Today is the dog day of the Tucson Festival of Books.

Actually, canines share the limelight on  three animal-centric panel discussions.

• “Animal Communication:Look Who’s Talking!” at 11:30 a.m. in room 140 of the Integrated Learning Center.  

Panelists include Kristen Nelson, the Phoenix-area veterinarian who wrote “Coated with Fur: A Vet’s Life.” Nelson was a hit at last year’s festival, drawing lines of fans to sign her book.

Con Slobodchikoff, who wrote “Chasing Doctor Doolittle: Learning the Language of Animals.”  

And Spencer Quinn, “A Cat Was Involved: A Chet and Bernie Mystery.”

• “Zoobiquity: Species-Spanning Medicine” at  2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Gallagher Theater. This panel will be broadcast live on C-Span2.  

This panel features Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, who co-authored “Zoobiquity: What Animals can Teach Us about Health and the Science of Healing.”

 • “Cagey: What Animals Can Teach Us: at 4 p.m. in room 140 of the Integrated Learning Center.  

This panel includes Natterson-Horowitz, Nelson, and Steven D. Wolf, who wrote “Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life.” Comet was a rescued greyhound from Tucson, who becomes a service dog to assist Wolf.

Word to the wise — arrive early. Last year the discussions about animal behavior filled up fast.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.