The Lion In The Living Room: New York Times Bestseller for Cat Lovers

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Pet lovers, get your paws on a copy of the New York Times bestseller, The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker.

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Top reviews include:

“In The Lion in the Living Room, three things come together with exquisite, delightful effect: a natural history of cats, replete with ecological issues as well as contemporary cultural memes; evolutionary science as it pertains to the origins and consequences of our fascination with felines; and an unusually deft way with words by author Abigail Tucker. The net result is a deep and illuminating perspective on our favorite household companion… One hesitates to use the word genius, but Tucker’s book borders on that quality.”
—Huffington Post

“Whatever your personal feelings [are] about our feline friends, this is a fascinating story about how cats not only conquered the world but our hearts.”
—Catster

“If you know a cat person who likes science, this is the book you need right meow.”
—Smithsonian.com, “The Best Books about Science of 2016”

“Fascinating… If you have relatives or friends who are mad about cats—and the strong statistical probability is that you do—consider putting this book under their Christmas tree.”
—National Review

Go HERE to read more and grab a copy for yourself or your favorite cat lover! Available in Hardcover, Paperback Audible and Kindle editions.

Dogs And Their People: New BarkPost Book Release + Giveaway!

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There’s a new dog book being released today and it’s sure to make the top of the wish list for all the dog lovers you know, because it’s not just any dog book. It’s THE #BarkBook from the humans over at BarkPost! They’re the same creative, dog-crazy folks who bring us BarkBox and BarkShop, so you KNOW it’s going to be humorous, cute, quirky and an all-around good time.

Daisy, Woof Woof Papa and I were super excited to receive an advance copy, and we’ve been howling with laughter, and more than a little bit in awe, over the amazing photos and stories. We’ve gotten our paws on more than a few dog-related books in our day, but Dogs and Their People might just be the most perfect dog book yet!

Dogs and Their People spotlights over 200 unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebrity dogs while others are just making their debut. All bring to life and celebrate the crazy, consuming, insatiable love we feel for the World’s Ultimate Best Friend in a book that is sure to win the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

Available in hardcover starting today, at Amazon.com (currently $14.70), Target.com (currently $16.51), BarkShop.com, and your favorite local bookseller. Get a copy for yourself, and be sure to snag one for each and every dog lover on your holiday gift list!

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Book Giveaway for Dogs and Their People: 10 WINNERS

Thanks to the publisher, we’re giving away 10 copies of Dogs and Their People! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter contest widget below. Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends at 11:59pm ET on 10/24/16. Good luck everybody!

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Dog and Puppy Themed Bookends for Dog Lovers

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Bookends can be a great way to add some style and personality to your bookshelves, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Even though I love my Kindle, there’s nothing quite like having “real” books…favorite books I like to display, and usually a big TBR (to be read) stack as well. If you are a book hound who is also a dog lover, then this list of dog-themed bookends is especially for you!

pug dog bookends

White Pug Bookends How CUTE is this little guy?!? A great hostess, birthday or house warming gift for your favorite pug enthusiast. Full of personality from head to tail, he’s handcrafted from polished resin and measures 9″W x 5″D x 8.25″H.

westie dog bookends

Westie Puppy Dog High Bookends The only thing cuter than one westie pup is two! Shhh…this pair of westies are busy reading and do not want to be disturbed. These adorable dog bookends are 7″ high and can also be used individually as home decor accent pieces.

retriever dog bookends

Retriever Dog Bookends This pair of retriever bookends have a faux bronze finish and would look great on any table or shelf.Each bookend is 6-3/4-inch long by 3-3/4-inch wide and 6-1/2-inch tall. This pair of pups would be right at home in any office, den or reading nook.

Snoopy bookends

“Happiness is a Warm Puppy” Snoopy Bookend Every list for dog lovers should include Snoopy and this adorable Snoopy Bookend is perfect for kids and adults alike! Colorful and whimsical, it measures 5.75″ W x 6.75″ H x 5″ D. You can complete the pair with this additional Snoopy bookend.

dachshund dog bookends

Dachshund Dog Bookends This little hot dog is almost too cool for school…but I think he’d make a great gift for your favorite teacher, librarian or other book lover. He comes complete with a little metal dog tag shaped like a bone and measures 8″ long x 5-3/4″ tall when put together front to back.

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11 Rainy Day Activity Ideas for Pet-Loving Kids

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Summer is a super FUN time of year for kids, but rainy days can have everyone stuck indoors and looking for something to do. We’ve put together a new list with lots of rainy day activity ideas for pet-loving kids. Some involve a little supervision, or some planning ahead, so take a look and pin this list for later so you’ll always be prepared to help your kids entertain themselves on the next rainy day!

Printable PAW Patrol Dance Game

PAW Patrol Pup Pup Boogie Dance Game: Nothing beats the rainy day blues like an indoor dance party! Use this free printable from PAW Patrol and get your tails wagging! Get the Free Printable Game Template and Instructions here.

 

DIY dog house

Kid’s DIY Cardboard Box Dog House: Every dog should have a super fun indoor dog house, and it’s easy to make one. Help your kids with this tutorial for parents on how to make an indoor dog house from cardboard boxes.

DIY Catnip Toy Kids Craft

Make DIY Catnip Toys for Cats:  Check out this simple and fun kid’s activity to make some sock fish catnip toys for your cat and all their neighborhood pals, too. It’s a great way to use some of those solo socks that are missing their partner!

How To Draw Dog for Kids

Draw a Portrait of your Dog or Cat: Search youtube for loads of helpful instructional videos on how to draw pets, like this one.  Also visit Crayola for a free printable How to Draw Dogs Coloring Page for Kids.

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