Pets/Animals

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Considering adding a furry friend to your family? Give a second chance to a dog looking for a forever home. Visit the local rescue shelters in our area such as the Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue or the Michigan Humane Society. Once you've adopted your forever friend, check out these inspiring books about rescued shelter dogs!

When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs--lots of them--and so her foster journey began.In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day's notice; a heart- worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara's on the way to their forever homes.What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn't just one that could ll the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence--she could save dozens along the way. The stories of these remarkable dogs-- including an eighty-pound bloodhound who sang arias for the neighbors--and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many loveable pups, Cara says, "If I don't give this one away, I can't possibly save another." Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will take the reader on an journey of smiles, laughs, and tears--and lead us to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help. 

Bodie, mystery mix rescue pup, is on death row in a Los Angeles dog shelter, having been abandoned by his owner. Belinda, a heartbroken woman, is in a heap on the floor of her vintage apartment, having been dumped by the man of her dreams. Two lost souls ready to find a new life--together. Belinda falls in love with Bodie the moment he plants his furry butt on her bare, flip-flopped foot. Soon, the two embark on a 2,000-mile West Coast road trip, taking in spectacular Big Sur, a pack run in the wilds of Oregon, afternoon tea at Doris Day's dog-loving hotel in Carmel, a fragrant encounter with the creator of Kennel No.5 furfume, and a bar stop in a small town near San Francisco where a dog was elected mayor and served for thirteen years . . .

On their soul-searching adventure, Belinda and Bodie cruise along California State Route 1, one of the most iconic highways in America, heading towards Portland, Oregon--repeatedly voted one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. Join Belinda and Bodie on this feelgood road trip, and you, too, will feel the wind in your hair and a wag in your tail! 

An amateur sleuth, an unsuspecting victim, a quirky supporting cast, and a trail of clues and red herrings are the main ingredients of a cozy mystery. The term “cozy” was coined in the late 20th century and, in a cozy, it is not that person alone who fights the battle for justice. Many times, the protagonist is surrounded by a group of family and friends (and animals!), who are cheering her on to solve the crime. Source.

Below are a few cozy mysteries that feature animals as integral characters...

Probable claws by Rita Mae Brown
Also available in: large print

Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her friends and animal companions pursue the threads of a mystery dating back to Virginia's post-Revolutionary past, when their 18th-century predecessors struggled with the challenges of the fledgling country. In the present day, Harry's new friendship with Marvella Lawson, doyenne of the Richmond art world, leads her to rediscover her own creative passions-- and reveals evidence of an all too contemporary crime.

It’s February, prime foxhunting season for the members of Virginia’s Jefferson Hunt Club, when a shocking event alarms the community. A woman is found brutally murdered, stripped naked, and meticulously placed atop a horse statue outside a tack shop. The theft of a treasured foxhunting prize inside the store may be linked to the grisly scene, and everyone is on edge.

With few clues to go on, “Sister” Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, uses her fine-tuned horse sense to try to solve the mystery of this “Lady Godiva” murder. But Sister isn’t the only one equipped to sniff out the trail. The local foxes, horses, and hounds have their own theories on the whodunit. If only these peculiar humans could just listen to them, they’d see that the killer might be right under their oblivious noses–and that Sister could become the killer’s next victim. 

National Dog Day recognizes and celebrates the importance of all dogs and how they impact our daily lives. We love our dogs and they, in turn, love us. As part of our families, dogs bring companionship and pure joy. They provide comfort to those in need and selflessly save lives in the line of duty. Celebrate National Dog Day by considering pet adoption at a local rescue shelter and open your heart and home to a forever friend.

Ask any dog lover: dogs and puppies are the best thing ever! Dogs lift our moods, lower our blood pressure, and improve our sense of well-being. In fact, people who have pets in their lives even live longer! In this book, we've collected 500 photos that capturing the beauty and personality of a wide range of breeds--and wide variety of dogs' favorite activities, from lazy naps to spirited romps on the beach. Inspirational quotes about dogs and their honored roles in our families add another level of optimism and love. This book is perfect for moms, grandparents, teachers, kids or anyone who might need a little lift. Just a few minutes with these adorable canine faces provides a boost that will last all day! 

Do you love animals? Facebook and Instagram offers many furry friends you can follow. Oh, and some have even authored books too! ;-) How cool is that?! Check them out here!

This follow-up to Jenkins's best-selling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig picks up exactly where the first book left off, as Jenkins, his partner and coauthor Derek Walter, and their animal family make the move to a farm in Campbellville, Ontario. Using his trademark self-deprecating humor, Jenkins, aided by writer Caprice Crane and Walter, chronicles the zany misadventures that accompany their effort to transform the derelict farm into a successful sanctuary for rescues. Readers will share in the drama as Esther develops a "teenage" attitude and escapes the farm, challenges emerge with over-reaching volunteers, and Jenkins and Walter struggle with isolation and loneliness as they settle into country life far away from old friends and jobs. Jenkins is refreshingly candid about the huge learning curve that defined the sanctuary's early years and rightfully proud of its success (to date they have taken in more than 50 rescued animals). Includes 14 "Esther-approved" (vegan) recipes. 

July 15 is National I Love Horses Day! Today celebrates these majestic, magnificent animals and provides a great opportunity to learn more about them. There are over 350 breeds of horses and ponies throughout the world. Horses have been around for millions of years, but was only domesticated around 10,000 years ago. The horse-human connection is a special bond. Want to learn more? Check out one of these books from our pet collection or visit a local riding stable!

More than 1,700 entries as well as photos and drawings of running, jumping, and gamboling horses, equipment, and anatomy-on just about every page. The shortest entries are a single sentence, and most are between a paragraph and a page or more in length. Haas writes horse-themed fiction for young readers and has a pleasing and direct style in this nonfiction endeavor. She covers English and Western riding, the history of the horse, some basic equine medical issues, training terminology, and details about horse breeds and coloration.

Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me--even the straight, stiff way I carry myself--that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren't just pride, and that Tuesday isn't just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object--a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door--any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn't my pet; he's my service dog." Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog.

A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named Riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.In A Dog's Gift, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. The book follows the journey of pups bred by the organization from their loving, if rigorous, early training to an emotional event that terry and Kyria have christened "the bump," where each individual service dog chooses its new owner through an almost mystical connection that ignites the healing process. incorporating vivid storytelling, insights into canine wisdom, history, science, and moving tales of personal transformation, A Dog's Gift is a story of miracles bound to be embraced by not only the 60 million Americans who own dogs, but by anyone with a full heart and a loving soul.

Max : best friend, hero, marine by Jennifer Li Shotz

When Justin's family adopts the military canine that was handled by Justin's departed brother, Kyle, Justin helps the troubled dog recover from the trauma it suffered in Afghanistan when Kyle was killed as the two investigate how Kyle died.

Clifford Fun!

Start your Best Summer Ever ​with our beloved friend Clifford, the BIG Red Dog! Crafts, activities and Big Red Fun will be included in this program as we laugh, share and celebrate Clifford and the start of summer! This program will take place on June 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Designed for children 3-7. Registration begins May 23.

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It's National Love Your Pet Day! Today's the day to focus on and appreciate the special relationship we have with our four-legged friends. About 68% of households in the U.S. or 85 million families own a pet according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. Pets can have a positive impact on our health and well-being. Walking our dogs can help reduce stress and lowers blood pressure. Curling up with our cats releases a chemical in our brains that calms and soothes our frazzled nerves. So enjoy spending more time with your pet today by curling up with new books from our pet collection!

There's no mistaking a happy dog. The wagging tail, the eager eyes, the smile that's impossible to fake. A happy dog radiates pure joy. Yet the mystery remains: What's really going on behind those waggish grins? Are our dogs laughing with us? At us? Are they operating at a higher stage of enlightenment . . . or just buttering us up before we discover the tiny, torn remnants of burrito wrapper suspiciously dotting the hallway?In Waggish, the infinite expressions of happy dogs are captured in an amazing series of photographs by renowned animal photographer Grace Chon, whose images have made her the go-to pet photographer of Hollywood's top celebrities. As for what these dogs are really thinking, writer Melanie Monteiro expertly channels their innermost thoughts, pairing each photo with a clever caption. 

Flynn, a snowy-white bichon  frise from Plymouth, Michigan, was crowned Best in Show champion at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Michigan "underdog" surprised the crowd when the judge declared him the winner of the top prize over 2,882 other competitors. Flynn's owners are a married couple from Plymouth. Lorrie Carlton is a professional dog handler and groomer and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Letsche, is a veterinarian. They both share a love of animals and manage the Remrock Veterinary Service and the Belle Creek Bichons, a kennel located on a 12 acre property in rural Plymouth. Flynn has already checked off several items on his bucket list including appearing on Broadway and making the morning talk show rounds. 

This week we read stories about our cute and fluffy-tailed friends, Squirrels. Did you know that squirrels not only live in trees, but some also live in burrows? Enjoy reading our picks from storytime and some other great squirrel stories this week. See you next week!

From Storytime

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