'Must Read' Books


Smile of a Dolphin
By Marc Bekoff

Remarkable Accounts of Animal Emotions.

Turbo and Kachina, Kanzi, Tulip and Ake are, respectively, a pair of Arabian horses, a bonobo, a rat, and a dolphin. In each case their devotion, jealousy, playfulness and anger, their display of emotion, was observed and reported by a scientist whose formal training has discouraged either anthropomorphic thinking or jumping to conclusions.

In this unforgettable collection of stories, more than fifty experts on animals ranging from great apes to guppies present compelling evidence that, when faced with such circumstances as losing a child, confronting an enemy, choosing a mate, or being tricked, chastised, challenged, played with, or picked on, many animals do seem to have an emotional response, one whose underpinnings may be strikingly similar to our own. What’s more, these familiar feelings occur even in such ‘unlikely’ animals as birds, reptiles and fish.

About The Editor
Marc Bekoff, professor on oganismic biology at the University of Colorado, is the author of several books included 'Species of Mind', 'Nature’s Life Lessons', 'Strolling with our Kin'. A former Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Animal Behaviour Society, Dr Bekoff is the recipient of the Society’s Exemplar Award for major, long-term contributions to the field of animal behaviour.

Published by Discovery Books / Cassell & Co. — London


Polar Dream By Helen Thayer

Helen is a New Zealander who developed a deep love of mountain climbing. In 1988 she decided to make a solo journey that no woman had attempted before.

Helen Thayer walked and skied for 27 days in the Arctic, pulling a 160 pound sled for 364 miles in order to become the first woman — and the oldest at aged 60 — to travel on foot, unsupplied, to the magnetic North Pole.

Her only companion was a 94 pound black husky dog, Charlie, who was trained by the Inuit to warn of approaching bears. She had only met Charlie three days before her trek yet the dangers they faced together forged a truly remarkable friendship. Helen faced and survived seven confrontations with polar bears thanks to her own quick wit and the keen senses of Charlie.

This story is as much about the unique bonding between dog and human as it is the saga of Helen’s heroic trek through the desolate Arctic.The Forward was written by Sir Edmund Hillary. If you love animals and adventure, this book is an absolute MUST HAVE!

Published by Newsage Press ISBN 0 939165 45 7


The Biology of Belief
By Bruce H Lipton PH.D

This book will forever change how your think about your own thinking… This is groundbreaking work in the field of new biology. Author, Bruce Lipton, is a formed medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and those of other leading edge scientists, have examined in great detail the mechanisms by which cells receive and process information.

The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; but instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts.

This synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough, showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.

As a holistic practitioner, one of the greatest difficulties I have is in explaining to those of scientific bent how homeopathy, flower essences, and other energy-based modalities work. These modalities are the ones that mainstream medicine finds so difficult to understand, yet the quantum physics model they are based on is actually practiced every day by the medical profession in the form of lasers, CAT and PET Scan technology and computer analysis.

I no longer frustrate myself and those I am endeavouring to explain the rationale to, I just hand them Bruce Lipton’s book and say "read!"

Published by Hay House, Inc. ISBN 13 9781401923112



Most of us are aware that there is more to life than merely experiencing the senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and sound. How often we have watched our dogs, wild animals or the faithful horse and know they are part of consciousness itself.

The New Earth
By Eckart Tolle

"New-born life forms — babies, puppies, kittens, lambs and so on are fragile, delicate, not yet firmly established in materiality. An innocence, a sweetness and beauty that are not of this world still shine through them. They delight even relative insensitive humans. This light we often see in our beloved animals as they pass over.

When we are alert and contemplate a flower or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window into the formless; an inner opening, into the realm of spirit. It is why the lotus flower is a central symbol of Buddhism and a white bird, the dove, signifies the Holy Spirit in Christianity. This awareness is preparing the ground for a more profound shift in planetary consciousness that is destined to take place in the human species; this is the spiritual awakening that we are beginning to witness now."

"When faced with a radical crises, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual human - or species - will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of their condition through an evolutionary leap. This is the state of humanity now, and this is its challenge. This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say to awaken. This book is about you..." Eckart Tolle.

Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated — ISBN 13 9780452289963

Both ‘A New Earth’ and the ‘Biology of Belief’ provide insights into how we can make this planet a better place for all beings.


Raw Meaty Bones

By Tom Lonsdale

Dogs provide us with companionship, warn against intruders, encourage us to take exercise and a whole lot more — it’s the way it’s been for centuries.

For our part we need to provide our canine companions with food and shelter. Warm, draft-free, dry shelter is essential. But what about feeding? you may ask. Isn’t it just a matter of choosing between canned and dried manufactured foods? And aren’t the ‘premium’ foods from vets and pet shops the preferred alternative? — for that’s what the ads tell us.

I used to think it was that simple; that’s what they taught us at veterinary school and the vet journals backed it up. Fortunately, in the late 1980s, I woke up to the truth. The procession of sick and bedraggled dogs and cats visiting my veterinary practice all had one thing in common — they were fed on the commercial canned and dried foods. So bad are those foods that many pets suffer chronic ill-health often leading to an early death. (And I also woke up to the nonsensical vet school teachings — much of it funded by or inspired by the pet food manufacturers.) There’s lots of information at www.rawmeatybones.com

But for the practical information to keep dogs, cats and ferrets in tip-top condition please consult the diet guide below. It’s a diet based on Nature’s teachings and we can be confident that ‘Nature knows and knows best’.

Wishing you and your pets the best of health.
Tom Lonsdale


Pets At Risk
Alfred J Plechner DVM

A veterinary graduate of some 25 years, Dr Plechner developed a special interest in nutrition, food allergies and their relationship to hormone-immune imbalances in dogs, cats and horses. He identified endocrine-immune imbalances caused by defective adrenals as well as estrogen dominance in both male and female animals. If you have a problem, suspect a problem or wish to avoid a problem with your pets this is a COMPULSORY read.

Published by New Sage Press — ISBN 0 99165 48 1


Horse Nation
Teresa Tsimmu Martino

I don’t usually read ‘horsey’ books but it came highly recommended and I am so thankful that I did; so much so that I wanted to read more from this very special woman (see below). Her writing is very much from the heart; it is as she speaks. This book is a deeply-moving, an almost spiritual autobiography around her and her work with horses. Her observations and inner knowing of each horse was such that I immediately felt I knew each horse intimately.

Published by New Sage Press — ISBN 0 939165 51 1


The Wolf, The Woman, The Wilderness
Teresa Tsimmu Martino

A True Story of Returning Home. This is a fascinating and unusual account of Teresa’s efforts to return a young gray wolf (McKenzie) to her homeland in the northern mountains of the Pacific Northwest, USA. It took months to complete but led to discovering amazing relationships between human, wolf and wilderness. I couldn’t put it down.

Published by New Sage Press — ISBN 0 939165 29 5


Blessing The Bridge
Rita M Reynolds

I have read many books about grief and animals, death, dying, and beyond etc. Most are ho-hum. Rita is different; she is willing to take the process into a more intuitive and spiritual realm. It has functional appeal yet takes you by the heart and steers you through the process. It is head and shoulders above any other book on pet loss. It takes the ‘doctrine of death’ out of the loss experience. I found it a very (personal) healing book and would recommend it to EVERYONE who has suffered through the death of a pet.

Published by New Sage Press — ISBN 0 939165 38 4


Betty Rowe

A fascinating story of an American family, who left behind all the comforts of suburban life in America — came to New Zealand in search of a better lifestyle. Eventually they found their way to their ‘dream’ home, 'Aotea' on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.

Betty was drawn to the wildlife, the uniqueness of the sheep and goats she found there. Her efforts to seek protection for these animals drew attention from the bureaucratic machine that existed to exterminate all ‘noxious’ animals.



'Endgame' Vol.1: The Problem of Civilization
'Endgame' Vol 2: Resistance
derrick jensen

A two-volume treatise on the "problem of – being ‘civilised’ – of civilisation".

Volume One is built on a series of simple but provocative premises e.g. ‘The needs of the natural world are more important than the needs of any economic system'.

Volume Two explores, with unsettling precision, the countless ways we are allowing ourselves and our planet to be killed.

Both volumes reflect a remarkable ability to present the big picture of our system of exploitation and destruction of the natural world, and ultimately, self-destruction.

It helps us recognise and join in the impending ecological revolution. It is NOT a doom and gloom publication — one comes out of the read with a fresh perspective and a view of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Derricks’ other novels include his acclaimed "A Language Older Than Words" (DO NOT PASS THIS ONE BY).

Also available from Pathfinders Bookshop — ph 0800 5544 55 www.pathfinder.co.nz


Check out National Geographic March 2008 issue
'Inside Animal Minds — worth a read…

Reviewed by Ed.

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