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HOW TO TEACH PHILOSOPHY TO YOUR DOG

Anthony McGowan

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realizes it’s high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog. 

Taking his lead from Monty’s canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument?  

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog (Pegasus Books; 2/4/2020) is an introduction to the big questions in philosophy. In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who―if anyone―has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one’s life.

About the Author:Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. He is one of the funniest writers around. As an author for children and young adults he’s won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

 

Advance Praise

“A charming, informative, unique introduction to Western philosophy.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Essential reading on both the meaning of dogs and the meaning of life.”

The Guardian

“McGowan playfully explores philosophy in this amusing collection of imaginary dialogues conducted with his Maltese terrier, Monty. Readers who have never roamed the paths of philosophy before, or who could use a return trip, will appreciate this enjoyable tour from a friendly guide and his loyal companion.”

Publishers Weekly

“Filled with sparkling insights, a joy from start to finish. In turns witty, brilliant and irreverent, McGowan explains nothing less than the meaning of life – to his dog. If only we were all as lucky as Monty to go for long walks with the author.”

Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

Lise Hansen author of "The Complete Book of Cat & Dog Health" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/30/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her book

A complete and comprehensive guide to health care for cats and dogs, providing invaluable advice on essential aspects of care, such as diet and vaccinations, as well as a guide to holistic treatments. The first part of the book describes the main lifestyle choices every dog and cat owner makes, whether or not they are aware of them: settling in a new puppy or kitten, vaccination, neutering, diet, finding the right veterinarian, and caring for the aging animal. The second part describes the main holistic modalities and their relevance when animals become sick. What they are, how they work, when they are useful, and how to find a practitioner. Also includes chapters on osteopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach's flower remedies, and herbal medicine. The third part of the book discusses a range of common health problems in dogs and cats, both from a conventional veterinary point of view and from an holistic perspective, and aims to help the owner understand the condition they are facing, as well as providing tips on how to supplement their veterinarian's advice and treatment.

Talkin' Pets News

November 16, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

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Special Guests - "On the Backs of Tortoises" Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden, author Elizabeth Hennessy will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/16/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book

CMT MUSIC PREMIERES BLANE HOWARD’S MUSIC VIDEO “PROMISE TO LOVE HER’’ and Blane will join Jon and Talkin' Pets live on Saturday 11/16/19 at 630pm ET to discuss his music and upcoming album. Blane will also give away copies of his last album on air.

CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PURPLE LEASH PROJECT when Maria Menounos joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/1619 at 721pm ET

On the Backs of Tortoises
Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden
 
Elizabeth Hennessy
 
An insightful exploration of the iconic Galápagos tortoises, and how their fate is inextricably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world
 
The Galápagos archipelago is often viewed as a last foothold of pristine nature. For sixty years, conservationists have worked to restore this evolutionary Eden after centuries of exploitation at the hands of pirates, whalers, and island settlers. Elizabeth Hennessy’s book tells the story of the islands’ namesakes—the giant tortoises—as coveted food sources, objects of natural history, and famous icons of conservation and tourism. By doing so, it brings into stark relief the paradoxical, and impossible, goal of conserving species by trying to restore a past state of prehistoric evolution. The tortoises, Hennessy demonstrates, are not prehistoric, but rather microcosms whose stories show how deeply human and nonhuman life are entangled. Acknowledging the interlocked relationship between evolution and global history, Hennessy puts forward a vision for conservation based on reckoning with the past, rather than trying to erase it.
 
About the Author
ELIZABETH HENNESSY is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison, where she is on the steering committee of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) and—building on her background in journalism and editing—serves as faculty advisor for CHE’s graduate‑student‑run digital magazine, Edge Effects. She received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Ecuador, she works with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and its Galápagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences.                                                                                                                                                                                                     More . . .
 
Advance Praise for On the Backs of Tortoises
 
“Wonderfully interesting, informative, and engaging, as well as scholarly.”—Janet Browne, author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place
 
“Timely, fresh, and compelling . . . a must read for anyone interested in the environmental history of the Galapagos and tortoise conservation.”—Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford, author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene:  Conservation after Nature
 
“Hennessy’s book isn’t just about the controversial efforts to preserve the world’s most famous tortoises—it also provides an expansive tour de force of Darwinian ideas, the Galapagos, human entanglements in evolution, and the risks of icon making.”—Daniel Lewis, author of Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i
 
“Hennessy’s enthralling history of the iconic Galápagos Islands focuses on the tortoises after which they are named to deftly unpack the contradictions of global conservation in the name of science.”—Claudia Leal, author of Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia
 
“Hennessey finds that even though this archipelago is 97% a national park, humans can no longer consider themselves distinct from nature, but rather are an inseparable part of it with consequences for the identity of each.”—Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey
 
 
 
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Title: On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden 
Author: Elizabeth Hennessy
Price: $30.00 * ISBN: 978‑0‑300‑23274‑5 Hardcover * eBook ISBN: 978‑0‑300‑24915‑6
Pages: 336 * 20 b/w illus.
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
 

WRITTEN BY LAURA T. COFFEY                                                                 PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORI FUSARO

“MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” just might be the happiest book you’ll ever read. It shares success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

This special book became a national bestseller and went into its second printing very quickly. It won the prestigious Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America and a gold INDIES Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. “MY OLD DOG” has been showcased in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, People, PARADE, Huffington Post, Upworthy, WGN-TV, multiple CTV Television Network shows in Canada, and many more.

“MY OLD DOG” features a foreword by singer/songwriter Neko Case, caregiving and training tips by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker, and a comprehensive resource guide that outlines all sorts of ways to help older shelter dogs across North America and around the world. It’s available at book stores everywhere and at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Positive reviews keep rolling in! Here are some excerpts:

“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you’re from planet Earth, you will love this book.”
— David Rosenfelt, author of “Dogtripping” and “Lessons from Tara”

“Not only is ‘My Old Dog’ an idea whose time has come, it is a truly heartwarming celebration.”
— Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell”

“Pages and pages of … adorable dogs who found happiness in their golden years.”
PEOPLE.com

“’My Old Dog’ is a truly wonderful book….Every story reminds me just how resilient dogs are and how strong the human-animal bond can be.”
— Victoria Stilwell, dog behavior expert and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”

“Full of wonderful color photos, this beautiful work does a great job of advocating for adult and senior dogs.”
— Library Journal

“This book is a loving celebration of old dogs and of radiant souls that shine through aging eyes.”
— Francis Battista, cofounder of Best Friends Animal Society

“Demonstrates how meaningful it can be to give older animals . . . a second chance.”
PARADE

“My new favorite book. . . . Absolutely beautiful. One time, while I was reading a particularly uplifting chapter on a crowded subway, I found myself actually kissing the book.”
Barkpost.com

“This most amazing and inspiring book . . . will move you to tears of joy.”
Psychology Today

“Journalist Coffey and photographer Fusaro make a strong case for rescuing elderly dogs.”
— Publishers Weekly

“This book is a wonderful tribute to our ‘sizzlin’ seniors’!”
— Jill Rappaport, animal advocate and NBC News correspondent

“If you love soulful seniors or you’re in need of a reminder of the wonderfulness of people (i.e. those adopting one of the many senior dogs in shelters), you’re going to love this book.”
Modern Dog

“I fell in love with these dogs, and their stories serve to remind us that old dogs are like fine wine — they only get better with age. Four paws up!”
— Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane

“Who knew that old dogs could teach human beings some new tricks: compassion, companionship, healing, random snacking, and the power of second chances. Laura Coffey and Lori Fusaro have given the beasts of the world — human and canine — a map for graceful aging and a full and happy life.”
— Roy Peter Clark, author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” and Vice President and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute

‘My Old Dog’ highlights the beautiful compassion of those who choose to love, support and respect our older animals instead of throwing them away. The book is a look at how we can become better people.”
— Michael Harney, actor on “Orange Is the New Black,”  “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” 

“I could not put this book down, and I don’t think anyone could read it and not be moved to go out and help an older dog.”
— Jennifer Kachnic, president of the Grey Muzzle Organization

“This exquisite, eye-opening book needs a place on every dog lover’s shelf.”
— Maria Goodavage, New York Times-bestselling author of “Soldier Dogs” and “Top Dog”

“Infused with vitality.”
Mashable.com

“All of the dogs whose stories are told in My Old Dog will move you (off the couch, and over to your dog to give them a hug).”
Huffington Post

“Outright heart-melting stories that’ll make you want to go adopt a senior dog. Like, right now.”
Upworthy.com

“This is easily the best dog book I’ve read — ever.”
Kings River Life Magazine

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Woof! Woof!

Uncover the Magic and Mystery of the Owl
Owls have long fascinated the minds and inspired the imaginations of children, from Harry
Potter’s Hedwig to Archimedes in the classic Disney film The Sword in the Stone. Their
huge, all-seeing eyes compel us to wonder what they see and what they know. But are
they really as wise as they seem? In fact, owls had to give up some valuable space in their
skulls to make room for those large eyes, and with only moderately sized brains, they aren’t
quite as enlightened as they may look.

This is but one of the hundreds of fascinating facts uncovered in Owling, a book that
takes kids aged 8–12 deep into the often hidden lives of these awesome predators.
With more than 100 stunning images from owl expert and award-winning photojournalist
Mark Wilson, Owling invites readers to take a close-up look into the habits and abilities
of these captivating raptors. Alongside cleverly explained lessons in owl anatomy,
physiology, and behavior, Wilson presents in-depth profiles of the 19 species of North
American owls, showcasing where they live, what they sound like, how to spot them,
and much more.
Owls are all around us — in the daytime and the night — and likely closer than we realize.
With sharp eyes, eager ears, and the knowledge gleaned from Owling, kids have the
opportunity to venture into this secret world where the owls are watching and waiting
for their arrival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Wilson is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist who has written about and
photographed birds for more than 35 years. He and his wife run Eyes On Owls, an educational
program that brings live owls to schools and community groups. He lives in Dunstable,
Massachusetts.

From the New York Times bestselling author of
Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, & Secret Service Dogs…
DOCTOR DOGS
How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine

DOCTOR DOGS by Maria Goodavage; On-Sale: October 1, 2019
978-1524743048 | Dutton | $28.00 | hardcover | 368 pages
Praise for Doctor Dogs and Maria Goodavage
“This is a fascinating book about the amazing ways dogs can, and do, help people with physical and emotional problems.” —Dave Barry
“If you take an amazing subject and put it in the hands of a wonderful writer, you get…SPOILER ALERT…a truly fantastic book. Every single page of Maria Goodavage’s Doctor Dogs is made up of remarkable research and storytelling.”
—David Rosenfelt, bestselling author of Dogtripping
“Goodavage has done it again, with her fascinating investigation into the world of doctor dogs. A testament to the extraordinary connection between dogs and ourselves, and one more piece of evidence that their love for us truly knows no bounds.”
—Brian Hare, co-author of The Genius of Dogs
Three-time New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage is known for her powerful books about military and Secret Service dogs who keep everyone from troops to presidents out of harm’s way. In DOCTOR DOGS: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine (Dutton; publication date: October 1, 2019; hardcover, $28.00), the former USA Today journalist reveals the fascinating new ways dogs are saving lives every day in their emerging roles as “doctor dogs.”

DOCTOR DOGS by Maria Goodavage; On-Sale: October 1, 2019
978-1524743048 | Dutton | $28.00 | hardcover | 368 pages
This groundbreaking book is an in-depth and engaging investigation of the cutting-edge science behind how dogs are able to detect disease and aid people who suffer from a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes, sleep disorders, autism, and schizophrenia. DOCTOR DOGS is Goodavage’s most personal book to date, as she has a difficult-to-diagnose cancer threat in her own family. Dogs have been shown to be able to detect this cancer in laboratory samples in its earliest stages.
The dogs’ primary tool for their medical feats? Their astonishingly sensitive noses, which can sniff in parts per trillion, as well as in 3-D.
Goodavage traveled around the world to see firsthand the advancing technologies involving dogs and their super noses. In Japan, where the world’s first scientific cancer screening by canines was taking place, she spent days with researchers in a remote region that has the highest mortality rate for stomach cancer in the country. She also witnessed the awesome power and sensitivity of the canine nose as dogs sniffed out cancer, malaria, and deadly bacteria at a research center in England, colorectal cancer in the Netherlands, ovarian cancer in Philadelphia, and the superbug C. difficile at a hospital in Vancouver. She interviewed a team that trains diabetic alert dogs in Rome and spent time with a Croatian family and their daughter’s autism assistance dog, Bob. During her extensive U.S. travels, she uncovered riveting stories of the lifesaving power of highly skilled doctor dogs—from canines who can sniff out seizures in advance to dogs who help their people cope with mental illness, including terrifying hallucinations.
The author balances a deep dive into science and medicine with warm storytelling about the people who have doctor dogs in their lives. Her meticulous first-hand research is made easy to understand by her highly readable style. One doesn’t have to be a dog lover to be engrossed in and inspired by the narrative, as well as be charmed by the humor inherent in some of the stories of the dogs, who are performing life-saving tasks for the simple rewards of a treat, a toy, or a pat on the head.

DOCTOR DOGS by Maria Goodavage; On-Sale: October 1, 2019
978-1524743048 | Dutton | $28.00 | hardcover | 368 pages

Any dog owner can tell you that dogs are capable of that defining human emotion, love. Science, however, will disagree. Clive Wynne is a noted scientist who offers proof that dogs feel love, generate love, are love.
 
In DOG IS LOVE: Why and How Your Dog Loves You, pioneering canine behaviorist Clive Wynne reveals that dogs’ capacity for love, not their intelligence or submissiveness, lies at the heart of human-canine relationships.
 
Drawing on cutting-edge studies from labs around the world, Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from the genes that code for loving behavior, through brain states that register and direct dogs’ affection for people, to the hormones that exactly match those in humans that show love.
 
Among the topics that DOG IS LOVE illuminates:
* How dogs are capable of building bridges of affection between species
* What conditions are needed in a dog’s early life to ensure that bonds of affection are forged
* How dogs developed the ability to love in a short - by evolutionary standards - period of time
* How we can use this knowledge to help dogs lead richer, more satisfying lives
 
Clive Wynne, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. He is widely published and has appeared on National Geographic Explorer, PBS, and the BBC. 
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
Communicating with and understanding dogs builds trusting relationships, relieves frustration, and improves lives at both ends of the leash. Apart from simply reading canine body language, this book explores the juncture between hearts and minds, where true understanding begins.
Taking a light-hearted yet earnest approach to exploring how to connect with dogs, each chapter features amusing, thought-provoking anecdotes and much useful information, showing us how, by connecting with our dogs, we learn how to connect with ourselves.
Finding the intersection between the academic and the spiritual for better communication with dogs leads to effective two-way conversation: how to talk with our dogs instead of talking at them.
The intuitive side of communicating with canines in conjunction with the intellectual side is also investigated: in this space, we build trust, respect, and better relationships, and human and canine lives are enriched.
Come walk with us on our journey ...
 
Letting in the dog by Patricia Blocker
 
ISBN: 9781787113053
UPC: 6-36847-01305-9
 
AVAILABLE NOW!
 
£10.99(UK), $13.99(US), 18.99(CAN)
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pat Blocker, CPDT-KA, owner of Peaceful Paws Dog Training is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over 20 years’ experience. Peaceful Paws specialises in resolving canine behaviour issues.
Pat’s passion is to help improve dogs’ lives by enhancing the human/canine relationship. She does so through education and force-free training, with emphasis on opening the lines of communication between humans and dogs.
Pat offers lectures and is a contributing feature writer for local dog magazines and community newsletters. She is the author of “Taking the Lead without Jerking the Leash, and The Art of Mindful Dog Training.”
 
SPECIFICATION
HH5305 • Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • £10.99 • 96 pages • 15 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-05-3 • UPC: 6-36847-01305-9
 
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About   kac young

Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. Clients come to her for advice on health, nutrition and spiritual well being. Her third Doctorate degree is in Clinical Hypnotherapy where she helps people manage weight, stop smoking, modify behavior, reduce stress, past-life regression, and manage phobias.

She is the author of 19 books.

"Heart Easy, The Food Lover's Guide to Heart Healthy Eating," “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” "Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind," "Cheese Dome Power," The Path to Fabulous," "The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies," "Supreme Healing," “The Enlightened Person’s Guide to Raising a Dog,” “Chart Your Course,” “The Healing Art of Essential Oils,” “Essential Oils for Beginners,” ”The One-Minute Cat Manager, ”Natural Healing for Cats Combining Bach Flower Remedies and Behavior Therapy,” “Beyond Beginning Crystals Work,” “The Art of Healing with Crystals,” Pendulum Power Wisdom and Healing,” and the annual Essential Oils Wall Calendar for Llewellyn Publishing makes 20.

Her entertainment credits include General Hospital, The Showtime Comedy Club Network, Politically Incorrect, Circus of the Stars, The People's Choice Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, The Genesis Awards, and several dozen talk, dramatic, variety and entertainment specials with Hollywood's biggest stars. Most recently she was Vice President of Television Production and Development for Universal Studios Hollywood, and has also served on the boards of The Director's Guild of America and Women in Film. She won an Iris Award for her work as producer of “Mama” and a Golden Acorn Award for “Cleaning Up Your Act.”

Kac Young is also a licensed Religious Science Minister, a Certified Archetypal Therapist and Counselor; a Certified Meditation Teacher; a Career Coach for aspiring actors and directors; and a former pilot of private airplanes. She is a certified Medical Qigong instructor.

She is active on behalf of animal rights and fostering and preserving women's rights.

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