Monthly Archives: September 2012

Wallace’s bucket list

Sweet Wallace has a bucket list… perhaps you can help make some of his dreams come true…Roo and Clara do not know how long he has to live since he was diagnosed with cancer but plan on his quality of life as their most important priority…

excerpt from book:

http://www.parade.com/news/2012/09/30-wallace-jim-gorant-excerpt.html

how to help

https://www.facebook.com/notes/wallace-the-pit-bull/how-to-help/10151181572582733

 

 

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Joint health for dogs

Had  a power outtage the other day then computer issues so have been behind in my blog posts this week.

 

Since I was told that Cici had a bit of arthritis, I have tried different supplements for her. When given the opportunity to try these Blue Label Glucosamine and Chondroitin treats, thought it would be a good idea. Cici LOVES the  soft chewable INhancer Hip & Joint Supplements.  She thinks that they are cookies and scarfs them up which is nice since they are supplements that are good for her.  Just use the nuggets as you would regular treats. No muss, no fuss, no disguising or having to put in a hot dog or a piece of cheese.

More info:

A daily nutritional supplement to provide dogs with the live enzymes, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that they require to enhance their immune system and to help keep their coat and skin in top condition. INhancer™ joint protection supplement is for high activity and older dogs: A daily nutritional supplement containing Glucosamine and Chondroitin from Shark which helps to maintain the elasticity of healthy joints in high activity dogs and helps to relieve the pain and rebuild the joints of older arthritic dogs.  For dogs with food allergies and sensitive stomachs. No corn and wheat.   100% human grade chondroitin and glucosamine. INhancer™ comes in the form of a soft nugget that dogs take as a treat. Chicken Flavor.  One nugget daily for each 10 pounds of the dog’s weight.

 

Ingredients:  Lecithin, Rice Bran, Oatmeal, Flaxseed, White Rice Flour, Chicken, Cod Liver Oil, Powdered Cane Molasses, Dried Eggs, Glycerin, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Wheat Germ, Calcium Carbonate. Vitamin Supplements: Riboflavin, A, D3, E, B1, B12.
·  Vitamin A, an antioxidant, is a prime necessity for the immune system and overall pet health.  
·  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which plays an essential role in pet health and protection from damage of all cells.
·  Vitamin B5  is necessary to produce coenzyme-A and helps dogs to metabolize proteins,carbohydrates and fats.
·  Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) helps produce antibodies and red blood cells.
·  Vitamin B12 is essential for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
·  Calcium helps build bones and aids normal blood clotting.
·  Phosphorous is critical for the growth and maintenance of the skeleton.
·  Choline is sourced from lecithin, and helps build cells and nerve tissue.
·  Folic Acid helps produce red blood cells, build antibodies, and helps the growth and division of cells.
·  Iron promotes the utilization of oxygen 
·  Manganese improves the utilization of the B-complex vitamins and vitamin E.
·  Omega Fatty Acids produce healthy cell membranes, contribute to healthy brain and nerve cell development, fortify the immune system and are specifically helpful with skin disorders.  
· Selenium works in conjunction with Vitamin E to increase antibody production in response to antigens.
IN supplements are never cooked. Through their unique cold process, ALC INovators has found a way to produce supplements that maintain the integrity of their ingredients while also taking the form of a soft nugget that dogs take as a treat.

 http://www.inpetsupplements.com/supplement-dogs.php?cid=4

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Hershey’s law and Free Memphis

brilliant end BSL video…

D-Boy, the dog that took bullets to save his family.

Roberta Trawick was sitting on her couch in her Oklahoma City home in 2009 when an armed intruder busted through her front door and told her to get on the ground. Her 2-year-old pit bull

, D-Boy, then came charging into the room after the intruder, who fired multiple times, hitting D-Boy three times — including two shots to the head — but the dog continued to run after him. The intruder, apparently spooked, fled.“That dog saved my life and my family,’ said Trawick. “Without D-Boy, that guy could have shot me and my family.” The Trawicks had rescued the pit bull from an abusive home just three months before the break-in.Generous people helped pay D-Boy’s Vet bills. He recovered and his owner did not have to worry about paying for his bill.
URGENT: TAKE ACTION TO FREE MEMPHIS 
this is a Lennox type Belfast city Council type situation…
The welfare of Memphis should truly be the ultimate goal. There is absolutely no valid or legal reason why Memphis should remain in the shelter one more day or a secret location within the control of the town at taxpayer expense when a highly qualified, loving, experienced, breed savvy family is pleading with the township to bring Memphis back home forever.Allowing Jeff and Diana Coltenback to adopt Memphis is the ultimate win-win situation for everyone—for the taxpayers, for the town, for the Coltenbacks and most importantly, for Memphis.
 
Bloomfield, NJ Town Council Meeting tonight at 6:30….there is less than 6 hours to reach out to the council members.
Send polite email message to Mayor and Council asap… thanks.
bernardham@onebox.com, echalet@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, njoanow@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, cbernard@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, pdunigan@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, mvenezia@bloomfieldtwpnj.com, rbrown@bloomfieldtwpnj.com
Mayor Raymond J. McCarthy
Room: 209- 2nd. Floor,Municipal Building
1 Municipal Plaza
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Rosemary Brown, Secretary
Email: rbrown@bloomfieldtwpnj.com
Phone (973) 680-4080
FAX (973) 680-4040

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Dogs and birds and shuttle, oh my

Does your dog ever do weird or strange things?

Occasionally, Cici will run around the house barking for no discernible reason (today and yesterday afternoon). In the yard, too.

In the too smart for her own good category, lately, she stands by the glass door to the yard waiting for me to open the door for her.  Except when I get up to do so, she runs back to the chair I was sitting on and jumps up on it (her throne). She pretends to need to go out just to get me off “her” chair. Smart dog.

The other day I noticed a dead pigeon in our yard. I thought that Cici ate it and was all worried about it. All that was left of it was its wings. Turns out, we now think, a cat or hawk dropped the dead bird in our yard. Cici was sniffing at it but she did NOT eat it. Good dog.

She jumped in a UPS truck the other day for treats (the really nice driver lady stopped just for Cici) and she did not want to get out. What a great idea… a neighborhood treat truck for dogs.

what do you think of our new look?

Cici did not try to jump up to see the shuttle but this is a cool photo in the hood…

KSBW Producer Cassady Evers shot this cool photo of the shuttle flying over the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/monterey/Space-shuttle-Endeavour-swoops-over-Santa-Cruz-Monterey/-/5738820/16692046/-/8d32ayz/-/index.html#

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Chew on

Dog toys keep your dog occupied when you’re not around, and provide an outlet for energy and teach your dog and entertainment. Interactive dog toys with treats let dogs solve problems on their own and keep the mind and paws and mouth busy.

the Dog Miracle Puzzle from Nina Ottosson. This durable, cleverly constructed puzzle lets dogs seek out concealed treats by trying to move, lift or push aside durable, stackable bricks with their paw or nose. By changing the placement of the puzzle bricks and where the treats are concealed, pet parents can decide how difficult the game is going to be. The number of ways the bricks and hidden treats can be rearranged is virtually endless!

http://www.companyofanimals.us/products/toys-and-games/nina-ottosson-games/nina-ottosson-interactive-plastic-toy-dog-miracle

Cici was all gung ho for finding treats and eating them. She tore the bricks apart looking for them. Then she started chewing on the plastic bricks and I had to take the game away from her. Thankfully, I was there to supervise her. I would NOT advise leaving this toy alone with your dog for any length of time in case your dog enjoys chewing plastic (or anything she can get her paws/teeth on) as much as Cici does.

Star Spinner by Kyjen

Dog games develop cognitive ability in a fun way.

Enrichment toys were first implemented in zoos to eliminate boredom of captive animals. Every well-balanced animal needs stimulation and enrichment. Among the methods used to create stimulating environments are food puzzles. They encourage animals to interact with their surroundings while foraging for food. This allows them to use natural instincts that would help them survive in the wild…

http://www.kyjen.com/puzzle/

Again, Cici looked for the treats, was able to find them and within 2 minutes, she was done. There was no challenge for her. Maybe she has a mouth that just wants to chew and lick all of the time. Obsessed.  Her mouth keeps going and going and going.

I think the best “toys” for Cici are ones she can chew on…

and we finally found something safe she can chew on for hours and that lasts and lasts and lasts…  we tried Himalayan chews and she ate one in 10 minutes. I usually freeze soup bones but worry about her chomping off sharp pieces and swallowing them.  the antler does not do any of that. The antler does not break apart easily nor splinter.

The antlers are best for dogs that love to chew and aren’t picky…they keep your dog busy and out of trouble and will help to keep her teeth clean. The antler dog chews come right out of nature and are completely unprocessed.

  • Long-Lasting: Antler chews are long-lasting. They last much longer than bully sticks or chews made of compacted starch or rawhide.
  • Safe chewing: Deer antlers for dogs are much less likely to chip or splinter when they are being chewed than processed bones. The chewing action grinds the antler chew down slowly.
  • Healthy: Chew antlers contain many beneficial nutrients and nothing artificial.

  • Odor-Free: Antlers have virtually no odor or residue to get on your carpet or furniture.

  • Variety: Antler chews vary in shape, thickness and color. A benefit of purchasing multiple antlers for your dog is that no two are alike and your dog will enjoy the variety in his chews.
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are the best quality: As antlers for dog chews are getting more popular and difficult to source, some other antler chew sellers are offering low quality, old, chalky, antler that is likely to splinter and crack. Other sellers offer antlers that are split down the center which can cause the antler to dry out quickly and become brittle. Rest assured that Pet Expertise antler is grade A, fresh antler from the USA only and will continue to be!
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are economical: Pet Expertise was the first online retailer to offer high-quality, large antler chews and have been offering them since 2005 (they are their biggest seller.
  • Safe Chewing Hint: When giving your dog an antler (or any) dog chew, their trainer recommends the following: Supervise your dog. Do not allow your dog to attempt to break the chew in half with his back teeth. Do not allow your dog to consume more than 1/2″ to 1″ per day. If you need to get the antler away from your dog and he doesn’t know “drop it”, you can trade him for a tasty treat such as a piece of meat or cheese.

 

This is the XL. They are $16.75
http://www.petexpertise.com/dog-toys/antler-chews.html

clearly, Cici’s bliss is chewing an antler…  she has chewed on this one for the last few days, about 2 hours a day and there is no sign that this antler is any worse for the wear and tear of her chewing. She will have many more hours to enjoy this antler.  If/when we travel, I would take an antler with us for her to enjoy while I was driving.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND.   Four paws up !!!

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my dog is a paradox

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox

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Prayers for Wallace and Angus

Hector the pit bull’s much beloved brothers are having serious health challenges… please pray for them all and the entire Yori family…

Wallace has hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer.  his best friend Angus tore his cruciate ligament.

I suggested the Conservative Manage Protocol for Angus and Jeff Stanford’s healing plan for Wallace.

http://celiasue.com/2012/09/08/conservative-management-for-acl/

http://celiasue.com/2008/10/12/5-tips-on-helping-a-dog-heal/

However, people have to do whatever they think best for their dogs.

How to help 

Here are some ways that people can help.

1.  ChipIn.  So far the vet bills total almost $6000.  If we can get help with even a portion of that we would feel so grateful. ChipIn For Wallace and Angus

2.  Buy Wallace’s book.  Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls– One Flying Disc at a Time   Make sure your local bookstores and libraries have it.  Read our story.  Share it with others.  Wallace has made a positive impact on this world and he has more to do.

Send stuffies or treats.  Wallace loves to destroy stuffed toys, with or without squeakers (they will be destroyed immediately so don’t bother purchasing expensive ones).  Treats must be grain-free and poultry-free.  Good brands for him are ZiwiPeakRaw Bistro Stix,Wellness Pure Rewards (venison/salmon)Pure Vita (beef liver/sweet potato).  No chews except for Zukes Z-Bones (he hardly has any teeth left).  You can send them to him at 4712 19th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Continue to send him positivity and love.  Say prayers, wish him healing light, reiki, good thoughts… I believe all of that good energy is good for him.

Clara is currently doing a painting of Wallace and will be selling prints online to help with his medical bills.  Those should be ready next week if you are interested.

Hug your pets and be glad for every moment you have with them.  Their lives are too short and they deserve every ounce of goodness possible.

This is Wallace on his 10th birthday this year. He knows how to live life to the fullest and we want to help him do that for as long as he wants to.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/wallace-the-pit-bull/how-to-help/10151181572582733

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Good Pibble news

Patrick’s Law will finally help other dogs… Patrick could soon have a New Jersey state law named after him. Patrick the Pitbull was found last year starving and abused at the bottom of a garbage chute in a Newark apartment building. Patrick’s owner is charged with animal cruelty, but one lawmaker wants to make those penalties stiffer.

Making animal cruelty laws tougher is important since there is a known correlation between animal abusers and people abusers. People who abuse animals often go on and abuse people… serial killers often have a history of animal abuse.

“According to NJ.com, the new law, aptly referred to as “Patrick’s Law,” or S1303, was approved on Thursday by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Patrick’s Law, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., must pass the full Senate and Assembly in order to become law.

“If today’s approval is any indication, with a 3-0 vote, there is great optimism that this will indeed happen.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/patrick-the-starved-pit-bull-inspires-changes-to-nj-animal-cruelty-laws

Pocket pittie dogs…

Designed by Kathy Voerg, these toys celebrate the variety, resilience and adorability of the classic American mutt, the pit bull.  Red, white, blue; merle, brindle, patched, spotted, speckled, freckled, and everything in between, the pit bull is THE obvious choice for a toy with a line all its own.

Wanted to make a more affordable line of CharlieDogs, something the kiddies could afford, and dedicate it to the dog type that makes up the majority of unwanted, homeless dogs in America’s shelters.

“Made in America”, the first offering will be three pitties sold as a team: one red, one white, one blue.

Look for Pocket Pitties in December!

http://www.charliedogandfriends.com/blogs/news/6573033-new-pocket-pitties-from-charliedog-and-friends

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Claiming Fido

 Your Dog Could Be a Tax Write-Off

Did you know that pet-related expenses are, in a few circumstances, tax deductible?  Your pet is not a dependent, no matter how much you feel Fido is part of the family. Even if your pets run up expensive medical bills, personal pet costs are not typically tax deductible.  However, if you have a service animal, you can claim the expenses of maintaining the animal as a medical deduction. Businesses can deduct qualifying pet costs, too.

Pets
First, man’s best friend or furry feline could earn you a tax break under certain conditions. Examples include animals related to medical or security needs such as guard and special needs dogs.

“You cannot deduct a pet if it’s just a household pet,” says Wilma Hayes, a tax professional with H&R Block. “But you can deduct pets that are a part of your business. You have to register that pet with an agency declaring that it is a service animal. The animal can be used for a guard or can be used for medical purposes,” she says. In these cases you can write off expenses such as pet food, training, medication and vet bills. Just make sure you have an official doctor’s note.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/unexpected-tax-breaks.html

Is your pet a business asset? A business asset is a piece of property held by a business entity for the purpose of making money.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5727613_file-pets-taxes.html

What are some other ways people can deduct their pets?

Moving either to start a new job or to seek work in a new city—also may include the cost of moving a pet. See IRS publication 521 at irs.gov.

The cost of maintaining a pet while an estate is being settled may be deductible if the animal has monetary value, such as a purebred dog. The expenses also may qualify if the animal provides security for property.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903895904576544773101154248.html

Providing foster care for stray animals is now tax deductible, thanks to a cat-saving volunteer on a mission.

Ms. Van Dusen appeared before a U.S. Tax Court judge and a team of Internal Revenue Service lawyers more than a year ago to dispute her tax deduction for taking care of the 70 stray cats.

The Tax Court allowed her to make a charitable deduction for expenses she incurred while taking care of the cats in her home for the IRS-approved charity, Fix Our Ferals.

According to the Wall Street Journal, among the $12,068 in expenses she deducted were food, veterinarian bills, litter, a portion of utility bills, and other items such as paper towels and garbage bags.

As a tax-paying pet owner, keep records of the major expenses for stray animals and have the charity you are helping write a letter of acknowledgement for the gift, then any expense over $250 can be deducted.

http://www.petside.com/article/tax-breaks-pet-owners

1. Pet food

A couple who owned a junkyard was allowed to write off the cost of cat food they set out to attract wild cats. The feral felines did more than just eat; they also took care of snakes and rats on the property, making the place safer for customers. When the case reached the Tax Court, IRS lawyers conceded that the cost was deductible.

2. Moving the family pet

If you are changing jobs and meet a couple of tests, you can deduct your moving expenses—including the cost of moving your dog, cat or other pet from your old residence to your new home. Your pet—be it a Pekingese or a python—is treated the same as your other personal effects.

http://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Deductions-and-Credits/Top-10-Oddball-Tax-Deductions/INF12065.html

Pet Bird-Related Business Breaks
If pet birds are your livelihood, their necessities may be tax deductible. Owners of performing birds, bird breeders, pet shop proprietors and other bird-related businesses may deduct expenses involved in operating their businesses, including, but not limited to: food, housing, veterinary care and equipment. If a portion of your property is devoted to aviaries for breeding birds, you may qualify for agricultural zoning, which may lower your property taxes.

If you have a room or space in your home specially designated for business activity, you may qualify for a home office deduction. Because many bird-related businesses are part-time enterprises, you must be able to prove that you actively pursued the business as an income-producing entity. Consult your tax advisor for specific advice.

Charitable Giving
Pet bird lovers have many opportunities for tax-deductible giving. Tax-exempt sanctuaries and shelters, rescue organizations, bird clubs, avian medical research projects, conservation groups and other charitable entities that work for the good of parrots and pet birds are likely candidates for your donation dollar.

According to the IRS, individuals giving to 501(c)(3) public charities may deduct donations consisting of up to 50 percent of their adjusted gross annual income. Corporations may deduct contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations up to 10 percent of their taxable income. Tax deductions are not allowed for donations to organizations that do not have 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status, so check carefully before you give.

Do not File Tax Returns In Your Pets’ Names

Mathew and Sandra Zuckerman are accused of using their dog and cat’s names to file their taxes. They then allegedly used the savings on a face lift and a cruise.

http://goingconcern.com/post/apparently-some-people-filed-tax-returns-their-pets-names

Owner can’t pay the taxes so she puts pet cemetery up for sale

“More than 15,000 pets, including horses, birds and a raccoon, have been buried there since it opened in 1951. One woman has buried dozens of cats, each with its own plaque.

“The cemetery is also the final resting place for about a dozen cremated humans, who wanted to spend eternity with their beloved pets. One is surrounded by a half-dozen pets, including bull terriers Skipper and Monk and an iguana named Iggy.

…”Unlike a cemetery for humans, pet cemeteries are not tax-exempt. Weilenbeck said that she hasn’t figured out how to become a nonprofit. That’s left her with a whopping $25,000 annual property-tax bill and forced her to put the cemetery up for sale.”

http://articles.philly.com/2012-08-16/news/33217367_1_pet-cemeteries-beloved-pets-half-dozen-pets

You probably cannot write off $77,000 on your taxes for your dressage therapy horse like the Romneys nor Put Houses Under Pets Names To Avoid Paying Taxes and / or hide your pets and money in the Cayman Islands for a free ride on the roof but hope this helps.

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Books have gone to the dogs

There’s a wide world of dog books to explore… here are a few very different ones…  each make great gifts for animal lovers.

Fistful of Collars, 5th in the Spencer Quinn series, with Chet the dog narrator/sleuth… Chet and Bernie the dynamic duo of the Little Detective Agency encounter a cat, Hollywood and are off on another funny action adventure. Hollywood has gone to the dogs and Chet and Bernie’s new assignment is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet. And a fun tale ensues.

We drove deeper into the desert, Bernie at the wheel, Thad riding shotgun with Brando on his lap, me still in back. After not too long, Bernie turned off the blacktop and followed a dirt track up toward some big red rocks, a track that petered out before we got there. Bernie stopped the car.

“What’s going on?” Thad said.

“Want to see something interesting?” Bernie said.

“Like what?” Thad checked his watch.

“Let’s make it a surprise.”

“I hate surprises.”

Bernie smiled, one of those smiles of his that’s just for himself—and me, of course, goes without saying—and we all piled out of the car, me hitting the ground first. We walked up toward the red rocks, me in the lead, then Bernie, Thad, and Brando, actually moving under his own power. Once—this was back on our trip to San Diego—Bernie said that the fog came in on little cat feet, a remark that I’d never been able to forget no matter how hard I’d tried, and that was how Brando moved along, like he was made of cloud, weighing nothing, although in fact he looked pudgy to me.

- From A Fistful of Collars

http://www.chetthedog.com/tag/a-fistful-of-collars

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Royal Treatment, a Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets by Dr. Barbara Royal is a handy encyclopedia of the world of pets including what wild animals teach us, ailments including cancer with suggested cures, alternative ones and how to deal effectively with pets. Handy charts, tips, facts and info about diet, dog foods, raw food recipes, cat litter, what to do if your pet is hit by a car, bleeding, vomiting, experienced a trauma and so much more. There are specific stories of particular pets to illustrate the topics.

Dr. Barbara Royal is a passionate, dedicated, and innovative veterinarian with a unique approach to medicine. Her patients have included countless different species from German shepherds at her private practice, to baby owls in the wild, to zebras in the zoo. Her clients are the humans who live for their pets, much like she does. Her ability to lend a voice to sick or injured animals and carry out the best treatment for them is unmatched.

An expert diagnostician with a background in zoo and wildlife medicine, Dr. Royal has learned that adhering to the teachings of Western medicine is often not the best way to fully cure her patients. With the clinical experience to know when to use surgery, medications, and alternative methods, plus an observant and empathetic understanding of the evolutionary needs of her patients, she individually tailors the Royal Treatment to ensure that each pet (and owner!) lives as happily and healthfully as possible.

The knowledge she has gained from wild animals gives her valuable insight into the cat in your kitchen and the dog in your living room. Our pets have all evolved from wild species and adapted to domestic life in many ways, but their natural characteristics are genetically fixed. In order for our pets to meet their full health potential, we must be mindful of these natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. Applying common sense in this way, along with the support of medicine, nutrition, elements of Eastern medicine, and physical rehabilitation, fosters an animal’s natural inclination toward optimal health and immunity. There is no placebo effect in animal medicine, and Dr. Royal has seen amazing results with her integrative approach, time and time again.

A must-have for all pet owners. Dr. Royal empowers animal lovers to lift their pets into a realm of natural health and happiness that will be palpable from shiny coat to bouncy step.

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The Divinity of Dogs by Jennifer Skiff, True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend…

FromThe Divinity of Dogs: “As much as we look up at the stars and know there is more than life on earth, the divinity of dogs is just as unexplainable and profound. They may be the purest example of divine love in an earthly soul many of us ever experience. If we take their lead, open our hearts and embrace their love, we may just find our own journey a lot more enlightening.” Jennifer Skiff

“Whether you believe dogs are divine or a gift from the Divine, The Divinity of Dogs gives you permission to accept what you know: dogs provide us with a clear example of all that is good. They are healers, educators, protectors, and tangible examples of divine love. For those of you who agree with this philosophy this book confirms all we know and puts an exclamation point on it!

‘My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day of my life with a smile on my face. They have protected me from mean people and have given me insight into potential partners. They have been my children and my parents. They have loved me the most. I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good. More than anything, they have taught me how to be a better person. I’m not alone. The world is filled with people who have reached the same conclusion and are happy to share why.

• Scott Thornsley thought his life was over. He lost his job of 19 years, and his wife left him. He felt no one loved or wanted him. He decided to kill himself. At the very moment he chose to act on his decision, his Rottweiller Emma ran into the room, grabbed his hand ferociously, and pulled him to the front door. What happened next, in the darkest moment of his life, saved him.

• Joy Peterkin lost her home and belongings in Hurricane Katrina – but she still had her Chihuahua, Little Bit. Just as Joy was finding some normalcy in her life, Little Bit began persistently nudging a spot on her breast. In this book, we find out what Little Bit knew that doctors didn’t.

http://www.jenniferskiff.com/

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Suzann Yue’s Snort’s Special Gift is a very special book, one that transcends the death of a family pet and shows young ones the possibilities of life after death. Based upon the author’s family and their dog, Snort, with whom they all had a  good time, I must admit that I was touched reading the author’s daughter’s class essay on her best friend, Snort, after he had died. Apparently good writing skills run in the family!  Lin Wang’s nicely flowing watercolors add real depth and meaning to the poignant words of both the author and her daughter. I think that they were the real reason that my tears flowed so copiously.
Winner of a Mom’s Choice Award, this is a book to be treasured. The last page even includes a place to which you can affix your own personal pet photograph, along with suggested inscriptions.
Snort’s Gift, the only thing is the story started at the ending… there was no beginning or middle, so readers don’t really get to know the dog or family. How/when did they get the dog? how old was the dog? happy memories ? funny quirks of the dog?  Would have liked more info, specific details to fill in this important story.

http://www.suzannyue.com/

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The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick

A different take on a dating service. matchmaker matchmaker make me a match… a total sucker for mutts and down-on-their-luck rescue dogs, this book is Beth Kendrick’s love letter to canines everywhere.  Bad dogs and the women who love them will adore this funny and heartwarming tale about true love with a four legged furry friend.

Lara Madigan has a gift. She can help you find your soulmate—your canine soulmate, that is. As a dog trainer with a soft spot for strays, she’s found perfect homes for sulky Shih Tzus,  broken-down Border collies, and diabolical Dalmatians. But while she’ll always make room for one more rescue mutt, she’s not sure she’s ready to commit to another human being. Especially after her live-in boyfriend drops the bomb: He’s not a dog person.

Horrified and temporarily homeless, Lara and her furry pack move in with her mother, a wealthy fashionista who forbids even a single drop of drool. As word gets around the exclusive gated community, Lara is overwhelmed with demands for her services. A model wants personal training for her overweight “flabrador”; an aging socialite preps her pedigreed puppy for dog show domination… If Lara can survive the breakup, the outrageous requests of her high-maintenance clientele, and her dogs’ systematically destruction of her mother’s McMansion, she might finally find the rescue dog who rescues her in return– leading her straight to the guy who could be HER perfect match.

Read an excerpt here:

http://bethkendrick.com/portfolio/lucky-dog-matchmaking-service/

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