A Pet for Petunia written and illustrated by Paul Schmid is aimed at ages 3 to 7. Petunia knows she can take care of a pet, but what happens when the pet she most desires is a skunk?
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Stephen Michael King for ages 4 to 8. Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a...branch. But Branch isn't exactly the pet of her dreams, and neither are Twig, Mr. Round (a car tire), or her baby brother Milo.
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Bob Shea. Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion.
Melvin and the Boy written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he's found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, it's always bath time there!
Watching our dear pets age is bittersweet. Life with them has become comfortable -- we understand each other. All parties cherish the loving companionship. But getting older brings problems--arthritis makes our walks together shorter and more laborious, vision problems make strange situations more threatening, vet bills add up.
Unfortunately many of the physical changes in aging pets go undetected by the average owner. Most pets decline quite quickly, seemingly almost overnight, making it hard for the owner to assimilate the change.
The result is that animals and owners often end up in combat as the owner feels their once agreeable dog is now challenging them.
The book also divulges Sue's successful training techniques, while she shares her fascinating stories of working with both human and animal stars, like Mooni, Gidget's Chihuahua roommate and the eventual star of Legally Blonde.
Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Here at Super Cool Pets, we work from a home office and therefore get to spend the day with our pets, who like us more than most people, anyway. We think there should be more of it. Sure, you have to get up every now and then to let them out to bark at whoever has the temerity to walk by their house, but it's a good excuse for a break. So if your employer is game, and that is a crucial "if", here are some tips:
Seems like we are not alone in supporting dog-friendly workplaces. Dog trainer Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing, chief economist for The Humane Society of the US, have written Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, explaining how to create a business environment where employees' dogs are welcome. The benefits are improved employee morale, staff retention, and increased human-animal bonding.
Parents and grandparents--here's a cute new book for storytime. The question in Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match by Kimberly Marcus and Mike Lester is how can something so tiny as a flea cause so much consternation? The book has lots of fun language and sound effects with zany, action-packed illustrations the younger set (and you) will love.
The author makes a case for altering our understanding of dogs in order to interact with them simply as dogs, unique unto themselves, so we can improve out lives together moving forward. The book examines our approach to domestication and breeding, along with our misconceptions and consequent stereotyping of dog behavior that have directly affected dogs' well-being.
You may be familiar with Ree Drummond, a bright and hilarious city gal turned country wife who runs an award-winning website and blog, the super popular The Pioneer Woman. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, along with her husband "Marlboro Man", her four adorable children, two basset hounds, at least one cat and other assorted animals.
She often treats her readers to hilarious stories about her beloved bassett hound named Charlie. If you love dogs you will love Charlie. Meet him in her new children's picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog. Below is an example of the book's charming illustrations.