Pet That Dog! A Handbook for Making Four-Legged Friends is an illustrated guide to meeting, petting, and caring for dogs by Gideon and his mom, Rachel Braunigan.
This fact-filled and fun guide features:
• Helpful instructions on how to pet that dog. Step one: Ask the caregiver!
• Tips for reading dog body language—how do you tell when a puppy wants to play?
• Fascinating facts and stories of amazing dogs from history. Did you know dogs poop in alignment with the north-south axis of the Earth’s magnetic field?
• A dog personality quiz and your very own Dog Tracker to record all the dogs you meet!
This kid-friendly handbook pairs joyful illustrations with an interactive format. With step-by-step guides, fascinating stories, and helpful tips, Pet That Dog! makes a perfect gift for dog-curious kids and dog lovers of all ages.
And for feline fans, check out Pet That Cat! A Handbook for Making Feline Friends.
About the Author
Rachel Braunigan is Gideon’s mom. A social worker turned stay-at-home mom, she has four sons. Rachel assists Gideon with his project by taking pictures and helping in his never-ending quest to pet more dogs.
Susann Hoffmann is a freelance illustrator and author of children’s books. With her colorful drawings she wants to brighten up the world and put a smile on old and young faces alike. Susann lives in Hamburg, Germany, and likes to spend her free time on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book.
Read an Excerpt
I've Pet That Dog!
My name is Gideon, and I love dogs! When I was 8 years old, I decided to keep track of every dog I met. I asked my mom if I could take a picture with each dog I petted so I could show everyone. Then I started the website IvePetThatDog.com, and I posted a picture of myself with each dog I’ve met. When I joined Twitter, I decided to share the dogs’ stories along with the pictures.
So far, I have petted more than 1,000 different dogs, and each dog I meet teaches me something new. Some are playful. Some are fearful. Some are big, while some are tiny. Some dogs have jobs. Some dogs have homes and families, and some dogs are looking for a home. Each dog is different, and each dog has a their own story.
A dog is the best friend you will ever have, and they help you live your life to the fullest. They want to go where you go, play what you play, and eat what you eat. They will love you unconditionally and will always be happy to see you.
I have learned a lot about dogs over the years, and I hope this book helps you learn about them, too. There are so many dogs waiting to meet you!