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Joel Silverman has trained animals for Hollywood films, TV, amusement parks, and he now devotes his forty years of professional experience to helping thousands of pet owners train their dogs.

Joel has worked behind the scenes on lots of shows and films, but he’s best known for Good Dog U—his top-rated Animal Planet series that ran from 1999 to 2009. Joel has also authored three books to share his expertise: What Color Is Your Dog?®, Take 2 – Training Solutions for Rescued Dogs, and Bond With Your Heart; Train With Your Brain®.

Joel’s first step has absolutely nothing to do with training—it’s developing a great relationship with your pet. If this is something you personally have not done, you really need to take a few steps back and simply get to know your dog. Spend 20 to 30 days learning your dog’s likes and dislikes.

Joel believes that if you have taken the time to create that bond, you have ensured your dog’s trust and laid a great foundation for your dogs’ training too. Because of that strong relationship, your dog will want nothing more than to please you, and that drive will motivate him in ways you can build on by knowing his likes and dislikes. This is a great way to start a fun and exciting training program!

In more recent years, Joel has stressed individualizing training that caters to dog’s personalities. All dogs are different, and in so many cases dog owners fall into the trap of a one-size-fits-all approach to dog training. Since dogs have such varied personalities, Joel believes they should be trained according to their individual make up. He has created a color scheme to represent dogs’ basic personality types. This helps pet owners characterize their dog to simplify and personalize training. The What Color is Your Dog?® model is easy for the owner to figure out, and makes training easier for the dog too. Joel’s book will help you assign your dog a color that represents the dog’s personality and helps you to understand your dog better. You can then use the color-specific techniques Joel suggests to give you and your dog the most effective and enjoyable training experience possible.

For the past 35+ years, Joel has gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of teaching literally thousands of people about dog training and responsible pet ownership. Whether through his TV series, his books, or his videos—no matter how someone learned Joel’s methods, his biggest reward is someone coming up to him and saying, “thank you for making training easy and fun.”

Most pet owners want the best for their cherished friends. Sometimes, however, the nature of those relationships can upended, and getting back on track can be confusing and difficult. Here, Robert Berkelhammer provides an overview of what constitutes healthy pet family relationships and how pet parents can access services that will facilitate better communication, behavior, and all-around care.

In Pet Care Givers and Families (Rowman & Littlefield), Robert outlines the kinds of work pet care companies can offer and guides readers to getting the best possible level of professional caretaking to achieve behavioral changes in their pets. Dog playgroups, dog walking, pet sitting, and other services are described in terms of how families can work with providers to accommodate their animal and family needs.

Although focused mostly on dogs, the book also addresses the needs and services available for cats and birds. No pet owners will want to be without this book when deciding on a pet care arrangement that suits the family’s needs.

In an interview, Robert can discuss:

  • The importance of a healthy hierarchy
  • The benefits of dog behavior modification playgroups
  • What makes up a sound pet sitting environment
  • Tips on communicating with pet professionals
  • Transitions in the life of a pet
  • Pets mourning the loss of other pets
  • Dog walking and handling tips

ABOUT ROBERT BERKELHAMMER: Robert Berkelhammer, Med, known as The Pet Pro and The Posture Guy, is the son of a veterinarian and has worked in pet care since 2007. He has been the Daily Assistant Manager of a dog behavior modification play-group from 2011 to 2015. Additionally, he is a pet sitter, dog walker, and cat and bird visitor. For twenty years he maintained a holistic private practice integrating muscle therapy with yoga science. Robert is currently developing a corrective posture walking class and creating a video series on healthy occupational posture for blue-collar workers, parents and most professionals. Robert studied at the Kantor Family Institute and is a state-certified guidance counselor.

A beautifully illustrated collection exploring the delightful diversity of dogs


By Ann DeVito




“Being in the present moment is the way of dogs—Pets teach love and compassion.”

—Dalai Llama

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

—Mark Twain

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”

—Johnny Depp

“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.”

—Franz Kafka

“A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one. I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much.”

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden



From Schnauzers to Chihuahuas, Mastiffs to Maltipoos, crime-sniffing Blood Hounds to chic Bichons, dogs have charmed humans across the world for centuries with their lovable quirks and appealing personalities. Published in time for the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show, February 15-16, DOG LOVE (Penguin Books Original; Hardcover; On-Sale: February 2, 2016; 9780143107835; $18.00) is a beautiful and engaging collection of artwork and visual typography that explores the delightful diversity of dogs.

Graphic artist and avowed dog lover Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend and their personalities to life with this collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between.

  • The American Humane Association reported—after the first Benji movie was released—more than 1 million dogs were adopted from shelters across the country. Powerful awareness and publicity generated by one mutt!
  • Humans use 12 million olfactory receptor cells to smell, dogs use 1 billion—Bloodhounds use 4 billion!
  • MYTH—Greyhounds wear muzzles because they are mean. FACT—Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing to protect themselves from injury during the excitement of a chase.
  • Despite their regal air, ancient history, and over-the-top hairdos, Poodles are not snobs. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. In France, they are called caniches, meaning “duck dogs.”
  • Notable Dachshund Owners: Andy Warhol owned two Dachshund puppies, Archie and Amos. Pablo Picasso had a Dachshund muse named Lump.

DeVito would draw daily with her two children. DOG LOVE evolved by drawing the different breeds from The Complete Dog Book, and her children’s love of dogs. Her distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.



By Ann DeVito

A Penguin Books Original ▪ Hardcover

On-sale: February 2, 2016 ▪9780143107835 ▪ $18.00

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A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey
North on the Iditarod Trail
by Debbie Clarke Moderow
At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the
Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her
dogs decided they were done running.
FAST INTO THE NIGHT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2, 1016) is the gripping
story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and
Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet and the headstrong leader, Kanga. The first failed
attempt crushed Moderow’s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returns and
ventures again to Nome, pushing through injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and
clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevails.
Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans
and dogs, FAST INTO THE NIGHT is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs,
and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt—and
soldiers on.
DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a
mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has
always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13
days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. In 2013 Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran
University’s Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.
Debbie is available for interviews and her tour will take her to Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis,
Boston, Burlington (VT), and of course all over Alaska.
What does an average reader or “armchair adventurer” need to know about the Iditarod?
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts every year on the first weekend in March. Mushers and their sixteendog
teams leave Willow, a little north of Anchorage, and travel 1,000 miles, day and night, across the state of
Alaska to Nome. The race passes through 22 checkpoints along the way, where mushers have sent food and
supplies before the race. There are also veterinarians at each checkpoint, who assist watching over the dogs.
You grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. Can you describe the unlikely trajectory, from east coast
suburbia to Alaska’s Iditarod Trail?
I must admit, on the surface of things, it seems unlikely that my childhood in Greenwich would have led me
to this life in Alaska. But from the youngest age, I’ve always been a winter person—and a dog person. Those
two traits tend to override logistical circumstances.
Looking back, my Iditarod journey was a logical outgrowth of my parents’ adventurous spirit. My mother
was an aviator in the thirties, and actually flew her plane under the Brooklyn Bridge. My father, as well as
Mom, lived for outdoor adventure. I grew up fly fishing in upstate New York, skiing in Vermont, riding
horses in Wyoming, and simply exploring the woods behind our house with Dad’s hunting dogs traipsing
alongside me. Once I visited Wyoming I knew that one day I’d move west. Looking back, it’s easy to connect
the dots from Connecticut west to the Rockies, and north to Alaska’s Iditarod Trail.
How did your life with sled dogs actually begin?
It began when my husband Mark and I adopted our first husky, a retired Iditarod sled dog named Salt. The
moment Salt walked through our door, our lives changed forever.
At the time our children Andy and Hannah were 5 and 6 years old, and I had recently suffered a series of midpregnancy
miscarriages. First Salt drew me out of my grief; his insistent adventurous spirit re-ignited my
own. Then, in a matter of a few years, he mentored our young family, and a few young pups, about the joys of
the dog sledding trail.
So your mushing life began as a family effort?
Yes, it did. We hadn’t had Salt for more than a week or two when the kids borrowed a harness and sled so he
could pull them around our yard. A few months later, we acquired two puppies with the idea of having a tiny
team. Then Mark came home from work one night and announced he’d signed the kids up for the one and two
dog junior races the following day. So began the real fun of the Salty Dog Kennel.
During the next ten years our dogs were first and foremost for Andy and Hannah. From junior races to
weekends camping with our dogs, from training runs after school to building sleds way past everyone’s
bedtime, we all enjoyed the family kennel.
When Andy and Hannah were 7 and 8 they wanted to run in the two and three dog races—so we added some
puppies into the mix and there were five dogs living in our backyard. When they turned 11 and 12, they
needed a five and a seven-dog team. By the time they left for college, both bid a tearful farewell to the
family’s 20-dog team. I shed my own tears: the prospect of the empty nest looked pretty bleak. That’s when I
decided to run Iditarod.
What breed are Iditarod sled dogs?
Our dogs, like most in the sport, are Alaskan Huskies—a
working-dog blend of huskies and hounds developed over
many generations to be well-suited for winter travel. Because
these dogs are mutts, they vary in size and temperament. Ours
are smaller than some, ranging from 35-55 pounds. They are
all different colors. Some have brown eyes, a few blue. Some
ears stand up, others flop over.
Our particular dogs are sensitive and playful. Training them
requires patience and positive reinforcement.
Because Alaskan Huskies are not inbred, they live particularly
long and healthy lives. Most of our dogs enjoy running as 12
year olds. Many live to see at least 14-16 years.
What draws you to adventures with sled dogs?
My relationship with the dogs is the inspiration for our
adventures. Running a dog team is shared effort; your
connection with the beating hearts on the line defines every
twist and turn of the trail.
My dogs know everything about me. From them I cannot hide a bad mood, growing anxiety, or fatigue. In
turn, I know them intimately—how Tiger holds her tail tells me much about her attitude. When Gouda’s ears
go down, I know he needs an extra snack. To collaborate with their honest, steady hearts brings out the best in
me; in connecting my sensibilities to theirs I’ve learned much about them—as well as what it means to be
What are the qualities necessary to be a successful musher?
Both canine and human members of an Iditarod team need to enjoy and train to perform as winter endurance
athletes. When I took on the Iditarod challenge, I was highly motivated to be the best I could be—to hold up
my end of the bargain for the dogs. I trained at the gym, altered my eating and hydrating habits, learned to
cope with extreme sleep deprivation. Tending to my own nutrition and fitness was a key ingredient of our
While preparations are extremely important, long distance mushing is a calling—an obsessive and irresistible
desire to spend long miles with incredible canine companions on a challenging and invigorating wilderness
Describe your experience on the trail, as a female musher.
This is a question I’m asked often. The truth is
that I don’t think of myself as a female musher,
I consider myself a musher. Men and women
compete on a gender-blind basis in our sport, so
I take that for granted.
Of course every individual brings strengths and
weaknesses to the trail. At 5’2” and 125 pounds,
I have a weight advantage—and a relative
disadvantage in arm strength. That said, my
ability to work intuitively with individual dogs
might result from years of mothering. On the
other hand, some have argued that my first
incomplete race might have benefitted from my
husband’s more matter-of-fact approach. But I
don’t really see a “matter-of-fact” manner as
gender specific.
Bottom line is that each individual musher, regardless of gender, brings his or her own advantages and
disadvantages to the trail. During a 1,000 mile journey, one’s strengths and weaknesses are magnified.
There’s no hiding from them. You have draw on your particular talents and muddle through the rest.
What is the running-life of a sled dog? At what age do they first run in harness and how old do they
We first put our pups in harness around nine months. Because their joints are still developing, during their
first season we make sure to take them on very short and slow runs. We pair them with older dogs in order to
settle them on the line with good mentors. It is not until the following season that they train as full members
of the team.
On their very first outing in harness, our pups almost always pull like they’ve been on the line for a lifetime.
Just like a Labrador puppy seems to know how to swim as soon as she bounds into water.
Our older dogs usually run with the team until they are at least 12. Of course every dog is different. There are
11 and 12 year olds who thrive running Iditarod. They key with the golden oldies, as we call them, is to run
them slowly. They are perfect trainers for the up and coming generation.
How cold does it get on the trail? How do the dogs respond and how do you?
I’ve run in temperatures from negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees above zero. The dogs deal with
the cold far easier than humans do. Alaskan Huskies are a “double-coated northern” breed; because they live
outside in the winter, they acclimatize early in the season. For additional protection from the wind, we dress
them in insulated jackets. For a few thinner-coated dogs, I have special jackets trimmed with wolverine. One
houndy boy even wears a hat. Sled dogs far prefer temperatures down to negative 20 degrees over anything
warmer than twenty above.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your dogs?
During Iditarod, my dogs and I navigated 1,000 miles of wilderness trail, during which we were challenged
by weather and trail conditions we’d never experienced before. I think it’s fair to say that both my huskies
and I wrestled with opposing passions of daring and doubt.
Because sled dogs insist on living in the present, they are graced with a nimble and resilient spirit. This
strength of theirs is, for the most part, infectious. As long as I tapped into their happy focus, our shared miles
were relatively carefree.
Like any marathon journey, Iditarod miles are long and not always pretty. On a few occasions my dogs and I
suffered a momentary disconnect with one another—affecting our ability to move on. But in the end, we regained
our shared momentum.
To complete—together—such a long and complicated journey, was to contend with the messy nature of
success. As in everything in life, some miles were “better” than others; looking back several of our stumbles
could have been prevented, others were random twists of misfortune.
It was gratifying beyond any measure to cross beneath the burled arch in Nome. Not because of simply
getting there, but in having persevered to become the best team my dogs and I could be. Maybe the joy of
reaching our planned destination gave me a chance to glimpse what truly matters: that giving something your
very best effort is far more meaningful than any prize. The happy ending of my story is a gift to share—but
more important lessons can be found along those windy miles short of the finish line in Nome.
It all started with one retired Iditarod dog. Beware: If
you decide to adopt a sled dog, your life could change
You’ll never need another doorbell. Greeting visitors is
a specialty of our huskies—they are people-focused
dogs who live for meeting humans.
A dog team is a canine community. Among those dogs
living outside your window are close friends, lovers,
antagonists. Elders, students, and young rascals. Lead
singers, and those who can’t carry a tune.
If yours is a family dog team, your children will sob
uncontrollably leaving for college—saying goodbye to their dogs.
Everyone will ask you how you remember all 26 names, and you want to ask
them if they could ever forget the names of their closest friends.
You will buy dog food by the ton, and know the caloric value of one pound of
kibble as well as the Omega 3:6 fat balance in various oils.
You will consider the length of their toenails far more than your own.
Love songs on the radio will no longer remind you of an old boyfriend; instead
you’ll think of your lead dog.
Your definition of a romantic anniversary present is a new sled, handmade by
your husband. Or maybe better: the perfect new shovel for scooping the dog yard.
If you decide to write a book about Iditarod, it will take you forever. You’ll
outlive the dog-stars in your story. To have their ashes on the shelf next to your
writing desk will give you the determination to throw out one more draft and try
The Gregorian calendar no longer matters after you sign up for Iditarod. It’s all
about miles per month, the rookie meeting in early December, and your
appointment with the Iditarod Trail on the first Saturday of March.
Sometime near the start of the race you’ll realize you forgot to schedule all your
personal medical appointments—but your dogs have just had full physicals,
bloodwork, and EKGs.
On race day the prospect of 1,000 wilderness miles will reduce you to tears, but at
the sound of “5...4...3...2...1...go,” it’s just you, your dogs and the trail underfoot.
Everything is right in your world.
After the first week on the trail, when you travel at all times of the day, you
realize that you never understood the cycle of day and night before.
Who knew that two hours of sleep is a wonderful luxury?
Who also knew that sleeping fully clothed on a dirty plywood floor is also a
After several days on the trail you acclimatize to the cold and do chores
barehanded at 10 degrees.
Six weeks after the race you will still sit upright in bed at 2:00 AM and wonder if
you overslept when should have been leaving the checkpoint.
When the race is over you will put each of your dogs in a crate to fly home ahead
of you. It’s the worst thing ever—to explain to them that you have to stay for a
boring finisher’s banquet, and that you’ll see them “day after tomorrow.”
You will experience mixed emotions when you reach the finish line. The journey
of a lifetime has come to an end, but the real challenge comes readjusting to life
off the trail when it’s no longer just you and your dogs.
Blue and Holloman art gallery, 2/6
Barnes & Noble, 2/7
Iditarod Week, 2/29-3/6
Anchorage Museum, 3/4
Third Place Books, 2/15 (Lake Forest Park)
Village Books, 2/16 (Bellingham)
Powell's City of Books, 2/17
Common Good Books, 2/21
Harvard Book Store, 2/22 (Cambridge)
Jabberwocky, 2/23 (Newburyport)
Northshire, 2/26 (Manchester Center)
Fireside Books, 3/1
Coronado City Library, 4/5
Carlsbad City Library, 4/7

Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.




Calling All Tween Future Veterinarians and Their Parents:

Pursue Your Dream Job Now with Vet Set Go

New Vet Set Go! Book & VetSetGo.com Web Community is First & Only Resource for Tweens and Teens to Help Them Get Going Toward Their Veterinary Career



Tips from Dr. Carpenter to foster your child’s passion for veterinary medicine:

1.Look for opportunities now. Don’t wait. Aligning a tweens interest now can encourage more interest in science and biology, opening additional career paths.

2.Any and all animal exposure is important. Animal experience is the best way to help children determine the direction they want to pursue.

3.Get Connected. Talk to your local veterinarian, animal lovers, and future veterinarians to help foster your child’s passion and love of animals.


ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 14, 2016) – While many adults are still trying to figure out what they want to do professionally, it turns out one in five tweens (aged 9 to 14) have made it clear — they want to be veterinarians. Unlike other career goals, this one is most likely to stick.

Today, 65 percent of practicing veterinarians state they knew they wanted to be a veterinarian before the age of 13. To foster this passion, Christopher Carpenter, DVM, created Vet Set Go— the first and only book and web community of its kind — to provide valuable information for tweens and teens as well as their parents and grandparents looking to feed a young person’s interest in animals by opening doors to veterinary medicine now.

According to Dr. Carpenter, veterinary medicine is a true calling, not just a whim or fancy of a child but rather a critical path in life. The newly released book — available at VetSetGo.com — outlines many ways young people can gain experience working with animals now — from shadowing a veterinarian and attending veterinary or zoo camps across the country to pet-sitting and fostering a pet through an animal shelter.

Consider Kate, Logan and Alyssa:

  • Kate, 12-years old, has always demonstrated a fascination for animals and has taken the lead in caring for her three cats, African Grey parrot, cockatiel, rabbit and two fish. Last summer she attended Animal Adventure Camp in Ohio where was able to further explore her dream.
  • Even before he hit his tween years, Logan, now 15 years old, knew he wanted to be a vet. When his mom saw how much he loved caring for his animals at home and at the local shelter, she enrolled Logan in Tiger Tails Summer Camp where he earned the “Most Likely to Become a Vet” award.
  • And it was no surprise to Alyssa’s parents when one morning the 12-year-old — who is devoted to caring for her dog, three cats, hamster and her beloved sugar glider — while telling everyone she plans to become a vet — asked if she could miss school to go to her cat’s veterinary appointment “just to watch what the vet does.”

Like these young aspiring veterinarians, Dr. Carpenter discovered his calling when he was 11 years old. “I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, but all I ever heard from both my family and others was ‘Well, you better learn science then.’ I didn’t know any vets to talk to about my dream and I never knew about veterinary camps for kids until I started this research for Vet Set Go,” he said. “But the reality is there are many creative ways to foster an interest in animals and teach science concepts. Future vets learn science through the love of animals. Animals are a great way to get more kids involved in science — and guide young minds to our profession or related science professions.”

Dr. Carpenter has created Vet Set Go! as a “how-to,” particularly for tweens, providing checklists, action plans, introductory letters and thank you notes. To compliment the book, VetSetGo.com is the first and only web community designed for aspiring tween veterinarians to virtually shadow veterinarians and share their experiences. The Vet Set Go community is created for tweens and teens to explore the science of taking care of animals, meet veterinarians from all over the country and take a peek into their practices through the video series called “Meet the Vets.” The website also invites program managers from camps, zoos, foster programs and other veterinary educational opportunities from all over the country to post their programs for tweens at www.vetsetgo.com/join/activities.

About Vet Set Go

Vet Set Go — both the new book and website community — is the first and only resource of its kind to provide valuable information for tweens, parents and grandparents looking to foster a young person’s passion for animals by opening the doors to veterinary medicine now. Recently named among the best in family-friendly media by Mom’s Choice Awards,Vet Set Go! is supported in part by a grant from Sentinel® Spectrum® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/ praziquantel) a delicious beef and bacon flavored chew to protect dogs against six parasites, including tapeworms. To purchase Vet Set Go! or explore the resources available, visit VetSetGo.com.


of NORTH AMERICA and the Caribbean

by Scott Weidensaul

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 13, 2015), the newest addition to the trusted Peterson Reference Guide series, is a comprehensive guide to owls in North America. Owls are perhaps the most intriguing of all birds — instantly recognizable and endlessly fascinating, owls have captured the human imagination for millennia, and the Snowy Owl irruption in the winter of 2014 brought with it a new surge of curiosity and enthusiasm for these impressive and mysterious birds.

Seasoned birder and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has been banding owls for many years and in fact banded many of the Snowy Owls in the 2014 irruption. He brings his expertise to the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by providing the most up-to-date information about owls’ natural history, biology, ecology, migration, and conservation status.

The guide is packed with detailed information about identification, calls, habitat, nesting, and behavior, and is also the only North American owl book to include the Caribbean, covering 39 species of owls in total including many little-known tropical species.

Heard more often than seen, many owls are best identified by vocalizations; this is the only owl guide to include access to a collection of recordings. Hundreds of colored photographs accompany entries on each species of owl, including the most accurate color range maps showing breeding, wintering, and migration routes. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean is a definitive work useful for serious birders and ornithologists while equally accessible to the non-expert.

Scott Weidensaul
has written more than two dozen books on natural history, his most recent being Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. He is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, and The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct. He lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.


“Though Dillie cannot leave our five-acre property, she has touched people around the
world. Her reach is a miracle of modern communications, but it is also a miracle of love.
This blind rescued deer has had an impact that continues to ripple throughout the
world... Love and providence are the foundations of Dillie's life. As I marveled at all that
had come to me because of Dillie, I began to see that in saving her life, I had saved my
Melanie Butera, DILLIE THE DEER
A True Story of Love, Healing, and Family
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Sometimes, we are touched in ways we never would have expected. For veterinarian Melanie Butera, it
was not one of the thousands of dogs or cats she had treated over the years that changed her life—it was
a blind, dying fawn.
Melanie Butera’s memoir DILLIE THE DEER: A Story of Love, Healing, and Family (Regan Arts,
Hardcover, October 2015) is the remarkable true story of how one tiny fawn inspired people
everywhere—from South Korea to the International Space Station. Even more than twenty years of
emergency veterinary experience could not prepare Melanie for the day that a farmer brought Dillie to
her clinic. From a rambunctious fawn to an Internet sensation, Dillie was an endless source of joy for
Melanie and her husband, Steve. But when Melanie was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, they realized
the real reason Dillie was put in their life: to provide the love and support that would give Melanie the
courage to fight.
DILLIE THE DEER gives readers a personal look into Dillie’s likes, dislikes, inspirational courage,
and delightful adventures, including:
• How she learned to climb the stairs, open cabinets, play the piano, and work the ice
• Why linguine is her favorite food.
• The epic battle of tag between Dillie and arch-nemesis, Steve’s grandson Akheem.
UNFORGETTABLE STORY.• Her heartwarming relationships with her two best friends, Lady the standard poodle and
Niffie the cat.
• The creation of the Dillie Cam: a 24/7 live streaming camera where fans can watch Dillie
in her room.
DILLIE THE DEER is the perfect book for those who believe in the unique connection between
animals and humans and for everyone who believes in the power of the human spirit.
“I am fighting cancer again, but with confidence this time. No matter what the disease
does to me, it cannot erase the impact of my life. It cannot reverse the work I have done,
or end the friendships I have made. It cannot end the love I share with my husband. It
cannot erase the smiles I have seen on children’s faces when they meet Dillie. It cannot
remove the cherished memories I have of all the wonderful Dillie fans who reach out to
us from around the world, sending us love and prayers. I will continue on my journey
without fear, with the peace of knowing that my path is lit by love, joy, and a deer named
Melanie Butera, DVM, is a veterinarian with more than twenty years of emergency experience. She has
owned the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital for the past ten years and the Stark County Veterinary
Emergency Clinic before that. She has treated more than 100,000 emergency cases in her career and
now enjoys the different challenges of private practice work. Dr. Butera and her husband, Steve
Heathman, live in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Check out Dillie’s website:
A portion of the proceeds from the
sale of this book is donated to
Dillie’s charity for UNICEF and
local animal rescue charities.
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Publication date: October 27, 2015 | Price: $24.95 | ISBN: 9781942872108


Tired of your dog slobbering on your face? Trying to minimize mouthing? What supplies do you need before you bring home a new puppy? What do you do during a thunderstorm or with an elderly animal? For 15 years, Adopt-a-Pet.com has brought companions into the lives of thousands and now, for the first time ever, the editors at Adopt-a-Pet.com present The Total Dog Manual, a comprehensive guide to understanding your furry friend.

From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.

Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond.

In both her clinical work and in her writing, Pia addresses topics ranging from the loss of a personal companion animal to the climate of animal welfare as it relates to social justice on a broader scale.

Her writing is included in the recently published, Pet Loss and Human Emotion. And her extensive involvement in the animal rescue effort following hurricane Katrina has been featured on such shows as Animal Planet’s Hurricane Heroes and 20/20 to name a few. Pia is the spokesperson for www.Adopt-A-Pet.com , North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website.  This site gives adoptable animals national exposure and a chance at being adopted into loving homes.  

Pia hosts The Save-a-Pet show and is a contributing writer on the Adopt-a-Pet.com website. She covers such topics as why adopting not only saves lives, but makes for good parenting and promotes pro-social behavior in today’s youth.

You may also recognize Pia as a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, where she highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. Pia is also a regular guest contributor to The Martha Stewart blog, "The Daily Wag"
Pia has developed programs that pair at-risk teens with animals who share similar histories of abuse and neglect.  According to one of her Psychologist colleagues, “She may be little in stature, but she is big on personality. The kids and animals she works with love her ability to roll around and get dirty, both physically and emotionally.  She has a knack for reading both animals and humans!”.
Dr. Salk brings her own rescued animals into her clinical work. And she often credits the animals as being “the real therapists.”  

My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals
by: Dr. Merlin Tuttle

October 20, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"The Secret Lives of Bats is a whirlwind adventure story and a top-shelf natural history page-turner. But perhaps most important, it tells the feel-good conservation success story of the century: how Merlin Tuttle changed the world's perception of bats from monsters to angels—by befriending people, then showing them the truth. Everyone who cares about animals must read this riveting book about a fearless, indestructible gentleman-adventurer and the beautiful, gentle bats he has studied, protected, and loved.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus and The Good Good Pig

"The Secret Lives of Bats dispels the bad reputation of bats, long lurking in our imagination as creepy, somewhat scary creatures—the bit players in horror movies and Gothic romance. Tuttle’s innovative photography, adventurous spirit, and compelling words and science reveal bats for what they are: intelligent, social, and fascinating mammals. In short, Tuttle's fifty years of research and conservation commitment has turned our aversion into awe."

Kathy Moran, National Geographic

"Tuttle's recent attempts to photograph them in their natural habitat have led him through many hair-raising adventures, which he entertainingly chronicles. A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Kirkus Reviews

The Secret Lives of Bats highlights the life-long journey of the man who arguably has done more for the conservation of bats than anyone else on the planet. Filled with personal and professional stories and peppered liberally with scientific insights about bats, this book is a must-read for a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the world’s most misunderstood mammals. ”

John P. Hayes, Colorado State University

TIMELY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS on October 20, which is National Bat Week and the week before Halloween, when awareness for bat conservation is highest. Ideal for Halloween coverage.

LEADING BAT EXPERT. No one is more qualified to write this book than ecologist Dr. Merlin Tuttle, who has dedicated his life to setting the record straight on the good bats bring to the economy, environment, and population. He founded Bat Conservation International—the leading authority on bat protection—in 1982.

STUNNING PHOTOS. Extraordinary photos that Tuttle has taken over the years of bat species from around the world are available for excerpt. Nothing stops Tuttle from getting his shot: inserts in the book show him roping into caves, crawling into hollow trees, and scaling cliff walls to get to the highly intelligent and elusive bats.

A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

How do you feel about bats? Everyone has a bat story. Dr. Merlin Tuttle has thousands of them, and none involve him running away screaming or calling an exterminator. Tuttle, an ecologist and founder of Bat Conservation International, has spent his lifetime searching the globe for every bat species known to man, documenting his experiences through photography and writing (his work has appeared in Science, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and National Geographic). THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on-sale: Oct. 20, 2015) is the culmination of his lifetime’s worth of meticulous study.

The opening scene is of young Tuttle exploring a known bat cave with his dad. He stumbles upon thousands of them as they’re nesting, disrupting their sleep and causing them to fly all over him, inside his shirt and up his pant legs. Tuttle, who would one day be known as the “real life Batman”, wasn’t remotely afraid. “I soon realized that they meant no harm and were only seeking places to hide. In fact, they had more to fear than I did…they neither scratched nor bit me as they swarmed over me, and I had to hold quite still to avoid inadvertently crushing them.”

So begins Tuttle’s lifelong dedication to changing pre-conceived opinions about bats. Instead of fearing the vampire bat, for example, we should thank it for its saliva, which has aided in the development of modern medicines. Bats promote healthy crops and sustainable living for farmers by eating nighttime insects and reducing the need for pesticides. They are responsible for the pollination of over 500 plant species, including different types of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava, and agave (so no bats, no chocolate or tequila!). Bats are not by nature blood-thirsty attackers of the human race, but gentle, cuddly creatures, with off-the-charts intelligence. Bats are essential to the environment and to the economy.

Tuttle has encountered bats as cute as any panda and as strange as any dinosaur, from tiny bumblebee bats to flying foxes with six-foot wingspans. He shares harrowing details of moonshiner standoffs, close encounters with tigers, cobras, and poachers, and daring feats just to get close. He did it for love of bats and the thrill of scientific discovery, and it’s all in the book.

What’s not to love?

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