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With these books, maybe an old dog can learn new tricks

With these books, maybe an old dog can learn new tricks

“Chosen by a Horse,” by Susan Richards (hardcover, Soho Press, 2006, 248 pages, $20).The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. This gentle creature — malnourished and plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection — had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart still was open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.

“Good Dog. Stay,” by Anna Quindlen (hardcover, Random House, 2007, 82 pages, $14.95). With her trademark wisdom and humor, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau, her beloved black Labrador retriever, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him. It honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson about our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats,” by Liz Palika (paperback, Alpha Books, 2011, 364 pages, $16.95). This veterinarian-reviewed and -approved guide gives you everything you need to know to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy, naturally. In it, you get an inside look at what natural care is and isn’t — and how it can benefit your pet.

“Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat,” by Gwen Cooper (hardcover, Delacorte Press, 2009, 287 pages, $20). A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a 3-pound blind cat whose daredevil character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary and the healing of her broken heart.

“How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond,” by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier (hardcover, Harmony Books, 2009, 303 pages, $25.99). Whether you’re bringing a new puppy into your home or already have one, dog behavior expert Cesar Millan offers advice, tips and techniques for avoiding the most common mistakes new owners make and explains how to correct them.