I have a confession. I am drawn to books about dogs like magnets to fridges. All kinds of books. Fiction and non-fiction. Books on "How To" care, feed, groom, train and be the best dog mom one can be. Then there are comic-style books about dogs. Coloring books. Craft ideas for dog owners. You name it. If it has a dog on the cover, there is a good chance I'll check it out.
The kind peeps at Fox Chapel Publishing contacted me about the recent release of their newest book. With a dog on the front cover and the word dog in the title, well....there goes that magnet to fridge response.
Now I have to be clear that I am a huge advocate of Adopt, Don't Shop when it comes to finding a dog to love and to become a part of the family. And the book seems likely targeted to those who need such a resource in their purebred endeavors. But I still see it as a wonderful book to marvel "all that is dog". One that all dog lovers can enjoy, regardless of having a pure or mixed breed.
The New Complete Dog Book is considered the American Kennel Club’s “Bible” of dogs. For the past 88 years (that's 616 in dog years) it has been the ultimate breed resource—the one book that no purebred dog aficionado and expert can live without. In addition to being the longest continually published dog book in history, it is also the most successful dog book ever published, with over two million copies sold.
The revised and updated 22nd edition contains revised breed standards, changes in breed classifications, and recently recognized breeds. Dog owners, breeders, and clubs will find the most current information here on AKC registration, competitive events, and programs.
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These are some of the gems you will find in The New Complete Dog Book:
- Official standard for every AKC-recognized breed, including seven variety Groups and the Miscellaneous Class
- Breed histories, puppy-buying tips, and pet attributes, each breed written by one of the 200 AKC national parent clubs
- Over 800 exceptional color photographs of adults and puppies illustrate each four-page breed entry
- Spotlight on finding well-bred puppies, sports and activities for dogs and owners, AKC programs, and canine anatomy
- Illustrated glossary of canine terminology
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This is a book that I'm keeping close by as a reference here in The Pet Blog Lady office. And you can have a copy too! We are giving away a copy to one lucky winner! The contest is open to those in the USA and closes, Saturday, September 16th. Good luck! And here's to ALL kinds of dogs...pure, mixed, mystery....Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!
Treat yourself to a copy which is NOW ON SALE!