Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats are two compilations of short stories, poems and fables for your favourite canine and/or feline four-legged friend(s) by author Amy Neftzger. These tales are called 'tails' here for obvious reasons, and are ideal for those who love their pets and sometimes wonder what they would read for themselves, if only they could...
My favourite selection of the two was the book for dogs, an unsurprising bias really as we have a dog! Amongst the collection, I particularly liked 'Why Dogs are Natural Leaders', 'The Giant Slipper - A Tail of Horror', and 'Is Obedience Training Really Necessary?', which illustrates many areas in which dogs believe they could teach their humans a thing or two! An essay by Henry David the Hound, it offers us a dog's perspective on why obedience training is important:
'When you consider all the potential reasons for obedience training, try to think of it as not really training for us: it's for the humans. Most of them don't know how to communicate well and need assistance in this area. For example, humans have very insensitive noses. They can't smell fear or danger. They must be trained to ask us for assistance in detecting these things or risk the potentially adverse outcomes that take place when these things go undetected.'
Written from the point of view of the dog, or cat, these stories give us an imagined insight into how they might think, and their personalities and opinions. Sometimes the stories and opinions are actually fairly serious considering the light-hearted appearance of the books, but all ages may find them entertaining.
As the author notes at the end of the book, humans with a love for cats may like the stories for cats book, wherein some of the stories tell the cat's version of the same stories in the dog book.
Here's some background to the books from the author:
The giveaway closes on 16th April 2012.