Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I’m a December baby, so I learned at a young age to make sure my birthday did not get wrapped up with Christmas – that worked well! I still wait to buy the tree until then, and this year I thought I’d downsize the usual ceiling height tree with a spread that requires moving furniture. That isn’t working out so well, but there’s still hope! I may end up with Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, but, in the meantime, I’m sharing a few favorite books that would make great Christmas gifts for dog lovers on your shopping list.
Books – Because they can change your life
- I just spoke with Lucy Postins about holiday recipes and tips for your pets for Animal Cafe (to be published this week), and also about her book, Made Out of Love. If you haven’t got it on your bookshelf next to Julia Child’s and Martha Stewart’s cookbooks, I highly recommend you not only give this as a gift, but get a copy for yourself! A cookbook for dogs and cats, it’s filled with more than 65 delicious sounding, easy-to-follow recipes for meals and treats, and is liberally seasoned with beautiful photographs.
- If you’ve got behavior questions, Steve Dale, Certified Animal Behaviorist, syndicated columnist and broadcaster, has answers! In his two latest books, Good Dog and Good Cat, Steve has sifted through years of readers and listeners questions about their dogs and cats and came up with the most common questions and his answers about behavior. Because Steve has a sense of humor, he also included a section of not so common off-beat questions, like could dogs be seeing ghosts in an old house. It is a wonderful reference book, and if you’d like to hear Steve and I talk about Good Dog, you can do that at Animal Cafe.
- The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs is an anthology from the archives of the New Yorker featuring great writers like James Thurber, Ogden Nash, Susan Orlean, E.B. White, Arthur Miller, John Updike, and Adam Gopnik reflecting on our relationship with dogs. The book is a beautiful collection of writing and visuals including reproductions of 18 New Yorker magazine covers dedicated to dogs, from 1933 to the present. There is something for every dog lover here!
- One of my personal favorites, Bradley Trevor Greive’s why dogs are better than cats is another must-have book and makes a special gift with the a 100 photographs by Rachael Hale. Don’t be fooled — this is not another coffee table book, although it could be if that’s all you are looking for. Greive’s writing is compelling, his effect on the reader immediate. With the witty sometimes hilarious comparison between cats and dogs as the main theme, another layer of the book weaves the history of our connection with dogs through time relating how dogs made the cut as man’s best friend and not parrots or other possible animals. I reviewed the book here if you want more, or simply order it here.
Happy shopping! I’m going back to the drawing board on the tree…missing the scent of pine already…