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Dog Gone

I have to say that I had high hopes in requesting this book for review. Being an animal lover, I always love reading stories devoted to animals. Unfortunately, this book will be one of those exceptions for me. Right from the start, I had a...

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The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

Although not a mystery per se, true suspense/mystery buffs will enjoy this tale, the story of the two Scottish Fold cats Baker and Taylor, the symbols of the company’s wholesale library division. The cats, who were named for the distributor...

4 Stars

For Dog's Sake!

Ms. Luwis did a fantastic job compiling her information to write this book. There is so much information that pet parents can take away with them, that I highly recommend it to all pet owners. It's hard to find all this invaluable informati...

5 Stars

The Dogs of Newtown

Guy Bacon, an 11 year old student at Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, CT who lost his sister Charlottle during the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, was one of the students who firsthand got to pet and cuddle the...

5 Stars

The Penguin Lessons - What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird

Anyone who enjoys offbeat animal stories will find Tom Mitchell’s “The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned From a Remarkable Penguin” a delightful and very entertaining read. Now in his sixties, the author harkens back in this memoir to his day...

4 Stars

ASK ANNA - Advice for the Furry and Forlorn

“Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn” by Dean Koontz and his dog Anna is an entertaining collection of advice-seeking letters illustrated by photographs of a delightfully diverse dog distribution (sorry, got carried away by the allit...

4 Stars

The Teachings of Shirelle - Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

When Douglas Green decided to rescue a pound puppy just before she was about to be put down, he never realized just how much of an impact she would play on his life. He tells many stories about how Shirelle has played a role in his life, wh...

5 Stars

Dillie the Deer - A True Story of Love, Healing, and Family

When veterinarian, Melanie Butera, received an unexpected patient in the summer of 2004, Melanie was certain this three-day-old, blind deer would die. With much love and medical care, she nurtured the deer back to health and had Dillie beco...

5 Stars

Heal - The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures

In this intriguing book about our beloved four-legged fur friends, we are told stories about how dogs, as well as a few cats, are used in the medical field to help us battle different cancers. The idea of a dog being used to sniff out cance...

5 Stars

Animal Mouths

As you page through this book you’ll discover a lot of interesting facts about various creatures and how their mouth shape and size determines how they survive. For example, if an animal has sharp teeth versus large, flat teeth, you’ll lear...

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Lessons from Tara - Life Advice from the World's Most Brilliant Dog

The famous author of the Andy Carpenter series, David Rosenfelt, has penned a second nonfiction book themed around his love of dogs and animal rescue. From chapter to chapter, he narrates his view on how Tara, his beloved Golden, taught him...

5 Stars

The Dogist - Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs

In this fun and light photography book dedicated to dogs of every breed, Mr. Friedman shows his true talent by taking pictures of the dogs he sees everyday while traveling around. After being let go at his job, he decides to do what he does...

5 Stars

Max - Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

A great book with plenty of action that kids will love (though parents will have to explain why jumping over a large deep canyon is not a good idea). This story is from Justin’s point of view, which is that of a young teen. His fights with...

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The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey - The Cutest Corgis in the World

In Los Angeles, an adorable Corgi named Corgnelius is a very happy dog living the good life. Not only does he have his own blog, but also he is the topic of his own nonfiction book chronicling his and his adoptive Corgi brother’s lives. Thr...

5 Stars

Surviving Henry - Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe

When Erin Taylor Young brings home a new adorable Boxer puppy named Henry, she doesn’t know what her family and her are up against. This new bundle of fur finds himself in every precarious predicament possible no matter where he turns. So m...

4 Stars
  • Author: Erin Taylor Young
  • Review by: Diana Coyle
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, * Contemporary, Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Revell

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

When twenty-four-year old Evie arrives at the Sanctuary for the first time, she feels so out of place. Since the Sanctuary is a place that rescues dogs from all situations, what would possess Evie to lie on her job application telling her n...

3 Stars

Ricochet - Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions

When Ricochet stops enjoying her training and becomes despondent, her owner Judy Fridono knows something is seriously wrong. To just turn herself off from everything Ricochet knows means there has to be some serious changes made to their ro...

5 Stars
  • Author: Judy Fridono
  • Review by: Diana Coyle
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, Biographies & Memoirs
  • Publisher: HCI

Man's Best Hero - True Stories of Great American Dogs

In this wonderful anthology of canine stories, we are introduced to a handful of special canines that have gone above and beyond their calling in order to save their owner’s life or to just bring comfort to a person in need of some love and...

5 Stars

It's a Wild Life - How My Life Became a Zoo

All Bud DeYoung wanted since he was a child was to own his own zoo. Many blood, sweat and tears later, he got his wish. Being the workaholic that he is, Bud and his companion Carrie devote all their time and money into making the DeYoung Fa...

4 Stars

Puddle Pug

“Puddle Pug” by Kim Norman is a cute children’s book illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi that celebrates the joy of puddles. Percy the pug leaps and frolics through all kinds of puddles but naturally the one he likes the best is already claimed...

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The Full Service Poodle - The Poodle Tales, #10

“The Full Service Poodle” by Toni Tuso Faber is Book Ten of ‘The Poodle Tales’ series and is beautifully illustrated by Benton Rudd. This children’s book is a cute celebration of poodles and their abilities but a bit confusing. Perhaps a de...

3 Stars

Throw the Damn Ball - Classic Poetry by Dogs

“Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs” by R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles is a fun book that combines photographs of various canines and poetical musings that have ostensibly been penned by them. The poems range from pithy...

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  • Authors: R. D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, Rob Battles
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets
  • Publisher: Plume

The Genius of Dogs - How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

This erudite volume addresses the concept of intelligence in dogs and how it can be evaluated. There are interesting postulations on the cause and effect of domestication as several different species with varying degrees of interaction with...

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  • Authors: Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, Science
  • Publisher: Plume

Chaser - Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

What a great account of the love, determination and devotion Dr. John Pilley had with his Border collie, Chaser. She was loved and adored by the entire family, but the considerable amount of time Dr. Pilley invested in this bright, fun and...

5 Stars

DK Adventures: Horse Club

I really enjoyed this juvenile novel because of all the horse content. In this story, we’re introduced to two sisters, Amanda and Emma, who work at their family’s bakery, Sweet Dreams, whenever they can. Both sisters love horses so much tha...

4 Stars

Devoted - 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs

In this compilation, we are told 38 amazing stories of how canines made a difference in someone’s life. From being paired up with a military veteran, to having a dog help a deaf person have a normal life again and everything in-between, thi...

5 Stars

Welcome Home Mama and Boris - How a Sister's Love Saved a Fallen Soldier's Beloved Dogs

What a fabulous, heartwarming read that tugged at my heartstrings. We’re told the story of how close Carey Neesley and her younger brother, Peter, were to each other and how they depended on each other through the tough times they were face...

5 Stars

Must Worship Cats - Miracle Interrupted, #1

Let’s start off with the fact that I loved this book. I think Ms. Ramer has visited my home and interviewed my cats. She must have studied them for quite some time to get a cat's attitude down so well. Either that or she must live with a ca...

5 Stars

A Dog's Journey

A Dog’s Journey was written by W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote A Dog’s Purpose, which I read and liked very much. This novel is a little different because it is written in the form of Buddy’s thoughts, feelings and love of people. This dog...

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  • Author: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Review by: Barb
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, * Contemporary, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Forge Books

Hounded - The Lowdown on Life from Three Dachshunds

“Hounded” is a darn good, tail wagging tale, about a man's journey to raise his three adorable Dachshunds! Mr. Ziselmen will have his readers laughing, cheering and shedding tears in sharing his remarkable journey into the world of parentho...

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The Love Programme

I really felt bad for Lucy Stokes because it seemed that everything she had hoped for just didn’t pan out for her the way she had planned. In the process, she seemed to start questioning everything that was happening to her. As the story co...

4 Stars

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You

Normally, this is not the type of book I would consider doing a review on. However, this quirky, offbeat, hilarious novel struck a definite chord in my cat-loving soul. The author makes many blatant and just as many tongue in cheek referenc...

5 Stars

A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope is a very well written story and the author, Joseph Pittman, really knows how to set a scene and pull you in. Reading this book has made me want to read the other stories about Linden Corners. I have never seen a windmill i...

5 Stars

Rescue My Heart - An Animal Magnetism Novel

Jill Shalvis has a knack for creating characters that are lovable, witty and make you wish they were real so you could befriend them. Rescue My Heart is no exception to the Jill Shalvis formula that works time and again. For this installmen...

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  • Author: Jill Shalvis
  • Review by: Shannschoice
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Berkley