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By Pilley Bianchi
Illustrations by Calum Heath

Foreword by Marc Bekoff Author of
Dog's Demystified

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Praise for For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide


"All dog lovers will adore this book"

―Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of "Animals Make Us Human," and "Calling all Animals." 

“A delightfully refreshing, forward-thinking take on dogs and our shared lives. Punctuated with marvelously descriptive illustrations, For the Love of Dog brings alive the uniqueness of the dog-human family…Pilley’s message is clear throughout. Dogs really do want to learn, communicate, and connect with us. It shows us we can do so much more for our canine friends. It is clearly our privilege to know them.”
―Karen Wild, CCAB certificated clinical animal behaviorist and author of Being a Dog, What your Dog Wants, and 21 Days to the Perfect Dog

“...a charming account of the journey dog and man have made together and why we should follow in their steps.”
―Clive Wynne, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

“...a wonderful, unique work written by a person who has a deep feeling towards our four-legged friends. For the Love of Dog is simply amazing!”
―Giovanni Padrone, canine historian and author of Origins: In Search of Ancient Dog Breeds, First Volume From Prehistory to Ancient Greece and RomaCanes Mundi, Second Volume of Origins: In Search of Ancient Dog Breeds

“For the Love of Dog offers all sorts of surprises, revealing what dogs are truly all about, starting here: What’s it really like to be a dog? Dogs are as complex and individual as humans, with emotions which run the gamut similar to our own…no one has forced humans to share our lives with dogs for thousands of years; humans make that choice for a reason, the benefit dogs offer is incalculable.”
―Steve Dale, CABC certified animal behavior consultant, host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, contributing editor Decoding Your Dog, and board of directors, Human Animal Bond Association

“In For the Love of Dog, Pilley Bianchi has now given us a field guide to this singularly important relationship between [her father] John Pilley and [their family dog] Chaser, and added her own deep insights and timeless connections. She was there, as daughter and collaborator. And now she has unleashed what she learned. If we play along, we might discover something profound and change the world.”
―John Lane, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, Wofford College and author of Coyote Settles the South

“For the Love of Dog will guide you to build the kind of joyful bond with your dog that [the author’s father] John built with [their family dog] Chaser -- to their mutual benefit, as John often said, ‘Don't be surprised if you and your dog both make leaps in creative problem solving!’”
―Hilary Hinzmann, co-author of Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

“For the Love of Dog begins and ends as a beautiful love story about two souls who were made for each other, and who managed to accomplish extraordinary feats together. The in-between demonstrates how we can do the same. The most heartwarming, illustrative, and informative tale you will read this year―all the more incredible because it happens to be true.”
―Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs and Professor of psychology and neuroscience, Duke University

“For the Love of Dog is easily the most valuable relationship guide on the market. Nestled within its charming, easily read pages is everything you need to know about living with, and loving, a dog. This is a book well worth reading…again and again.”
―Jennifer Arnold, Founder/Executive Director of Canine Assistants, Inc. and New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes, In a Dog’s Heart, and Love is All You Need

“For the Love of Dog is filled with joy, wonder, and humor. It’s a wonderfully illustrated and written ode to the canine/human bond and how that unique bond both expands our horizons and keeps us living fully in the moment. Author Pilley Bianchi combines science, history, myth―and great practical training advice that focuses on respect for, and appreciation of our best friends. And her love for her father, John Pilley, and his brilliant dog Chaser shines through every page. Calum Heath’s illustrations capture the essence of dogs and their people with every ink stroke. I absolutely adored For the Love of Dog.”
―Cat Warren, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows

“This delightfully illustrated book written by Pilley Bianchi brilliantly captures the absolute joy and love dogs willingly share with us. There are so many timely and spot-on nuggets of knowledge in this book that you will want to read it over and over again.”
―Annie Phenix, author, certified dog behaviorist, member of The Pet Professional Guild

“Pilley Bianchi and Calum Heath have taken us by the hand on an illustrative, whimsical journey to better understand the dogs we love, or even just the dogs who wag past us on the sidewalk. For the Love of Dog is a joyful romp into the world of dogs, with a bright and original perspective ― much of it based in science ― that will forever change the way you look at your four-legged friends. For dog lovers or human lovers, this is the ultimate guide to any positive relationship.”
―Maria Goodavage, New York Times bestselling author of Top Dog, Secret Service Dogs, Soldier Dogs, and Doctor Dogs

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