NEW IN PAPERBACK
A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers
By Anouska Jones
Cats have a way of walking into our lives and making themselves right at home. No cat lover can imagine life without a feline presence — even if it’s only as fleeting as the occasional conversation with a neighborhood stray. MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers (Exisle Publishing, New in Paperback, March 2016) is a compendium of delightful quotes and gorgeous photographs that capture the essence of this fascination. Together they show a cat’s beauty and grace. Some of the quotes are by famous people (Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted — all are memorable. The imagery captures the elegance, style and pesonality of cats.
MEOW is the perfect gift for cat lovers -- a book that will be forever treasured, displayed and enjoyed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anouska Jones is a cat-loving book editor, who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She compiled the quotes in MEOW from a range of sources, while her beloved cat kept close watch from her vantage point on Anouska’s desk.
MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers
By Anouska Jones
ISBN 978 1 925335 08 8 March 2016
$11.95US. $13.99 CA paperback 160 pages
Discover a Hidden World in Your Own Backyard
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
Insects are among the most extraordinary creatures inhabiting our natural world. From the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly to the intricate design of a spider’s web, their feats are bigger than their tiny proportions. Discovering their traits and habits is a fascinating experience that anybody can enjoy if they know where to look. With The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs, readers will discover a world they never knew existed, right in their own backyards.
Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, the sister-and-brother, author-photographer team behind the award-winning book The Life Cycles of Butterflies, have teamed up again to capture unique views of common backyard bugs. Each creature is shown extremely close-up in its natural setting, progressing through various stages of its life cycle. Burris and Richards have captured such amazing sights as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug – no bigger than a numeral on a penny – and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt to reveal a chrysalis. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents.
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs provides a unique look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries, offering a journey that is surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.With this book in hand, readers will discover an amazing world just outside their own doors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a sister-brother, author-photographer team, are coauthors of The Life Cycles of Butterflies, which won Learning Magazine’s 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award for “Children’s Books” and “Product of Excellence for the Family.” Their articles and photography, as well as many stories written about them, have been published in Butterfly Gardener, Birds and Blooms, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Better Homes and Gardens, Cincinnati, and Backyard Living.
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
Judy Burris & Wayne Richards
Storey Publishing, June 2011
136 pages; 8" x 10"
$14.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-60342-563-6
$24.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60342-985-6
“Sharon Ward Keeble has, in this great collection of stories, managed to capture the unconditional devotion that dogs continue to give to us all despite an often harsh beginning in life.”
--War Paws Charity
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
Amazing True Stories of Adopted Canine Heroes
By Sharon Ward Keeble
A dog’s breeding and background matter so much less than many people believe. All too often, shelter dogs are dismissed as adoption options because they are “damaged” or “risky.” But inside every dog, no matter where it comes from, is the potential for a loyal, loving, and brave companion. No collection of stories demonstrates that more than those in My Rescue Dog Rescued Me (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2017).
In this inspiring little book, author Sharon Ward Keeble will introduce readers to the incredible dogs who went from being shelter rescues to becoming rescuers in these incredible true stories:
• Toby, the golden retriever who performed the Heimlich maneuver to save his owner’s life
• Liam, the Lhasa Apso-Poodle mix who helped his owner battle an eating disorder
• Hercules, the St. Bernard who saved his owners from burglars on the first day he moved in
• Alfie, the terrier who gave a bullied girl a new lease on life
• And many more!
These canine heroes came to their owner’s aid in their times of greatest need—whether it was saving them from physical
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threats or helping them to recover from mental illness, PTSD, and bereavement. Let these uplifting
stories warm your heart, and show you that adopted dogs truly are man’s best friend.
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me is a book that will be difficult to put down without first making a trip
to the closest animal shelter.
About the Author
Sharon Ward Keeble is a journalist with more than twenty years’ experience of national reporting for
major women’s magazines and newspapers in the United Kingdom and United States, including Closer,
Bella, and the Sunday Mirror. She is the author of China: Passport to Adventure and coauthor of The Horse
Girl. She is based in Florida.
More Praise for My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
“An absolute must-read for anyone who’s known the incomparable love of a rescue dog, or
would like to.”
“[We] commend this book for sharing some wonderful stories of how rescuing a dog from a
shelter can transform not only the life of the dog but also the lives of those who adopt
—Soi Dog Foundation
“This book has character and heart . . . a must-read for dog lovers, but also for anyone
whose life has been touched by an animal, and knows the comfort and joy they can bring.”
—Take a Break magazine
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
Amazing True Stories of Adopted Canine Heroes
By Sharon Ward Keeble
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an
On Sale: April 11, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1737-4 ǀ $17.99
Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs:
The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain
By Dr. Michael Petty
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Price: $24.95 / hardcopy
“Dr. Petty arms his readers with the information they need to help their canine companions stay comfortable, even in the face of illness or old age. He has done a great service for dogs and the people who love them. Read this book. Your dog will thank you.”
– Dr. Jessica Pierce, bioethicist and author of The Last Walk
Veterinary Expert Dr. Petty Provides a New Comprehensive Guide to
Diagnosing and Relieving Your Dog's Pain
You love your dog, and hate to see him in pain. Yet you don’t want to head to the vet’s office for hundreds of dollars’ worth of tests that might prove useless. Dr. Mike Petty understands this dilemma. He’s a world-renowned “pain vet,” a practitioner of a relatively new and specific branch of veterinarian medicine, and the author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs(Countryman Press; February 1, 2016).
According to Dr. Petty, “Despite your best intentions, it can be difficult for you as your animal’s caregiver to recognize when your pet is in pain. All animals are adept at hiding signs of pain – in fact, pain does not always manifest itself in the more obvious form of a limp or an animal crying out. Instead, pain is often exhibited as a change in behavior.”
Dr. Petty works with cutting-edge research to find the best way to both recognize and relieve your pet's pain. In the book, he provides dog owners with an invaluable resource that will educate and guide readers in three critical areas:
1. How to determine whether a dog is in pain
2. How to find a veterinarian capable of treating these pain issues
3. What treatments are available, and more importantly which are worth pursuing and which are not
Dr. Petty offers clear descriptions of the treatments, both traditional and holistic, along with the wisdom and support dog owners crave when faced with an animal in pain.
In Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs,Dr. Petty’s goal is to provide owners with the tools needed to both identify the signs – and then treat – pain in their nonverbal best friend. Starting with how to recognize signs of pain in your dog (and how to avoid common misconceptions), the book helps to differentiate acute and chronic pain. Dr. Petty also provides information to guide owners through their veterinary visits, including what should be expected in pain exams as well as common medications. Dr. Petty, himself a veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist, walks readers through the vastly misunderstood acupuncture process, explaining the science behind why it’s so successful.
Drawing on almost four decades of experience, Dr. Petty also offers advice to owners regarding lesser understood topics like dog prosthetics, diet and nutraceuticals, alternative medications such as botanicals, and treatments including shock wave therapy. This book provides practical “DIY” information for owners as well, from home exercise to massages, and explains how to conduct a pain “makeover” for your home and dog.
Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs also goes beyond guiding the owner through their pet’s pain. In the book, Dr. Petty helps owners evaluate what considerations to make when thinking about adding another pet to your home, what to do when pain treatment becomes unaffordable, and last, how to cope when chronic pain treatment and quality of life issues.
About Dr. Petty:
Dr. Michael Petty, DVM, is the author of Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain (Countryman Press, February 2016). He is a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist. As the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, he has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals.
Dr. Petty is the past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the AAHA/AAFP 2015 Pain Guidelines. A frequent speaker and consultant, he has published articles in veterinary journals and serves in an advisory capacity to several pharmaceutical companies on topics of pain management. Dr. Petty is a frequent lecturer at both national and international veterinary conferences.
Within this sphere of care, he has expanded his knowledge to encompass the most up-to-date and compassionate treatments available. These special skills consist of certification in pain management from several esteemed organizations, including: Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Certified Medical Veterinary Acupuncture, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Petty lives in rural Michigan on a horse farm with his wife and two daughters, and two Portuguese Water Dogs.
The Pit Bull Life
A Dog Lover’s Companion
Hardcover ● $21.95
Deirdre Franklin & Linda Lombardi
This is a book for anyone who loves their pit bulls or is looking for a comprehensive, compassionate, and fun resource before adopting one. Pit bull owners and advocates Deirdre Franklin and Linda Lombardi take down the harmful myths and misinformation that cause pit bulls to be unfairly judged. The authors also help owners and soon-to-be owners through the murky waters of breed-specific legislation, which may—believe it or not—affect where pit bulls are allowed and even what restraints they might be required to wear.
Any pit bull owner can tell you that owning one is a unique joy, but comes with certain challenges. During World War II, the pit bull became a symbol of American strength and loyalty before being painted as a thuggish, violent breed by pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s. As the authors explain, there have been too many dogs that have gone through this “dangerous dog of the moment” phase in their history. An excitable and friendly breed, Franklin and Lombardi give precise tips on training pit bulls to be gentle through positive reinforcement rather than the typical fear-driven conditioning seen on TV. Readers can also learn about adoption, rescue, and raising pit bulls along with children.
In addition to an in-depth education and lots of practical, everyday advice, readers will also enjoy gorgeous color photographs of adorable pit bulls of all types and ages. The authors have also profiled notable pit bull owners and advocates who make it their mission to make the world a more understanding place for this energetic and peaceful breed of dog.
Deirdre Franklinis the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., an education and advocacy group that helps shelters and animal rescues around the country. She earned her Master's degree in public policy at Drexel University and wrote her thesis on breed discriminatory laws. She has garnered many accolades for her efforts in dog advocacy, including the Wallace Award, by championing the relationship in the human-canine bond. She lives in Asheville, NC.
Linda Lombardi began her writing career as the pets columnist for the Associated Press. She is the author of Animals Behaving Badly, a humor book based on science and the news, and the Hannah Lilly series of zoo mysteries. Her hands-on experience with animals includes work training shelter dogs and as a zookeeper with small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
From the humans at BarkPost comes the first official BarkBook, DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love, which Putnam is excited to publish on October 18, 2016. A collection of community-sourced and never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE captures the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pups and spotlights more than two hundred unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs (oh hello, Tuna Melts My Heart and Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund) while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache while others will make it soar; and others simply look dapper in color.
But this book isn’t just about the dogs; it’s about celebrating the crazy, consuming, unconditional love we feel for them. It’s about the songs you’ve made up for them, the hugs you’ve given them on bad days, and all the outfits that—let’s be honest—you forced them into. It’s about the lightness they’ve brought to our lives just by being there—and having smushy faces. We hear you, dog people; this one is for you.
BarkPost is the mastiff-sized media outlet for all things dog. By creating original (and heart-warming, and goofy) content for dog people, BarkPost helps dogs share their stories with the world using the power of humans. BarkPost is part of Bark & Co, the New York-based startup dedicated to making dogs and their people happy. Since launching in 2012 with BarkBox, a monthly box of funny toys, treats and chews that you can’t find together anywhere else, the dog-obsessed humans at Bark & Co have shipped more than 25 million products to date. The company has since expanded in recent years with a goal of getting the backs of dog parents for everything - creating its own products, experiences and entertainment with BarkShop, BarkLive, and BarkPost.
Stacie Grissom and Morgane Chang from BarkPost and select contributors from the book are available for media interviews. Please contact Katie McKee at Putnam for more information.
DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE• By BarkPost • G.P. Putnam’s Sons •
On Sale: October 18, 2016 • ISBN: 978-0-399-57426-9• $25.00
KATIE MCKEE, Senior Publicity Manager
“An honest and engaging portrayal of her journey from dog lover to dedicated shelter volunteer. [Sutherland] seamlessly interweaves a narrative of the dogs she has loved over the years—warts and all. Reader, beware: you may find yourself falling in love with each one too.”
— Booklist, starred review
“[Sutherland’s] understanding of shelter dogs—she writes that they are not so much homeless as humanless—shines through on every page....An inside look at the experiences of shelter dogs that is sure to appeal to dog and animal lovers.”
— Kirkus Reviews
RESCUING PENNY JANE
One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs,
and the Quest to Find Them All Homes
By Amy Sutherland
What shelter dogs need is obvious – homes. But how do we find all those homes? That question sends best-selling writer and shelter volunteer Amy Sutherland looking for answers in her own experiences and beyond. The result is RESCUING PENNY JANE: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes (Harper; on sale February 21, 2017; $26.99), an inspiring, fascinating trip through the world of homeless dogs and the people who work so hard to save them.
A longtime shelter volunteer, Sutherland essentially lets the dogs she’s known do the talking because in their stories she finds so many answers. There’s Gwen Stefani, a ball-crazy pit bull mix who can’t find a family; Rugby, an abandoned puppy with crippled front legs, and Brody, a young German Shepherd who likes to mouth people, among many others. Readers will also meet the author’s own dogs—Penny Jane, a skittish stray from a Maine farm, and Walter Joe, a luckless terrier from a hoarder’s house—as well as Sido, the sheltie-mix who inspired the no-kill movement, and Sadie the Civil War dog who braved Gettysburg. Traveling across the country, Sutherland draws further solutions and inspiration from the experiences and stories of shelter workers and experts at the forefront of the rescue community.
Throughout her explorations, Sutherland also weaves in a wealth of practical tips, such as how to read a dog’s body language, handle behavior problems, and select your own shelter dog as well as fresh insights into what makes dogs – and humans – tick. At a time when Americans have more dogs than children, the time is ripe to end dog homelessness, and RESCUING PENNY JANE reveals how we can do it.
RESCUING PENNY JANE offers an unforgettable, poignant journey into the special world of rescue and shelter dogs. As the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Bettyville writes, “Sutherland gives us puppy love, yes, but she goes beyond sentiment and shows us how we can change the lives of the creatures who give the world so much.”
About the Author
Amy Sutherland is the best-selling author of three previous books, most recently What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Happiness. She writes for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Preservation, Women's Health and more, and has a regular column, “Bibliophiles,” in the Boston Globe's Sunday Book Section. She lives in Boston with her two rescue dogs, Walter Joe and Penny Jane.
RESCUING PENNY JANE:
One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes
By Amy Sutherland
On Sale: February 21, 2017
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
by Diane Rose-Solomon
from SOP3 Publishing
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Many people consider adopting a dog but question: what if they want to save a dog’s life but don’t know where to begin and need expert advice? What must they do to integrate the new pet into their home?
Enter Diane Rose-Solomon. Over the last 20 years, Diane has worked with rescued dogs, helping them re-enter a world where people are kind to them. She has gathered a national network of colleagues who are top pet professionals. Through her volunteerism with rescue organizations, she’s met many prospective pet owners asking questions and voicing concerns about pet adoption.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business owners with links to the best, most relevant articles from pet professionals, making this book a one-stop shop for all dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption.
The book answers questions like whether dog adoption is right for you, how to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group, how to prepare your home for a new member, integrating the dog into your home, family, lifestyle, and more. In five modules, Diane leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, go through the adoption process, bring the new pet home, as well as lifelong care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heartfelt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet.
There are thousands of dogs waiting for a loving home. This book educates a prospective pet parent on what to expect and how to add the joy of dog parenting.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
Author: Diane Rose-Solomon
Publisher: SOP3 Publishing
Release Date: September, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9857690-4-8 Paperback Edition
Page Count: 194 pages
Paperback Retail Price: $14.99
Ebook retail: $4.99
Available in .pdf, .epub, and .mobi ebook formats
After rescuing a puppy 21 years ago,
Diane Rose-Solomon became involved in animal rescue and education,serving for years on the board of directors of a small grassroots organization, the Animal Guardian Society. To give back more to the animal community, she became a Certified Humane Education Specialist through Humane Society University in 2009. She then combined her humane and creative interests by publishing her first two books, award-winning JJ the American Street Dog, and How He Came to Live in Our House and the sequel JJ Goes to Puppy Class.
Diane enjoys reading her stories to children in schools, libraries and at adoption events. Her goal is to educate children and adults about how compassion extends to all beings, human and animal. To this end, she founded Team Kindness, a program where children, families and teachers learn about and engage in kind and humane educational activities.
Diane’s newest nonfiction title, What to Expect When Adopting a Dog was released in September 2016. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
“The book is a perfect guide on what to think about, how to prepare for the change, and, most importantly, how to deal with challenges that might arise after adoption. Whenever I hear someone say they are thinking about getting a dog, I will surely recommend them this book as their first step.”
— 4.5/5 Star Review, Seattle Book Review
“It’s important to note that this book leaves nothing left to wonder about: there are over 100 links to these articles and products.”
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“What to Expect When Adopting a Dog is a handbook that every dog lover should have, a book that is written from experience and from the heart.”
— 5 Star Review, San Francisco Book Review
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“This book shows that adopting a dog can reward you with years of companionship, joy, and unconditional love.” — 5 Star Review, Foreword Reviews
Steve Irwin meets David Attenborough in this jaw-dropping account of studying the world’s most venomous creatures. Venom Doc The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever By Bryan Grieg Fry
Praise on behalf of Venom Doc
“Venom Doc is jam-packed with wildly entertaining behind-the-scenes stories of how Bryan became an expert on venom and the trials and tribulations of a life in science. Brilliant, flamboyant, and sometimes controversial . . . This book is thrilling and thought-provoking!” —Nigel Marven, BBC television host
“If you’re a fan of the animals most love to loathe, then this book is definitely for you.” —Discover magazine
“If the first two rules of writing one’s memoirs are to live a remarkable life and to relate its anecdotes in an interesting, entertaining way, then Bryan Fry's Venom Doc nails it on both counts.” —Ray Morgan, The Venom Interviews
A One-of-a-Kind Tale of a Man’s Passion for Poison
Venomologist Bryan Grieg Fry has one of the most dangerous jobs on earth: he works with its deadliest creatures. He’s been bitten by twenty-six poisonous snakes, stung by three stingrays, and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while deep in the Amazon jungle. He’s also broken twenty-three bones, including his back in three places, and had to learn how to walk again. But when you research only the venom you yourself have collected, the adventures—and dangers—never stop. Imagine a three-week-long first date in Siberia catching venomous water shrews; a wedding attended by Eastern European prime ministers with their machine-gun-wielding bodyguards and snakes; or leading a team to Antarctica that results in the discovery of four new species of venomous octopi. With an insatiable appetite for venom, Bryan has traveled the world collecting samples. He’s encountered poisonous creatures of all kinds, including the Malaysian king cobra, the Komodo dragon, and the brush-footed trapdoor spider. He recounts his lifelong passion for studying the world’s most venomous creatures in this outlandish, captivating memoir, where he and danger are never far apart. Venom Doc: The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever (Arcade Publishing; October 2016) is a one-of-a-kind tale of a man’s passion for poison. Fry is a doctor, writer, documentary and TV personality, and professor at the Venomics Laboratory at the University of Queensland. Originally published in Australia, this is Venom Doc’s North American debut, and it will be many readers’ first exposure to Fry. Prepare to follow his colorful journeys into remote corners of the world where he searches for venom that has led to medical cures and scientific breakthroughs. Fry experienced an Icarus-like crash when he sustained a near-career-ending injury, breaking his back. While stuck in a hospital for four months, and during his long recovery, Fry thought up this book as a self-help exercise. The result is a wild, sometimes zany, gripping, and surprisingly inspiring read. Anyone who loves adventures, big personalities, animals, and moving stories will adore the fiercely exciting ride that is Fry’s memoir Venom Doc.
About the Author: Bryan Grieg Fry was born in 1970 to a Norwegian mother and an American father and educated in the United States, attending Portland State University before pursuing a PhD in Australia at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Drug Design and Development. His papers and articles have been published widely in academic journals and in the trade media, including Wired, Cosmos, and National Geographic, and he has appeared in documentaries and television programs. He also is the author of Venomous Reptiles and Their Toxins (Oxford University Press). He is associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland where he is group leader of the Venomics Laboratory. He resides in Queensland, Australia.
Venom Doc The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever By Bryan Grieg Fry | Arcade Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook On Sale: October 4, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-62872-699-2 Price: $24.99
Additional Praise for Venom Doc:
"Ask Bryan Grieg Fry what he does for a living, and you're suddenly thrown into a strange world full of venom and danger. In Venom Doc, Fry takes readers on a gripping tour of that world, showing why the dangerous creatures he spends his life with are also among the most fascinating."—Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex
"A pioneering scientist of the topmost caliber” —Sean P. Bush, MD, FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine, with Tenure, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine "Venom Doc is a rollercoaster ride. . . . Venom Doc offers a no-holds barred account of his life journey and transformation, interspersed with near-death experiences, euphoric highs and reflections on his own mortality. . . . Throughout, Bryan offers his scientific insight into the creatures he studies and the elixir he ultimately craves—venom." —Dr. Nick Casewell, Senior Lecturer at the Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
“A wild acid-soaked synthesis of Hunter S. Thompson and Gerald Durrell . . .”—Dr. Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning naturalist, writer, and television presenter for Discovery Channel and National Geographic
Lead with Your Heart
Lessons from a Life with Horses
6 x 6.7 inches
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Author: Allan Hamilton, MD
In his nearly three decades of working with horses, author Dr. Allan J. Hamilton has developed a unique way of listening to these elegant creatures. His resulting insights translate far beyond the training ring and are relevant in boardrooms, living rooms, classrooms, and even meditation rooms.
“Working with a horse is never about the horse; it is always about you,” Hamilton writes in the introduction to this collection ofmore than 100 short essays. He calls on his experience as both a celebrated neurosurgeon and widely respected horse trainer to explore how the horse is a metaphor for the spirit and how working with a horse leads readers to examine themes such as the self and others; leadership, power, and trust; prey and predator; ambition and humility; learning and teaching; motivation and gratitude; and much more.
Like humans, horses yearn for harmony, kindness, and tranquility. In the herd, they share values of fairness, forgiveness, leadership, partnership, kinship, and trust. Hamilton’s essays, developed as he worked with his Lipizzan stallion Romeo, will inspire anyone interested in personal self-awareness and growth.
Praise for Lead with Your Heart
“Allan Hamilton is a real brain surgeon with true horse sense. If you want to be a better leader, teacher, parent — a more conscious human being, rather than a human doing — this is a book to keep close.”
— Stephen Kiesling, editor-in-chief, Spirituality & Health
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“Dr. Hamilton blends horse sense with common sense and adds lessons on trust, respect, and compassion, which we can take from the round pen, to the saddle, to the office, and to our living rooms.”
— Molly Sweeney, vice president of the Horses & Humans Research Foundation
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“Lead with Your Heart takes you deep into learning the art of horsemanship and helps you enter the sensory-based world of the horse.”
— Temple Grandin, author of Humane Livestock Handling and Animals in Translation
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“What a gem of a book! Allan Hamilton offers jewels to enrich our relationships with horse, family, colleagues, and self. This is the sort of book to keep close to refer to as life’s inevitable chaotic waves threaten.”
— Barbara K. Rector, CEIP-ED, co-founder of Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association
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"Recent research tells us that horses are much smarter than we once believed. Allan J. Hamilton provides an excellent foundation for how to achieve a deeper and more rewarding partnership with them.”
— Wendy Williams, author of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
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“Dr. Allan Hamilton’s unfailing respect for the dignity and wisdom of horses provides an excellent blueprint for all who love our equine companions.”
— Elizabeth Letts, New York Times best-selling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse
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"Hamilton transfers life lessons learned from his history with horses to be applicable to anyone wishing to live a more mindful life. Both the writing and paintings invite quiet reflection on the ways we live, act, and interact with each other, horses, and the world."
— Carmela Caruso, Bookseller at Novels & Novelties Bookstore
About Allan Hamilton, MD
Allan Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.” Dr. Hamilton has held positions as Chief of Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hamilton now serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center, a multi-disciplinary think-tank at the Arizona Health Sciences Center devoted to developing new technologies and training procedures to reduced preventable medical adverse events.
He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals. He is also a decorated Army officer who served in Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Hamilton's first book, The Scalpel and the Soul (2008,Tarcher/Penguin USA) was awarded the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, which was conceived to recognize world-changing books. In 2012, his second book, Zen Mind, Zen Horse—The Science and Spirituality of Training Horses (2011, Storey Publishing) won the Nautilus Gold Award. Previous Nautilus Gold Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His books have been translated into several languages.
He has been the subject of two award-winning documentaries. The first is Playing with Magic, which chronicles his work with horses and was directed by Emmy-award winning director, Wayne Ewing. The second, Consider the Conversation, reviews his advocacy for end-of-life care for terminally-ill patients and was recently featured on PBS. His equine work has been showcased on the NBC Today Show, ABC News, CNN, and PBS. He is a frequent guest on NPR, and has been featured in Western Horseman, Equus, and Horse & Rider.
For the last several years Dr. Hamilton has served as medical script consultant on more than one hundred and fifty episodes of the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and four seasons with Private Practice. He is listed with several speakers bureaus, is an Elite Speaker for Cunard’s Enrichment Programme, and has served as either a keynote or invited speaker at over three hundred events.