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Love Has No Age Limit
Patricia B. McConnell, PhD

“Voted “Best Soft-Cover Guide of 2011” by the Dog Writer’s Association of America, this book tells you everything you need to know about welcoming an adolescent or adult dog into your family. We all know that older dogs present their own special joys and challenges; let this easy-to-read book turn your “new dog” into your “best dog ever!” By reading Love Has No Age Limit you will:
  • Understand how to let time and patience establish a new relationship
  • Know what to expect from your dog at 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months
  • Know how to avoid overwhelming a new dog
  • Use positive training methods to get started on the right paw
  • Understand the difference between minor behavioral problems and more serious ones

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Ted Kerasote

“Humorous, jubilant and touching by turns, this story of the relationship between man and dog is informed by the author's grasp of animal research and his attachment to Merle, a stray dog he adopted.  A Labrador mix, Merle first appeared while the author was on a camping trip.  Kerasote (Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age), an award-winning nature writer, decided to take his canine friend home to rural Wyoming.  This chronicle of their 13 years together is interspersed with studies by animal behaviorists that strengthened Kerasote's desire to see Merle as a responsible individual rather than a submissive pet.  Merle set his own eating schedule (though not without early mishap), refused to hunt birds (although not elks) and, according to the author, possessed a range of emotions and sentiments similar to those of humans.  Kerasote tends to anthropomorphize Merle's every look and movement, but this narrative is entertaining and Kerasote's strong love for Merle and enthusiasm for life in the wild will win over many readers.  Kerasote's joyous relationship with Merle is balanced by a bittersweet account of a close relationship the author had with Alison, a neighbor and fellow dog owner. Kerasote's last weeks with the dying Merle are beautifully rendered.”   Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

I fell in love with Merle and you will, too.  A beloved favorite.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Alexandra Horowitz

“Over eight years of study, psychology professor, ethologist and dog person Horowitz found that, though humans bond with their dogs closely, they're clueless when it comes to understanding what dogs perceive-leading her to the not-inconsequential notion that dogs know us better than we know them.  Horowitz begins by inviting readers into a dog's umwelt-his worldview-by imagining themselves living 18 inches or so above the ground, with incredible olfactory senses comparable to the human capacity for detailed sight in three dimensions (though dogs' sight, in combination with their sense of smell, may result in a more complex perception of "color" than humans can imagine).  Social and communications skills are also explored, as well as the practicalities of dog owning (Horowitz disagrees with the "pack" approach to dog training).  Dog lovers will find this book largely fascinating, despite Horowitz's meandering style and somnolent tone.”
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

A Must-Read for anyone wishing to communicate with a dog by understanding their world.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
Garth Stein

If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer.  Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off.  Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit.  Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man.  When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter.  Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability.  Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog John Grogan
“John and Jenny were just beginning their life together.  They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world.  Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-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.
And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too.  A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end.  Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.”

The Ultimate Border Collie by Allison Hornsby
The Versatile Border Collie by Janet Elisabeth Larson
Understanding Border Collies by Barbara Sykes
A New Owner's Guide to Border Collies (New Owner's Guide To...) by Robyn L. Powley
Your Border Collies Life : Your Complete Guide to Raising Your Pet from Puppy to Companion by Kim Dearth
Floss by Kim Lewis Border Collies by Margaret Collier
Bred for Perfection: Shorthorn Cattle, Collies, and Arabian Horses since 1800 (Animals, History, Culture) by Margaret E. Derry
Border Collie (Kennel Club) by Stephen Sussam
Border Collie (Dog Owner's Guide) by Adrianne McLeavy
Border Collies by Joan Bray
Border Collies (Domestic Dogs) by Susan Heinrichs Gray
Border Collies by Roger Sipe
Border Collies: An Owner's Companion by Iris Combe
Border Collies (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Michael DeVine
The Border Collie (Terra Nova Series) by Tracy Libby


The Working Border Collie by Marjorie Quarton and Carole L. Presberg
Herding Dogs: Progressive Training by Vergil S. Holland and Wait Jagger
Newborn Lambs, border collies & sheep-herding highlight HHV's first event of the season: Sheep-to-Shawl at Phillipsburg manor April 16 & 17.(literary arts)(Calendar) ... from: Westchester County Business Journal

There is a HUGE list of books on working dogs located at


Tracking Dog – Theory & Methods by Glen R. Johnson
Tracking From the Ground Up - by Sandy Ganz & Susan Boyd


Brigadoon's Luck: (whatever that means) by Susan Schapiro and Janet Barnett
Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes at a Country Animal Shelter by Elizabeth Hess

One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter by Geyer Marilee

The Border Collie: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Mary R. Burch
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