Con­nie’s Book Club

Curl up with a good dog and a good book

Modern Dog - - CONTENTS - ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF CON­NIE WIL­SON’S SE­LEC­TION OF THIS SPRING'S MUST-READS.

Curl up with a good dog and a good book—Ed­i­tor-in­Chief Con­nie Wil­son’s se­lec­tion of this spring’s mus­treads.

Strong­heart: Won­der Dog of the Sil­ver Screen By Can­dace Flem­ing; Il­lus­trated by Eric Rohmann

This won­der­fully charm­ing il­lus­trated mid­dle-grade novel will find fans of all ages. Strong­heart tells the en­tirely win­ning and won­der-filled tale of Etzel the Ger­man Shep­herd. Born on a farm be­tween the city and the Bavar­ian Alps, Etzel thinks he is des­tined to be­come a po­lice dog, fight­ing crim­i­nals on the streets of Ber­lin. But when a Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor meets the shep­herd, Etzel is rec­og­nized for what he truly is… a star! Etzel en­ters a life in “the pic­tures,” star­ring in silent movies un­der the name of Strong­heart. Red car­pets and fame fol­low, and Strong­heart soon sees his name in lights. But when he is wrongly ac­cused of a hor­ri­ble crime, the pup must use his act­ing chops to get out of trou­ble. Fans of Hol­ly­wood and the sil­ver screen will love this his­tor­i­cal-fic­tion story of a dog that be­came a 1920’s celebrity.

As A Dog Thin­keth: Daily Words of Wis­dom for Dog Peo­ple By Monique An­stee

Some­times we over­think things. At least that’s the opin­ion of pro­fes­sional dog trainer Monique An­stee, who be­lieves that peo­ple are over­com­pli­cat­ing their ap­proach to dog train­ing. Thank­fully, her ex­cel­lent book, As

a Dog Thin­keth: Daily Words of Wis­dom for Dog Peo­ple, brings train­ing back to what it should be: smart, sim­ple, and ef­fec­tive. Chock-full of clever daily philoso­phies, An­stee’s no-non­sense ap­proach and great sense of hu­mour are what’s been miss­ing from many train­ing guides. Her ad­vice is hon­est and re­fresh­ing, and after work­ing 25 years in the dog train­ing busi­ness, her wis­dom is com­pletely sound, of­fer­ing a won­der­ful per­spec­tive on how to nur­ture and de­velop your re­la­tion­ship with your best furry friend. A mus­tread for dog peo­ple!

The Friend By Si­grid Nunez

This poignant, buzzed-about novel is a beau­ti­ful ex­plo­ration of grief and the ways in which we come to heal­ing through the reme­dies of love and friend­ship. When a bro­ken-hearted writer ex­pe­ri­ences the death of a close friend and men­tor, she learns that she is not the only one left be­hind—her men­tor’s huge Great Dane, who also strug­gles to ad­just to a life with­out his beloved com­pan­ion, has been left to her care. Through their mu­tual sor­row, the writer and Great Dane form a bond, one that tran­scends their mourn­ing and helps them over­come their sad­ness and trauma. Mov­ing, pas­sion­ate, and sure to bring you to tears, this emo­tional story is exquisitely told and is bound to stay with you long after the last page is turned.

from Strong­heart: Won­der Dog of the Sil­ver Screen

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