Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a tour already in progress starring a work of non-fiction that's ready to steal your heart...and your blanket (or maybe that's just Hamilton...the little scamp). It features the stories of dogs (and humans!) with backgrounds less than ideal, given a second chance at the lives they should have had, and is the third book of similar nature from this particular author. All I can say is she certainly had my heartstrings in knots and really, what extraordinary tales! Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight....
Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs
National Geographic Books
About the book...
A book for dog lovers everywhere. Celebrating the amazing relationships shared with our four-legged friends, each story recounts the love of dogs and the powerful ways dogs impact our lives.
In this heartwarming collection of stories, readers meet 38 incredible dogs who have gone above and beyond the job description of best friend. Each uplifting story provides an inspiring look at the animals who change our lives. Meet rescue dogs who learn to serve others, working dogs who go beyond the call of duty, and underdogs who surmount extraordinary challenges on the road to finding their forever home. This treasury of man’s best friend features photographs and personal anecdotes from those who have been touched by the selfless love of a beloved pet.
As a fellow pet parent (because really, "owner" is such an outdated term...it's a relationship like any other), I can certainly atttest to the "life-changing power of dogs". They love with their full selves, from nose to tail, and everything in-between, thinking nothing of expressing their elation for your appearance even if you've only been gone for half a second, or stepping in to protect their family from true and perceived threats (it's okay, Hamilton...the mail person is only bringing more books, not trying to invade your space!). It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, good looking or homely, hard working or lackadaisical, from the moment that bond is formed, they are in mutual love for better or worse. If you're having a bad day, so are they...but you best be sure a wet nose will be prodding you until you smile or share your woes. If you're having a great day, so are they...and more than thrilled to partake in the celebration with a good game of tug, chase, or hey, is that cake?!?! They are the heartbeats at our feet, from the tall to the small, and bring so much joy into our lives and the lives of those the encounter, it's pretty much beyond measure....so the moment I saw this one coming round on tour, I knew I had to sign up.
|💖 My girl Hailey 💖|
Now, some of you know I recently had a loss in my personal pack...RIP Hailey, you are beyond loved...and so when this one came up on my calendar as needing to be read and reviewed, I thought I was going to have SUCH a hard time. I mean honestly, I was tearing up just reading the introduction, but once I got started, once I really got into the stories being shared, I realized, it wasn't about me, or my beloved Pippy (nickname...it happened one day and just stuck), but about all the puppers out there needing a new lease on life and how when given the chance, they excelled beyond measure. Like Axel the German Shepherd who was saved from euthanasia, then trained by K9s for Warriors to aid in a serviceman's own healing...or Smiley the Golden Retriever who lost his sight due to an infection brought on by irresponsible breeding, only to go on to become a therapy dog, warming the hearts and souls of everyone he meets...or how about Pops the senior Chihuahua rescued from a shelter by One Last Treat and paired with a veteran who also needed a new leash on life.
These dogs and more grace the pages of this WONDERFUL collection of life changing stories for both mankind and dog-kind. It's the perfect addition to any home library and I'd recommend it for every dog lover out there as it truly captures the way these furry (or not so furry!) friends enrich our lives in every way.
About the author...
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, but who also loves dogs and telling stories about amazing animals. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Adweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan and a founding director of the Deja Foundation, devoted to funding the medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.
Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title just hit bookstore shelves THIS TUESDAY via National Geographic Books, so be on the lookout for it or click on over to your favorite online retailer to grab your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!