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Richard F. Stratton

William F. Stratton was an absolute pioneer in the period of his published works in that he addressed a then NEW issue - the explosion in popularity of the American Pit Bull Terrier - which began in the mid and late 1970s and is still growing today, much to the detriment of the breed itself in both quality and public image.  Pit Bulls are the pinnacle for the news media in demonizing any breed ever to exist and are a billion dollar a year or more earner (this is a guess) if you count the numbers of advertising dollars sold attached to sensationalized headlines per year.  Mr. Stratton was vilified to the point he pretty much became a hermit, yet stood strong for years and got the real facts out despite the world's attempts to draw horns and a pitchfork on both him and the breed.  Being a new admirer and owner of the breed at the time (my first Pit was found abandoned in the desert outside Wickenburg, Arizona 15 miles from the nearest road on a 115 degree day in 1977) he served as a great inspiration and mentor through his work.  I still regularly use his information in my teaching and training.

This is the American Pit Bull Terrier by Richard F. Stratton        The World of the American Pit Bull Terrier by Richard F. Stratton        The Truth about the American Pit Bull Terrier by Richard F. Stratton        The Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier by Richard F. Stratton       

Carl Semencic

Dr. Semencic's books were done at a time when foundational knowledge about many breeds was non-existent in the general consumer market.  They play a key role in any research meant to uncover actual facts and histories on these breeds and are written in a well thought out and clear way.  He has had his detractors over the years, mostly breed specific enthusiasts taking exception to details about their dog's characteristics that don't play out in their individual promotional breeding advertising and claims.

The World of Fighting Dogs by Dr. Carl Semencic        Pit Bulls and Tenacious Guard Dogs by Dr. Carl Semencic        Gladiator Dogs by Dr. Carl Semencic       

Stephen Budiansky

I've had the tremendous honor of actually speaking with Mr. Budiansky on a couple of occasions by telephone, shortly after he wrote "The Truth About Dogs".  In both instances I was awestruck at the man's intelligence, accomplishments and fame and delighted that he maintains a very down to Earth and human quality to his personality and communication with the public.  He actually spent time thanking me for being in the industry he relied heavily upon for the background data to write his works, when I had simply called him to thank him for doing them in the first place!  I'm sure you'll enjoy any and all of his books and his data and reliability in perspective is unmatched in modern writing.

If a Lion Could Talk by Stephen Budiansky         The Covenant of the Wild by Stephen Budiansky         The Truth About Dogs by Stephen Budiansky

David MacDonald

This is not a book for the faint of heart when it comes to martinis.  It's a bit dry, but if one can get past that there is very good information here that can lead to a better understanding of our canine companions from a factual, scientific and biological history of their evolution as a warm-blooded predator.  Highly suggested, rarely approached.

The Velvet Claw by David MacDonald

Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

James Herriot

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot        All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot        All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot        The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot

Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach        Illusions by Richard Bach

Louis Taylor

Harper's Enclyclopdia For Horsemen by Louis Taylor        The Horse America Made by Louis Taylor        Bits- Their History and Misuse by Louis Taylor        Ride Western by Louis Taylor        Ride American by Louis Taylor

Norman Thelwell

A Leg At Each Corner by Norman Thelwell

Marguerite Henry

King of the Wind - The Story of Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry