Monday, September 15, 2014

Brooks' Books- Dogs to the Rescue and giveaway

Brooks' Books--Book Reviews for Pet Lovers

Today we are reviewing:

Dogs to the Rescue
Inspirational Stories of Four-Footed Heroes
by M.R. Wells
Harvest House Publishers, 2014

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Dogs are heroes.
The recent anniversary of 9-11 brought to mind all the working dogs that served valiantly during a national disaster. My husband's recent hospitalization put me in direct contact with wonderful therapy dogs that comfort the sick. And my own pets, Kelly and Ike, are heroes to me because of their devotion and love. And, if I haven't experienced enough hero dogs, I can pick up a great book and read Dogs to the Rescue by M.R. Wells

Dogs to the Rescue is a collection of inspirational stories featuring hero dogs--from service dogs to ordinary pets--that have helped their humans in sometimes unexpected ways. You'll read about:

*ZEKE-- a golden retriever that found a man who had been trapped in a snow cave for three days.

*UG--a chow chow that guarded his yard fiercely, yet displayed a gentle love to a 5 year old girl with leg braces and crutches.

*ROCKY--a Dalmatian that helped a school boy feel safe after the Columbine shootings.

In this book, you'll not only meet amazing dogs like Zeke, Ug and Rocky, but you'll also take away lessons to apply to your own life, as the author thoughtfully draws connections between dogs' heroism and the loving faithfulness of God.
"(Dogs) seem to sense things we humans don't. They are often willing to do what we can't or won't do for ourselves or each other. And in the caring, faithful, ongoing way they love and help us, they point us to God and His rescue." -M.R. Wells

M.R. Wells is the co-author of the popular Four Paws from Heaven, and many other devotionals for dog--and cat--lovers, and hu-mom to (left to right) Mica, Becca and Marley.

Dogs to the Rescue is the perfect book for all of us with busy, stressful lives. It will leave you as calm and happy as if you were snuggling with a warm puppy. Better yet, read the book while snuggling with a warm puppy, or any furry best friend.

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*Full Disclosure- I was provided with one copy of Dogs to the Rescue to review, and 5 to giveaway. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Dog Did What?

I love Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The short stories are fun, uplifting, and just right for reading a few in the doctor's waiting room or at night before bed. I'm also honored to have my stories published in several volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Just released is the newest Chicken Soup edition, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did What? 

Description: Our dogs make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about the many ways our canine companions surprise us, make us laugh, and touch our hearts.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 humorous and heartwarming stories about our lovable, goofy, and comical canines. Whether funny or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and touch your heart.

Book sections include That Little Rascal, Who's in Charge Here? and Four Legged Therapists.My story is called Puppy Love. You'll laugh at the role my husband's and my new dalmatian puppy played in our honeymoon!

Check out Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did What? for your serving of stories about dogs doing what dogs do best-- surprising us with their cute, funny and adorably-naughty ways.
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611599377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611599374
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Friday, September 5, 2014

FitDog Friday- Ducks, Deer and things seen on the hike

I love the country, but I'm more of a "sit on the porch and watch the birds" kinda gal than a "get out there and hike in the wilderness" person. But what kind of a post for FitDog Friday would that make? So this Labor Day weekend, we decided the weather was just right for a lovely hike at Peebles State Park on Van Schoick Island near Troy, New York.

We took Kelly, Ike and Zeke. The dog friendly trails included one receptacle for poo bags at the head/foot of the trail.

Zeke was full of energy and very excited at all the new smells. The other dogs were happy, but containable. The weather was breezy and perfect. Still, it didn't take long before all tongues were hanging out!

 Oddly, none of the dogs seemed to notice the several deer only yards away right next to the path.

Kelly and Ike got winded quickly. Even quicker than me!

At last, we shared a nice drink and relaxed. 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- A dog in the hand....

Hmmm now how does that saying go?

A dog in the hand....

is worth two in the tree.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Wacky Rule for Pet Parents?

No Dogs Allowed. Keep off the Grass. No Pets.
We must follow certain rules to be responsible pet parents, but not all of them are convenient or even reasonable. And some are just plain wacky.

How about this one--a luxury apartment building in New York City allows dogs (under 15 pounds) BUT requires that residents carry their dogs across the lobby.

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According to the New York Post, management at Hawthorn Park apartments, on the Upper West Side, where a 1-bedroom unit goes for about $5,000/month, doesn't allow dog paws to touch the shiny clean marble floors.

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Not only that, but renters and their dogs are banned from the regular elevators and must use the service elevators to access their apartments.

If I were paying that much for my rent, I'd expect a red carpet across the lobby for my pooch.

How about you? Which pet-related rules do you dislike? Do you find some rules unfair, unreasonable, or even wacky?

"MOM! We don't have any marble floors, can we come inside?"