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Ted Kerasote has the ability to take boring research material and turn it into an engaging can’t-put-the-book-down reading experience by taking the reader on a journey. From losing his beloved Merle to the great search for Pukka, in Pukka’s Promise Kerasote takes us along on his quest for answers.

If you enjoyed Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Pukka: The Pup After Merle as much as I did, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of his latest book . . . Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs.

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Books about dogs and pets are not hard to find. Some are just stories, some chocked full of useful information and others simply pictures of our pals.

Sleeping With the Beast written by Dale Ryan has it all and then more. While reading the book you will be able to feel the unconditional love she has for her dogs. There were times I felt she had more respect for the four-legged
beast over the two-legged beast. The reasoning behind her feelings made perfectly good sense to me and I agree with her belief.

As far as I am concerned, dogs are far more honest with their intentions than humans, who seem to mask their true agendas. Dogs are quite clear about their needs, with no need for disguise or costume.

The book is about a New England family that is comprised of a couple with two sons and five dogs all cohabiting in one large farmhouse. The many photos are remarkable and tell their own story. You will get a close-up view of what it’s like to live with dogs when you treat them not as a twenty-first century accessory but as part of the family.

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Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

I have been blessed with many animal friends in my life, but you were unique. I had a connection with you since your wobbly foal legs held you up and until your aged arthritic legs no longer allowed you to stand. ~ Denise Lee Branco

In the award-winning Horse at the Corner Post, Denise Lee Branco writes straight from the heart about her deep, lifelong connection to her quarter horse, Freedom.

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We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains. Li Po Atticus Maxwell Finch and Thomas F.…

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We had the pleasure of receiving the book A Prayer for the wild at Heart to review. Animal-loving author Lucy Duckworth has produced her third book to support The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). It is a small book with the most beautiful photographs of homeless moggies from the countries in which SPANA operates. Each lovely shot of stray cats is accompanied with famous quotes – some humorous, some poignant – to complement each picture. It is a book you can pick up, turn to any page and in less that one minute you will have read a meaningful quote and have your spirits lifted.

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Unsaid, a novel written by Neil Abramson, beautifully examines the relationships between humans and animals, between heaven and earth, between husband and wife . . . whether you accept the depth of the relationships he writes about, the story is a journey worth taking. Dramatic and intriguing, the message speaks of dealing with grief, letting go of the old, becoming involved and building a new life.

Helena, a veterinarian, had spent her life tending to animals and as such, she’d euthanized more animals than she cares to think about. When she dies from cancer, her spirit is stuck, afraid to move on. Afraid to face the souls of those animals and afraid that her life had been wasted and meaningless.

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like from a dog’s perspective? Every now and then I may have wondered “what in the world was she thinking” when my furry friend did something really naughty. But I must admit I’ve never really pondered about the way she viewed the world and the events around her for any real length of time.

My eyes were opened wide to that precise concept after reading A Dog’s Purpose written by W. Bruce Cameron. His is a heartwarming story of a dog who is reborn several times. Each new life offers a detailed view of what a dog’s life would be like in different circumstances. From the heart wrenching life of a stray puppy captured by an individual who truly cares about strays, to a fun and happy life with an 8-year-old child, then on to being a heroic search and rescue dog, and finally as a black lab that combined all his talents from previous lives to fulfill his purpose in life.

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The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially started on June 1 and will end on November 30. Hopefully we’ll be spared…

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Earlier this year we wrote about Ted Kerasote’s book Merle’s Door, Lessons from a Freethinking Dog. When we received a…

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