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

THE PERFECT DOG BOOK!  

FROM ONE OF THE MOST

KNOWLEDGEABLE AND TRUSTED

PET EXPERTS IN THE INDUSTRY!

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

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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

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 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

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.

 

101 Doggy Dilemmas by Tony Cruse Book Review-Give-Away

“Your dog should cause you to smile

at least once a day!”

Dakota makes me smile TONS of times per day and I am sure that your dog(s) do too! We all love our dogs, right? When they are at their best and most obedient and loving, life couldn’t be better, The doggy kisses, the look of love that emanates from their eyes, their cuddly natures. But, like people, sometimes those we love most behave in ways in which we think they have lost their minds . We often stop and wonder:

“Why does my dog do that?”

Today, I am happy to present  a book to you that just might give you some of the answers you are looking for!

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I know, there are tons of articles, blogs and books that answer some of the same questions, but this book is written in a way that will enable you to get your answers without wading through a ton of scientific mumbo-jumbo.

Based on the questions expert dog trainer Tony Cruse has been asked in his hundreds of dog training consultations and on his many radio appearances, this practical book provides a host of answers & advice to help you understand your canine companion better.

When Dakota first became a part of our family in 2007, I had never had any pets other than cats, (other than when my family had a Boxer when I was a little girl. I was so young, that nothing that my parents did to work on her exuberant behavior was absorbed into my undeveloped pea brain). Even as an adult, not being as dog attuned as many of my readers, there were things that Dakota did (and still does), that left me bewildered and baffled.

From Tony Cruse:

“I wanted to create a definitive book about those confusing dog behaviours that was simple, clear-cut and entertaining alongside its value as a reference text, I quickly learned that most owners have hundreds of questions about why their dogs do certain things, so I decided to compile the most common into something I could share with the world.”

“Dogs are much more complex, thoughtful and compassionate creatures than most think, and I really feel that this book showcases the depth of their personalities. I hope it helps owners understand, interact with and ultimately grow closer to their dogs – while giving each animal an opportunity to finally have his or her voice heard!”

101 Doggy Dilemmas is arranged by easy-to-find topics. You will discover the reasons behind many of your dogs behaviors that make you want to tear your hair out. Some of the behaviors that I needed answers to and tips to prevent, (and found!) were:

Why does my dog bark at the postman?

Why does my dog steal shoes? 

Why does my dog pull on the lead?

Why does my dog chase cars?

Why does my dog howl when I’m not there?

(Note about the  howling question above. Dakota does not do this, but there were two other dogs who used to live in our building that did this for HOURS on end. It became extremely annoying and troublesome.)

Why does my dog lick me all the time? This one is a personal fave. A self-professed “cat person”, (ok folks,  I LOVE my dog and other dogs, but I will confess, sometimes they are just too “in my face” for me. It Doesn’t make me love my dog any less, I’m just keeping it real here!) By reading the “why” I learned that:

Our soft skin has a salty taste that our dogs may like. It also usually gets a reaction which maybe as subtle as a laugh. This reaction encourages the licking next time. And so the dog’s routine greeting becomes a happy licking-fest. It is also thought that licking is a pacifying action, often seen when puppies lick their mothers’ mouths. 

This was something I had never known! In reference to this question, and all 100 other questions in 101 Doggy Dilemmas, you will have an explanation, followed by Tony’s “Quick Tips” to help change/re-direct the unwanted behavior. All of the tips are humane, loving and caring.

So what is the solution to the above behavior? You will have to read the book to find out.

A sampling of other  questions that are included:

Why does my dog cower from people trying to pet him?

Why does my dog bark at other dogs?

Why does my dog follow me everywhere? 

The last question I am going to post will be of interest to many readers who blog or need to photograph their dogs for other reasons: Why does my dog not like his photograph taken?  I often read the blogs of many bloggers whom I admire and I marvel at the incredible photos that are consistently taken that show posing dogs, dogs in different scenarios with props, training photos, etc., and I think, “Why does this not work for me?” Well, in reference to myself there are TONS of reasons as to why, but in 101 Doggy Dilemmas, Tony Cruse offered some logical tips that just might change things around! I know many of you already know these tips, but for those who are still baffled about how to get your dog to cooperate during photo sessions, there IS hope!

I give 101 Doggy Dilemmas a resounding 4-paws and 2-human hands raised high with a few barks thrown in for good measure!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tony is full-time dog trainer who also advises on a variety of canine behaviours. He writes for various magazines and appears frequently on a number of radio stations. He writes in a simple and clear style which appeals to pet dog owners in these busy times. Visit Tony’s website here.

 

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of 101 Doggy Dilemmas in exchange for my always honest review.

 

 

 

 

Book Review/Give-Away: House Trained, A Novel by Jackie Bouchard

It is with great joy that today I am featuring the THIRD novel by Author Jackie Bouchard:

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I have been eagerly awaiting this novel because I am a HUGE fan of Jackie’s writing. I have had the pleasure of reviewing both books that preceded House Trained (if you click on the titles below they will take you to my reviews of each):

What the Dog Ate

Rescue Me, Maybe

When I reviewed What the Dog Ate, I had mentioned I felt as if I had just shared some “girl” time with a friend, I felt the same way when I read House Trained.

Jackie Bouchard has a talent for creating leading characters that, well, I would LOVE to be friends with.  The leading characters are believable, often possess a dry sense of humor, they are likable and slightly flawed, just as we all are. Jackie’s writing style is casual, the conversations between characters flow, and her description of each and every character who is prominent in House Trained (as well as all of her books), feel as if they ALL exist. I can visualize them perfectly in my mind.

I sat down to begin reading House Trained the night after the unthinkable happened in Paris, (ironically Paris was a favorite city of Alex and Barry the leading characters in House Trained):

“I have a vintage travel trunk at the end of the bed, and a stack of old leather suitcases-my favorite thing in the room-forms a nightstand. A replica of the Eiffel Tower sits on the corner of the desk, and silver frames, filled with black-and-white photos of our tenth-anniversary Parisian getaway, stand out on the white shelving.”

—-and to be honest, I was so sad, that I wasn’t in the mood to read.

House Trained turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed. Light, but not “light” in a simpleton sense, just light enough to escape for two nights and  escape the horrors taking place in the world around me. Like What the Dog Ate and Rescue Me, Maybe, House Trained is another book where I grabbed my comforter, my coffee, a bag of chocolate covered almonds, and just nestled into the welcoming arm of my couch, ready to meet some new friends.

When I read the first sentence:

“This morning I overheard my husband talking to his penis”, I smiled and said to myself,Ohhhh, THIS is gonna be GOOD!!!!” I was sooo right!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep…with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?
From bestselling author Jackie Bouchard comes a humorous and heartwarming look at how life creates opportunities to love in surprising ways.

There are so many things that I love about Jackie’s writing. One of them being that I can’t immediately figure out what is going to happen next, as I can with many other books. Often what I think is going to take place, doesn’t, and what DOES, is so much better than what I would have thought would have happened!

Let’s not forget dogs….

Jackie’s love for dogs and her vast knowledge of them is obvious in all of her books. She takes the best qualities of our canine pals  and makes us mere humans wish we could be more like them. House Trained DOES feature a dog, but the book isn’t just about a dog. It is about the complex  relationships that those who are a part of the dog’s life, are going through each and every day.

House Trained resonated with me on a personal level as well, I am also “childless” (I do have two grown stepchildren), and some of Alex’s secret feelings about her husband’s newly discovered daughter and granddaughter are feelings that hit close to home for me as well. Throughout the book Alex states numerous times why dogs are so much easier and better than raising kids, and to help her cope with the discomfort of having a baby around, she would  summon her comfort zone in her mind…dogs…comparing dog behavior to that of babies:

“Babies. In terms of exploring their world, they’re a lot like dogs at this age, using their mouths to experience new things.”

but at one point her opinion changed and was stated in a laugh-out-loud funny way:

“Hmmm. This is one way babies are better than dogs–easier to dry off when they’re sopping wet. But with a dog, guidance counseling” only involves a leash.”

What makes Jackie Bouchard’s writing unique, in my opinion is, that many authors who write about dogs, merely write about DOGS. They have a marvelous understanding of DOGS but their understanding (or inclusion of), interesting HUMAN characters falls short. Jackie Bouchard not only has a superb understanding of dogs, but she understands HUMANS, (the  quirks that couples have that nearly every couple can relate to, the quirks that  make us want to peek into their world, voyeurs that we are!). The insecurities that women of all ages have, but that are  normally only shared with our close friends. Everything from our looks to our jobs, our homes, sometimes those that appear to “have it all together” are the biggest “messes” of all. Regardless of the “messes” that many of us are, and create in our lives, Jackie Bouchard GETS that our canine companions remain the most loving, accepting, and judgement-free of all. Jackie Bouchard GETS PEOPLE AND DOGS. She GETS how they think and feel and writes in a way that will resonate with all of us.

YOU want to make some new friends, don’t you?

RUN!! Don’t walk, to get this one…NOW!

House Trained would make the PERFECT gift for a sister, Aunt, Mom, dear friend, dog lover….you get the idea! You can purchase House Trained:

On Amazon (e-book, paperback or audiobook)
On B&N (only paperback or audio)
On Jackie’s website
On Jackie’s  blog

Photo "stolen" from Jackie's website! Click to visit!

Photo “stolen” from Jackie’s website! Click to visit!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jackie Bouchard, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction:humorous and heartwarming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives. Bouchard has lived in Canada and Bermuda and now lives in San Diego with her husband and dog. 

YOU CAN ALSO ENTER OUR GIVE-AWAY!! Jackie is offering one of our readers who is 18 and over and who resides in the U.S. and/or Canada the chance to win a copy of House Trained! Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below!

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Book Review/Give-Away: The Returns 2:Showstoppers by M.K. Clinton

The Returns are back!!!! As was the case in Book 1 The Returns by M.K. Clinton, The Returns 2 Showstoppers is  just as  brilliantly clever,  raucously funny,  sensitive and loving  as the first book.   Showstoppers may be read as a stand-alone book, but it is strongly recommended to begin with the first in the series, The Returns by M.K. Clinton.

Both of The Returns books were  influenced by M.K.’s dogs and cats that had come before, as well as some who she currently shares her life with.  As M.K. has mentioned, without the pets she had shared her life with and loved before, neither of The Returns books would be possible.

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From the Publisher: The Returns, whose human lives were mistakenly cut short, found themselves being returned to Earth in the bodies of some of the funniest dogs in creation! Now, they have a new case to sink their teeth into and this time they enjoy a bite of The Big Apple. Your favorite fun-loving, junk food eating, crime fighting canines are once again partnered with FBI Agent Aiden Davenport. Someone is stealing the world’s top show dogs and the boys go undercover to sniff out the criminals. Along with their rookie Guardian Angel,  a couple of wise cracking cats, and some new recruits, the crooks don’t stand a chance.

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Enjoy the laughter and adventure as the gang takes you on a thrilling journey from the quaint French Quarter of New Orleans to the exciting crowds of Times Square in New York City.

Author M.K. Clinton excels in creating characters that have zany senses of humor, her depiction of “Westie” Pierre and his flamboyant, over-the-top personality before, during and after he  “struts his stuff”  at the dog show was hilariously funny and had me thinking of Carson Kressley (whom I loved), from the old Queer Eye series, (which I was a HUGE fan of!)

M.K.  is adept at writing books that have a moral without being overly saccharine sweet. I have had the privilege of meeting M.K. in person and it is no wonder that her characters are warm, witty, sensitive and loving, those are the exact characteristics that she possesses as well.

A quote of M.K.’s that is prevalent throughout both of The Returns books and is now famous is:

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”—M.K. Clinton

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The quote is so perfect that it was featured in the 2015 Spring Issue of Modern Dog magazine!! It was also featured in Natural Muscle magazine in their May edition.

Another point that is unique about The Returns series is how M.K. often refers to various dishes, snacks, and treats that are native to  her local Louisiana cuisine. Being an avid foodie, reading the many references to food throughout book books had me wanting to eat constant snacks and might be the reason I gained some weight this week!

I  give The Returns 2 Showstoppers a resounding 4-paws up!!

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M.K.Clinton

M.K.Clinton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: M.K. CLINTON: By her own admission is  a GRITSGirl Raised In The South. She has been married to her best friend for over 31 years. She has two grown children. Her other “children” include a four-legged hairy child, Bentley, who is trapped in the body of a Bassett Hound.  For the time being, she has her  grand-dog Pierre, the Westie staying with her. Her family enjoys playing, making each other laugh, and spending time together. They are also HUGE LSU Football fans. M.K. has a blog:Barking from the Bayou where she shares  funny stories, important dog information, product reviews, and dog care tips.

GIVE-AWAY!!! M.K. has generously offered ONE of my readers the chance to win a copy of  BOTH of the  Returns books!! (Winner will receive The Returns AND Showstoppers!!) You must be 18 and over to enter and you must reside in the U.S. Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, there is only ONE MANDATORY ENTRY REQUIREMENT!! Good Luck!

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Book Review:Stepdog by Nicole Galland, Enter to Win!

Do I ever have a GREAT BOOK for YOU! If you have NEVER acted upon a book recommendation from me before, (and even if you have!), you seriously MUST act on this one!

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Are you looking for a romantic comedy? Suspense? Mystery? Action? Fun?  Look no further! Stepdog by Nicole Galland has it all.   When you begin reading Stepdog you will NOT want to put it down! It is a jam-packed 300+ page book that will have you laughing, gasping and cheering from the moment you begin reading.

“She’s not my dog, she’s my wife’s dog”

Who would think that such a simple phrase could end up being the phrase that is at the heart of every aspect of this incredibly engaging and engrossing gem!

“Stepdog,” I said after a beat. “I supposed that’s what she is…that was the beginning of something huge, but I hadn’t a clue of that yet, and it took a while to rise to the surface….”

Hang on my friends for one of the most hilarious, moving, “tarty”, action-packed and FUN books that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this year. It would make a great gift, it is the perfect airplane, beach, or weekend curling up by the fire type of book and one that will draw you further into the world of Sara, Rory and “Cody” (who happens to be a GIRL! dog, and just because she has the same name as my MALE cat, that is NOT the reason I LOVED this book!), on every page!

ABOUT STEPDOG FROM THE PUBLISHER: Sara Renault fires Rory O’Connor from his part-time job at a Boston art museum, and in response, Rory—an Irish actor secretly nursing a crush on his beautiful boss—throws caution to the wind, leans over, and kisses her.  Now Sara and Rory are madly in love.

In a matter of weeks Sara and Rory go from being friendly work colleagues to a live-in couple, and it’s all grand . . . except for Sara’s dog, Cody, who had been a gift from Sara’s sociopath ex-boyfriend. Sara’s over-attachment to her dog is the only thing she and Rory fight about.

When Rory scores both his green card and the lead role in an upcoming TV pilot, he and Sara (and Cody) prepare to move to Los Angeles. But just before their departure, Cody is kidnapped by Sara’s ex—and it is entirely Rory’s fault. Sara is furious and broken-hearted. Desperate to get back into Sara’s good graces, Rory takes off and tracks Cody and the dog-napper to North Carolina. Faced with the unrelenting determination of a true villain who will stop at nothing to keep Sara’s dog, Rory crisscrosses the country on his quest to rescue Cody and convince Sara how much he loves her and her dog. 

In STEPDOG, NICOLE GALLAND shows off her lighter side, in a refreshing and hilarious romantic comedy, full of surprising twists as captivating as any thriller, that beg the question, how far would you go for the one you love?

I PROMISE YOU, you will NOT be disappointed!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NICOLE GALLAND is the author of five previous novels: The Fool’s Tale, Revenge of the Rose, Crossed, I, Iago and Godiva. A native of Martha’s Vineyard, she graduated from Harvard University and studied Dramatic Literature at UC Berkeley, then divided her time between California and New York City for many years, before returning to the Vineyard to stay (except for when she’s somewhere else, like Boston). She is the co-founder of Shakespeare for the Masses at the Vineyard Playhouse, and writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.

 

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of Stepdog in exchange for my always honest review.

 

STEPDOG by NICOLE GALLAND

ISBN: 9780062369475

$14.99

 

Give-Away! The publisher has generously offered my TWO OF MY READERS who RESIDE IN THE U.S.A the chance to win a copy of Stepdog ! Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below. There is only ONE MANDATORY ENTRY REQUIREMENT. Good Luck!

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Book Review and Give-Away:A Fox in the Family: By Jane King

Yes, you read that right!! There is a FOX in the title of this post and this book on a dog blog! I agreed to review this book because I have often been told that Dakota’s face is quite “fox-like” and foxes ARE rather “dog-like!”

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Thick woods surrounded the Indiana home of author Jane King and her husband Jim, and woodland creatures often found their way into their house.

Their home was a sanctuary, convalescent hospital and sadly, sometimes, a burial ground for the local wildlife. The tally of the animals in their household fluctuated with the seasons, as neighbors, friends, and would-be friends knew where to take orphaned birds and stray cats.

Besides several horses, dogs and cats, they often had quail, Chukar, turtles, frogs, mice and various small birds residing with them. Soon, two gray fox cubs joined the list.

A Fox in the family

In her new memoir “A Fox in the Family,” King tells the story of Frisky and Friendly, the cubs that were rescued by her family from a barn that was being demolished. The family not only welcomed the fox cubs into their home, they welcomed them into their hearts.

As the cubs matured, King and her family experienced many extraordinary moments that are illustrated throughout her book. Despite the loving memories made, raising the wild foxes was not an easy task. Especially when it was time to return them to the wild.

“When you bring wildlife into your home you are taking away their natural fears, and it is very hard to release them safely back into the wild,” King said.

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: A Fox in the Family by Jane King is a pleasant read. I found it enjoyable reading about the process of rescuing the foxes and raising them from when they were tiny babies.  It was interesting to read about how an animal that one wouldn’t normally think of living in their house, adapted to their surroundings just as a family dog would.

My favorite parts of this book were the beautifully created ink sketches done by Jane King herself that are peppered throughout the pages of this super quick read ( 82 pages). They enhanced the story by showing the foxes in various settings and scenes that were described in the book were portrayed in the sketches created by an obviously gifted artist, (Jane King).  In the back of the book there are also “real-life” photos of Jane, her family and Frisky and Friendly which were darling. I would have liked to see them throughout the book as well, instead if hidden in the back.

A Fox in the Family would be a nice resource to present to elementary school children to learn about other animals, that being said, it is NOT strictly a children’s book at all.

Being candid, while I enjoyed reading A Fox in the Family because it was endearing and remarkable to watch the baby foxes grow and acclimate to life  in Jane’s home, and learn things about foxes in general that I had never known,  the ending left me with a giant “THUD”.  For me, the ending completely took away from the rest of the book which was informational, fun, and sweet.  I would be interested in hearing what others have to say who have read (or will read),  A Fox in the Family.

“A Fox in the Family”
By: Jane King
ISBN: 978-1-4990-3767-8
Hardcover retail price: $24.99
Softcover retail price: $15.99
E-book retail price: $3.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores

About the author
A graduate of Purdue University, Jane King grew up in Indiana where the story takes place. Her career has included teaching art and math in elementary, high schools, and college while creating animal portraits in her free time. She is best known for her ink sketches or remarks along the borders of her pastels to portray the personality of the subject. Her first love has always been fox-hunting to watch the interaction of hounds and scent. She has hunted all over the United States and has won her colors with three hunts. King is now retired and lives in a small rural community in California where she is limited to rescuing the small critters that may come into her yard or are dropped off by neighbors.

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