For books and readings about dogs:
We recommend the book: Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Dr. Nick Trout, of the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He also has a great introductory video where you can see some of the same action that our dog Joey went through as he was brought into the hospital as an emergency room patient and how loving and caring the health care of our pets can be.
If you want to read some of the original research about a dog’s vision by Prof. Neitz, read Color Vision in the Dog, and/or Color Vision: Almost Reason Enough for Having Eyes. The second file is in color but both are pretty advanced so you have to have some background reading (and desire to read) this technical stuff.
One website about dogs, about Labrador Retrievers in particular, that I like is http://retrieverman.wordpress.com/. While this blog is not designed for children, it has incredible photos and a lot of really great information about dogs in a really clear style of writing that does not talk down to readers.
A forthcoming book that I highly recommend is by a Dartmouth professor, Dr. Lewis Glinert, entitled The Jewish Book of Animals. “Words of Joy and Comfort” is the chapter available for a peek and is particularly relevant to our discussion of how to care for a wounded or injured dog. The units include Welcoming a New Pet, Appreciating a Pet, Caring for a Pet, Remembering a Pet. The author presents Biblical attitudes toward animals, including dogs, cats and birds. The book, which includes artwork and biblical quotes, provides inspiration, entertainment and opportunities for reflection.
Here’s a novel that I haven’t read but that has been recommended by one of Joey’s fans and pals: It’s entitled (translation) White Bim Black Ear (its Russian title: Белый Бим Чёрное ухо) by Gavriil Troyepolsky. A movie by the same name, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was also made of this book.
One really fun and informative read, though out of print, is by Dr. Edward J. Scanlon, entitled Animal Patients: 50 Years in the Life of an Animal Doctor. It was published by Camino Books. I enjoyed reading this book by one of the pioneers in the effort toward more humane care of animals. The book also highlights the skill and dedication of veterinary doctors, with whom we entrust our pets for their medical needs.
Joey’s emergency veterinarian answers questions about how to prepare for a pet care emergency. Dr. Bracker deals with many of the same topics that Joey deals with in his diary, although from a DVM’s perspective. Read “What to do“.