Happy Howlidays! It has been a hectic holiday season, but I just couldn’t let Christmas pass by without sharing these charming holiday books for dog lovers in your family. I apologize for releasing this list so late, but if you are reading this story for ideas about your own last minute holiday shopping; I have a feeling you will be able to sympathize.
In any case, I love books and I didn’t want to wait until next Christmas to share these gems.
Even if you finished gift shopping months ago, I think you’ll enjoy my last minute holiday books for dog lovers.
Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love by BarkPost™
This is a new book, but it is already a New York Times bestseller. It is the first book from the humans who make BarkBox, the monthly box of goodies that is mailed to your dog.
Dogs and Their People is filled with heartwarming stories, fun photos and remarkable insights about some pretty amazing dogs. Several of the pups are celebrities while others are dogs that have an extraordinary story to tell. I liked reading how BarkBox got started and learning about the people behind the successful company. If you’re a fan of BarkBox you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book. You’ll find this book on Amazon.
Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? by Kristin Leydig Bryant and Dr. Adam Christman DVM
I have written about this book before because of its importance for dogs diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), but I also think it makes a great gift for any dog lover.
The book is designed to help pet parents make informed decisions for a dog with IVDD. It uses humor, easy to understand language and lots of flow charts to guide pet owners.
Dr. Adam Christman is a veterinarian and self-proclaimed “dachsy-holic” who adopted a paralyzed two year-old dachshund named Cosmo. He and co-author Kristin Leydig Bryant decided to share their knowledge of working with IVDD dogs because they understood that hearing your dog might never walk again is terrifying news to pet owners. If you think Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund is too sad to read at the holidays, you will be happily surprised at the playful nature of this book. You can check it out on Amazon.
Miracle Dogs: Adventures On Wheels by Sandy Johnson
If you’ve ever wondered what you would do if your pet became paralyzed, Miracle Dogs Adventures On Wheels will give you plenty of insight. The book is a collection of true stories from real pet parents who gave their dogs and even a goat a second chance after they faced a catastrophic injury or illness that left them partially paralyzed.
Pet parents from around the world share their personal experiences and cultural views of dogs in their country. You’ll meet dogs like WangWang who lived on the streets of China and a Basset Hound named Puddy from Missouri who suffered a ruptured disc. My favorite story was about a disabled goat named Thelma Louise who became a surrogate mother to a baby goat. Miracle Dogs is available at Handicapped Pets.
Here is one more holiday book suggestion for toddlers in your family.
Press Here by Herve Tullet
I found this Best Seller while I was searching for a book for my 18 month-old granddaughter. The interactive book made me laugh out loud! I can’t wait to read it to her.
Press Here takes readers, even tiny ones, on a magical journey. All they have to do is point their finger on the page and follow directions. Toddlers start by pointing to a single yellow dot on the page. Each following page of this surprising book instructs readers to press the dots, shake the pages and tilt the book. Children watch as the dots multiply, change direction and grow in size! This is all especially remarkable because it occurs on the surface of a simple, printed page and with the power of the imagination. Press Here is available on Amazon.
Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and healthy New Year! I appreciate the support readers have given to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog over the past three years. You’ve helped this little blog grow to serve thousands of pet parents with paraplegic animals every month.