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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

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Artificial Respiration

 

Cancer

 

 

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

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 Also Included:

Appendix

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

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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.

 

Hide and Seek:Another Winner From Author Amy Shojai

 

 

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Author Amy Shojai to me, epitomizes the meaning of the word, Wordsmith .  I recently was afforded the honor of reviewing her second book in the September Day Thriller-Mystery-Suspense series,  titled Hide and Seek,  (her first was Lost and Found, which I also was afforded the honor of reviewing, after my dog, Dakota won the: Name That Dog” contest to help Amy find a name for some of the furry characters in her book.  More than 85 names were suggested with close to 800 votes!)

 

 

  While the first  book was excellent, Hide and Seek was SUPERB.

When reading Amy Shojai’s mysteries, I never felt as if I was  a passive observer,  I felt as if I was  thrust  into the captivating and riveting story line. My heart pounded with anticipation, my stomach churned,  I grasped at my blanket that I was wrapped in on my couch and nestled deeper into it, dark fingers of suspense and fear pulled me   into the 240 plus pages of this nail-biter.

Overview (Courtesy of amyshojai.com)

A STALKER hides in plain sight.
A VICTIM faces her worst fear.
AND A DOG seeks the missing—and finds hope.

Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one—except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow.

Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner only to lose his-boy forever, Shadow’s crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans.

They are each others’ only chance to survive the stalker’s vicious payback, but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

Author Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 27 bestselling pet books.  Her “pedigree”, makes the thoughts and actions of the animals depicted in Hide and Seek,  authentic and completely believable.  It also provides a sensitivity and in-depth understanding of an animal’s motivation, needs and feelings that others with less experience would be hard-pressed to convey.

From Hide and Seek: As with LOST AND FOUND that launched this dog viewpoint series, much of this book is based on science, especially dog and cat behavior and learning theory, and the benefits of service dogs. A vast number of veterinarians, behaviorists, consultants, trainers and pet-centric writers and rescue organizations offered their incredible resources and support to help make the pet-centric storyline as accurate as possible.

The human characters that Author Shojai has crafted come to life on the pages in a vibrant and often terrifying way. Each character is masterfully woven into the plot,  with their own detailed sub-stories and histories, their purpose not always evident until details are revealed and the reader gasps in recognition of their relevance.

As Dr.Lorie Huston, the President of the Cat Writers Association states on the back cover,  Hide and Seek is “recommended for anyone who likes a “bite-your-nails, hold-your-breath” kind of thriller.

For me, Hide and Seek was more than just a book, it was an experience. If I used stars for ratings, it would receive the highest number of stars that I could assign to it.

In addition to the information about Author Amy Shojai mentioned above,  Amy is also the Puppies Expert at puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances.

$11.99 Trade Paper, $4.99 Kindle
Author: Amy Shojai
Series: September Day Series, Book 2
Genre: Thriller-Mystery-Suspense
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781621251477
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WHERE YOU CAN FIND AMY SHOJAI:
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IAABC Certified Behavior Consultant

 

 

In full disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Hide and Seek in exchange for my honest review which I was not compensated for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOGPAWS COMMUNITY FEATURED PET by Kristin Dewey, BlogPaws Special Projects Manager

I am wagging my tail with delight! I am honored to be the BlogPaws Community Featured Pet!

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by Kristin Dewey, BlogPaws Special Projects Manager

 

Dakota is a loving, funny, stubborn, (loud!) 5-year-old Shetland Sheepdog gentleman from Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Dakota is a Native American word meaning ‘trusted friend,’ and his name won the popular vote in a naming contest for a canine character in the new Amy Shojai book, “Lost and Found!”

He loves eating bones, being brushed, modeling and playing with his ball, and he’s a great brother to Cody, the cat.

His mom, Caren Gittleman, says he can spell! (You’ll have to ask him about that…)

You can get to know the handsome and adored Dakota better on his mom’s Community Page, at his blog: Dakota’s Den, onFacebook and on Twitter @dakotasheltie.

Book Review: Lost And Found, Amy Shojai’s Debut Thriller

Confession. Thrillers usually leave me cold.  It is not a genre that I normally read. I haven’t a clue why that is the case, but it is. I avoid them like the plague.  I might have avoided Lost and Found by Amy Shojai as well, had my dogs’ name (Dakota) not won the:

“Name That Dog” contest to help Amy find a name for some of the furry characters in her book.  More than 85 names were suggested with close to 800 votes!

I’m glad that Dakota won.

Had he not, I might have missed this spine tingling book.

“Dakota” was chosen to represent the “heart-dog” that lead character September Day (yes that is her REAL name) refers to often throughout the book.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything-husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot-and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat Macy to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?

Trust me when I say that this book is OUTSTANDING.

The language; full of descriptive detail, gives the reader clear and frightening images of the villains. While reading I was wondering if September embodies many of the personality traits of Author Amy Shojai? I question this because I have yet to meet Amy in person, (but I am certain that one day I will!) but I have come to know Amy a bit through our mutual affiliation with the Cat Writers’ Association and through her blog. In her emails and her writing, her personality comes across to me as being confident, vibrant, uber-articulate,  strong, determined,  knowledgeable, tough-as-nails yet somewhat vulnerable with a sense of humor to beat the band.  The more I read about September, the more I wondered how much of Amy is in this intriguing character?

Lost And Found for me, wasn’t a “quick-read.” The plot, details, dialogue and characters are well-crafted and intense.  My heart was literally in my throat throughout much of the book. Lost And Found offers a lot to digest, it is the prime rib at an all-you-can-eat buffet,  the side dishes are just filler, the meat leaves you feeling  satiated. Upon  finishing this deliciously intriguing and attention-engulfing  thriller, you will feel as satisfied.

Has Amy Shojai converted this “thriller-phobic” blogger/book reviewer?

In the case of Lost And Found…my answer is a resounding. YES.

Author Amy Shojai with Magic and Seren

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 24 bestselling pet books. She is the Puppies Guide at puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and hosts a weekly half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. 

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My Name Is Gonna Be In The Book “Lost And Found” by Amy Shojai!!

Yep you read that right! Back in July my Mom entered my name, “Dakota” in a contest held by Amy Shojai.  Amy is super well-known in the cat world, for those of you who may not know her, here is some info about her:

Amy Shojai

From http://amyshojai.com

AMY’S BLOG: Bling, Bitches & Blood– is your virtual water cooler for all-things-pets,  bloody-good writing tips, and some serious sparkle-icity. The edu-tainment empowers dog and cat lovers, inspires writers, and dazzles readers with wit, wisdom, and shiny objects. (She cain’t hep it, she’s from Texas!)

Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She’s a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 24 best selling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She is the Puppies Guide atpuppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, writes features for AOL’s PawNation.com and Huffington Post, and hosts a weekly half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. She’s been a consultant to the pet products industry and a host/program consultant for select “furry”  TV projects. Amy  brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances, writer conferences keynotes/seminars and thriller fiction (including pet “voice”).

What a pedigree, eh?

Anyway….back to the contest!

Amy held a contest asking readers to suggest names for the canines in her debut thriller:

click on the book cover to read all about Amy’s new book!

Here are the results from Amy’s blog post

 

NAME THAT PET CONTEST RESULTS

Thank you to everyone for your participation in the “Name That Dog” and “Name That Cat” contests to help me find the perfect choices for some of the furry characters in the book LOST AND FOUND.

More than 85 terrific cat and dog names were suggested. I narrowed the choices to about a dozen each, set up polls for you to vote, and we had over 800 votes result.

I’d say pet people are passionate about pet names! Without further delay, here are the results.

DOG HEROES NAMED

Caren Gittleman suggested the winning dog name Dakota because it means “trusted friend” and is also the name of her lovely Sheltie (who helps her co-write Dakota’s Den Blog).

In the book LOST AND FOUND, the main character September mourns the loss of her heart-dog (we’ve all been there right?) who died trying to save her husband. Therefore, her long lost canine partner DAKOTA is mentioned throughout the book.

How cool is THAT? 

Is that MAJOR mischief or what?

Mom can’t wait to receive her copy of the book to read and review, so stay tuned!!