Book Review:My Life With Snoopy by Joey Camen and a World-Wide Give-Away!

How One Shelter Dog’s Love Changed a

Man’s Life and Other Tails of Adventure

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When Joey Camen first contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing his book:My Life with Snoopy, he said his “heart skipped a beat” when he saw photos of Dakota on his blog. Why? Because the love of Joey’s life was a rescue dog named “Snoopy” who just happened to be a Sheltie/American Eskimo mix, (can’t you just tell from that incredible “Sheltie Smile” in the photo, and the gleam in his eyes?) a combination of two incredibly brilliant breeds.

Another coincidence was that Joey was raised in Detroit, where I currently reside. Obviously it was meant to be that I review his book.

When Joey wrote this candid, raw and beautifully tender book, his intent was to “teach people that anyone, no matter how hurt or wounded in life, they too can find love on four feet at their local animal shelter, and carry that love into relationships with two feet.” I would like to take this a step further, because most of you know who read Dakota’s Den, that Dakota is NOT a Shelter dog, (my cat was adopted from a rescue, Dakota was not), while it is true that yes, ABSOLUTELY you can find love at a shelter, I would like to add that you can find love whenever you open your home to a four-legged friend! And yes, whenever possible, OPT TO ADOPT!

The love that Joey felt for Snoopy and the stories sharing various adventures and episodes of their lives spent together are some of the most honest, raw and moving stories that I have read. While reading My Life With Snoopy I had no doubt that this man LIVED for his dog. Snoopy was his world. This book EXUDES LOVE. 

I could strongly relate to the heartbreak that Joey felt when his first dog was unceremoniously removed from his home when he was just a little guy. To learn that it was your parents who removed the dog, when you DID EVERYTHING RIGHT was something that resonated with me and my experience of having my first cat. You develop a mistrust of your parents and it is a hurt that remains with you your entire life. In Joey’s case, it made him develop a mistrust of dogs as well, until…he found his beloved Snoopy at the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Some of my favorite excerpts from My Life With Snoopy are:

When describing Snoopy’s eyes: ”They were dark brown like many dogs, but what was behind them is what stood out.  It’s hard to describe in words, you would have had to have him look at you, like he looked at me. It was as if he had soft, gentle human eyes. Eyes that said “Hello…I love you…I’ll never hurt you…I’ll be your friend no matter what.”

About dogs having fun: “Dogs don’t need anything set-up for them to have fun. They can find joy and happiness in any activity….the wind on his nose, or lying near my feet was enough to put a smile on his face. Maybe dogs don’t smile, I’m not certain. But it sure seemed that way to me.”

If it is possible for a book (or an author) to wear their heart on their sleeve, THIS is that book. It is impossible to read My Life With Snoopy and NOT feel the love. Yes, there are sad parts (consider yourself forewarned), that made me re-live one of the hardest times of my life. YES, I CRIED. YOU WILL TOO.

But through your tears, you will remember the dogs and cats that shared their lives with you so unselfishly, who helped to make you the people that you are today, and it will make you hold the four-legged babies who are currently in your life that much closer, and savor every day that you are blessed to have them at your side.

Joey Camen, you did Snoopy proud!!!



Joey Camen is a veteran stand-up comedian, voice talent, actor, and award-winning short filmmaker. He has performed professionally since the age of seventeen in everything from movies, to sitcoms, to Las Vegas showrooms.

He was a protégé of legendary voice actor Daws Butler—better known as the voices of Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound. Joey has provided voices for numerous cartoon shows, commercials, movies and video games.

My Life with Snoopy is his book writing debut. Joey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their cat.


ENTER TO WIN!! Joey kindly sent me TWO additional books to share with my readers! THIS GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN TO EVERYONE NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE! (You must be 18 and over to enter). THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW AND WILL END ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th AT 5PM. THE WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th.

HOW TO ENTER: leave a comment telling me about the pet that is (or was) YOUR “love of your life” and be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you are one of the lucky winners!

Can’t wait to see if you won?  You can purchase My Life With Snoopy at Barnes & Noble, and  Amazon

In full disclosure, I was not compensated for this review. I received 3 copies of My Life With Snoopy. One for me and two to give to two of my readers. I am honored and thrilled to do so!


  1. emma says:

    Another awesome review. The cover pic is so awesome, Mom wanted to reach out and touch that fluffy happy face. It sounds like a great book with some good lessons.
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  2. That books sounds like a real tell wagger. We bet Mom would love to read it we will let her answer the question now.

    (Alasandra) They have all been special in different ways and at different times. Snowball my first cat, Whiskers who helped me raise the kids, Lady Red my first horse and her son Red the first and later Red the second. Sir Lass my first doggie, Fenris & Arty Mouse and all the others too.
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  3. It sounds like a charming book! I’ll have to add it to the list!
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  4. That looks like another great book, good review too.

  5. Great review, makes me anxious to read it! Thank you! :)
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  6. I love so much what he said about the eyes. eyes that say, hello I love you… that’s just great. Thanks for a wonderful review Dakota&Mom
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  7. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    It sounds wonderful. I can totally see the sheltie in that face! He looks a lot like Chewy.

    I don’t think I can pick one of my dogs to be the love of my life. I love them all so much, and each is so unique. My first dog will always hold a special place in my heart though, because we went through so much together, and he never stopped wagging his tail, no matter what.

  8. Nice book review sweet Dakota. Snoopy sure has a sweet face and so do you! Hugs and nose kisses
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  9. dogdaz says:

    Great book review Dakota, it really made me want to read the book. Though I love all 30 of the animals that have shared my life, it was my Squash E. Bear, that thought me the most. I started DogDaz,com because of missing him so much. He was the most trusting and gentle of giants, even when I had to give him 2 insulin shots a day and be his eyes, when he went blind. I can not imagine my life without each of them. Thanks for the chance to remember. – Lorian of DogDaz
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  10. Great review. Sounds like a good read!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x
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  11. Great review. This sounds like a wonderful book, but one that would have me crying from beginning to end.

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  12. I’ve only had Mr. N so far but he’s a definite contender for the dog love of my life. He’s my little shadow.
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  13. Please enter us in your give-away? I can never get enough dog stories!

    My first dog, as an adult, was a shep/lab mix that I adopted from a local shelter. Her name was Mojo, and she was the smartest dog I have ever known. She learned how to open the fridge, and would make raids during the middle of the night! She helped me through some very difficult times, and I miss her deeply.
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  14. Each of my pets has been the love of my life (apparently I fall in love easily). They all have a special part in my life. I will share my love of my first dog Loki because he was the first and paved the way for the others. Loki was a shit tsu. The was a little spitfire and the friendliest dog I think I will ever meet. He particularly taught me about courage and optimism. He remained positive and friendly through a horrible illness that took his life. I will always remember my little disobedient trooper.
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  15. Amy A. says:

    My baby is a Lhasa Apso named Pepsi. I was working for a company for many years that had me traveling around the country. I was looking for a dog that didn’t shed. I went to shelters and breeders in over 20 states and every time I would leave I would say, “they’re very cute but not what I am looking for”. Inevitably “they” would say “what are you looking for” and I would say “I don’t know but I”ll know it when I see it”. It took me 2 yrs to find Pepsi. I had Pepsi for 4 yrs. and then I relapsed. I was in recovery from drugs and alcohol. I had 9 yrs. clean. The first time I took a “hit” Pepsi barked and barked and barked (Pepsi NEVER barked, until then) and then ran and hid in the closet. This went on for a few months and I called my Aunt in NJ (I was in Vegas) and asked her if she could take Pepsi for a little while (didn’t say why). Pepsi has been living with my Aunt for 8 yrs. and I will soon have 7 yrs. clean (again!). I have only seen Pepsi once since giving her up (that was the hardest thing I ever did, but better for her) but she is happy and loved and that’s all that matters.

  16. Sounds like a great book! :)
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  17. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Hmmm, a good read

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