Publication Date: January 24, 2012
The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months.
It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenly darkened and the waves turned fierce, the unthinkable happened: Sophie disappeared overboard. Her heartbroken humans couldn’t fathom the loss and could only hope their beloved pet didn’t suffer. But this true cattle dog and devoted best friend wasn’t going to give up that easily—and what followed is a remarkable tale of survival, luck, and persistence.
From the first day the Griffiths set eyes on puppy Sophie through that terrible October day she was lost, to Sophie’s time as a castaway and the reunion that almost didn’t happen, journalist Emma Pearse recreates the incredible journey of this canine Robinson Crusoe. An inspirational story of loyalty and the resilience of the spirit, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable bond between humans and our pets—and that if lost, they would do anything to come home to us.
5.0 out of 5 stars A DOG STORY FOR THE AGES!, April 9, 2012
What a wonderful story, and so well written! I remember reading a brief article in the L.A. Times a few years ago when the dog was found and have been waiting for this book. Australia has some truly remarkable animals — and some truly amazing animal stories!
It is heart-warming to read about this family and their dogs, especially Sophie the determined cattle dog who found herself overboard in the ocean and swam further than most humans could to a distant island pretty much uninhabited and nearly devoid of food and water. What she did over the next several months was survive, and it’s a shame she can’t tell her story, but animals don’t need words, just a huge survival instinct and love for their human family.
Emma Pearse has written a book that is detailed and instructive as well as a dog story for the ages. I usually can’t read about the hardships of animals even when I know the outcome is a good one, but because I am so impressed with all things Australian I had to have this book. It was exciting to read and the story moved right along and, yes, it had a happy ending but still I cried. This is a book for all dog-lovers, dog-owners, dog-people, and anyone who likes adventure.
Book Description The sturdy, active Australian Cattle Dog is an excellent working dog, noted for its loyalty and protective instincts toward its master. This book is a title in Barron’s extensive line of Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals . Heavily illustrated with color photos and instructive line art, these books present information on housing, feeding, health care, the title animal’s traits–and where applicable, on grooming, training, and breeding. Each book is individually written by a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist.
5.0 out of 5 stars: A perfect book for the average ACD pet owner
“This book is aimed at the person who owns or plans to own an Australian Cattle Dog as a household pet and companion. It thoroughly covers all aspects of care and training necessary for ACDs living in those circumstances. The book does not purport itself as a training book for professional livestock owner. Those who use this book as a companion guide find it fits the bill beautifully.”
Book Description 2009 Gold Medalist IPPY Awards 2009 Finalist Indie Excellence Awards 2009 Finalist: USA Book News Best Books! 2008 Bronze Medal: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year! 2008 Nominee: Merial Human-Animal Bond Award! 2008 Premier Book Award Winner! “If you love dogs, you will love 8 State Hurricane Kate.” -The Bark Magazine 8 State Hurricane Kate is the unforgettable true story of the powerful bond between a cattle dog rescued from a rooftop and the woman who wouldn’t give up on her. The heartwarming story of Kate’s post-Katrina journey is a testament to the will and perseverance of the dog and human spirit! As they make that courageous journey, new worlds open up for Jenny and Kate, an amazing survivor and teacher. Kate’s remarkable story, a tale of love, courage, and compassion, has inspired many. Her legacy is a rescue network that continues to help dogs across the country. 50% of book profits go to the 8 State Kate Fund, providing financial relief for animals in desperate situations. Learn more at www.8StateKate.net.
5.0 out of 5 stars: A story that captures your heart
”Something so devastating became a positive force in the life of one woman who discovered strength inside herself by rushing to the aid of hundreds of homeless animals. Jenny’s journey to aid the animals of New Orleans became another important block in the foundation of a nationwide network of people who work together to help animals in need. The pages of this book are not just full of a story but an amazing collection of necessary information and resources for any pet owner in case of an emergency and a comprehensive list of rescue agencies. Following Jenny on her journey to New Orleans and back is an exploration of the ties between humans and animals, grief and recovery, and the spiritual side of lending a hand to those in need. ”
5.0 out of 5 stars: For the true love of animals
”I read this book within 4 days of receiving it and find it to be one of the best books ever written. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves pets to realize what really happens in a disaster and hopefully prepare better. If anyone reading your book can still leave their pets behind they have no heart and shouldn’t have pets to begin with. I have 3 ACDs and wouldn’t trade them for the world. I think they are greatly misunderstood and are given away to shelters or rescue groups because people just dont know how to handle them. Anyone who truly knows ACDs will know they would never give up on their people, so please do not give up on them. ACDs love their people more than anything. I think that eludes a lot of people that want to give them away because they are so independent. This book is so well written that you can feel the experience as best one can without actually having gone through it. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dogs and that has dogs so you may better prepare in the event of an unfortunate disaster. Thank you for all you’ve done for Kate and bringing great awareness to ACDs.
Ancestors and canine cousins of our dogs didn’t eat krunchy kibble or meat n gravy in a can. They ate what they found or caught… and it wasn’t cooked or enriched either! It was high in protein, with balanced fats, and usually included a few fruits, vegetables and grasses. Steve Brown, an expert on canine nutrition, shows how you can bring the benefits of the canine ancestral diet to your dog by feeding him differently as little as just one day a week. And no, you won t need to lead a pack of dogs on a hunting expedition! Just follow Steve s well-researched and easy to follow ABCs to make improvements to whatever your dog currently eats.
By kika on December 18, 2010
“…book is great, majority what you must know about dog’s diet has parallel with ancestral diet for me it’s easier to do raw diet when I know answers for most questions about raw diet – e.g. why can’t our dogs eat carbohydrates, why is important to have balanced fats, which fats are good and in what rate, why and which vegetables are good for dogs, differences between ruminant (lamb,beef) and poultry (chicken, turkey) meats…beside the raw diet recipes, this book gave you the possibility to feed your dog with kibble and canned food but with a little modification.”
Cutting through the current myths that surround home-prepared canine diets, this book presents facts as well as respectful consideration to feeding each dog as an individual. The book provides 60 diet plans (20 cooked, 20 raw and 20 combination diets), the NRC 2006 nutrient requirements for adult dogs, and a step-by-step guideline to help the reader formulate a balanced diet.
By OwnedBySibes on February 4, 2011
This book covers the basics of a homemade meat and vegetable diet for dogs and cats based on their ancestral diet. This program provides a rotation of different meats and vegetables and strives to provide most nutrients as food. Meals are intended to be fed raw, but recipes may be cooked. A mineral supplement recipe to fill in the gaps is included in an appendix. Analysis of individual recipes as well as the complete rotation is provided in an appendix. The program is formulated to meet nutrition guidelines for all life stages for pet food. Concrete direction is given for all parts of the preparation, with extensive coverage of all components of the diet.
“I had been planning to switch my Labs to a raw diet and Dr. Becker’s book gave me the tools to transition my pups to a raw diet, which, has dramatically reduced shedding, increased energy and made them all round happy pets.”
This third book from Dr. Ian Billinghurst was written to help pet owners either understand or expand their knowledge of evolutionary diets for both dogs and cats. It contains important background research from his first two books together with lots of new information. Experienced “BARFers” will benefit from a number of new suggested recipes and practical information to assist in the home production of BARF diets – now everyone can do the BARF diet for their pets!
By Chad C. on December 24, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars: What a useful book!, March 7, 2013 By Leebonz
“I love this book.
It’s easy to use as a reference and it has good stories and examples.
I haven’t read a LOT of these types of books, but I keep this one handy whenever one of my pets has an issue that I am concerned about.
Dr. Hamilton also shares some of his life experiences in the book and I found that to be helpful and informative as well.
Can’t say enough good things about this book -”
Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians
The world of veterinary medicine is changing. People are realizing that if alternative medicine is better for them, it’s better for their pets, too. Dogs are visiting acupuncturists, chiropractic doctors, and homeopaths. Still, many dog owners are unaware that such simple measures as changing their pet’s diet and using vitamins, herbs, and other natural cures can help prevent or heal ailments ranging from excessive scratching to depression to a host of serious diseases.
The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs is both an introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural healing methods, treatments, and foods now available for dogs. Author Martin Zucker offers advice from dozens of holistic practitioners and licensed veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights, and “prescriptions.” Here dog owners will find information on everything from nutritional supplements to massage therapy, as well as how these treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgical techniques.
T. Almeida 5.0 out of 5 stars: A MUST Read, May 14, 2013
This book opened my eyes to how we are killing our beloved dogs with the food they eat.
Sad to realize that so many people think they are doing the correct thing with their pets diet when they are not.
Education is the key to keeping our Dog’s Healthy.
This book is a MUST read for all pet owners!
I rate this Book 5 Stars and if there were 10 Stars I’d rate it at that too!
Dog and cat owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the saftey of processed pet food and the possible side-effects of over-use of antibiotics and hormone treatments. This new edition, thoroughly revised and updated, covers Natural Rearing, herbal medicine and disease prevention.
“If Juliette wrote it, you can bank on it. She tells you specific things to do to benefit your pets, and everything I’ve ever tried that she wrote about worked like a charm. This is a “must have” IF you have pets, IF you want to help them naturally. Juliette de Bairclay Levy is a KEEPER in anything she ever wrote!”