Friday, January 1, 2016

The Short List for 2015

The Best Darn Dog ‘Books*’ of 2015 – The Short List

This is always the hardest blog of all to write (except for the next one), mainly because it takes all year! The team at DogEvals reads nearly 100 books a year (and more dog products) but it is never enough (never enough time). We (three) are sent books and items by publishers or authors; others, we check out of a public library or purchase for review.


2015 was “a very good year” (sounds like a song I know). DogEvals published some interesting blogs as EverythingDogBlog in the Maryland online newspapers: a series of five posts - The Real Scoop on Dog Poop - a series of four on polite dog walking titled Beware the Jogger and a blog about The Real Dog Whisperer!

Sharing Our Short List with You!

Every year DogEvals blogs about the best darn dog books* of the year and 2015 is no exception - except we are sharing our short list with you (drum roll, please!) before the tough decision is revealed in the next blog.

Late Entries

Since the year is now over, we can add a couple of late entry books, Find Momo (book one) and Find Momo Coast to Coast (book two),

as well as a couple of neat new products (to us at least – reviews to appear soon) - the handy leash by EzyDog (

and for dog trainers to hand out to their clients and students as door prizes or “atta-boys,” the EzyDog key ring ( ).

Those reviews should appear before the month is out so stay tuned. 

And Here They Are!

In no particular order the five finalists are (with book covers at the end of this blog). . . 

Harlow & Sage (and Indiana): A True Story about Best Friends by Brittni Vega (read review here) told by a dog in late 2014 with a sequel in 2015

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel, 2014 (read review here)

Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet by Dr. Jan Pol, 2014 (read review here)

One Dog at a Time, Saving the Strays of Afghanistan, an Inspiring True Story by Pen Farthing (read review here) (from 2009 but I forgot to post the review until I found it again this year) 

Puppy Culture: An Expert and Comprehensive Video Guide – The Powerful First 12 Weeks that can Shape your Puppy’s Future, by Jane Killion (et al) 2014 (read review here and in the Chronicle of the Dog)

Next. . . .

Stay tuned for the ‘best of the best,’ published next! Or let DogEvals know what you think is the best (but hurry).

*books, DVDs, and dog items

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