Doggie Manners Publishing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brilliant(!) New Book on Puppy Socialization Written by Caryl Wolff
The buzzword today in dog training is Puppy Socialization – acquainting puppies to the “real world” before they are 16 weeks old through positive associations. Puppy owners have previously been told to wait until puppy shots were completed before taking them outside – which is equivalent to keeping a child housebound until he is 12 years old! Veterinary behaviorists now emphasize that the more positive exposure a puppy has before vaccines are completed, the more balanced and behaviorally fit the puppy will ultimately be as an adult dog – that first 16 weeks is critical.
With contributions from top dog experts, this book is endorsed by trainers, owners, and veterinarians, this book gives tips to breeders, owners, and rescue groups on how to socialize puppies safely and effectively.
“Puppy Socialization – An Insider’s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness”
Dispels many untruths and myths about socialization Bases its recommendations on scientific evidence Offers hundreds of tips and suggestions for breeders, owners/guardians, rescue groups, and trainers on how to properly socialize puppies
“I wrote this book,” says Wolff, “so more dogs will be behaviorally fit and have good doggie manners as adults so that fewer dogs will be relinquished to shelters for behavior issues, many of which would never even appear if they had been properly socialized as puppies.”
About the Author
Author and dog trainer/behavior consultant Caryl Wolff is the first dog trainer to be certified by five dog trainer organizations. She has written seven books about dog training and behavior. She lives in Los Angeles with her two adopted dogs and a 42-year-old blue-and-gold macaw, which she has had since he was a fledgling – she confirms that he is her longest relationship….
New Book By Dogtology Prophet Asks If You Are Among the Faithful?
Live. Bark. Believe.
By Jeff Lazarus
What if GOD made DOG in his own reflection to give MAN the constant happiness, content feeling, and unconditional love that he really needs on earth? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this is how the “Greatest Story Ever Told” begins when God convinces Dog to help him with “Project Man” for a little task he was working on a couple of weeks AFTER he created earth. DOGTOLOGY: Live. Bark. Believe by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: May 2015; Greenleaf Book Group Press; Pets/Dogs/Humor; Hardcover: $19.95) tells the story of man’s longstanding, fanatical devotion to dog. Dogtology is a belief that recognizes Dog as a genuinely “elevated” being. Just like the author, Dogtologists aren’t just fond of dogs – they laud them and plan their days/nights around the needs and wants of Dog.
A whimsical, satirical celebration of the relationship between dogs and humans patterned after a religious text, Dogtology will resonate with dog lovers from all walks of life and every creed. Each chapter in Dogtology reveals additional proof that humans have a deep need to believe in something more ideal than themselves. With twelve illuminating chapters with titles such as: The Book of Bones, The Book of Barks and The Book of Realizations, the devotees of Dogtology will see themselves illustrated in the same system of rituals, practices and behaviors personified by Dogtologists the world over. Oh My Dog!
Author Jeff Lazarus notes that “Dogtology,” as understood by practicing Dogtologists, can be defined as:
The unconditional, loving belief in Dog as a superior being and, in many ways, Man’s savior
Do you count yourself among the hundreds of thousands of DOG followers? Are you drinking from the dog water bowl? Author Jeff Lazarus asks the reader to be honest with themselves. Are YOU experiencing these symptoms of Dogtology:
- You relentlessly email, Facebook post, Pinterest pin dog photos, dog-toons, dog videos and dog PowerPoint slideshows to everyone on your contact lists on every social media platform regardless of the thundering silence and lack of “likes” you receive in response.
- Your dog groomer knows that the concept of “drop the dog off” does not apply to you, and you are allowed to wait in the staff lounge where you are given status reports every 15 minutes
- You give holiday gifts to and from your dog – and spend more time getting these exactly right than you do your gifts for humans.
- You happily purchase high-priced “gourmet” treats, such as “pupcakes” and “tail mix bars” for your hound while you live on Ramen Noodles to save on costs.
- You understand the sole purpose for which cell-phone cameras were invented: to capture cunning and hilarious shots of dogs behind the steering wheels of cars … wearing sunglasses … and wearing Scottish beanies!
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The veritable shrines humans build to their dogs—in their homes, around their communities, and in the media ---are proof positive that Dogtology is indeed a bone-a-fide belief system that stands proudly alongside all the other great –isms and –ologies of the world. Chew on that!
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About the Author:
Inspired by his BFF, Roamy, Jeff Lazarus bonded with this stray pup who had the cutest face ever – and a personality to match. Olympic athlete, President of the Canine Mensa Society, the James Dean of dogs, and a performer, much like himself. Jeff notes, “he became my confidant, my sidekick. I found I could be truer with him than with anyone else; so I wanted to hang with him day and night. He became my refuge, my sanity, my partner in crime.”
Jeff has an MBA from Pepperdine and a B.A. in speech communication from Cal State. With over twenty years’ experience in sales, marketing, and scientific consulting at Merck & Co. Inc., Lazarus has been inducted into the Merck Hall of Fame and is a five-time winner of the Vice President’s Award. He has taught public speaking and marketing at the university level, performed in various theater groups, played in a rock band, and coached championship youth baseball and soccer teams. Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe. is the first in a series of humorous pet books, with his next title, Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World publishing next year. For more information about his books and other Dogtology-themed products by Jeff Lazarus, please visit his website: www.Dogtology.com
DogTology: Live. Bark. Believe.
$19.95; 192 pages; Humor/Pets/Dogs; illustrated
Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press: May 2015
Talking with Dogs and Cats:
Joining the Conversation to Improve
Behavior and Bond with Your Animals
by Tim Link
Foreword by Victoria Stilwell
New Book Teaches How to Talk and Listen to Your Pet in
Order to Connect and Solve Behavioral Issues
“Communicating with our animals is one of the most important aspects of our human-animal connection, and it can also be the most fun, as demonstrated in this lively, practical book by Tim Link, Talking with Dogs and Cats. You’ll discover ways to solve common pet problems and make interacting with animals more meaningful. The perfect book to enhance our lives with these amazing creatures who share our world.”
—Marty Becker, DVM, America’s Veterinarian and the chief veterinary correspondent for Dogster
“Tim Link is the best friend any dog or cat ever had — providing an insightful, heart-warming guide to teaching us what our pets are truly thinking and feeling. The more you read it, the stronger the connection between you and man’s best friend.”
— Glenn Plaskin, bestselling author of Katie Up and Down the Hall
Animal lovers often wonder what their pet’s meow, bark, tweet, or stare means. Why the incessant meowing after Kitty has been fed, petted, and played with? Why is Fido barking up a storm or digging as if his life depended on it? Pet owners want to know, and Tim Link, an expert animal communicator, teaches readers how to find out. The author was surprised to find himself communicating with the pets of family and friends. Because Link was caught off guard by his own gift, he is adept at helping readers first hone their communication skills, using the spoken and the visual and also learning to “listen”. From there, the book focuses on particular behaviors. Unlike most training methods, Link’s approach respects the personality and feelings of animals. His methods, simple and accessible to all, facilitate the understanding that all animal lovers crave and create a back-and-forth communication that will enhance the lives of both animals and humans.
TIM LINK, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. He often works with animal-rescue organizations and lives in Cumming, Georgia. His website is www.TalkingWithDogsandCats.com
Talking with Dogs and Cats:
Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals
By Tim Link * Foreword by Victoria Stilwell
Animals * Pub Date: June 2, 2015
$14.95 * Trade Paperback/ebook * 240 pages * ISBN: 978-1-60868-322-2
For Immediate Release
“This book should be mandatory reading for all men everywhere.”
—Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Nylon
Men’s fashion is all about choosing essential garments and finding the right fit. But even when navigating these basic rules of dressing, many guys could use a friendly guide to help them out. Enter man’s best-dressed friend. In THE NEW CLASSICS (Artisan Books; April 21, 2015; Hardcover / $16.95), Bodhi, the sharp-dressing Shiba Inu behind the Internet sensation Menswear Dog (@mensweardog), helps men distinguish timeless styles from passing trends and build a personal wardrobe for all occasions.
THE NEW CLASSICS shares the practical style secrets behind the savvy canine’s best looks, teaching men how to dress, how to shop, and how to guarantee a perfect fit for their clothing. Seasonal outfits are built around foundational garments like blazers, jackets, and tailored shirts. In spring, try a floral shirt (p. 25) with a gray suit jacket, tassel loafers, and wayfarer sunglasses. Summer’s warm weather calls for a linen suit with a knit tie, a floral pocket square, and walnut oxfords (p. 57). For fall, layer a cardigan over a flannel shirt, selvedge jeans, and chunky work boots (p. 81). And in winter, it’s time for a fisherman’s sweater (p. 121) with a navy peacoat. Helpful cheat sheets in each section show the essential garments you’ll wear all season long.
The book features a smart mix of designer labels, heritage brands, and budget-conscious choices that will help men to build their wardrobe without breaking the bank. Helpful commentary throughout THE NEW CLASSICS explains the details that make for an enduring wardrobe staple. Learn what makes a Levi’s Original the definitive denim jacket (p. 15), and why a notch lapel is the best bet for your go-to gray suit (p. 79). You’ll also find the wardrobe game plan for all of life’s most important sartorial moments. Learn how to dress correctly for the office (p. 98), ace your outfit at a summer wedding (p. 62), stay cool at the gym (p. 20), and turn it out for your next black-tie event (p. 126). To help readers put this advice into practice, the book is rounded out with an essential guide to sizing, packing, shopping, and clothing care.
THE NEW CLASSICSlays out the 10 commandments for fashion, Bodhi’s “Menswear Dogma.”
- 1.Invest now; save later.
A sturdy peacoat (p. 113) or bomber jacket (p. 133) will last a lifetime.
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- 2.Classics are timeless for a reason.
Check out the enduring panache of a Breton striped shirt (p. 49), a seersucker suit (p. 61), or a leather motorcycle jacket (p. 83).
- 3.Find yourself a good tailor.
That perfect gray suit (p. 79) will never be quite right off the rack, but a great tailor will make this closet staple fit like it was made for you.
- 4.Fit trumps price every time.
So learn the basic points of making sure your dress shirts, suits, T-shirts, and jeans fit where it matters (p. 138). If clothes make the man, fit makes the man look good.
- 5.Take care of your clothes.
What do all of those symbols on your shirt tag even mean (p. 147)? How do you deal with that coffee spill on your pants (p. 149)?
- 6.Clothes should be fitted, never tight.
Even at the gym (p. 20), it’s never okay to rock a skintight look.
- 7.It’s okay to copy your fashion idols.
The book lays out style cheat sheets for cribbing famous looks from Steve McQueen or Harrison Ford (The Globe-Trotter, p. 30), Paul Newman (The Mariner, p. 54), John F. Kennedy (The Ivy Leaguer, p. 86), and Ernest Hemingway (The Outdoorsman, p. 118).
- 8.Learn how to properly tie a tie.
It’s called a “four-in-hand,” and it’s the only knot you’ll ever need (p. 139). And while you’re at it, explore the power of a slim knit tie (p. 101).
- 9.When in doubt, keep it simple.
The white dress shirt (p. 33) is the Swiss army knife of the gentleman’s wardrobe.
- 10.If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t wear it.
From floral prints (p. 25) to bright colors (p. 89), fashion should be fun.
With THE NEW CLASSICS, guys now have their own personal style guru to help them dress their best and stand out from the pack.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Husband-and-wife duo David Fung and Yena Kim, graphic designer and fashion designer/photographer respectively, are the creative force behind Menswear Dog, a one-of-a-kind blog featuring photos of their dog Bodhi, a Shiba Inu, styled in serious menswear. Bodhi has appeared on Anderson Cooper Live, E! News, and The Rachael Ray Show, and in national publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Details, Esquire, GQ, and Time. He has appeared in campaigns for Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Purina, Revlon, and Victorinox Swiss Army, among others.
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A black bear in Colorado Springs steals restaurant Dumpsters specifically to feast on the leftovers. In Cape Town, a baboon breaks into homes, raiding kitchens for human food. A coyote makes itself comfortable in the drink cooler of a downtown Chicago Quizno’s sandwich shop. Shouldn’t these animals be roaming free—in the wild, far away from urban centers? So-called “wild” animals are gravitating toward populated areas—spaces we tend to think of as a realm apart from nature. In reality, cities— possibly the most exciting, most surprising, and least understood ecosystems on the planet—are intertwined with natural environments. And just as shifting from country to city living changed humans, cities may be changing the animals that end up living within their loose confines.
In Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle (Chicago Review Press, April 2015) author Tristan Donovan digs below the urban gloss to uncover the stories of wildlife—from tiny bugs to migratory birds to foreboding cougars—that share our sidewalks, streets, and homes. Donovan’s travels and research with experts in Brooklyn, Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, Mumbai, and elsewhere offer a journalistic look at urban wildlife, introducing curious city dwellers and animal lovers to the wall-eating snails that are invading Miami, the wild boars that roam Berlin and the parrots of Brooklyn. From carpet-hungry bugs in Raleigh to the cockroaches of New York City, the tales in Feral Cities explore streets and homes that are far more alive than we often realize, show how animals are adjusting to urban living, and ask what the wildlife in our metropolises—and our response to it—says about us.
Revealing that urban life isn’t always as bad for animals as you might think, Feral Cities explores how cities are becoming distinct ecological communities and illuminates the mindset of city inhabitants and urban wildlife experts as well as actions of the animals themselves.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks
The Perfect Book for Foodies & Dog Lovers!
Steve Brooks, Celebrity Dog Trainer and founder of SteveBrooksK9U, shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover how to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites as rewards for good behavior!
Steve Brooks (CPDT/KA) is a master of creative, positive, science-based reward training methods with terrific results and has been training dogs for over 20 years using “dog bites” to correctly train thousands of dogs with lasting results.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks uses food as an effective training tool. In this book, you will discover what is safe and unsafe to feed your dog while learning how to modify your favorite meals to share with your pup! While Steve cooks recipes from Organic Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Pup-Tato Fries to Chicken Pup-Pie, he shares what is safe and delicious for canine consumption. He also demonstrates the health benefits and dangers of many human foods.
Discover how to modify K9 behavior with Steve’s Positive Training Tactics
Learn how to use food (and other rewards) to correctly train your dog
Teach your dog to: walk without pulling on the leash, come, stay, tricks…and more!
Reduce fear, food-guarding and aggression issues
Know which foods are safe and unsafe; foods that can heal or harm your dog
Train your dog to take food gently right out of your hand!
Steve Brooks is a world-renowned Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT/KA), a credential granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). He is a Canine Behavioral Expert and professional member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers. He is a licensed presenter of Family Paws Parent Education, Dog & Baby Connection, Dog & Storks, and a proud member of Pet Professional Guild where he promotes force free training
Steve founded SteveBrooksK9U (www.SteveBrooksK9U.com) in Los Angeles in 1999. Since then, he’s been one of LA’s most sought-after dog trainers. Thousands of dogs have graduated from K9U. Steve’s clients include Hollywood celebrities such as: Sheryl Crow, Robert Downey Jr, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lori Alan, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, William Fichtner, Cheryl Tiegs, Dennis Dugan, William Peterson, Rick Rubin, members of the bands Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few, as well as, thousands of everyday dog lovers.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, most online bookstores and at www.SteveBrooksK9U.com
Steve’s talents have garnered him media exposure in both national and international markets. He has appeared regularly as the dog expert on training and safety for Fox News in both San Diego and Los Angeles and NBC news in Palm Springs. In 2009, Steve was featured as the dog training expert in Marley & Me (Blu-Ray DVD). He has appeared in programs such as Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, as well as, appearing on CBS’ “World’s Funniest Pets”,TBS’ “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and the nationally syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. Steve was the trainer of Presley, the rescue Boxer and winner of “The Greatest American Dog.” Many international broadcasters in Japan, Canada and Australia have also profiled Steve and his work as a professional trainer. Steve has been featured on a multitude of radio shows such as Pet World Insider and KPCC 89.3 Public Radio. He is a regular contributor to numerous publications and an ongoing writer for Fido Friendly magazine.
DISCUSSION TOPICS WITH STEVE BROOKS
A Feast For Fido - Sharing Holiday Meals With Your Dog - Creative, safe and healthy meals you can share with your dog during the holidays.
Keeping Your Home Safe For Your Dog - Ways you can ensure your home is safe for the new Christmas puppy. How to avoid dangers that may be lurking in your home that could endanger your dog.
Holistic Help For Your Dog - Natural ways to care for your dog to enhance good health.
No Kibble Needed - Throw together a healthy meal for your dog with ingredients right from your refrigerator.
Feeding Fido On the Go - On the road with no kibble, Steve shares surprising healthy fast food options you can feed your dog.
Holiday Manners For Your Pup - Quick tips to keep your pup "party polite."
PUP-tality! – What you can do NOW to help your dog live a longer life with vitality!
Superfoods For Your Dog – Turn your dog’s diet from good to great with superfoods!
First Aid For Your Dog – Learn how to handle emergencies, such as poisonous foods and choking, with techniques that could save your dog’s life.
Fido Fitness – Exercise tips for your dog at every age!
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY READ—
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLERS A DOG’S PURPOSEand A DOG’S JOURNEY!
W. Bruce Cameron, the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (which hit the USA Today list and spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list with a movie by Dreamworks in the works) and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey, returns with another inspiring novel, THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS (Forge Books Hardcover; $15.99; October 15, 2014). A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey have been absolute success stories with over 326,000 “Likes” on the A Dog’s Purpose Facebook Fan page and countless readers who have fallen in love with their moving stories. THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS is just as heartwarming and thought-provoking.
“Cameron’s latest demonstrates how the unconditional love received from dogs can make all the difference in human lives…A book about dog lovers by an author who understands the canine soul.”
—Kirkus Reviews on The Dogs of Christmas
In THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS, while nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.
Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a vivacious woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter’s “Dogs of Christmas” program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her.
But he’s fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh’s life. He barely has time to sit down, between chasing after adventurous Sophie and brave Oliver, but when he does, his lap is quickly filled by the affectionate Lola. And Rufus and Cody’s strong bond makes Josh wonder about his own relationships with his family.
With Christmas and the adoption date looming, Josh finds himself wondering if he can separate himself from his beloved puppies. At odds with Kerri, Josh isn’t willing to lose her, but doesn’t know how to set things right. Can a surprise litter of Christmas puppies really change one man’s life? THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS is a charming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.
W. Bruce Cameron is an exceptional and talented writer whose passion and dynamic narrative vividly illuminate what’s most important in our world, and his novels resonate with adults and young adults alike. THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS will not only entertain, but will enlighten humans everywhere about what’s most important to dogs: Spreading the word that you can adopt a dog of any breed you desire through animal rescue.
THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS For more information, contact:
By W. Bruce Cameron Karen Lovell / Forge Publicity
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS
“This sweet story is told with humor and a deep understanding of the transformative value of loving a dog. A perfect holiday read!”
—Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas
“W. Bruce Cameron is a champion of the underdog! The Dogs of Christmas is an inspiring, delightful story that deserves a special place under the tree of every canine-lover in your life.”
—Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs
"As warm and bright as Christmas morning. If you don't already have a dog, reading this book will send you right to the shelter to find one to love."
—Iris R. Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR A DOG’S PURPOSE & A DOG’S JOURNEY
“An amazing book.”
—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, on A Dog's Purpose
“I loved the book and I could not put it down.”
—Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation
on A Dog's Purpose
“Once again endearing himself to animal lovers, Cameron explores the concept of canine karma with acute sensitivity and exhibits cunning insight into life from a dog’s perspective.”
—Booklist on A Dog's Journey
“Readers will devour this wonderful story and cry from beginning to end. Sweet and heartfelt, Cameron likely has another bestseller on his hands.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review on A Dog's Journey
If dogs could talk, one phrase they are likely to use is “cheeese.” At least, that’s what you’ll be hearing after pawing through this adorable collection of candid canines called DOGFACE (Viking Studio, October 23rd, 2014, Hardcover & eBook). Like their human counterparts, dogs are expressive, care-free and photogenic. Their smiles, winks, head tilts, ear waves, and even the drooling will brighten even the worst of days.
DOGFACE is a one-of-a-kind collection of photographs that is a must for any dog lover. Author and photographer Barbara O’Brien profiles a wide array of dog breeds in this full-color, one-hundred page collection including a goofy Border Collie, genteel Great Dane, a curious Corgi to name a few. With incredible range of emotion, expression, and of course, cuteness, DOGFACE shows just how human dogs can be, and why they truly are “man’s best friend.”
Barbara O’Brien, a professional photographer and animal trainer, has spent years photographing canine actors, always looking for the perfect shot. She lives on a farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin, with her family, three dogs, eighteen cats, ten rescue Morgan horses, two ponies, seven sheep, thirty-odd chickens, five ducks, and three very naughty goats. To say she is an animal lover is an understatement.
'Catification': New book shows you how to make your feline feel at home without littering a room
In their new book, cat aficionados Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin explain how to please your pet with cat-tastic additions that match the rest of your house.
It’s time to give your house some cat-titude.
And feline superfans Jackson Galaxy, 48, and Kate Benjamin, 43, know just how to transform your pad into a kitty-friendly paradise without wrecking a room’s aesthetic.
Their new book is called “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).”
“We are going to ‘Catify’ the world,” Galaxy told the Daily News of the book, which will be released, claws out, in October. “That is our goal.”
The tattooed rock and roller, who lives in Los Angeles, is the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” program, and he is all about the “cat mojo.”
What makes cats tick, he writes in the book, “is confident ownership of territory and the instinctive feeling of having a job to do in that territory.”
Understanding how your cat sees the world is part one of the “Catification” process.
Meanwhile, Benjamin, the Phoenix-based founder of feline-focused Hauspanther design site, specializes in the other aspect of Catifying your house — pleasing your pet without turning your home into an unsightly array of cat towers and litter boxes.
“The people have to like it. It has to function for the people as well as the cats,” she told The News. “It has to be easy to clean and something you aren't ashamed of.”
As such, the book is filled with do-it-yourself projects, including kitty hammocks, cat patios (“catios”) and catwalks, but each with its own aesthetic. And many of them were submitted by other cat lovers.
As for the felines, Galaxy said they need to “find their mojo based on vertical access.”
This requires you to “set them up for success,” which can be as simple as clearing off your mantle or book case.
You can also rearrange your furniture or think outside the litter box and repurpose something you already own.
The authors say that compromise is key if you don’t want a sour puss on your hands. They compare Catification to being an interior designer with a furry client.
“Anybody can do it, and you can do in a way that doesn't make you look like the crazy cat lady,” Benjamin said.
From “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Car (and You!)”
Arana’s Inside Playground
Submitted by: Nico and Katu of Bogota, Colombia
Materials and Budget
“This was not an expensive project; overall we spent around a hundred dollars. We bought wood from a local store, and the accessories — like screws, wood sealant, shelf brackets, flat braces, rivets and a PVC tube — from a warehouse store.”
“The trick for successful construction is having a clear idea of the design before you start.”
“At first Arana didn’t pay much attention to the playground. It was a strange thing for her, and she wouldn’t go near it, but with a little bit of patience and some food to encourage her, Arana quickly figured out that it was her own special place. Now she uses her playground every single day.”
Galaxy and Benjamin are taking "Catification" on the road and will stop at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Oct. 22.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Teresa J. Rhyne comes the next chapter in discovering how dogs come into our lives for a reason, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.
The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) is the sequel to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling memoir, The Dog Lived (And So Will I).
It begins with another devastating diagnosis for Rhyne’s beloved beagle, Seamus, who successfully fought a malignant tumor just one year before Rhyne herself faced breast cancer.
Rhyne vows to fight again and embarks on some experiments to create a healthier lifestyle for her family. She finds better food for Seamus, and trades cheese and meat for a plant-based diet for herself.
She soon realizes that’s not enough for her…or the animals.
As Rhyne struggles to find her place—somewhere between a hippie in a hemp skirt and a hypocrite in leather high heels—she also has to cope with the threat of Seamus slowly slipping away and whether her own health will follow the same fate.
Enter Daphne and Percival—two dogs from dire circumstances who need help. As Rhyne and her boyfriend Chris say good-bye to Seamus, they soon find themselves rescuing a new generation of beagles (and welcoming not one, but two) into their home.
And this turns out to be the best medicine for everyone.
The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) Teresa J. Rhyne October 7, 2014 ISBN: 9781492603382; $14.99; Trade Paper; Memoir
Teresa J. Rhyne is a work in progress (she knows that now more than ever). For the moment, she is a lawyer, writer, speaker, animal advocate, wine aficionado, and, for always, a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Southern California with Chris—her boyfriend, soul mate, and partner in all things—and their two mischievous beagles. And, yes, she’s still vegan. For more information, visit http://teresarhyne.com/1-2/
Daphne (a.k.a. Doodlebutt) was rescued from a kill shelter in Los Angeles. She was used by a backyard breeder, shot, and left on the streets. She also was diagnosed with cancer and had a mast cell tumor removed shortly after she was adopted.
Daphne is now cancer-free, slim, trim, and bossy as ever (just ask the neighbor dogs or beagle friends Maizy and Chloe). She channels Seamus with her devotion to food and is equally fond of toast.
Percival spent the first 18 months of his life confined to a steel cage—the victim of animal testing in a pharmaceutical lab. He never walked on grass, saw sunshine, or had a treat or a toy, until he was rescued by Beagle Freedom Project.
Percival is a happy, playful, little imp who loves life with a zeal that surprises everyone, given all he’s been through. He loves his squeaks, all people, other dogs, and the occasional treat, but all of that pales in comparison to his obsessive love of Chris.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of print copies of The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) in October 2014 will benefit Beagle Freedom Project.
The very beloved (and diabolically cute) Seamus passed away on March 19, 2013. His story has traveled the world as The Dog Lived (And So Will I) has been translated into six languages. His legacy lives on in helping and humoring others. He touched so many lives and was truly one of a kind. He will never, ever be forgotten.