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With furry viral video stars taking the Internet by storm, it’s no surprise that one of YouTube’s most popular pets is a French-speaking Tuxedo cat. But Henri, le Chat Noir isn’t your typical playful kitten charming viewers with mindless antics and common cuteness. In his own words, Henri is “filled with ennui”—trapped in a seemingly pointless existence and desperate to express his disillusionment.
Filmed in black and white to parody French film noir, Henri feels that his philosophical musings are not meant for idle entertainment. And yet, it seems the world is destined to take pleasure in his suffering. Henri’s videos have been viewed more than 12 million times to date, and his following is growing (almost as much as his disappointment).
Despite his distaste for simpleminded cats and misguided humans, Henri won the Golden Cat Award in 2012 (the top prize at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and continues to be featured in the news, including being named one of Huffington Post’s Most Influential Cats of 2012. But, Henri wonders, what good is “influence” if one fails to be understood?
At first, Henri had been undeterred by these distractions, pondering instead life’s larger questions. “Ultimately, our lives are spent diverting ourselves with one meaningless task after another. And yet, the great mysteries of the universe remain undiscovered,” he says. “So, does it really matter if I peed on the counter?”
Such universal truths must be considered. But how can Henri address the narrowness of human understanding when his intellectual property is being compromised? His videos are widely credited as the mastermind work of William Braden (“the thieving Filmmaker”), a former student of the Seattle Film Institute who captured Henri’s malaise on film and has been living off his popularity ever since.
It’s time to set the record straight! Henri’s book offers his first uninterrupted, completely unedited commentary, which he hopes will provide new insight—or at least something for the coffee table that will make people look smart.
Henri, le Chat Noir shares the disenchanted house cat’s cynical, profoundly hilarious perspective alongside 45 artful photos and delightfully doleful quotes from the world’s first philosophical feline. Finally, the eye-opening truth is at hand for anyone who is willing to scratch well beyond the surface.
Publication Date: MAY 2013
WILLIAM BRADEN holds a degree in creative writing and attended the Seattle Film Institute. He is a professional videographer, but now supports himself fully with Henri-related ventures. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is available for interviews.
Visit www.henrilechatnoir.com.
Henri, le Chat Noir
The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat
$12.99 hardcover, 96 pages, 7 x 5 inches
45 black-and-white photos
ISBN: 978-1-60774-510-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60774-511-2
TEN SPEED PRESS | Crown Publishing Group www.tenspeed.com
As a kitten, I was
filled with boundless
wonder and an endless
need to know more
about the world.

I soon discovered the true nature of our existence, and saw it for the cruel and arbitrary prison it is. Also, I grew into my ears.

Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013.
There are 17 days left in the year.

He’d Always Wanted this Pet and that Pet, and…

Peterson Amy Cover

Humorous memoir chronicles one household’s unpredictable cornucopia of creatures and offers indispensable advice on raising, spoiling, and loving them
For certain individuals in the world, having their own personal menagerie to spoil and love constitutes paradise. Amy L. Peterson’s biologist husband is one of those people.
In her engaging new memoir Something Furry Underfoot, Peterson tells how, upon marrying her husband Mark, she unwittingly opened the door and ultimately her heart to the unpredictable cacophany of creatures that Mark had "always wanted."
Take the African pygmy hedgehog, for example. Charmed by the prickly creature, Peterson, a softy at heart, wanted it to have a pal so it wouldn’t get lonely. Along came Louie, who upon escaping from his cage for flings with Sonic, presented the stunned Petersons with several unplanned litters of baby hedgehogs.
Four mischievous ferrets came next. These were soon joined by a variety of mice, gerbils, and hamsters. A white frou-frou puppy named Dusty and then another beloved pup, Little Dipper, followed. Somewhere along the way, the Petersons also acquired a duck, frogs, fish, rabbits, kittens, birds, and sundry other creatures.
Besides chronicling the ups and downs of caring for all these animals, Something Furry Underfoot also contains fifty sage tips for pet owners, making the book more than just an entertaining read; it’s also a how-to book full of helpful advice learned the hard way.
Tips include the following gems: Tip #9: Breeding pets to make money doesn’t always work out so well. Tip #14: A devilish ferret may not look devilish upon first inspection. Tip #28: It is important (although not easy) to know a boy gerbil from a girl gerbil.
Peterson comments, "When I started writing this book, I set out to document the variety of pets my husband brought into my life and how unique each was: each hamster in a litter of hamsters has a different personality; even two mynah birds that look identical have different personalities. As I wrote, I realized that not only was each and every pet different, they all had different needs and wants. That led me to the book's overall message: that every pet has a story, and our role as owners is to make that story as good as possible."
In telling the stories of her pets, Peterson tells her own, revealing how her heart has expanded and her marriage has endured the countless surprises, challenges, and expenses presented by the endless stream of furred and feathered creatures that first entered and then altered her life.
The only question is, what’s next?
"Want to know what it’s like living with a houseful of pets while still holding onto your sanity? Then you’ve got to read Something Furry Underfoot, Amy Peterson’s warm and funny book about her experiences coping with and caring for all manner of animals. Not only will you get a lot of laughs but you’ll also pick up some valuable tips about co-existing with your own critters!"Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks, Kitty Cornered, and Fowl Weather
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Something Furry Underfoot will be donated to animal rescue organizations. visit www.amylpeterson.com.
Author: When Amy married Mark in 1994, she became a stepmother to four children ages three, five, thirteen, and fifteen. Unable to find uplifting self-help books about step-parenting, Amy documented her own humorous and stressful experience in From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds. Their kids now grown, Amy works for the state of Michigan and lives with Mark and numerous critters. When not working or caring for animals, Amy tends to get in trouble while traveling, the details of which may be the basis for her next book.


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39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:

Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers

By Dr. Judith Samson-French

A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers




Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.

But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?

In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.

Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.

A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:

· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters

· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog

· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving

· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting

· And many, many more!

“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”

About the Author:

A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.

She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.

In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is currently available via the DWNN website, Amazon and in select chain and independent brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout North America.

Find Dogs With No Names on Facebook and YouTube.

Website: http://dogswithnonames.com/

When the Horses Whisper
The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings

Rosalyn W. Berne

Rosalyn Berne has always known that she was different from most people. Even as a child she was aware of things that others could not see or hear, experiencing the life force around her. But her special ability with horses was something that she would not fully recognize until she was an adult. Returning to Costa Rica―a once–visited sanctuary—she sought solace from the world and hoped to begin healing from a painful divorce and the subsequent breakdown of her family. Drawn to the horses that are part of the working farm-resort that was her retreat, she suddenly and unexpectedly received a gift―the ability to communicate with them. And what they said changed her life.


When the Horses Whisper shows the true power of horses. Once they realized that Rosalyn was able to ‘hear’ them they opened up completely, showing her a world of strength, beauty and, most importantly, love. She begins to realize how strong the bond is between horse and human and how anyone can communicate with them on a deeper level. She also learns how they can help humans to heal from loss and pain as she begins to recover from her own grief, including the loss of a child, a traumatic childhood encounter, and the end of her marriage.


As the story of each horse is revealed the author understands that they are telling her more than their own stories, they are teaching and helping her to rediscover her whole self, reminding her that she is part of a much larger universe. Proud and resourceful, the horses remind us all that creation is around us and within us at all times. In helping us to recover the pieces of ourselves that have been lost along our way, the horse’s teaching allows us to reconnect with our soul selves.


As the author continues to return to Costa Rica she is always met by old friends and introduced to new ones. Their stories are accompanied by photographs taken by the author’s daughter that illustrate the grace and spirit of each, beautifully recognizing the unique character of each horse. Filled with insight and hope When the Horses Whisper is an engrossing look into the heart of a horse and how the horse-human bond can change us all.

Rainbow Ridge Books • 2013 • ISBN 978-1-937907-16-7 • Trade Paper • $17.95



Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D



Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D. explores the intersecting realms between emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and between the human and non-human worlds. As a university professor she writes and teaches about engineering and technology in society and the ethical implications of technological development, often using science fiction material in her classes. In her personal life she continues to discover the transformational nature of human-equine relationships, and offers facilitation and translation services for enhancing communication between horses and their owners. She is author of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (Erlbaum Press, 2005) and the novel, Waiting in the Silence (Spore Press, 2012). To Recreate Life from Life, Biotechnology and Science Fiction brings the non-fictional writing of research scientists together with Berne’s science fiction short stories (forthcoming from Pan Stanford Press).

A properly trained parrot is a wonderful pet—and a poorly trained parrot can be a feathered monster. This book gives parrot parents the tools to help ensure that their birds become social, tame, and fun companions.  Advocating only positive, humane methods, the author guides the reader through the basics of training—including terminology and various techniques—and progresses to more advanced tasks, such as trick training, training a flighted parrot, and training a parrot to talk. Using the methods in this book, readers can prevent the development of most problem behaviors before they start and solve those that do. The author addresses many more topics bird parents will find useful, including behavioral enrichment and training a parrot to tolerate—or even participate in—nail trimming, wing clipping, wearing a harness, and riding in a carrier. The Perfectly Trained Parrot is a comprehensive resource for forging a strong and loving bond with a well-behaved parrot.

About the Author:

Rebecca K. O’Connor has trained birds professionally at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Healesville Sanctuary in Australia, and many other facilities. She has been a falconer for more than a decade and has experience working with a wide variety of animals. Rebecca is the author of the best-selling book, A Parrot for Life, a frequent contributor to national parrot magazines, and a popular blogger at her website www.heckledbyparrots.com. She shares her California home with three parrots, a peregrine falcon, and a Brittany.

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and a dog’s innate sense of loyalty and companionship has generated countless stories of unconditional love between owner and pet. In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; Nov 5) this relationship is explored through charming photographs, short essays and poems. A tribute to these elder animals, BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS also explores the current state of care and custody of senior dogs (primarily in America, but in other countries as well) serving as a call to action to people everywhere.

Garry Gross was always a dog lover and after he retired from the world of fashion photography, he established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families. Ten years after establishing the business, Garry decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs. While he showcased the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, older and senior dogs fascinated him the most.

BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS is a compilation of 44 stunning color Garry Gross photos that are accompanied by uplifting, humorous and touching articles by a range of writers including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day, Marlo Thomas and more. At the end, there is also a practical resource guide about caring for senior dogs to activate and inspire readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DAVID TABATSKY is a writer, editor, teacher and performing artist. He is the also the founder of Write for Life, dedicated to presenting writing and communication workshops in cancer centers around the country for patients, caregivers and medical staff. He teaches writing at The Cooper Union and circus arts and theatre in New York City public schools.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Gary Gross began his career as a commercial photographer studying with master photographers Lisette Model and Richard Avedon. His fashion and beauty photography has been featured in numerous fashion magazines and his work has appeared on the covers of GQ, Cosmopolitan, and New York magazine. Over the course of his long career, Gross photographed countless celebrities, including Calvin Klein, Gloria Steinem, Whitney Houston, and Lou Reed. Gross’s last project was a series of large-scale portraits of senior dogs, part of his active support for charities that benefited elder dogs. He died in New York City’s Greenwich Village on November 30, 2010.

St. Martin’s Press / Hardcover / $17.99 / On Sale November 5, 2013


A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
by Gregory Berns

Advance Praise for HOW DOGS LOVE US:

"A solid introduction to an appealing new area of research" – Kirkus Reviews

"Amazingly entertaining and super smart. In How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns gives us our first real look inside the brain of a dog, while simultaneously setting new standards in ethical science. A truly great read!"
—Steven Kotler, author of A Small Furry Prayer

" How Dogs Love Us is a fascinating account of a scientist’s tenacious pursuit of the unknown. Gregory Berns’s account of his lab’s Dog Project provides readers with new insights into the minds of our most loyal companions while also reminding us that scientific research should be approached with passion, love, and a bold disregard for the possibility of failure."
—Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty

"Gregory Berns's book, packed with solid scientific research and warm personal stories, will set the agenda for future research on the minds and emotional lives of animals."
—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

"This book lets you see inside the mind of a dog as never before. How Dogs Love Us will revolutionize how we understand animals—especially our dogs. This is a must-read for animal lovers and neuroscientists alike."
—Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs

Have you ever looked into your dog’s big brown eyes and wondered what he or she was thinking?  Do dogs really understand what we are saying and do they really love us like we love them?  Have we been underestimating their intelligence and capabilities? In his ground breaking new book, HOW DOGS LOVE US: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest; October 22, 2013; 272 pages; $25), Greg Berns shares the story of how he trained dogs to sit quietly during an MRI and reveals remarkable findings that will transform the way we communicate with man’s best friend.

Emory University Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study the human brain, but when he and his daughter adopted “Callie” a skinny, shy terrier mix from the shelter, he was inspired to see if the same tools would unlock the secrets of a dog’s brain as well.  Curious to know what his new dog was thinking, he overcame administrative, technical, legal and behavioral hurdles and painstakingly trained Callie to enter the MRI scanner on her own and stay still during the scans (earmuffs and all!).

In his new book, HOW DOGS LOVE US: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest; October 22, 2013; 272 pages; $25.00), Greg Berns explains how he trained dogs to voluntarily submit to the MRI and then reveals many surprising findings from his studies of the canine brain.   What he discovered challenges many prevailing ideas about dogs and could revolutionize the way humans and dogs coexist.  For example, Burns found:

Dogs are more like people than we thought and his findings beg the question “Should dogs  - and other animals - be granted legal rights beyond being property?”
How dogs love and evidence that they do empathize with human emotions.
The idea of being the “pack leader,” as some experts suggest, may be a mistake.

Berns’ work conducting canine brain scans on conscious, unrestrained dogs—dubbed “The Dog Project” at Emory—has now expanded the team of MRI-dogs to explore how dogs learn and smell, and what they experience when they’re separated from their humans.

Utterly fascinating and required reading for all dog lovers, HOW DOGS LOVE US answers age-old questions about man’s best friend and will help pave new ways to improve canine-human communication —even with dogs who have shown aggression towards humans.  In fact, one day we might find ourselves declaring “Dogs are people too!” and granting them rights beyond our wildest dreams.

About the Author:
GREGORY BURNS, MD, PhD is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.  His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Money, New Scientist, Psychology Today, and on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
Amazon Publishing/New Harvest
On-Sale Date: October 22, 2013; 272 Pages, $25.00

UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS, by Jennifer S. Holland, won the hearts of readers around the world, spending a phenomenal 46 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, written with the same journalistic integrity and filled with even more unbelievably cute photos, UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom (Workman; October 2013; $13.95) explores animal attachments that, in human terms, can only be called love.

Packed with aww-inspiring, full-color photography, the 43 brand-new stories in UNLIKELY LOVES are insightful tales of parental love, playful love, and the love of a big, wild, modern family.

Each story demonstrates unconditional love, understanding, commitment, loyalty, selflessness, and adoration within the most unexpected pairs of species. There are animals who can’t stand to be apart; animals shielding each other from insult or harm; and animals caring for each other during illness, providing parental protection, and, sometimes, refusing to let go even when their love goes unanswered. Each account reminds readers that if animals can do it, humans can also learn to accept differences big and small, and believe in the power of love. Meet:

•    Dotty the donkey, who heroically saved her barnyard brother, Stanley the sheep, from a vicious dog attack.
•    Chendra, an orphaned elephant, who spends days with her zoo pals: sea lions, goats, and penguins.
•    Edgar, a rescued pig who adopted a whole family of farm animals, including a sheep, a goat, and a dog.
•     Omni the black rhino and Digby the warthog, two orphans who found familial support in each other on the plains of a wildlife sanctuary.
•    Raksha the pit bull, an adoptive mother to Essy the duck, who spend their days together doing doggie things like taking walks on a leash.
Holland, a contributing nature writer for National Geographic, introduces readers to scientists, zoologists, and animal caretakers from around the world who, with firsthand knowledge of these unique interspecies relationships, tell us more about why they are so surprising.

The spectacular stories of animal affection in UNLIKELY LOVES are a powerful celebration of love, tolerance, acceptance, and diversity.

Jennifer S. Holland is the author of the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. She has written for National Geographic, Destination Discovery, and The Discovery Channel Online, specializing in science and natural history. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos. Her unlikeliest love story: One of her dogs found and saved the life of her runaway pet chameleon, Hank.

43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom
Workman Publishing | Paperback with flaps| October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7611-7442-4 | $13.95

“Enter the fascinating world of working dogs.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
By Cat Warren

“A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs.”
—MARIA GOODAVAGE, author of Soldier Dogs

“Move over, CSI, and make way for Cat Warren and her forensic dog, Solo, to grab and keep your attention.  Beautifully and compelling written—not only could I not put it down, I didn't want to.”
—PATRICIA B. McCONNELL, Ph.D., CAAB, author of The Other End of the Leash

“[Warren] has strong investigative and storytelling skills,
which makes the book all the more enthralling and engaging.”

“Cat Warren has captured both the magic and the best science behind the success of the modern working dog.”  —BRIAN HARE, evolutionary anthropologist, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center,
and co-author of The Genius of Dogs

Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist with a somewhat unorthodox hobby: she works with a cadaver dog—a dog who searches for missing and presumed-dead people.  What started as a way to harness the energies of her unruly, smart, German shepherd puppy, Solo, soon became a passion for them both (though Solo thinks it’s simply a great game, with the reward of a toy at the end). They have now searched for the missing throughout North Carolina for seven years.

In WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs (On-sale October 1, 2013; $26.99 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8; Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know and translate that arcane knowledge for humans.  The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field—all with an unsentimental yet sensitive touch.

What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of. What the Dog Knows reveals the science, the intense training, and the skilled handling that lie behind those abilities—and shows why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.


CAT WARREN is an associate professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism, editing, and reporting.  She lives with her husband, David, and two German shepherds, Solo and Coda, in Durham, North Carolina.  Visit www.catwarren.com.

The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
On-sale October 1, 2013
$26.99 Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8
Touchstone Books

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