A Dog's Bill of Rights

I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.

I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.

I have the right to be trained so that I do not become the prisoner of my misbehavior.

I have the right to adequate food and medical care.

I have the right to fresh air and green grass.

I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside

my own family.

I have the right to special time with my people.

I have the right to be bred responsibly, if at all.

I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.

I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.

I have the right to be forgiven.

I have the right to die with dignity.

I have the right to be remembered well.

- Author Unknown

                        Recommendations - Reading and Otherwise

We are crazy about dogs! As if living and working with dogs wasn't enough, we read books about them, we watch YouTube channels about organisations devoted to rescuing them, and we'll check out anything on TV that features them. The following list either taught us to consider our best friends in a different way, inspired us, made us laugh, or cry, or both, and in every single case made us unspeakably grateful for our family made of wet noses, floppy ears and wagging tails.

               Recommendations - Reading and Otherwise

Inside of a Dog - What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

 - Alexandra Horowitz

"Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself."

Animals in Translation - Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

 - Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

"Temple Grandin draws on her own experiences with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals think, act, and feel."

One Dog at a Time - Saving the Strays of Afghanistan

 - Pen Farthing

"This is the gripping account of one man's courage and humanity, and his fight to make a difference in the most hostile and dangerous environments, one dog at a time."

Beg - A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals

 - Rory Freedman

"So many of us call ourselves animal lovers and worship our dogs and cats - but we could be using that love as a force for helping all animals."

Part Wild - Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs

 - Ceiridwen Terrill

"A gifted writer able to capture the grace and power of the natural world, the complexity of scientific ideas, and the pulse of the human experience, Terrill has written a bittersweet memoir of the beauty and tragedy that come from living with a measure of wildness."

Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

 - Bradley Trevor Greive, photographs by Rachael Hale

"Now, before cat lovers unsheathe their claws, (Bradley Trevor Greive) is quick to stress that he is simply prodog, not anticat. The purpose of this book is not to criticize cats or their owners (unless to do so would be amusing), but merely to champion the many exceptional virtues unique to dogs. A beautiful, heartwarming, and sidesplittingly funny book that explains once and for all Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats."

Vet Ranch 

"Vet Ranch is a YouTube channel created by Dr. Matt Carriker in 2014. Vet Ranch is dedicated to providing medical treatment to homeless animals that would otherwise have no advocate and sharing their inspirational stories."  WARNING: Frequent Intraoperative Footage.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VetRanch

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs

"...award-winning primetime ITV show, following Paul as he meets some of the homeless dogs within (Battersea Dogs and Cats) care. With a mixture of laughter and tears, Paul helps #pogdogs big and small along their journey to finding new homes."

The Supervet

"Hard-to-cure pets from across the country receive cutting-edge care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the ‘Bionic Vet’, and his crack veterinary team. The TV Show follows Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the team at Fitzpatrick Referrals, sharing with the world the highs and lows of a working veterinary practice, and to explore the power of unconditional love between people and their animal family."