Masson brings the behavior of his animal subjects vividly and enchantingly to life…Truly fascinating.”


Dr. Jane Goodall on The Evolution of Fatherhood




A masterpiece…the most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility that I've yet seen.”


Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, on When Elephants Weep




Masson's rare combination of passionate advocacy and scientific perspicacity makes this book unusually powerful. As a psychoanalyst, he addresses the psychological and emotional barriers that keep people from adopting a compassionate lifestyle - and one so manifestly in their own interest, as well as society's and the planet's.”


  • The Atlantic on The Face on Your Plate






What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil


by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson




Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has delved deep into the unexplored territory of animal emotions, but in his new book he tackles the wildest creature of all – humans. BEASTS: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil (Bloomsbury; March 4, 2014) is an illuminating account of the relationship between humans, animals, and our perception of violence.




A given person might say they fear shark attacks more than his fellow man, but there is a glaring discrepancy with this prevalent misconception: sharks, orcas, big cats, and other fearsome predators are not nearly as aggressive as humans. We are the only species responsible for killing over 200 million of our own members in the last century alone.




Masson has taught us how to explore human emotions through animal behavior – the way dogs love, cats practice independence, and elephants grieve for their lost ones. In BEASTS, Masson examines the difference between the unchecked aggression and predatory behavior that separates humans from animals, and who the real beasts are.




Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep. He lives in New Zealand, but will be traveling to the U.S. at publication.


Animal Planet™ Complete Guide to Dog Grooming

Skills, Techniques, and Instructions for the Home Groomer

From the most respected brand in pet publishing comes the most comprehensive, concise, all-in-one manual on all aspects of grooming a dog at home.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides dog guardians with common-sense advice on coat, ear, eye, nail, and dental care. Award-winning author Eve Adamson and groomer Sandy Roth also show readers how to master a variety of grooming techniques for all coat types, from basic brushing to more complicated clipping patterns and hand-stripping.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming also offers:

  • step-by-step grooming instructions for more than 140 breeds
  • photo galleries illustrating every breed described
  • guidance on dealing with dogs who have special grooming needs
  • bonus material on how to become a professional groomer

Whether novice or experienced, the Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides guardians with the most comprehensive, user-friendly reference at their fingertips.

Eve Adamson is a New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 50 books. She is a contributing editor to Dog Fancy magazine, writes the “Good Grooming” column for AKC Family Dog magazine, and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Eve lives in Iowa City with her family and two dogs.

Sandy Roth owns a grooming shop in State College, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in grooming pet dogs and show prospects.


About Animal Planet

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 97 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

About TFH Publications, Inc. ®

As the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books, as well as the largest and respected producer of premium dog products, TFH Publications, Inc., produces books and learning vehicles for pet owners that ensure the optimum human–companion animal experience: a long, healthy, happy life full of trust and companionship. For more information, visit TFH Publications, Inc. , is a subsidiary of California-based Central Garden & Pet Corporation (Nasdaq: CENT) and includes Nylabone® Products: The Leader In Responsible Animal Care For Over 50 Years®.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: Lawn & Garden: Grass seed including the brands PENNINGTON® and THE REBELS; wild bird feed and the brands PENNINGTON® and KAYTEE®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and Over ‘N Out and; decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Pet categories include: animal health and the brands ADAMS and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON and RZILLA; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH®/NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and Avoderm; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 5,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet, including access to the Company’s SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at


Thirty years ago, Dee Wallace, a gifted young actress from the wilds of Kansas, dropped into Hollywood with hopeful expectations.  Two years later she landed the role of a lifetime and walked onto a soundstage knowing that playing Mary, the smart, funny young mother of Michael, Elliott and Gertie, was going to change her life.  
Born into a loving but impoverished family, Deanna Bowers was the bright, beautiful peacemaker of an alcoholic father and a mother who put aside her own dreams in order to support her husband and maintain a happy, stable home.  Like so many others who will relate to her childhood, Dee grew up under the push-pull pressure of wanting to perform and make her father proud - and happy enough not to drink - and at the same time remaining quiet and sweet so as not to give family anger a reason to surface.  With welcome clarity and honesty and without a trace of self-pity, she writes about these experiences as she was growing up, including her father's tragic suicide, and then shows how, until examined and reconciled, they kept cropping up again and again in her personal and professional life.  Even readers whose early lives were less dramatic and ultimately less tragic will be guided to recognize these same self-destructive patterns, and cheered to know their own bright lights, once uncovered and freed from fear, still burn.
Indeed, even with the unprecedented critical and popular success of “E.T.” and stellar reviews of her performance in it, the next years did not bring the expected acclaim and financial security.  Rather, they brought her the opportunity to leave fear behind as she somehow lived through the loss of her soul-mate, the knowledge of perfect love as she welcomed her long-awaited and only child, and the time to look at the life she had created and the ability to re-connect with her inner light and begin to create something new:  herself.  It wasn't the red carpet life she had expected, but it was so much better.
Wallace has never stopped working in film, television and stage, and has more than 130 films and scores of television roles and series to her credit.  She is currently among a handful of in-demand actresses for guest starring roles in TV drama.  Her irresistible presence on speaking forums and two top internet radio shows have made her a sought-after inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher and healer. 
Dee is a true tour de force, working with every kind of co-star from Cujo to Lassie, as well as countless directors, producers and some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Stephen King and Blake Edwards.  Ms. Wallace became an icon in the role that would define motherhood for a generation, as Mary in Stephen Speilberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial. Her 150 films range from some of the scariest to some of the funniest ever made, including Cujo, The Howling, 10, The Frighteners  and Critters.

She has starred in four television series and more than 400 commercials and is one of Hollywood's most sought-after TV guest stars including appearances in Grey's Anatomy; Cold Case; Without a Trace; Ghost Whisperer; My Name is Earl; Criminal Minds, Saving Grace, Law and Order, and The Office.  A beloved acting coach, she is also an internationally known healer, with two global radio shows and a series of healing seminars.  Her insight into the joy of “conscious creation” was one of the reasons she was led to share her knowing with a larger audience through Bright Light.  
In her recently released third book,  Bright Light (O-Books), she takes readers along on Wallace's emotional, spiritual and professional journey but even as we cheer for her triumphs and grieve for her unbearable losses, she doesn't allow us to sit on the sidelines as merely an audience to her life.  Rather she uses her journey as a metaphor for always expanding the lessons she experienced in her own life to a larger wisdom valuable for all of us.   Her gifted writing is inclusive, reaching out to connect with readers as with unflinching honesty she takes responsibility for the manifestation of pain and disappointments in her life, as well as the creation of love and happiness for its joys and successes.   And she beckons her readers, who almost imperceptibly recognize their own journey, to learn from the spiritual lessons, which are the focus of each chapter.

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With furry viral video stars taking the Internet by storm, it’s no surprise that one of YouTube’s most popular pets is a French-speaking Tuxedo cat. But Henri, le Chat Noir isn’t your typical playful kitten charming viewers with mindless antics and common cuteness. In his own words, Henri is “filled with ennui”—trapped in a seemingly pointless existence and desperate to express his disillusionment.
Filmed in black and white to parody French film noir, Henri feels that his philosophical musings are not meant for idle entertainment. And yet, it seems the world is destined to take pleasure in his suffering. Henri’s videos have been viewed more than 12 million times to date, and his following is growing (almost as much as his disappointment).
Despite his distaste for simpleminded cats and misguided humans, Henri won the Golden Cat Award in 2012 (the top prize at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and continues to be featured in the news, including being named one of Huffington Post’s Most Influential Cats of 2012. But, Henri wonders, what good is “influence” if one fails to be understood?
At first, Henri had been undeterred by these distractions, pondering instead life’s larger questions. “Ultimately, our lives are spent diverting ourselves with one meaningless task after another. And yet, the great mysteries of the universe remain undiscovered,” he says. “So, does it really matter if I peed on the counter?”
Such universal truths must be considered. But how can Henri address the narrowness of human understanding when his intellectual property is being compromised? His videos are widely credited as the mastermind work of William Braden (“the thieving Filmmaker”), a former student of the Seattle Film Institute who captured Henri’s malaise on film and has been living off his popularity ever since.
It’s time to set the record straight! Henri’s book offers his first uninterrupted, completely unedited commentary, which he hopes will provide new insight—or at least something for the coffee table that will make people look smart.
Henri, le Chat Noir shares the disenchanted house cat’s cynical, profoundly hilarious perspective alongside 45 artful photos and delightfully doleful quotes from the world’s first philosophical feline. Finally, the eye-opening truth is at hand for anyone who is willing to scratch well beyond the surface.
Publication Date: MAY 2013
WILLIAM BRADEN holds a degree in creative writing and attended the Seattle Film Institute. He is a professional videographer, but now supports himself fully with Henri-related ventures. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is available for interviews.
Henri, le Chat Noir
The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat
$12.99 hardcover, 96 pages, 7 x 5 inches
45 black-and-white photos
ISBN: 978-1-60774-510-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60774-511-2
TEN SPEED PRESS | Crown Publishing Group
As a kitten, I was
filled with boundless
wonder and an endless
need to know more
about the world.

I soon discovered the true nature of our existence, and saw it for the cruel and arbitrary prison it is. Also, I grew into my ears.

Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013.
There are 17 days left in the year.

He’d Always Wanted this Pet and that Pet, and…

Peterson Amy Cover

Humorous memoir chronicles one household’s unpredictable cornucopia of creatures and offers indispensable advice on raising, spoiling, and loving them
For certain individuals in the world, having their own personal menagerie to spoil and love constitutes paradise. Amy L. Peterson’s biologist husband is one of those people.
In her engaging new memoir Something Furry Underfoot, Peterson tells how, upon marrying her husband Mark, she unwittingly opened the door and ultimately her heart to the unpredictable cacophany of creatures that Mark had "always wanted."
Take the African pygmy hedgehog, for example. Charmed by the prickly creature, Peterson, a softy at heart, wanted it to have a pal so it wouldn’t get lonely. Along came Louie, who upon escaping from his cage for flings with Sonic, presented the stunned Petersons with several unplanned litters of baby hedgehogs.
Four mischievous ferrets came next. These were soon joined by a variety of mice, gerbils, and hamsters. A white frou-frou puppy named Dusty and then another beloved pup, Little Dipper, followed. Somewhere along the way, the Petersons also acquired a duck, frogs, fish, rabbits, kittens, birds, and sundry other creatures.
Besides chronicling the ups and downs of caring for all these animals, Something Furry Underfoot also contains fifty sage tips for pet owners, making the book more than just an entertaining read; it’s also a how-to book full of helpful advice learned the hard way.
Tips include the following gems: Tip #9: Breeding pets to make money doesn’t always work out so well. Tip #14: A devilish ferret may not look devilish upon first inspection. Tip #28: It is important (although not easy) to know a boy gerbil from a girl gerbil.
Peterson comments, "When I started writing this book, I set out to document the variety of pets my husband brought into my life and how unique each was: each hamster in a litter of hamsters has a different personality; even two mynah birds that look identical have different personalities. As I wrote, I realized that not only was each and every pet different, they all had different needs and wants. That led me to the book's overall message: that every pet has a story, and our role as owners is to make that story as good as possible."
In telling the stories of her pets, Peterson tells her own, revealing how her heart has expanded and her marriage has endured the countless surprises, challenges, and expenses presented by the endless stream of furred and feathered creatures that first entered and then altered her life.
The only question is, what’s next?
"Want to know what it’s like living with a houseful of pets while still holding onto your sanity? Then you’ve got to read Something Furry Underfoot, Amy Peterson’s warm and funny book about her experiences coping with and caring for all manner of animals. Not only will you get a lot of laughs but you’ll also pick up some valuable tips about co-existing with your own critters!"Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks, Kitty Cornered, and Fowl Weather
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Something Furry Underfoot will be donated to animal rescue organizations. visit
Author: When Amy married Mark in 1994, she became a stepmother to four children ages three, five, thirteen, and fifteen. Unable to find uplifting self-help books about step-parenting, Amy documented her own humorous and stressful experience in From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds. Their kids now grown, Amy works for the state of Michigan and lives with Mark and numerous critters. When not working or caring for animals, Amy tends to get in trouble while traveling, the details of which may be the basis for her next book.


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39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:

Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers

By Dr. Judith Samson-French

A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers




Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.

But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?

In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.

Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.

A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:

· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters

· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog

· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving

· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting

· And many, many more!

“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”

About the Author:

A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.

She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.

In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is currently available via the DWNN website, Amazon and in select chain and independent brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout North America.

Find Dogs With No Names on Facebook and YouTube.


When the Horses Whisper
The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings

Rosalyn W. Berne

Rosalyn Berne has always known that she was different from most people. Even as a child she was aware of things that others could not see or hear, experiencing the life force around her. But her special ability with horses was something that she would not fully recognize until she was an adult. Returning to Costa Rica―a once–visited sanctuary—she sought solace from the world and hoped to begin healing from a painful divorce and the subsequent breakdown of her family. Drawn to the horses that are part of the working farm-resort that was her retreat, she suddenly and unexpectedly received a gift―the ability to communicate with them. And what they said changed her life.


When the Horses Whisper shows the true power of horses. Once they realized that Rosalyn was able to ‘hear’ them they opened up completely, showing her a world of strength, beauty and, most importantly, love. She begins to realize how strong the bond is between horse and human and how anyone can communicate with them on a deeper level. She also learns how they can help humans to heal from loss and pain as she begins to recover from her own grief, including the loss of a child, a traumatic childhood encounter, and the end of her marriage.


As the story of each horse is revealed the author understands that they are telling her more than their own stories, they are teaching and helping her to rediscover her whole self, reminding her that she is part of a much larger universe. Proud and resourceful, the horses remind us all that creation is around us and within us at all times. In helping us to recover the pieces of ourselves that have been lost along our way, the horse’s teaching allows us to reconnect with our soul selves.


As the author continues to return to Costa Rica she is always met by old friends and introduced to new ones. Their stories are accompanied by photographs taken by the author’s daughter that illustrate the grace and spirit of each, beautifully recognizing the unique character of each horse. Filled with insight and hope When the Horses Whisper is an engrossing look into the heart of a horse and how the horse-human bond can change us all.

Rainbow Ridge Books • 2013 • ISBN 978-1-937907-16-7 • Trade Paper • $17.95



Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D



Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D. explores the intersecting realms between emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and between the human and non-human worlds. As a university professor she writes and teaches about engineering and technology in society and the ethical implications of technological development, often using science fiction material in her classes. In her personal life she continues to discover the transformational nature of human-equine relationships, and offers facilitation and translation services for enhancing communication between horses and their owners. She is author of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (Erlbaum Press, 2005) and the novel, Waiting in the Silence (Spore Press, 2012). To Recreate Life from Life, Biotechnology and Science Fiction brings the non-fictional writing of research scientists together with Berne’s science fiction short stories (forthcoming from Pan Stanford Press).

A properly trained parrot is a wonderful pet—and a poorly trained parrot can be a feathered monster. This book gives parrot parents the tools to help ensure that their birds become social, tame, and fun companions.  Advocating only positive, humane methods, the author guides the reader through the basics of training—including terminology and various techniques—and progresses to more advanced tasks, such as trick training, training a flighted parrot, and training a parrot to talk. Using the methods in this book, readers can prevent the development of most problem behaviors before they start and solve those that do. The author addresses many more topics bird parents will find useful, including behavioral enrichment and training a parrot to tolerate—or even participate in—nail trimming, wing clipping, wearing a harness, and riding in a carrier. The Perfectly Trained Parrot is a comprehensive resource for forging a strong and loving bond with a well-behaved parrot.

About the Author:

Rebecca K. O’Connor has trained birds professionally at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Healesville Sanctuary in Australia, and many other facilities. She has been a falconer for more than a decade and has experience working with a wide variety of animals. Rebecca is the author of the best-selling book, A Parrot for Life, a frequent contributor to national parrot magazines, and a popular blogger at her website She shares her California home with three parrots, a peregrine falcon, and a Brittany.

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and a dog’s innate sense of loyalty and companionship has generated countless stories of unconditional love between owner and pet. In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; Nov 5) this relationship is explored through charming photographs, short essays and poems. A tribute to these elder animals, BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS also explores the current state of care and custody of senior dogs (primarily in America, but in other countries as well) serving as a call to action to people everywhere.

Garry Gross was always a dog lover and after he retired from the world of fashion photography, he established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families. Ten years after establishing the business, Garry decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs. While he showcased the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, older and senior dogs fascinated him the most.

BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS is a compilation of 44 stunning color Garry Gross photos that are accompanied by uplifting, humorous and touching articles by a range of writers including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day, Marlo Thomas and more. At the end, there is also a practical resource guide about caring for senior dogs to activate and inspire readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DAVID TABATSKY is a writer, editor, teacher and performing artist. He is the also the founder of Write for Life, dedicated to presenting writing and communication workshops in cancer centers around the country for patients, caregivers and medical staff. He teaches writing at The Cooper Union and circus arts and theatre in New York City public schools.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Gary Gross began his career as a commercial photographer studying with master photographers Lisette Model and Richard Avedon. His fashion and beauty photography has been featured in numerous fashion magazines and his work has appeared on the covers of GQ, Cosmopolitan, and New York magazine. Over the course of his long career, Gross photographed countless celebrities, including Calvin Klein, Gloria Steinem, Whitney Houston, and Lou Reed. Gross’s last project was a series of large-scale portraits of senior dogs, part of his active support for charities that benefited elder dogs. He died in New York City’s Greenwich Village on November 30, 2010.

St. Martin’s Press / Hardcover / $17.99 / On Sale November 5, 2013


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