Welcome to Monday Rufferences and Resources, a round-up of pet news and tips this week.

My daughter Kate brought this to my attention, and I must admit I’m having fun feeding and watching Googley, my new pet “hamster.” Try out this fun new google app!

Looking for a good read? Here are some more new dog (and other pet!) books:
Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz (Villard Books) This inspiring book joins the others books by Jon Katz, including Izzy and Lenore, Dog Days, A Dog Year, and A Good Dog.

A Big Little
Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz (Hyperion Books) about his 3 yr old golden retriever Trixie, a retired service dog.

Horses With a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service
by Allen and Linda Anderson (New Orld Library) collection of true stories.

of Being by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell (New World Library). McDonnell is the creator of Mutts comic strip. books shows you how interaction with animals can make us better people.

Read this article for more comments about favorite dog books.

Most people have certain preconceptions about different breeds of dogs. But these biases don’t hold true for every dog. Many good, sweet dogs are left out of a loving home because their breed has a reputation. Are you worried that pitbulls are aggressive? Greyhounds need too much exercise? Find out more facts here.

Looking for a new dog blog to read? Check out dexter speaks. Dexter is a 4 yr old golden doodle. Maybe he has something to say to you!

Here’s a way you can help. Donations of pet food are being sought to help California fire victims.

There’s still time to travel, and you might want to visit these pet-themed fall festivals, including the dachshund races in Findlay OH, and dog-owner look alike contest in silver spring MD.

Have a great week. And please check back next Monday for more Rufferences & Resources. And let us know what’s going on with your pets this week! We’d love to hear!