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Pets by Royal Appointment: The Royal Family and Their Animals
Pets by Royal Appointment
The Royal Family and Their Animals
Hardcover      ISBN: 1849546037

The Royals say they can do without many things, but not their animals. They are suspicious of practically everyone outside their own family, so the only creatures they really trust are not of the human variety. For countless monarchs and their consorts, cats, dogs, horses, even the occasional parrot, have acted as constant, faithful companions, unquestioning allies, and surrogate children for generations. The only time the Queen and Princess Anne have been known to shed tears in public was when one of their favorite horses died. And Her Majesty's corgis, the most disliked creatures at Court, even have their own "royal" cemeteries in all the royal residences and each has its own "mini-palace" immediately outside their mistress's sitting room in Buckingham Palace.

Members of the royal family, from the Queen to her youngest grandchild, are taught to ride almost as soon as they can walk and, even at the age of eighty-six, Her Majesty still rides every weekend at Windsor--and refuses to wear a hard hat. This engrossing book traces the fascination of the royals with their animals--including intimate details of each of the present and early members of the family's favorite pets, with anecdotes relating to each of them and their idiosyncrasies. Pets by Royal Appointment makes essential reading for royal watchers and pet lovers alike.

The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story
The Animal's Companion
People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316466212
A unique and compelling exploration of why humans need animal companions -- from dogs and cats to horses, birds, and reptiles -- through the eyes of a New York Times bestselling historical detective author.

In The Animal's Companion, the acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead turns her keen eye for cultural investigation toward uncovering why humans have such a strong desire to share everyday life with pets. It's a history that can be traced back to a cave in France where anthropologists discovered evidence of a boy and his dog taking a walk together -- 26,000 years ago.

From those preserved foot and paw prints, Jacky Colliss Harvey draws on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence to sweep readers through centuries and across continents to examine how our relationships with our pets have developed, but also stayed very much the same. Through delightful stories of the most famous, endearing, and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history, Colliss Harvey examines the when, the how, and the why of our connection to the animals we take into our lives, and suggests fascinating new insights into one of the most long-standing of all human love affairs.
Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway
Rescue Road
One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway
Paperback      ISBN: 1492614076

"Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful." - Dean Koontz

How far would you go to save a life? This is the extraordinary story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.

For years, Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded van-load of puppies changed his life forever.

Join journalist Peter Zheutlin as he travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the deep South to loving "forever families" up north looking to adopt a pet, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston's impoverished Fifth Ward--where thousands of strays roam the streets--and high-kill animal shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, Rescue Road is full of heart: an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans, and how going the extra mile can make a life-changing difference for these loyal canines-and for us all.

A heartwarming, awe-inspiring story of how one man can impact so many lives, human and puppy alike. Fans of Marley and Me, Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love, and You Had Me At Woof will be inspired and touched by this story.What readers are saying about Rescue Road:

"I stand in awe of those who can do this kind of rescue work, for their persistence, compassion and willingness to get dirty in the service of animals."

"a heartwarming & eye opening journey into the world of dog rescue."

"I highly recommend this book if you are looking to restore your faith in humanity."

"a heart-warming story that reaffirms there are many compassionate people who work tirelessly to save dogs."What reviewers are saying about Rescue Road:

"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero." - Kirkus

"a canine caravan with heart and soul..." - Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)

"Heartwarming doesn't suffice to describe it... restores faith in humanity." - Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

"A tender, inspiring homage..." - Matthew Gilbert, author of Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park

"Inspiring and riveting new book...a must-read..." - The Bark

Track Finder: A Guide to Mammal Tracks of Eastern North America
Track Finder
A Guide to Mammal Tracks of Eastern North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0912550333

Easily Identify the Animal Tracks You Find

Track Finder is a fully updated edition of the pocket guide that sold more than 300,000 copies With this handy, easy-to-use book, you'll be able to identify mammal tracks of eastern North America, from the states that border the Mississippi River all the way over to the Atlantic Ocean. The guide by Dorcas S. Miller includes:

  • Keys to print shapes and track patterns
  • Tips for comparing similar species
  • Discussion of scat and other signs
  • Habitat information
  • Range maps
  • Cherie Hunter Day's beautiful drawings of the animals and their tracks

With a convenient 6" x 4" size, Track Finder fits nicely in your back pocket or backpack, so bring it along on your next outing

States included: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Wildlife of the Galapagos
Wildlife of the Galapagos
Paperback      ISBN: 0691102953

The Gal pagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Gal pagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.


While the Gal pagos Giant Tortoise, the Gal pagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.


There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. Wildlife of the Gal pagos is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin.


  • Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine life

  • Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sites

  • Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area

  • Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands

  • The most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Gal pagos

Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
Marley & Me
Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061238228

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.

But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: North America
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians
North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0394508246
The most comprehensive field guide available to the reptiles and amphibians of North America--a must-have for any enthusiast's day pack or home library--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers.

Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 600 full-color identification photographs organized for quick access, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians is the perfect companion in the field. This compact volume contains:

--Background information on evolution, anatomy, physiology, habitats, and life cycles of a range of reptile and amphibian families.
--A detailed look at how reptiles and amphibians survive-how they eat, move around, defend themselves, and combat temperature extremes.
--Examinations of metamorphosis, growth and longevity, and vocalization techniques.
--Practical advice on how to responsibly study reptiles and amphibians in the wild or care for them as pets.
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
Animals Make Us Human
Creating the Best Life for Animals
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0151014892

The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.
In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life--on their terms, not ours.
It's usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it's how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.
Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.
This is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Peterson First Guide to Fishes of North America
Peterson First Guide to Fishes of North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0395911796

The first books the beginning naturalist needs. Simplified versions of the full-size guides, they make it easy to get started in the field.

Peterson First Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians
Peterson First Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians
Paperback      ISBN: 0395971950

Discusses an assortment of specimens located in North America, and offers advice on catching and caring for them