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Earth Song: Books & Gifts

Jul 28, 2011 09:35AM ● By Linda Michaels

The alcove of Earth Song Books & Gifts invites dogs and pet parents to take a refreshing break from the busy Del Mar business district. One of the first things new mother-daughter business owners Roza and Annette Palmer did was post a “Dogs Are Welcome” sign and place a bowl of cool water at the store entrance for canine guests.

This local treasure stocks a variety of animal/pet, new age/spiritual, home/garden and children’s books. They also feature a selection of books that I personally recommend for training: Victoria Stilwell’s It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet; Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy and Well-Behaved Dog; and Pat Miller’s Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog.

In addition, the store offers the Rover Woof Edition, a giant, museum-quality book of stunningly detailed dog photographs by Andrew Grant. Proceeds benefit local pet shelters. Earth Song also hosts community pet-oriented events, such as book signings with author Charmaine Hammond and her dog, Toby, of On Toby’s Terms fame.

Del Mar is a prominent dog-loving community, sponsoring the annual Ugly Dog contest, Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon competition and Pet Expo, and home to an array of dog-loving business owners that bring their dogs to work each day. Over time, Roza and Annette have come to know all the neighborhood dogs. They confide, “It’s no secret that dogs have become one of the greatest highlights of owning this store. The dogs often give us kisses, and we always shower them with love.”

Earth Song Books & Gifts, 1440 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 92014. Call 858-755-4254 or visit

Linda Michaels, MA,”Dog Psychologist,” is Natural Awakenings’ Roving Pet Reporter, showcasing some of San Diego’s best “green pet” services and products monthly. An Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog” Victoria Stilwell-licensed dog trainer, Michaels offers private, non-aversive, customized obedience and single-issue consulting—just like the show. Connect with her at 858-259-9663 or visit