Win DOG FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai !





Cover Courtesy of Amy Shojai

Cover Courtesy of Amy Shojai


Have you ever read a book and when finished,  you found yourself saying “WOW!” out loud?

That is how I felt after I perused one of author Amy Shojai’s latest books, DOG FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia.

I am honored to know Amy Shojai, and (have reviewed a few of her fabulous books.  Dakota also had the distinct honor of winning a contest where his name is the name of one of the dogs featured in Amy’s suspense-filled thriller, Lost and Found),  and to me, and many others, she is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted experts in the pet industry. 

 If I sat here telling you I read EVERY PAGE of this OVER 600 PAGE INVALUABLE RESOURCE THAT SHOULD BE A PART OF EVERY HOME WHERE DOGS ARE IN RESIDENCE, I would be lying. THIS BOOK IS “HUGE!!” When I say “HUGE” I mean it is chock-full of information/resources that are needed and information/resources that those who share their lives with dogs DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY NEED!!!!
I recently reviewed CAT FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai,  and have assigned that book the honor of being my MAIN “go-to” (in addition to   my Veterinarian), for all of my cat questions/concerns. DOG FACTS is even more so for me.  I have owned a cat for most of my adult life, but Dakota is the FIRST dog I have had as an adult. When I say that I DESPERATELY needed this book when Dakota first entered my life that would be an understatement. I am beyond grateful, as Dakota is now in his early “Senior” years, to have this most comprehensive resource.

Think you have read every standout dog reference book that exists? THINK AGAIN! 

FROM DOG FACTS:The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia:

More than 78 million pet dogs today are kept in fifty-four million U.S. households. Now, from one of the most trusted cat care authors of the last twenty-five years comes the definitive reference for adopting, keeping, and maintaining a healthy, happy dog.

DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is designed to answer all your questions. How do I choose the right dog? What holistic help and preventive care should I give? Why do dogs act the way they do, and what dog behavior indicates illness? What constitutes an emergency, and how/when can I safely treat my dog with home care and first aid? Inside you’ll find an easy-to-reference for that has:

Alphabetical A-to-Z listings

Each letter of the alphabet that begins a section, is attractively drawn and eye-catching.  There are  more than 200 entries, covering everything from bloat and CPR to whiskers!!! Do you know what Nutrigenomics is? Or Jacobson’s Organ? (Be honest, and don’t Google it!) What about zoonosis? I didn’t either, but I do now!

Dog Facts Flea Allergy

Courtesy of Amy Shojai


There are charts (many dog lovers have requested repeatedly that there be a chart showing poisons, from plants to household items. Now you have it!), that list symptoms for a particular condition, the corresponding home care or first aid, the comparative veterinarian and holistic treatments, and preventive advice.

As I mentioned above, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE  to list EVERYTHING of importance that is in this book. I went through it page by page and read about topics that interested me, or that I need to be concerned with in order to be prepared for what I may have to encounter with my own dog such as:

Chasing Animals/Vehicles

Dakota used to do this when he was younger. He would jump and lunge at cars and people riding by on bicycles. I was pleased to read in DOG FACTS that the corrective measures that I had taken when walking Dakota were exactly what is advised to do to stop this unwanted behavior.

Territorial Aggression

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)

“this is an inherited condition of Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs, and is an interruption in the development of the eye which impairs vision. Also referred to as collie eye defect, this is an inherited congenital condition affecting 70 to 90 percent of smooth and rough Collies in the United States and Great Britain. The condition also affects 2 to 3 percent of Border Collies, and it’s seen in Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and other herding dogs.”

(I had heard about this condition when Dakota entered my life, and am grateful to have a Veterinarian who specialized in the eyes in Veterinary school.)

Dog Facts Eyes

Courtesy of Amy Shojai



Artificial Respiration





Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

In DOG FACTS :The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia, by Amy Shojai, it states that the “condition most frequently occurs in middle-aged dogs. The Basenji, Boxer, Chinese Shar-Pei, German Shepherd and Rottweiler breeds appear to be more prone to inflammatory bowel diseases than others”,  (but I have known an unusually high number of Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers who have this disease as well).


There is More!!

Dog Facts Heat Stroke

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 Also Included:


Where you will find DOG ASSOCIATIONS and BREEDS AT A GLANCE,  RESOURCES FROM ANIMAL EXPERTS TO ORGANIZATIONS and SYMPTOMS AT A GLANCE (that helps you identify what ailments might be bothering your dog.

Dog Facts Appendix

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

Easy-to-use Index

The comprehensive, easy-to-use index makes quick reference a snap !!!!!!


Accessible, yet comprehensive, DOG FACTS can be used with ease and trust. And doesn’t your dog deserve the very best?
FROM DOG FACTS:The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia: the author has taken great pains to compile the most up-to-date information currently available for dog lovers on the care of their dog; however, veterinary medicine is constantly improving. Please consult with your veterinarian on a regular basis to provide the best care for your dog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Shojai, CABC is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, and a former veterinary technician. She is a founder of the Cat Writers’ Association and the author of more than 30 award-winning pet care books including pet-centric thriller series. She shares her North Texas home with a 20-year-old Siamese wannabe, delinquent silver shaded tabby, and smart aleck German Shepherd.

CONNECT WITH AMY! Drop her a line at her blog  or her website . Follow Amy on Twitter (@amyshojai) and like her on Facebook.

 DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai makes me, and will make ALL dog lovers  feel secure/comforted to have so much information available at their fingertips. It  is yet another vital “tool” to add to my responsible dog owner tool box, and I can’t stress enough that it is one that should be a part of yours as well! 

GIVE-AWAY!! ONE lucky reader who is 18+ and who resides in the U.S. (apologies to our International readers, but the size/weight of this MUST HAVE RESOURCE makes shipping out of the country cost prohibitive), will win a copy! (An approximate $25 value which is a BARGAIN for all of the information that is in this book!)  Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a “PROOF” version of DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia in exchange for my always honest review. Some of the information that I mentioned might be slightly different in the published edition.



  1. that sounds amazing

  2. seems all canine secrets are no longer secret LOL what a fabulous collection of all things canine :o)
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  3. I just love books like this! What furbaby parent couldn’t use a resource like this on their bookshelf? Thank you for sharing!
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  4. Ann Marie Stelma Graff says:

    What a great book!

  5. This sounds like a book every dog owner should have. Thanks for sharing!!
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  6. Arrooooo! Thanks so much for the great review and post, and I hope the book helps LOTS of pet parents and their special dogs. (Magical-Dawg sends barky greetings, too!).

    • Dakota says:

      You are most welcome!!!! I am sure that it will!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. What a great way to help in keeping your baby healthy. I love this idea. There are so many things that can happen.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  8. that sounds like a great resource book to have
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  9. Looks like a great reference guide for just about nearly everything.

  10. Amy is a fab resource and really pounds the books out – I would love to win this one!

  11. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Looks like an interesting book
    Lily & Edward

  12. thanks for the info!

  13. Emma says:

    Looks like a really great book to have for reference.
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  14. Woo-hoo. I checked out Amy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. All I can say is w.o.w. Thanks for sharing! ღ
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  15. Don’t tell mom I said this but I think she needs this book! It sounds like an excellent resource. Love Dolly
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  16. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Sounds like a great resource.

    Hey, what do you mean…there’s a way to get a sheltie to stop lunging at cars? Ahem…some young hooligan in my house, I won’t name any names, needs to learn some lessons.

  17. Jenny says:

    Sounds like a fantastic book! 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!
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  18. Mom says it is impawtent to keep up on the latest information! Happy National Pet Day!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
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  19. I would love to win this books. Sounds like it’s a great resource.
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  20. Looks like a book every dog parent should have .

  21. What a fantastic and incredibly useful book . . . and how fabulous that Dakota’s name was used in one of Amy’s novels!

  22. Looks like a very informative book.
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  23. Panky: DaMa Edna would love to win this. She loves reading, especially about four leggers. She think she entered correctly in rafflecopter?

    • Dakota says:

      Won’t know til we pick the winner! Rafflecopter picks the winner at random. Good luck!

  24. This looks like a great book – I have a first-aid kit for the pets, but any extra knowledge is a good thing!
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    • Dakota says:

      There is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much info in this book that there is no way you will get through it all! It is the best!

  25. That looks to be a furbulous book, and thanks fur the chance to win a copy!
    Maybe I will panic less when MJF has some of his
    geriatric issues…

    Of course we can’t enter the twitter entries…we do not have those…sigh…

  26. OMDoodle – you had me when you mentioned “dogs” and “Amy Shoji” I too suffer with Harley and wheels on bicycles. I need to read this book. Paws crossed I win.

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