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The Grace of Dogs

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The Grace of Dogs - Andrew Root, Ph.D. Summary

In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual." Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.

Stringbean and the Grace of Dog

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Stringbean and the Grace of Dog - Geneva Zane Summary

Little Stringbean, coming of age in a strange yet strangely familiar small town. Grown from a seed and raised as a miracle by a warm but distant religious cult leader and his reclusive and deeply depressed widowed companion, Stringbean struggles with the challenges created by her outsider upbringing. In a series of delicately compelling vignettes Stringbean and the Grace of Dog vividly brings into focus the heartbreaking vulnerability of a childhood played out on the dusty stage of a ruptured world.

But by the Grace of Dog

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But by the Grace of Dog - A.F. Henley Summary

Thom Baron has been struggling with social anxiety his entire life. He's taken the medications, gone to the therapists, followed the programs, and concluded his best life is a solitary one. When he comes across a dog in obvious need at his local market, it rekindles the desire to have some company around. It may come with a dishevelled coat, a notched ear, and a refusal to respond to anything but its given name "Ugly," but it could still be a friend. However, Thom's new fur buddy has no such need to keep to itself and immediately befriends the man Thom has secretly coveted since he moved in -- Justin, Thom's gorgeous, bright-eyed neighbour. No matter how Thom tries to evade the man, the dog keeps drawing them back into each other's lives, and it doesn't take Thom long to recognize it's simply pursuing the demands of Thom's own heart. With the dog giving him the courage to try, Thom reaches out to return the love being offered. Until a stranger shows up insisting the dog is his and demanding its immediate return ... a loss Thom knows will take all of his efforts and newfound confidence with it.

The Social Lives of Dogs

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The Social Lives of Dogs - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Summary

Explores how dogs adapt to life with their human owners, contributing to a comfortable environment by making adjustments, accomodating to newcomers, and forming alliances within the household's various subgroups. Reprint.

Stay

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Stay - Dave Burchett Summary

Amazing (Furry) Lessons from a Dog’s Life You’ll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park. Hannah was Dave’s best friend. He couldn’t imagine starting a day without her tail wagging an energetic greeting, her body wiggling with sheer gratitude when her food dish was filled, and her unbridled enthusiasm for tennis balls. (How she fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once he’ll never know.) So when Dave first learned of Hannah’s cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. The lessons were invaluable: from being present to trusting the master. When Hannah lived well past the expected time frame, Dave started to see that the insights he was gaining were more than just journal entries about a family pet. Through Hannah’s antics, God was preparing Dave for life itself. You won’t want to miss this heartwarming tale of a dog who knew how to live . . . and showed her owner how.

Plenty in Life Is Free

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Plenty in Life Is Free - Kathy Sdao Summary

In this new book, renowned dog trainer Kathy Sdao reveals how her journey through life and her decades of experience training marine mammals and dogs led her to reject a number of sacred cows including the leadership model of dog training.

The Year of the Dog

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The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin Summary

A special edition of a modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin, and young readers will be sure to love and treasure it for years to come. This special edition of the modern classic features over 15 pages of new content, including deleted stories, a Q&A with the author and editor, photos from the author's childhood, and more!

The Grace of Guilt

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The Grace of Guilt - Gareth Young Summary

When fifteen-year-old Jessica Jackson's crush on her pastor's son leads to rape, she finds herself pregnant and rejected by her family and church. When Simon Cassell's homosexual relationship is discovered, he is beaten by his father and ostracized by the community. Middle-aged Dwight Cook is struggling with the failure of his business, estrangement from his family, and uncontrollable lust for a female employee. Jessica, Simon, and Dwight's struggles intensify when a lynching brings the FBI to their rural North Carolina town and both church and family members are implicated.

An Unexpected Grace

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An Unexpected Grace - Kristin von Kreisler Summary

From bestselling author Kristin von Kreisler comes a poignant, uplifting novel of one woman's journey to healing, and the surprising soul mate that helps guide her there. Lila Elliot knows she's lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded. Lila's injuries will heal in time. Yet though she gratefully retreats to her best friend's house to recuperate, Lila can't quite move past her fear and anger. Being drafted into caring for Grace--a shaggy, formerly abused golden retriever--only adds to her stress. Lila has been terrified of dogs since childhood. But Grace, like Lila, needs time and space to recover. Grace keeps her distance, sensing Lila's wariness, and only perks up for Adam, the neighbor who rescued her. Though struggling to make sense of her recent tragedy, Lila, an accomplished artist, begins to see beauty in Grace's wisps of fur and haunted eyes. As Adam points out, Grace, too, has suffered through no fault of her own. And in helping Grace to trust, Lila is being gently nudged toward the courage she needs to do the same. Rich in warmth and humor, An Unexpected Grace is a story of compassion and connection, and of finding that what truly makes us whole again may be the love we give away. Includes Reading Group Guide

The Hidden Life of Dogs

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The Hidden Life of Dogs - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Summary

“A fascinating glimpse into the canine world, possibly deeper and more accurate than any we have had until now” (The New York Times Book Review). Long before the Dog Whisperer, anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas revealed to readers the nature of pack dynamics, leading to a completely new understanding of dogs, their personalities, and their desires. Based on thirty years of living with and observing dogs, The Hidden Life of Dogs asks one question: What do dogs want? To find out, we must meet the pack. First there is Misha, a husky Thomas followed on her daily rounds of more than 130 square miles. Then there is Maria, who adored Misha, bore his puppies, and clearly mourned when he moved away; the brave pug Bingo and his little wife, Violet; the dingo Viva; and other colorful characters. In observing them, Thomas learned that what dogs want most of all is other dogs. Informative and captivating, The Hidden Life of Dogs will give every canine owner and canine lover great insight into dog behavior. “A wonderful book . . . Too bad dogs can’t read. They’d be fascinated. Dog people will be too.” —USA Today

Puppy Styled: Japanese Dog Grooming: Before & After

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Puppy Styled: Japanese Dog Grooming: Before & After - Grace Chon Summary

Doggie makeovers that will make you smile Japanese dog grooming does not follow the rules of traditional, breed- standard grooming. In fact, it only has one mission—to make dogs look as adorable as possible! With extreme attention to detail and careful consideration of a pup’s best attributes, Japanese dog groomers and salons achieve the perfect transformation by forgetting uniform looks and getting creative. From internationally acclaimed pet photographer and author of Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons comes this adorable book, which showcases the transformation of dogs going from cute to cutest. Originally a viral photo series called “Hairy,” Grace Chon’s work perfectly captures the whimsy and glamour of freshly groomed furry friends. With nearly 50 before- and- afters, Chon proves that Japanese dog grooming is not just a haircut, but a work of art.

Dog Sense

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Dog Sense - John Bradshaw Summary

Dogs have been mankind's faithful companions for tens of thousands of years, yet today they are regularly treated as either pack-following wolves or furry humans. The truth is, dogs are neither--and our misunderstanding has put them in serious crisis. What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs. Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with--not just dominion over-- their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.

On God and Dogs

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On God and Dogs - Stephen H. Webb Summary

Many of us keep pet animals; we rely on them for companionship and unconditional love. For some people their closest relationships may be with their pets. In the wake of the animal rights movement, some ethicists have started to re-examine this relationship, and to question the rights of humans to "own" other sentient beings in this way. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Stephen Webb brings a Christian perspective to bear on the subject of our responsibility to animals, looked at through the lens of our relations with pets--especially dogs. Webb argues that the emotional bond with companion animals should play a central role in the way we think about animals in general, and--against the more extreme animal liberationists--defends the intermingling of the human and animal worlds. He tries to imagine what it would be like to treat animals as a gift from God, and indeed argues that not only are animals a gift for us, but they give to us; we need to attend to their giving and return their gifts appropriately. Throughout the book he insists that what Christians call grace is present in our relations with animals just as it is with other humans. Grace is the inclusive and expansive power of God's love to create and sustain relationships of real mutuality and reciprocity, and Webb unfolds the implications of the recognition that animals too participate in God's abundant grace. Webb's thesis affirms and persuasively defends many of the things that pet lovers feel instinctively--that their relationships with their companion animals are meaningful and important, and that their pets have value and worth in themselves in the eyes of God. His book will appeal to a broad audience of thoughtful Christians and animal lovers.

Death and a Dog (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 2)

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Death and a Dog (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 2) - Fiona Grace Summary

"Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!" --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor) DEATH AND A DOG (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 2) is book two in a charming new cozy mystery series by Fiona Grace. Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, has made a drastic change: she has walked away from the fast life of New York City and settled down in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire. Spring is in the air. With last month’s murder mystery behind her, a new best friend in her English shepherd, and a budding relationship with the chef across the street, it seems like everything’s finally settling into place. Lacey is so excited for her first major auction, especially when a valuable, mystery artifact enters her catalogue. All seems to go without a hitch, until two mysterious bidders arrive from out of town—and one of them winds up dead. With the small village plunged into chaos, and with the reputation of her business at stake, can Lacey and her trusty dog partner solve the crime and restore her name? Book #3 in the series—CRIME IN THE CAFE—is also available!

By the Grace of God

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By the Grace of God - Gary Bunt Summary

By the Grace of God features paintings, sketches and sculptures by Gary Bunt. His artwork is inspired by the Christian narrative and numerous Bible stories; the teachings of Christ feature as the subject for his art. Bunt's collection includes: The Temptation of Adam, The Ten Commandments, The Nativity, The Ark and The Feeding of the Four Thousand. This collection of paintings was born from contemplative experience and each piece of artwork is accompanied by a short poem written on the back of each canvas."Gary brings humour into the sanctuary he digs it into the footings of fidelity, of reverence and light and shade revealing what binds us and in doing so what sets us free. These are not straightforward pieces of work, it is not possible to place a man underneath a sunflower unless you have stood there yourself." Peter Owen Jones

Just Grace Walks the Dog

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Just Grace Walks the Dog - N.A Summary

Eight-year-old Just Grace and her best friend Mimi embark on a campaign to convince Grace's parents that they are responsible and dependable enough to get a dog. 25,000 first printing.

Blazing Guns, Wild Horses, & the Grace of God

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Blazing Guns, Wild Horses, & the Grace of God - Dana Maria Hill Summary

This is the story of one man's amazing journey, his destination and the intervention of an almighty God. The tragic event of May 17, 1951 would change the lives of many families forever. Numerous newspaper articles have been written about that night and what took place but this story is different from anything that was ever printed. This is the event as it happened through the eyes of a 16 year old boy watching as his father was gunned down and died in front of him. James Kilpatrick escaped the hand of death as he dodged bullets standing strong and brave to protect his family. The enemy sought to destroy him but God sent angels to camp around him and protect him. That night began a long, hard journey to places unknown and dangers unseen. Come walk with me through these pages as we pull back the curtain and view the life and testimony of James David Kilpatrick. (Some names have been withheld to protect the innocent victims and their families.)

Yoga Dogs

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Yoga Dogs - Dan Borris Summary

Learn how to sit, stay, and roll over with this fully illustrated, “delightful” guide to yoga starring man’s best friend (Shutterbug magazine). Inspired by a friend’s mastiff who would imitate his master’s morning yoga routine, photographer Dan Borris created Yoga Dogs, a full-color collection of forty-five different dogs and puppies doing human yoga poses. Don’t worry: No animals were harmed during the making of these images; their extreme flexibility is the result of clever digital trickery. The curious, humorous, and distinctly original pictures are paired with useful information about the poses, as well as some funny canine meditations. “A fresh and highly entertaining visual treat,” Yoga Dogs is perfect for any yogi of the two or four-legged variety (Shutterbug magazine).

Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons

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Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons - Grace Chon,Melanie Monteiro Summary

To be "waggish" is to be playful and mischievous—the very definition of these adorable dogs and the things they (might) think about us There's no mistaking a happy dog. The wagging tail, the eager eyes, the smile that's impossible to fake. A happy dog radiates pure joy. Yet the mystery remains: What's really going on behind those waggish grins? Are our dogs laughing with us? At us? Are they operating at a higher stage of enlightenment . . . or just buttering us up before we discover the tiny, torn remnants of burrito wrapper suspiciously dotting the hallway? In Waggish, the infinite expressions of happy dogs are captured in an amazing series of photographs by renowned animal photographer Grace Chon, whose images have made her the go-to pet photographer of Hollywood’s top celebrities. As for what these dogs are really thinking, writer Melanie Monteiro expertly channels their innermost thoughts, pairing each photo with a caption such as, “If loving tennis balls is wrong, I don’t want to be right” and “You know, we’ll both get outside a lot quicker if you just forget the pants.” Waggish is the perfect gift for every dog lover.

Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

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Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know - Stanley Coren Summary

Using a question and answer format, a psychology professor and dog researcher unravels mysteries about the social and emotional lives of dogs, including whether or not they recognize themselves in a mirror and if they are smarter than cats. 15,000 first printing.

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