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“Smart Tricks for Smart Dogs”: Book makes great stocking-stuffer

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(Gary’s on vacation until Dec. 28)

I get a lot of interesting new books in the mail from publishers, but I found the little collection of new  dog books below from TFH Publications to be of particular interest … especially this one:

“Smart Tricks for Smart Dogs: A Fun and East Step-by-Step Program for Every Dog.” (September, 2009; $17.95; ISBN: 978-0-7938-0629-4)
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Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009
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“B is for Bufflehead”: a MUST book for your young future bird lovers


“B is for bufflehead,” photos and text by Steve Hutchcraft of Alamo, CA.

Available at bookstores in October, 2009; ISBN 978-0-9824925-0-5; LCCN: 2009905001; Hardcover; 8.5 x 8.5 inches; 80 full color pages; suggested retail price, $19.95; published by PhotoHutch, P.O. Box 482, Alamo, CA 94507; 925-324-5510;

This book will send your children on many fun-filled flights through their ABC’s with a flock of fascinating feathered friends.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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“The City Creeks Journal”

"The City Creeks Journal" is a unique introduction to the natural history of the creeks of Walnut Creek, Calif. It is a field guide AND a journal for recording your observations and sketches of the natural world.  This is a handy book for students and people who just care about our creeks. It features the section of Walnut Creek between Civic Park and the Iron Horse Corridor, introduces riparian communities as complex systems of beauty and great value to wildlife, and explains how they are impacted by urbanization.

Journals are on sale every Sunday at the Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market at Lincoln and Broadway. Cost is $10.95 (including tax). To order by mail, make checks payable to LifeGarden and send to: 860 Bellows Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5867. Please include $3.50 for postage and handling.

The Journal is a collaboration between LifeGarden and Diablo Nature Adventures and was funded by a Walnut Creek Civic Pride Grant. Profits from Journal sales support watershed education and restoration programs of LifeGarden.

LifeGarden is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable land use through publications, classes, tours, and community projects. Diablo Nature Adventures offers field trips in Mt. Diablo State Park and other open space areas that enhance classroom curriculum in a variety of subject areas for students in grades 2-12.

Get more details from Judy Adler, 925-937-3044; e-mail:

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2006
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