Discovering My Inner Fox

Hi my friends! It’s Dakota!!! 

A few weeks ago, our dear friend from Crunchkins, Inc. posted this photo on my Mom’s Facebook page:

sheltie or fox

When I saw this, I flashed Mom one of my winning Sheltie smiles!! Why? Because Mom says that often when she looks at me she thinks I resemble a Fox, and I have heard other Sheltie parents say that their Sheltie resembles a Fox as well.

Then, the other day, Mom was excited to find out that she had won a prize over at one of our favorite blogs:

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO FIND OUT WHY MOM WON A PRIZE!!!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO FIND OUT WHY MOM WON A PRIZE!!!

Mom just LOVES the drawings that are on THE FOUR-LEGGED FURBALLS blog, and she was excited to learn that she had won a  drawing of ME and my kitty brother, Cody………she couldn’t have been more thrilled!!!! Take a look at MY drawing!!!

Dakota drawing four legged furballs

Mom LOVES this drawing but she and I had a good laugh!!!! What do you think was the FIRST thing we both thought of when we saw this? You got it!!! Mom thought that I look exactly like a FOX in this drawing!!!  It is a darling drawing and we LOVE IT!

 

So, what do YOU think? Do you see a Sheltie or a Fox when you look at a Sheltie?

 Do you see a Sheltie or a Fox in the drawing?

Discuss!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Winners! A Fox in the Family: By Jane King

Thanks to all who entered my give-away for:

A Fox in the family

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS

TO THE FOUR LUCKY WINNERS!!!

LILY AND EDWARD FROM:

TWO FRENCH BULLDOGS

JENNA FROM:

LOVE IS BEING OWNED BY A HUSKY

MONIKA FROM:

TAILS AROUND THE RANCH

AND LAST BUT FAR FROM LEAST!

ANN MARIE STELMA GRAFF

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.

GIVE-AWAY: The publisher has generously offered FOUR OF MY READERS WHO RESIDE IN EITHER THE U.S. OR CANADA the chance to win a copy for themselves. ENTERING IS EASY! Just leave a comment below THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED (I do not consider comments that say, “this sounds like a great book”, etc, to be official entries). If you wish to be entered, PLEASE CLEARLY STATE THAT.  THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW AND WILL END ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH AT 5PM EASTERN. GOOD LUCK!!!