Cozmo's Bookstore

Updated as of Monday, May 15, 2000

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Here are some books that I'd like to recommend for your reading pleasure. 
You can click directly on the book to order it and remember, if you don't order it through my bookstore, I won't get the commission - and that is my traveling money to get to Jackapalooza 2000! (So far I have $15.75 saved up!  How far can I get on that?? Only 2 towns over? BUMMER!)


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Books By Dogs

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My Life As a Dog
by Moose, Brian Hargrove (Contributor)

Finally, we are getting the "scoop" straight from the dog's mouth!!
Moose tells us just what life as a star is like - ah, fame!!
I'll still waiting for my paw-tagraphed edition - I wish!

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Unleashed : Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel (Editor), Jim Shepard (Editor)

Finally, the "hoomans" are starting to give us our due!  This book is filled with wonderful poems that sum up all the things in dog's life - food, going for walks, getting in troubles, etc.

I give this book 3 bones! 

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Barking at Prozac : My Diary
by Tom McNichol, Merle Nacht (Illustrator)

Synopsis
In an intimate--and hilarious--diary, one dog chronicles his battle with depression, as he loses interest in the finer things in canine life, is diagnosed with the Black Dog of Depression, and rediscovers his Inner Puppy with the help of Prozac.

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Books for Dogs

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Bedtime Stories for Dogs
by Leigh Anne Jasheway

Finally the hoomans are realizing that we dogs love a nice story at bedtime too!  These fairy tales and nursery rhymes are much better than before, because they have been rewritten and are all about DOGS!!

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Cosmic Canines : The Complete Astrology Guide for You and Your Dog (Native Agents Series)
by Marilyn Macgruder Barnewall

Well, let's see - I yam a Cancer, Mommy is a Gemini and Daddy is an Aquarius - does this make us a harmonious family?  Well, you will just have to read the book to find out!!!

This book will help you choose a dog based on your sun sign or peacefully coexist with the dog you have now.  If you don't know when your dog was born, it will also help you to determine his or her sign.  This is  a great book that you will flip through over and over.

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Books Staring Jacks!

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MARCH 2000 BOOK OF THE MONTH

My Dog Skip
by Willie Morris

This story is now a movie! YAY for Jacks everywhere!
UPDATE 3/15/00 - My mommy saw this movie and said it was bery, bery good and made her cry a lot.  Hey, it also got me lots of hugs and treats when she and Daddy came home - go figure! Sounds like a good movie to me!!! mmm!

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Dudley : The Little Terrier That Could
by Stephen Green-Armytage

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DECEMBER 1999 BOOK OF THE MONTH

Olive, the Other Reindeer
by Vivian Walsh & J. Otto Seibold

This was also made into a cartoon featuring the voice of Drew Barrymore as Olive!  Olive is so cool that Nordstrom featured her in all of their holiday decorations too! WOW! What publicity for alla us Jacks!!

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Hey!
You can even buy the toy too!
Click on Olive to order her!

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Books about Dogs

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The "Other" Brother

Blue Dog Man
by George Rodrigue


The New Orleans artist George Rodrigue features the Blue Dog in much of his artwork.
He is most famous for designing a series of Jazz Festival Posters.  Anybody who features a dog so prominamtly in his work has to be a great guy!!

Click on the picture to the left (one of my favorites!) to explore his website!

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Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Book Description
From the moment Danny sees the beautiful Irish setter, he knows Red is the dog for him. Fast and smart, strong and noble, Red is the only dog Danny wants by his side. Soon, neither boy nor dog can stand to be apart. Together Danny and Red face many dangers in the harsh Wintapi wilderness that they call home. But the greatest test of their courage and friendship will come from an enemy more cunning than any they've known before--a bear who is the undisputed king of the wilderness, a savage killer called Old Majesty.

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Shelters & Rescues

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The Adoption Option : Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You
by Eliza Rubenstein, Shari Kalina (Contributor)

There are so many dogs out there that need good homes - a shelter is the perfect place to find your new best friend.   I have never been to a shelter, but have many friends that come from there, such as Moonshadow and my friend Loki.  They are both grateful to have a home to call their own.

This book will help you to figure out if adoption is the right option for you, what kind of dog to look for and how to care for your new friend after they come to live with you.

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Best Friends : Portraits of Rescued, Sheltered, and Adopted Companion Animals
by Sumner W. Fowler

Book Description
Best Friends is a celebration of compassion and a moving reminder of the special bond we share with our companion animal friends. Best Friends features heartwarming images of over 100 pets who have been cared for and given a second chance thanks to non-profit animal shelters nationwide. You'll meet animals rescued from fires, floods, and earthquakes, taken from unkind owners, abandoned or left homeless when an owner died, and rehabilitated after injury or illness. An introductory essay, quotes about our pet friends, background notes on all animals pictured, and a resource section round out this fine addition to the library of any animal lover.

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Jack Russell Terriers

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The Essential Jack Russell Terrier (The Essential Guides)
by Ian Dunbar (Editor), Renee Stockdale (Photographer)

A great book for owners or people who just want to get to know more about us Jacks!

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The Jack Russell Terrier : An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
(Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet)
by Catherine Romaine Brown

This has some good information about the history of that Jack Russell in the beginning - towards the end it get a little generic.  There are some helpful hints on training.

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Jack Russell Terriers Today
by Sheila Atter, Jeff Luscott

The author of this book is a breeder of champion JRTs that lives in England.  The book covers the breed in the USA as well as Britain, Australia and Europe.

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The Complete Jack Russell Terrier
by D. Brian Plummer

A lot of people like this book because it considers all types of Jack Russells as "correct" and does not discriminate again the "puddin'" JRTs.  Now, I have a lot of Jack friends that are puddins and that does not make them any less of a Jack, let me tell you!  So, I LIKE this book!

 

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Diet & Nutrition

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Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn (Contributor), Michael W. Fox

Review from Amazon.com:
A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats--treatments that should always be discussed with one's vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn's intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.

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Bone Appetit : Gourmet Cooking for Your Dog
by Suzan Anson, Bunny Matthews

MMMM!  Finally a book that tells the hoomans what we have wanted all along - home cooked food!  Some people refer to this as a BARF (Bones And Raw Food) diet.  There are some yummy recipes here - check it out!

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Dog Treats
by Kim Campbell Thornton, Jane Calloway, Mark Matcho (Illustrator)

Synopsis
The market for specialty pet food items is growing at a fantastic rate. Dog Treats shows readers how to prepare an array of tasty and healthful foods for their pets, and discusses how to use the treats when teaching tricks, what to do if a pet is overweight, and even how to deal with food-related disorders.

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Training

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Don't Shoot the Dog : The New Art of Teaching and Training
by Karen Pryor

Book Description
"Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go fast, and better, and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement."--Karen Pryor.

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training." How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fun and Tricks With Your Dog (Complete Idiot's Guide)
by Sarah Hodgson

Synopsis
Practical and entertaining, this complete, step-by-step guide to fun and funny tricks you can teach your dog also includes chapters on how to get involved in organized activities you both can enjoy, including agility competitions, tracking and herding, and formal dog shows. A quickie guide which tells what to do in case of canine athletic injuries is included. Line drawings.

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MAY 2000 BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Trick Is in the Training : 25 Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog
by Stephanie J. Taunton, Cheryl S. Smith

Synopsis
Beginning with four basic commands--sit, down, stand, and stay--this book shows dog owners how to train an animal to perform both simple and more complicated tricks. Instructions for each of the book's 25 tricks are presented with tips to help owners work through problems, and suggestions for putting the animal's training to effective use. 150 color photos. .

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New Skete

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How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend : A Training Manual for Dog Owners
by New Skete Monks, Helen Sherlock (Introduction), Michael Fox

This has to be one of the best books out there on raising a dog.  It stresses that you are "adopting" a dog; that is, making a dog a part of your family.  I can't recommend it highly enough - it should be one of the staples of any dog owners library.   My hoomans love it - and treat me right!

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APRIL 2000 BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Art of Raising a Puppy
by New Skete Monks

(This review is by my mom)
This was the first book we bought before bringing Cozmo home.  It documents the birth and early life of a litter of shepard pups and describes in detail how what happens in the first year of life will affect the dog's personality. It also covers basic obedience and housetraining. A must for any puppy owner.  We have referred to both of the New Skete books numerous times and it's always had the answers we were looking for.

Review from Amazon.com
The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New York monastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuates the essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog's instincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the key to successfully training him. They first published this philosophy in their 1978 classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend. Now the monks concentrate on the first three months of a puppy's life in The Art of Raising a Puppy.

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Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete - Set of 3 Videos
by New Skete Monks

My parents bought this video and love to watch it.  It covers the same principles as in the two books above in 3 tapes.  I would recommend they have Jack Russells staring in the video, but hey, they like the shepherds - I guess that's OK. 

Here's the review from Amazon.com:
Raising Your Dog With The Monks Of New Skete is a three video series which brings the monks' acclaimed philosophy, insight, and methods of training to home video. The series is a companion to the monks' best-selling books How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend and The Art Of Raising A Puppy. The videos cover all of the essential lessons of canine training and include detailed instruction on puppy development, behavior conditioning, and obedience training. The series contains the one hour special as seen on public television.

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Books for Hooman Puppies

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Arthur's New Puppy
by Marc Tolon Brown

Here's a good book for kids that want a dog.  It introduces them to all the work it involves to be a good dog owner!

From Booklist , December 1, 1993
Ages 3-6. Brown is back with another sure-to-be-popular story about "personable" Arthur, the likable aardvark. This time, however, it's Arthur's new puppy, Pal, who's the star of the show. Cute, cuddly Pal is driving Arthur and his family to distraction--he's chewing up the furniture, dribbling in the house, digging up the yard, howling when he's lonely, and refusing to be walked on a leash. It appears he's destined for the garage--until Arthur intercedes and teaches him some proper manners. As usual, Brown's sweet, colorful illustrations sparkle with humor and child appeal, and his message (to prospective puppy owners) comes through loud and clear.

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Aspca Pet Care Guides for Kids: Puppy
by Mark Evans

This is a nice, colorful book for children who are interested in owning a puppy.  Great pictures, colorful and an easy to read format. Recommended for children 9-12 hooman years.

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FEBRUARY 2000 BOOK OF THE MONTH

Caleb and Kate
by William Steig

Synopsis
When Caleb finds himself transformed into a dog and is unable to tell his wife his true identity, he decides to become her companion.

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The Day My Dogs Became Guys
by Merrill Markoe, Eric Brace (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8

This is a cute book about a boy and his dogs, who happen to turn into hoomans one day.  Boy, they get in a lot of trouble!!!!

Book Description
Carey has three ordinary, lovable dogs. Until one day, during a solar eclipse, he finds three pretty strange people who used to be his pets. Butch, now a teenage boy, starts chasing cars and yelling at the squirrels, while DeeDee finds (to her great delight) that she can open a refrigerator and get all the food she wants. Ol Ed seems to just want to take a nap, but how is Carey going to control the other two? And what will happen when his mother gets home?

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Fun with Your Dog

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Canine Adventures : Fun Things to Do With Your Dog
by Cynthia D. Miller

A Reader Writes:
This book provides the motivation to get you and your dog off the couch and out the door to share that perfect activity. One that will fit your budget and your capabilities while providing fun times together for the two of you. Enjoy!

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JANUARY 2000 BOOK OF THE MONTH

Caninestein : Unleashing the Genius in Your Dog
by Betty Fisher & Suzanne Delzio (Contributor)

Now, this is the book you HAVE to convince the hoomans to buy for you.  This is how you will convince them that you are the SMARTEST dog in the world!  Hey, if you don't believe me, look at the dog they put on the cover - a Jack Russell!!! 'Nuff said!

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