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The Service Dog Digger, Written and Illustrated by Hope I Saxton

In honor of National Dog Day,  a day that “celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.”  Dakota and I think that today, while we are celebrating ALL dogs, it is also the  perfect time to introduce an important children’s book that honors Service Dogs.

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Digger the Service Dog: “by evoking an emotional response in my art I can have a conversation with a total stranger, who may or may not speak my language…from anywhere in the world. If I can illustrate a response toward empathy and educate the public to seen and unseen disabilities, I have used my art to encourage a more compassionate society.” Hope Saxton

FROM THE SERVICE DOG DIGGER: “What does a Service Dog do?  A Service Dog helps people function in a normal life by helping disabled people do things that they can not do, like fetch an out of reach phone when it rings. They may also alert a handler to a ringing doorbell that they cannot hear. A Service Dog may also help mobilize a person by helping them stand or walk, or even by transporting them. Service Dogs come in every size and with different tasks that they like to do.”

Written and beautifully illustrated by Hope I Saxton in language that children can understand, The Service Dog Digger “allows the reader to understand the role service dogs play in society. Hope shares her experience that endears pets and children as well as pets and parents.”

Meet Digger:

“Digger” Photo Courtesy of Hope I Saxton

Digger is the dog of author and illustrator Hope I Saxton. “Digger is a soft, attentive, friendly, longhaired Chihuahua that will capture your heart.”

In The Service Dog Digger,  Saxton describes “the many ways in which Digger helps his owner be more aware of her surroundings and to remain calm, so she can speak better.”

She also explains to children (and adults), that “A working animal helps his or her human handler do his or her job better than doing it alone.” She mentions the jobs that police dogs, performance dogs and search and rescue dogs do that is clear, simple and concise for young minds to understand.

This book, while small in pages, stands tall in the important message that it shares. Children AND adults will learn the PROPER way to approach ANY animal, especially a working animal. Hope teaches us the:

5 Finger Rule to Approaching Working Animals…

  1. Stop
  2. Look!
  3. Listen…
  4. Ask….
  5. Follow directions!!!

That is a rule that many adults need to be reminded of as well!  Including myself!

This beautiful hard-cover book is only 18 pages, but it is 18 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT pages. In the back you will find various organizations that will help individuals with disabilities, animals, Veterans and more.

I know many of you who read my blog have service animals of your own. What an incredible gesture it would be to purchase this book (it is available as a hardback 978-1-4808-3707-2,  which is what I received, paperback 978-1-4808-3705-8,  and as an E-Book 978-1-4808-3706-5, Publisher: www.archwaypublishing.com) for the facilities that you visit, as well as to give to some of your more special parents and children that you encounter during your visits. What a wonderful and cherished gift this would make!

 

While Dakota and I give The Service Dog Digger a resounding rating of  “4-PAWS UP!!”, my one and only complaint, (which is actually more of a suggestion),  is that I would have liked to have seen this book be longer. I am suggesting that Hope Saxton turn The Service Dog Digger into a SERIES, that will go into more depth about the myriad of SPECIFIC situations that I am sure Digger helped her with throughout his life.  How educational, interesting and fun that would be for all of us to read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hope Saxton is a U.S. Marine and Army veteran with a service dog for almost a decade. Hope has a BFA in Visual Communications from the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA. She is an avid photographer, motorcyclist and gardener. Hope volunteers her art and her time to veteran and other service organizations.

She is married and has 4 grown children, and 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs, a turkey and a dozen chickens. She and her husband, Franklin, reside on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Thank you to Hope Saxton for this wonderful book and to ALL OF YOU, Dakota and I wish you a

 Happy National Dog Day!!

Winner:The Airedale Diaries: Animal and Pet Fiction Series by P. J. Erickson

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DOG BOOKS:The Airedale Diaries: Animal and Pet Fiction Series by P. J. Erickson

Today I am pleased to present to you:

DIARY of an AIREDALE Volume Two

 Where Airedales Rule and Terrier Tales Abound!

“a dog has the soul of a philosopher” – Plato

I had the pleasure of reviewing Volume One in 2015  and Volume Two is equally as endearing and just down right adorable!

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If you look at the above back and front cover of Volume Two, I have the most INCREDIBLE HONOR of being quoted there!

ABOUT THE DIARY OF AN AIREDALE SERIES:

Meet Alf, an Airedale with attitude and a lot to say as he dishes on the secrets of dogdom. Pet lit with humor and advice for your best furry friend It’s a dog’s life, or is it? This unique series follows the adventures, year by year, of an Airedale Terrier pup whose short idyllic life is turned upside down when he is torn away from home and starts life’s journey, learning about love and kindness, pain and terror, joy and despair.

Watch, each year, as he matures from a cute fur ball to a handsome dog experiencing all of life’s ups and downs from comic to tragic and everything in between.

I thought it would be fun to share some of Alf’s wisdom/thoughts with you that I found to be particularly entertaining. These are thoughts that Alf shares in Volume Two:

HUMANS SNEEZING: if your dog is like Alf and Dakota when Dakota’s Dad sneezes, Dakota loses his mind, when I sneeze, he pays it no mind. Dakota isn’t alone about jumping when his Dad sneezes, here are Alf’s thoughts about sneezing and how it takes a dog by surprise! “The sound humans produce is nearly the same as one we make. Sneezes are involuntary for our species too, but we also blow out a specific blast of air to communicate threat and defense. That’s why an expulsion of air like that bothers us. Your four-legged friend will often make a similar noise during play, except he is not sneezing at all, he is snorting, which tells the other dog this is only a lark, nothing more.  People jump at loud noises too. It’s not so strange.”

ON SWALLOWING PAPER: Get aggravated when you are chasing your dog to grab paper before he rips it to shreds and possibly eats it? I do too…here is what Alf thinks about it: ” I swallow paper as often as I can but most of the time one of my people chases me and yanks it out of my mouth. They invented an out of sight game, I make them chase me and I can squeeze into difficult places, like under tables, where it’s hard for them to grab me before I gulp the evidence. COOL. The more aggravated they are, the better the fun.”

The above are just snippets of some of the Alf’s observations, pondering and wisdom that is sprinkled on every page. You will read about Alf’s adventures and thoughts on a variety of topics, stated in a way that only an intelligent and observant Airedale such as Alf can communicate. Alf proves that in many ways, dogs are smarter than their human companions.

Appropriately Volume Two ends on Alf’s second birthday…..there are MORE volumes to come and I cannot wait.  If you are looking for some fun summer reading Diary of an Airedale Volumes One and Two will NOT disappoint!

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ABOUT P. J. ERICKSON

She began her writing career with a mystery/adventure series, The Chase Larsen Adventures. After publishing her first two books, Yokche and Kill Devil, a young puppy came into her home and The Airedale Diaries were born. PJ lives with her family in South Florida and is a member of the National Writers Association. In her spare time she loves to travel locally, seeking out unexplored corners of her adopted state. pj@embarqmail.com  VISIT P.J.’S WEBSITE!

In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away.  I received a copy of Diary of an Airedale Volume Two in exchange for my always honest review.

Winner of the Book: DOG FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai

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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

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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

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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.