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The Healthy Hound Cookbook

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We have had some really great books in for review this month. If you're an animal lover, who is interested in making your own treats for your pets, you won't want to miss this one from Paris Permenter and John Bigley, the very talented husband and wife team behind DogTipper and CatTipper. In case you didn't know, this is one of the most prolific couples out there and The Healthy Hound Cookbook marks their 33rd book in print!

The Healthy Hound Cookbook includes 125 easy-to-make recipes for your pets, including grain-free, Paleo and raw recipes.

So, why make your own treats for your pets? As you well know, the pet food industry is rife with problems - especially when it comes to imported treats from China. Better to have control over your pet treats, and you can't have better quality control than when you make the treats yourself!

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Hit By A Flying Wolf: Book Review

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Those of you who have been with me from the beginning know that the reason I began PetsWeekly is because I had two wolf hybrids and a bunch of half-wild cats, and that our journey together is what brought this site to life. We had to learn how to live with three very distinct species (coyotes/wolves, cats and humans) in the same home. (See Falling Into the Food Chain)

I named my second wolf hybrid, Aquila. It is a roman cognomen, which means “eagle” in Latin and “Spirit” in other languages.  I called her that because the first time we met, she sailed over my head, out of the pickup truck of the woman who dropped her off to me. She was my “flying wolf.”

For this reason, I couldn’t wait to read renowned author Nicole Wilde’s most recent book, “Hit by a Flying Wolf: True Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Real Life with Dogs and Wolves .” When I finally got the chance, I was absolutely smitten with her humorous (and sometimes heartbreaking) stories of her life with wolves.

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Animal Author Interview: Amy Shojai

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Lost and Found
by Amy Shojai
c. 2012,  Cool Gus Publishing, 252 pages
$11.99 paperback / $4.99 ebook

There are many types of books in the world and like me, many authors who once focused on nonfiction are now moving to fantasy and thrillers. It makes for some fascinating reading for animal lovers who cannot bear to be parted from animals even in their reading.

It is with great pleasure that we were able to interview a few of our animal-writers-turned-thriller-writers.We are starting out with Amy Shojai, author of the newest thriller, Lost and Found. This novel explores the role of a service dog named Shadow in protecting an autistic boy after he disappears in a freak blizzard only to fall prey to an evil medical experiment that could potentially impact millions. September Day, an animal behaviorist, must overcome her own demons of a murdered husband and a ruined career, to help save this young boy before its too late.

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A Street Cat Named Bob Shows Friendship Knows No Bounds

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http://english.sina.com/life/p/2012/0313/448575.htmlSometimes we rescue an animal, but most times, it's the animal who rescues us. This is true for our lives and it’s also the theme of the book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life. It’s a theme I can completely relate too. While I have rescued hundreds of animals in my lifetime, I will admit it was done for selfish reasons - they have always offered more to me than I could ever hope to give back to them. I have maybe 100 books on my “to be read” list, and I only just received this book yesterday, yet I finished it in a single sitting today despite it being 267 pages long. The sentiment and connection shared between two beings of different species is what drags you in and keeps you reading. Bob is a street cat who, like many street cats, chose a very specific person to attach  himself to - in this case, a recovering heroin addict and "busker" named James Bowen. For years, he had struggled with addiction, homelessness and isolation. He had once been stoned in Australia by childhood bullies and spent over twenty years feeling disassociated from humanity. Little wonder as everyone knows how the homeless can be often be denigrated. It’s probably from that fear of, "There go I, but for the grace of god."

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Animal Author Interview - Clea Simon

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Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to be a judge in an international writing competition. The books were all related to pets, but I was lucky to pull the fiction writing category and this was my first exposure to Clea Simon's extraordinarily entertaining pet noir series.

For years, I've been a fan of Simon's work and so, when the International Thriller Writer's Association asked me to interview her for an upcoming article in The Big Thrill, I was honored to accept the assignment. (You can read that interview at ITW).

Parrots Prove Deadly: A Pru Marlowe Mystery is the available in stores on April 2, 2013. But, here is an advanced look at what it takes to write a pet mystery. I strongly encourage you to pick up this novel as soon as it hits stores, and if you need something to tie you over in the meantime, check out one of her 17 other books.

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