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Dogs at Work

General Nonfiction
Guard and Protection Dogs
Military Dogs
Police Dogs
Search and Rescue Dogs
Service Dogs
Therapy Dogs

General Nonfiction

  • CURTIS, Patricia Dogs on the Case: Search Dogs Who Help Save Lives and Enforce the Law New York: Lodestar/Dutton, 1989. Hardcover, 8vo, dust jacket, 133 pages, index, brief bibliography, state-by-state directory of SAR groups; black-and-white photos by David Cupp. For young adults; covers police patrol dogs, search and rescue (avalanche, wilderness, and water searches); narcotics, explosives, and arson detection; and the Department of Agriculture beagles. Stated 1st edition. Very good condition (small nick on back cover), in very good dust jacket. $20.00

  • HUTCHINGS, Amy and Richard Firehouse Dog New York: Scholastic, 1993. Pictorial wraps, 8vo, 32 pages; photos by Richard Hutchings. Color photos on every page and pithy text tell the story of dalmatian Hooper's service with a New York City Fire Department company in Brooklyn. Nonfiction for children; includes fire-safety tips. 3d printing. As new condition. $2.50

  • SINGER, Marilyn A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do New York: Henry Holt, 2000. Hardcover, 12mo, dust jacket (featuring a golden retriever), 86 pages, index, black-and-white photos. Youngster's guide to how dogs use intelligence and physical ability to help people, from catching burglars to cheering sick children. For ages 7 to 10. Stated 1st edition/1st printing. As new condition. $16.00

    Guard and Protection Dogs

  • DUET, Karen Freeman, and George Duet The Business Security K-9: Selection and Training New York: Howell Book House, 1995. Hardcover, 8vo, 260 pages, black-and-white photos and drawings. All the facts, and how to put them to work to meet your needs. 1st edition. As new condition. $22.00

  • HARLOW, Mike K-9 Bodyguards Neptune City: TFH, 1995. Pictorial hardcover, 4to, 160 pages, color photos. From the author's 20 years of experience as a canine officer comes an authoritative tome on the preparation and use of dogs for protection. Profusely illustrated. 1st edition. As new condition. $30.00

  • McMAINS, Joel Manstopper! Training a Canine Guardian New York: Howell Book House, 1998. Hardcover, 8vo, 244 pages, index, suggested reading, black-and-white photos. Watchdog training by a former police officer. 1st edition. As new condition. $24.95

  • SCOTT, Tom Obedience and Security Training for Dogs London: Popular Dogs, 1967. Gilt-stamped cloth, 8vo, dust jacket, 138 pages, index, black-and-white photos. The author served with the London Metropolitan Police Dog Section. 4th impression (1977). Good condition, in fair to good dust jacket (some wear and soil). $10.00

  • WEISS, Edward, MD, and Thomas G. Rose Protection Dogs for You and Your Family Fairfax: Denlinger, 1992. Wraps, 191 pages, black-and-white photos; pen-and-ink drawings by Lisa Ober. From a definition of dog-provided protection, to puppy selection and training, housing, and all other practical matters; also covers the protection dog sport, Schutzhund. 1st edition. As new condition. $12.95
  • See also Police Dogs.

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    Service Dogs

  • CAMPBELL, Phyllis Friendships in the Dark: A Blind Woman's Story of the People and Pets Who Light Up Her World Brooklyn: Brett Books, 1996. Cloth (gilt-stamped spine), 8vo, dust jacket, 204 pages. A touching memoir; Lear, a Labrador retriever guide dog, is central to the story and appears on the dust jacket's front panel. Stated 1st edition. As new condition. $18.95

  • CLEWES, Dorothy Guide Dog New York: Coward-McCann, 1965. Pictorial hardcover, 8vo, 160 pages; illustrated by Peter Burchard. Set in England, the story centers on Mick, a Labrador retriever. Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition. Fair to good condition (edge wear, scuffing on spine). $10.00

  • GARFIELD, James B. Follow My Leader New York: Viking, 1957. Cloth, 8vo, 191 pages; black-and-white line drawings by Robert Greiner. A German shepherd guide dog is at the heart of this novel. Weekly Reader Children's Book Club Edition (1958). Fair to good condition (pages browned; previous owner's name on free endpaper and title page, which has a mended corner tear); no dust jacket. $4.00

  • HOCKEN, Sheila Emma V.I.P London: Victor Gollancz, 1980. Cloth (gilt-stamped spine), 8vo, dust jacket, 184 pages; color dust jacket photos by Oliver Harch. Sequel to the memoir about the chocolate Labrador retriever guide dog Emma. 1st edition/1st impression. Good+ condition (previous owner's inscription, a single short line in pen, on the free endpaper), in very good dust jacket. $12.00

  • HORNSBY, Alison Helping Hounds: The Story of Assistance Dogs Lydney: Ringpress, 2000. Pictorial hardcover, 8vo, 96 pages, numerous color and a few black-and-white photos. Case histories explore the work and personalities of therapy, guide, hearing, and disability-assistance dogs. 1st edition. As new condition. $15.00

  • IRESON, Peter, compiled and edited by Guiding Stars Harpenden: Lennard, 1993. Wraps, 8vo, 144 pages, black-and-white photos and cartoons. Anthology devoted to "...some of the joys and anxieties, achievements and disappointments experienced by the generations of people who have either used guide dogs or helped to provide them." 1st printing. As new condition. $11.95

  • KOONTZ, Dean A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog New York: Hyperion, 2009. Beige paper-covered board (gilt-stamped spine), 8vo, dust jacket, 271 pages; black-and-white text photos and color dust jacket photos by Monique Stauder. The popular author honors golden retriever Trixie, who on her retirement from a career with Canine Companions for Independence, becomes Koontz's unforgettable best friend. Stated 1st edition/1st printing; near fine condition, in near fine dust jacket; $10.00. A second copy: stated 1st edition/1st printing; very good condition (sole defect: small stain on top edge), in very good dust jacket; $6.50

  • KUUSISTO, Stephen Planet of the Blind: A Memoir New York: Dial Press, 1998. Hardcover, 8vo, 194 pages. The author's story includes his partnership with a yellow Labrador service dog named Corky; Kuusisto directs student services at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 1st edition/1st printing. Very good condition, in good+ dust jacket. $10.00

  • McPHEE, Richard Tom & Bear: The Training of a Guide Dog Team New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1981. Hardcover, 8vo, dust jacket, 149 pages, glossary, list of guide dog schools; black-and-white photos by the author. Nonfiction, for young readers, about the training of a golden retriever guide dog and his pairing with a young man. Stated 1st edition. Very good condition, in very good dust jacket (price clip) in Mylar. $16.00

  • OSOFSKY, Audrey My Buddy New York: Henry Holt, 1994. Illustrated wraps, 8vo, unpaginated (32 pages); illustrated by Ted Rand. Children's picture book about a boy and his golden retriever service dog. 7th printing. Very good condition (sole defect: one bumped corner). $5.95

  • STERN, Jane and Michael Two Puppies: Being the Authentic Story of Two Very Different Dogs, One Who Is Virtuous and Goes on to a Life of Service, the Other Born to Be Naughty and Wreak Havoc in Her Loving Owners' Home... New York: Scribner, 1998. Cloth (gilt-stamped spine), 8vo, dust jacket, 188 pages, bibliography; foreword by Roger A. Caras. The "virtuous" pup is Parnell, a black Labrador destined to serve as a guide dog (his companion is a bullmastiff). Chronicles the dogs' development, and adds information on puppyhood in general and service dogs in particular. 1st edition. As new condition. $15.00

  • WARNER, Gertrude Chandler, created by The Guide Dog Mystery: The Boxcar Children Morton Grove: Albert Whitman, 1996. Illustrated wraps, 12mo, 113 pages, black-and-white line drawings. Number 53 in the popular children's fiction series involves a golden retriever guide dog. 2d printing. Very good condition (pages slightly browned). $3.95

  • WOLF, Bernard Connie's New Eyes Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1976. Cloth, 8vo, dust jacket, 96 pages; black-and-white photos by the author. A golden retriever's life guiding a blind woman. Stated 1st edition. Very good condition (inscribed, on the free endpaper, by the author to Isabelle Holland), in good+ dust jacket (minor chipping) in Mylar. $32.00

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    Military Dogs

  • BARTLETT, Arthur C. Sergeant Squiffy, Army Dog Boston: W. A. Wilde Company, 1941. Silver-stamped blue cloth, 8vo, 299 pages, black-and-white frontispiece and title page artwork of a handsome and patriot spaniel. Fiction for young adults; Squiffy is a cocker spaniel. 1st edition. Fair to good condition (tight; spine stained); no dust jacket. $35.00

  • GROSSMAN, Richard A New Leash on Life New York: Random House, 1950. Tan cloth binding (front cover shows a boxer peering around the trunk of a whimsical tree), 8vo, 41 pages; full-page black-and-white drawings by Carl Rose. The adventures of Herman Boxer, "decorated combat veteran of World War II," who overcomes rejection of G.I. Bill educational benefits because he is a dog, attains fame, and finds true love. Stated 1st printing. Fair to good condition (boards slightly warped; portion of back cover shows modest water damage; some soil; text and art clean); no dust jacket. $15.00

  • MORGAN, Paul B. K-9 Soldiers: Vietnam and After Central Point: Hellgate Press, 1999. Illustrated wraps, 4to, 184 pages, index, black-and-white photos. A retired U.S. Army major recounts his experiences with dogs in Vietnam and in the canine security business; vivid stories that capture the nobility of dogs. Stated 1st edition/1st printing. As new condition. $13.95

  • SANDERSON, Jeanette War Dog Heroes: True Stories of Dog Courage in Wartime New York: Scholastic, 1997. Illustrated wraps, 12mo, 96 pages, black-and-white photos. Survey of military dogs from ancient times to the Gulf war, with much detail on Moustache of the Napoleonic Wars, Nemo of Vietnam, World War II's Dogs for Defense; plus lyrics to The K-9 Corps Song. For ages 8 to 12. 1st printing. Very good condition (pages faintly browned). $3.50

  • WEEKS, M. R., editor The Bull Terrier Force: A Collection to Record and Remember the 50th Anniversary of the Ending of War Time Hostilities Hornsea: The Bull Terrier Club, 1995. Illustrated wraps, oblong 8vo, 68 pages, black-and-white photos, drawings, and art reproductions; frontispiece (Weller -- Custodian of the Peace) and back cover illustration (Puppy) by Alfred Munnings; foreword by George Jarrett, BTC president (1991-94). A tribute to the bull terriers who served with Great Britain's armed forces during World War II. The section on the land war opens with Rudyard Kipling's "Garm--The Hostage" (illustrated by Cecil Aldin, and acknowledging the breed in earlier conflicts) and includes "Army Dogs Today" by Major Hepworth RAVC, "Don B. T." by J. R. Weeks, "The Four-Legged Major" by Brian Kenway, "Major N.Z. Division Cavalry, 2nd N.Z.E.F." by Quita Youatt, "Major Major" by David Harris, and "Bull Terriers of Vienna" by Helga Döbrentey. The air war includes "Training" by Col. James Baldwin, "The Flying Fifi" by Raymond Baxter, "Bull Terrier Pilot Under Instruction" and "Remember" (full-page illustrations by Cynthia Lord-Ruddy), "Letter from Bob Davis" on his bull terriers and Royal Air Force years; "Ormandy's Dogs of War" by Brian Kenway, and "William" by Sheila Burnford, recalling a wartime bull terrier on the home front. The bull terrier also served "At Sea," as the editor's opening essay attests in a section that includes "Dog Nelson, A.B." by the Rev. David Campbell, "Bill" by Peter Garnier and "Bill's Chronicle" by Jill Garnier, "Ch. Faithfield Royal Sovereign" by Tony Coupe, as well as photos taken aboard H.M.S. Hood, one of H.R.H. Princess Anne and her husband, Cmdr. Tim Laurence and their bull terrier, and a moving portrait, "On Watch." No. 327 of 1,000 copies. Inscribed by the editor. Very good condition (tissue overlay, BTC notice laid in). $400.00

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    Police Dogs

  • EPSTEIN, Sam and Beryl Jackpot of the Beagle Brigade New York: Macmillan, 1987. Cloth, 4to, dust jacket, unpaginated (32 pages); black-and-white photos by George Ancona. Children's nonfiction; the story of a U.S. Department of Agriculture beagle at work at New York's Kennedy Airport. Fine, detailed photography. 1st edition. Fair to good condition (ex-library), in fair to good dust jacket in Mylar. $17.00

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    Search and Rescue Dogs

  • BUTTON, Lue Practical Scent Dog Training Loveland: Alpine, 1990. Wraps, 8vo, 146 pages, bibliography; illustrated by Susan Henke. 2d printing. As new condition. $15.95

  • PEARSALL, Milo D., and Hugo Verbruggen, MD Scent: Training to Track, Search, and Rescue Loveland: Alpine, 1982. Pictorial wraps, 8vo, 225 pages, index, bibliography; black-and-white photos, charts, and diagrams; foreword by John W. Grieve. 2000 reprint. 1st thus. As new condition. $23.95

  • ROSSITER, Phyllis On the Scent of Danger New York: Avalon Books (Avalon Career Romance series), 1989. Cloth, 8vo, dust jacket, 186 pages. Fine portrayal of Cosmo, a search-and-rescue bloodhound; fiction set in the Ozarks. 1st edition. As new condition. $9.00

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    Therapy Dogs

  • BURCH, Mary R., PhD Volunteering with Your Pet: How to Get Involved in Animal-Assisted Therapy with Any Kind of Pet New York: Howell Book House, 1996. Hardcover, 8vo, 209 pages, glossary, black-and-white photos. Cornucopia of fact and inspiration. Unspecified printing. As new condition. $15.00

  • CURTIS, Patricia Animal Partners: Training Animals to Help People New York: Lodestar, 1982. Cloth, 8vo, dust jacket, 129 pages, index, black-and-white photos. Written for teens; follows young trainers of dogs and horses destined to assist people with disabilities. A good look at career options in the field. Stated 1st edition. Fair condition (ex-library), in good dust jacket in Mylar. $20.00

  • ROOT, Jacqueline P. Organization and Management of a K-9 Therapy Group Fairfax: Denlinger, 1990. Wraps, 8vo, 80 pages, black-and-white photos. Good general guidance, with lots of advice for the novice. As new condition. $20.00

  • RUCKERT, Dr. Janet The Four-footed Therapist: How Your Pet Can Help You Solve Your Problems Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1987. Wraps, 8vo, 180 pages, black-and-white drawings. Explores the dog's skill as personal social worker and psychotherapist. 1st printing. As new condition. $7.95

  • YATES, Elizabeth Skeezer: Dog with a Mission Irvington: Harvey House, Inc., 1973. Cloth, 8vo, 158 pages; black-and-white drawings by Joan Drescher; foreword by Stuart M. Finch, MD (director of Children's Psychiatric Hospital, Ann Arbor, where Skeezer, a mixed breed, served as resident canine cotherapist). True story of a dog's remarkable contribution to the treatment of in-patient children. 2d printing. Poor condition (ex-library: most evidence removed), in poor dust jacket (price clip; chipped) in Mylar. $10.00

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