Zen Dogs

By Alex Cearns. An award-winning pet and wildlife photographer captures a variety of breeds of dogs, including golden retrievers, beagles, French bulldogs, dachshunds, poodles, huskies and pit bulls who are experiencing moments of Zen alongside words of wisdom from meditative masters.

Knit Your Own Dog: Beagle Kit

KnitYourOwnDogKnit Your Own Dog: Beagle Kit: Everything You Need to Create Your New Best Friend

By Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne

From the authors of the beloved Knit Your Own Dog series comes an ingenious kit that contains everything you need to make your own knitted pooch, including yarn, needles, stuffing, and accessories in one handy box.The knitted dog is an ideal pet. There’s no feeding, barking, walking, or vet bills, and it will live forever! It’s no wonder, then, that when Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne introduced the concept of the knitted dog with their first book, Knit Your Own Dog, it was an instant success. They’ve since followed up with a line of Knit Your Own books, including Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter, Knit Your Own Cat, and Knit Your Own Zoo. Now, with the Knit Your Own Dog Kits, all the materials you need to create your favorite breed are available in one convenient box. Each kit includes a booklet with the unique knitting pattern, plus a brief description of the characteristics of the breed and what makes it so special. Also included is an ample amount of the high-quality yarn to knit the dog, a pair of US 2 (2 3/4 mm) knitting needles, stuffing, pipe cleaners to help make limbs movable and to help the dog stand up, and a sewing needle to finish off your dog. These dogs are surprisingly easy to make with a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable loyal companion. Knit Your Own Dog Kits for beagle, golden retriever, and dachshund are perfect gifts for knitters, dog lovers, or dog-loving knitters!

I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by Kittens

IKneadMommyBy Francesco Marciuliano

Just when we all thought things couldn’t get any cuter, from the author of the New York Times bestselling I Could Pee on This comes I Knead My Mommy, a book of confessional poems about the triumphs, trials, and daily discoveries of being a kitten. From climbing walls to claiming hearts, these little cats bare all in such instant classics as “And Then You Said ‘No,'” “Ode to a Lizard I Didn’t Know Is Also a Pet in This House,” and “I Will Save You.” With adorable photos of the poetic prodigies throughout, this volume gives readers a glimpse into their confused and curious feline minds as they encounter the world around them.

E. B. White On Dogs

EBWhiteDogsBy E. B. White

E. B. White (1899-1985) is best known for his children’s books, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. Columnist for The New Yorker for over half a century and co-author of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, White hit his stride as an American literary icon when he began publishing his “One Man’s Meat” columns from his saltwater farm on the coast of Maine.

In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions. Featured here are favorite essays such as “Two Letters, Both Open,” where White takes on the Internal Revenue Service, and also “Bedfellows,” with its “fraudulent reports” from White’s ignoble old dachshund, Fred. (“I just saw an eagle go by. It was carrying a baby.”) From The New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town” are some little-known “Notes and Comment” pieces.

Bless the Dogs

 

Bless the DogsBy The Monks of New Skete

This treasure of a book from bestselling authors The Monks of New Skete, features meditations from their book I & Dog, along with new meditations and stunning new photography. It’s a delightful celebration in words and pictures of the special relationship we have with our dogs.

With beautiful 4-color photography and meditations from the Monks, the message is simple, subtle, and sublime – resonating on every page, in every contemplative passage, and every soul-filling image.

Enjoy every moment, page by page, and appreciate anew the marvelous, mysterious, heeling and hope-filled partnership between dogs and humans as it shines in Bless the Dogs.

The lessons are delivered with a gentle touch; “Dogs make us believe we can actually be as they see us.” But they also do not hesitate to show just how important the possibility is: “Listen carefully to your life and you’ll find that good companionship with a dog touches the broader issues of our relationship with all creation and the Creator.”

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

Lost CatBy Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn’t get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also…jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren’t around. Told through writer Caroline Paul’s rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.

A Byrd’s Books pick!

Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper

HoneybeeBy Marina Marchese

New in paperback!

“Surpassing the predictable “how I changed careers” memoir of finding the good life, Marchese’s informative guide is packed with facts about everything from pollination to harvesting, life cycles to historical lore, nutritional benefits to gourmet flavor combinations, medical applications to unusual varieties.” —Booklist

In 1999, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened her own honey business. Today, Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country.

More than an inspiring story of one woman’s transformative relationship with honeybees (some of nature’s most fascinating creatures), Honeybee is also bursting with information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping, and honey including life inside the hive; the role of the queen, workers, and drones; pollination and its importance to sustaining all life; the culinary pleasures of honey; hiving and keeping honeybees; the ancient practice of apitherapy, or healing with honey, pollen, and bee venom; and much more.

Recipes for food and personal care products appear throughout. Also included is an excellent, one-of-a-kind appendix that lists 75 different honey varietals, with information on provenance, tasting notes, and food-and-wine pairings.

Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics

Maddie on ThingsBy Theron Humphrey

Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a yearlong, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn’t anything that Maddie won’t stand on with grace and patience. The poignant Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company. Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and extraordinary balance) of canines.

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