connect with each subject to elicit a
personal response as well as her very insightful
choice of the environment for each portrait.
The result is an image with both very appealing
aesthetics and very strong content.
—Frazier King, Board Member, Houston Center
for Photography

According to one doctor, the secret to life is this:

“Look for the moments that are right in front of you.”

The doctor in this case treats horses, goats, cows, pigs, snakes, dogs, cats, skunks, geese, ostriches, chickens, reindeer, monkeysand any other animal that comes his way in the small, dusty farming and ranching community of Lamesa, Texas. Dr. Bo Brock, DVM owns a thriving multispecies veterinary clinic in a town that holds 9,207 humans. He shares his unique perspective on life through a witty, sometimes teary lens in his debut book, Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere (June, 2016; Greenleaf Book Group; $17.95; 284 pages; Trade Paper; ISBN: 978-1-62634-264-4).

Dr. Brock has treated tens of thousands of animals for over 25,000 people who came from 750 different zip codes. He may indeed be in the middle of nowhere, but his waiting room is crowded. And it’s worth the wait.

He shares wisdom, insights, and just plain-old funny stories for animal lovers, rural Americans, and anyone looking to see the lighter side of life. Dr. Brock describes his book as “the story of being a veterinarian on the edge of the earth and loving it.”

Readers will howl through the funny parts and weep through the touching pages. His unique perspective and tales of doctoring beloved pets and cantankerous owners will make you smile, laugh, cry and evoke every emotion under the sun.

The book is as much about people as it is about animals. “All we hear about in the news is the bad stuff,” says Dr. Brock. “I want to give Americans something to smile about with my book.” In some ways, he doctors up people as he heals and looks after their animals.

Dr. Brock’s passion is equine medicine and he is well known across four states for doctoring everything from expensive race horses to every day ranch horses and every kind of horse in between, performing approximately 1,000 equine surgeries per year.

He takes a walk through life and brings you along with him. This book is a series of moments that shares the perspective of a small-town veterinarian as he reacts to all things while taking care of critters and tending to their owners

Though Dr. Brock’s easy-to-read book holds the values of rural America close to heart, it is filled with poignant stories that appeal to everyone, especially animal lovers. His stories run the gamut of emotions from lump-in-your-throat tears to laugh-out-loud screams. It’s a wholesome book with a positive outlook on life, written by a veterinarian of 25 years who has witnessed life, death and everything in between.

An earlier version of the book, as a self-published title, rose to No. 5 on Amazon’s humor and best-seller list. It won the 2015 Chicago Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival Grand Prize.

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Biography

Dr. Bo Brock, DVM, loves animals. He should – he’s treated more of them than there are residents in a tiny farming and ranching Texas community where he serves as the owner of Brock Veterinary Clinic. He purchased the La Mesa, Texas practice in 1992. His goal was to develop an equine-focused practice. He went from treating 96 horses his initial year to seeing roughly 11,000 in 2015. He has a staff of seven.

In 2007, he was voted Equine Practitioner of the Year for the state of Texas. He’s an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and has taught night classes for a decade. He delivered the 2014 Texas Veterinary A&M commencement speech. He graduated from the same program in 1990, Magna Cum Laude - fourth in his class. Upon graduating, he worked at a mixed-animal practice in Clarendon, Texas and practiced with Dr. Charles Deyhle for a year-and-a-half. He is an active member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. He passed the boards and became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004 and is one of only 89 members of that distinguished group in the USA.

Dr. Brock was also asked to shoot a television pilot by Animal Planet.

He lives with his wife, Kerri. Their daughters are also going into caring professions – Kimmi, is studying to be a nurse and Abby is studying veterinary medicine at his alma mater Texas A&M.

DOG MEDICINE

How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Julie Barton



“A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”

Kirkus Reviews

DOG MEDICINE simply has to be your next must-read.

Cheryl Strayed

“Every word in this book is as honest and courageous as any I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to read this book. You will, too.”

Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter

 

 

DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books; July 19th, 2016; 978-0-14-313001-7; $17.00)captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. At age twenty-two, Julie Barton was living her childhood dream: living in New York City, working at a publishing company, and surrounded by a group of interesting and supportive friends. Yet, a year into her dream life, Julie had a complete breakdown, collapsing on her kitchen floor and barely having the strength to call her mom for help. Within twenty-four hours, Julie was on her way back to Ohio, slipping further into a black hole with seemingly no escape. After weeks of intervening by her parents, psychiatrists, and medication, Julie decided to try a different kind of therapy: bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker that changed her life forever.

DOG MEDICINE is as raw and unflinching as it is heartwarming. It follows Julie through her difficult relationship with her brother, unhealthy romantic relationships, and the depression that always simmered just below the surface. Bunker helped Julie feel the safety and comfort that she had been waiting for her entire life. With him by her side, she decided to try again at life and love.

Originally published by Think Piece Publishing in November 2015, Penguin Books is thrilled to be bringing Julie Barton and DOG MEDICINE to more readers.

 

About the Author:
Julie Bartonholds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women's studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.

Julie Barton will be touring to:

 

San Francisco/Pleasanton, CA          Towne Center Books                                               July 19/ 7:00PM

San Francisco/Oakland, CA                          A Great Good Place for Books                                  July 20/ 7:00PM

St. Louis, MO                                      St. Louis County Library                                            July 21/ 7:00PM

Milwaukee, WI                                     Boswell Book Company                                          July 22/ 7:00PM

San Francisco, CA                              Book Passage /Corte Madera                                   July 24/ 4:00PM

La Jolla, CA                                        Warwick’s                                                                   July 25/ 7:30PM

Boulder, CO                                        Boulder Bookstore                                                      July 26/ 7:30PM

Denver, CO                                          Tattered Cover                                                             July 27/ 7:00PM

Santa Cruz, CA                                    Santa Cruz Bookshop                                                  July 28/ 7:00PM

Miami, FL                                            Books & Books                                                           August 1/ 7:00PM

Asheville, NC                                      Malaprop’s                                                                  August 2/ 7:00PM

Duxbury, MA                                      Westwinds Bookshop                                                  August 4/ 7:00PM

New York, NY                                    The Strand                                                                    August 5/7:00PM

 

 

DOG MEDICINE

How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Julie Barton

Paperback | Penguin Books | 978-0-14-313001-7| On sale: July 19, 2016 | $17.00

Also available as an ebook

Please visit author on the web at, https://byjuliebarton.com/; https://www.facebook.com/dogmedicinebook https://twitter.com/juliebarton1111

For more information, please visit http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/

 

Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad.

In Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve (ages 10+, $12.99), readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion.  From Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to be given a rank for his work during WWI, to Spike, who served on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan to dogs who serve closer to home at places like Ground Zero, the Seattle Police Department and in airports across the nation, canine heroes are spotlighted in five different sections that detail the various roles dogs have played throughout the years.

Opening with a forward from Ronald L. Aiello, President of the U.S. War Dogs Association, the book also features text boxes with questions that kids would ask paired with answers from military-dog handlers and each section concludes with information on related topics. 


"The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover......will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives" -- Booklist



Reviews for PAWS OF COURAGE:
Publishers Weekly
This compact, photo-filled book celebrates service dogs of all kinds as Furstinger profiles more than 20 real-life combat, rescue, police, and tracker dogs, among others. Furstinger explains how various breeds’ physical, behavioral, and biological characteristics enable them to excel. Descriptions of the powerful bonds between service dogs and their handlers, as well as happy service dog retirements, contribute to a lively and touching narrative.

Kirkus Review
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage.(Nonfiction. 9-14)

Booklist
The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover. [This book]... addresses a wide range of interests and age levels and will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives.

From the author of Unsaid comes a thrilling story of struggle, redemption, and our devotion to the animals in our lives

JUST LIFE

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.”

Parade magazine

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

ISBN: 978-1-4555-9104-6

Price: $26.00

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’s Dog Training Revolution: Raising the Perfect Pet with Love

By Zak George and Dina Roth Port

Ten Speed Press | On Sale June 7, 2016 | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

$14.99 trade paperback | ISBN: 978-1-60774-891-5 | eISBN: 978-1-60774-892-2

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
ISBN: 9781592337026
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Size: 7 x 9
Published: May 1, 2016
Price: $22.99

ARE WE SMART ENOUGH

TO KNOW

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.”

—Temple Grandin,

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.”

—Carl Safina,

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

ISBN: 978-0-393-24618-6

PUBLICATION DATE: April 25, 2016

PRICE: $27.95 hardcover

PAGES: 352

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

ISBN:10-0757318983

ISBN:13-978075318986

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

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