You’ve already done the World’s Best Dad coffee mugs, the neckties, the cufflinks, and the breakfasts in bed. What else is there to give your dad to make this Father’s Day a day to remember? If your dad loves to read, then Tarcher/Penguin has you covered. Check out our list of suggestions below, and have a happy Father’s Day!
(Of course, it’s not just dads who would love these books—they’re great gifts for any parent or loved one!)
Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy – No matter if you’re a cat person or a dog person—or even if you’re not an animal person at all—this unconventional memoir is sure to inspire you. In Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy (star of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell) tells the gripping story of how the original cat from hell helped him get his life back on track.
The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius by David Thorne – For the dad who likes comedy—on or off the Internet—this volume is a must-have. Australian satirist David Thorne’s New York Times-bestselling book The Internet Is a Playground is the complete collection of viral e-mails and articles (including his best-known, “Missing Missy”) from Thorne’s infamous, hilarious website, 27bslash6.
Grow the Tree You Got: & 99 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Adolescents and Teenagers by Tom Sturges – Even the best dad in the world can use a little help at times. In Grow the Tree You Got, Tom Sturges collects 100 tested- and-true tips for parenting children through their adolescent and teen years to guide them to become exemplary adults.
What were a few of the more surprising things you learned while working in an animal shelter?
The amount of commitment and genuine love that a staff can bring to every animal they come in contact with, regardless of the thousands they see every year. And the poop. I was constantly surprised by the incredible amount of poop I cleaned up every day!
At one point, you say that Benny took an immediate dislike to your girlfriend of the time and walloped her across the head. Have you found that cats have an innate sense about people?
Hell yes! If your cat doesn’t like someone, take it seriously and move on. Forget about them not liking the person; they can truly sense when someone is “off.” Heed their advice!
How does one train a cat? Can all cats be trained to walk on a leash?
The principles of operant conditioning like positive reinforcement apply to all sentient beings. These training techniques have worked on birds, chickens, gophers, dolphins, killer whales and yes, 3 year old children. Most cats can be taught most anything. The question is, should they? If your cat is afraid of the outside, shows no interest, why do it other than to satisfy you? I believe that all trainable activities should only be considered if they will enrich the already present inclinations of your cat. I don’t believe in training cats to jump through hoops, ride a bicycle or pee on a toilet. Clearly I would not subject a cat to walking on a leash that just didn’t want to.
What’s easier – dealing with out-of-control cats or their owners?
Dealing with cats, because they lack the ability to reason away; defend themselves; to fight to the end for a belief system, for no other reason than to keep their ego intact.
“The day he died—actually, while I waited for the vet to come into that room and euthanize him—I told him exactly what his story would be; I’d write a book about how we cohealed, how we refused to let each other live broken ever after. And contained in that story would be practical advice: methodology and techniques specifically born from our time together. Maudlin as it may seem, I was committed to his living on. His level of difference allowed me to see the mind and body of a cat like I never had before. All cats—all animals, for that matter—took me to the water of understanding. Benny held me under until I drank. And now that I’ve come up to gulp some air, I want to tell you what I’ve learned.”
Read the rest of the introduction to CAT DADDY on Jackson Galaxy’s website.
CAT DADDY goes on sale on Thursday, May 10.