Saturday, 23 November 2013

My Read List

Hey guys! I am really boring you this week, aren't I? I should really hand over back to Little Miss Me-Me-Me but what can I say? I'm a rule breaker and I'll hog her blog (excuse the rhyme) for one more day and hand over tomorrow. Moving on to the actual topic today, I wanna ask you guys (and pups!) what sorta books you like to read? I love a lot of things and am a big reader but today I'll be sharing the animal shelf of my bookcase. Are you ready? Then let's a go-go!

The whole shelf. I don't know what your standards are and if to you that is a lot or not (to me it's not that much) but I don't own them all (I wish) and most are from the library.

Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. I haven't read it yet but can't wait to. I've heard a lot of positive things about this book from other bloggers, dog owners and trainers; I must say from the first 10 or so pages I read I like it.

The Power of Positive Dog training by Pat Miller. Another dog training book and another recommendation. I've not read this one either (to save me typing it I've not read any of the following books apart from a couple) but the snippets seem good and give me the impression it gives a more hands-on approach to dog training.

Marley and Me by John Grogan. I have done a post about this book in the past (here) so I won't spend time on this one, I'll just say: It's epic!

Here we have 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance (in Polish :) and Brain Games for Dogs by Claire Arrowsmith. I got 101 Dog Trick when holidaying in Poland in 2009-I think- and this is one of the one I have read cover to cover. It was before I got a dog and it inspired me to do stuff with Dina, our current 'Roll in a Blanket' trick comes from here. The other one I've not read (surprise, surprise) but it is along the same lines as 101 Dog Tricks but with a bit less formal way of training. 

When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson. This book I've heard mentioned as a reference in previous books (such as Zoobiquity or Making Animals Happy- both very good and a deserving read) and am gonna see what it is about. Well, in more detail, I already know it is about the emotions of animals.

The Tellington TTouch by Linda Tellington-Jones. I talks about the TTouch and how it works. Methods of applying it and various success stories.

Shy Boy by Monty Roberts and Whispering Back by Adam Goodfellow and Nicole Golding. These two books reflect my second passion: horses. They are both about natural horsemanship and life using the principles of it. Shy Boy is about training a wild mustang out on the range using only natural horsemanship and is written by the leading man in the field; Monty Roberts. The other is about a couple who run a farm that helps horses using natural horsemanship.

Last but not least we have The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff (again in Polish). I've not read this one yet but will be one of the first or second one of this list that I do read. It has the same focus as When Elephants Weep but of course with different content. :)

These are not all the books on my 'Animal Shelf' but they are the ones I think are the most interesting to share with you guys. I have supplied links along the way so do feel free to check out the free preview on The links I have provided are to the USA Amazon as most of you guys are indeed American but all the books are available on UK or whatever Amazon you happen to use. I whole-heartedly encourage you to read them and expand your knowledge of the animal world, not just canine but feline, equine and all other animal as well as there are many thing that we can apply from one species to the next. 

Dina Mom


  1. I'm not generally a big reader of nonfiction books. I tend to gravitate towards fiction, but you have some pretty cool stuff on your list. I've been reading Kate Morton's books lately and just started Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield that I'm enjoying quite a bit!

  2. We have so little time to read unfortunately these days. Hope to find some time over the holidays. Have a serene Sunday and get in some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly