This week the library received two new books that may appeal to all of our pet loving patrons. Depending upon whether your pet of choice is feline or canine, you might enjoy Catakism: Bow to the Meow : A Humorous Purr-Spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats, or Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe: A Humorous Exploration of Man’s Fur-Ocious Devotion to Dog, both by Jeff Lazarus. Both books explore our devotion to our pets in a manner that will have you laughing out loud even as you realize that you have done or felt the same way about your furry family member.

If you are a cat lover, you are definitely not alone. According to Catakism, cats are the most popular pet on the planet. People spend a great deal of time and money to groom, feed, coddle, praise, and even entertain their feline companions. Some go to extreme lengths to pamper them. Comparing this level of devotion to almost a religion, the book shows how cats have managed to control their human masters. You will discover the difference between a mere Catakist and a true Crazy Cat Lady. There is even a sort of glossary to explain the “purr-minology” used by cat enthusiasts, not to mention adorable pictures of cats doing many of the things we enjoy most about them.

If dogs are more your style, Dogtology is for you. Dogs have always been considered faithful companions and their devotion to their humans is legendary. But many people are totally devoted to their dogs and would do just about anything to make them happy. Consider dogs who have a larger and more festive holiday wardrobe than their human. Or those people who spend more money on their dog’s diet than their own. These are Dogtologists. They organize their entire lives around their dog and its needs and wants. Even when the dog does some of the negative things that dogs do, like chewing up a favorite shoe, barking all night, or even biting a litigious neighbor, the devotion never wavers. It may seem that the human is the master, but it could actually be the other way around.

These books are in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 636. This area is where pet lovers will also find many other books about these creatures that add so much to our lives.