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The Dog Who Healed a Family by Jo Coudert (Book Review 2010-143)

Product Description

In this charming collection of nineteen stories, you can't help but fall in love with the unlucky fawn who is saved by a nursing home, the troublesome rabbit who warms her way into a new family and the good (German) shepherd who comforts the sick. These are stories of hope, humor, triumph, loyalty, compassion, life and even death—but most of all, these are stories of love and the extraordinary animals who make our lives the richer for it.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892303
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I don't know if it is a good sign or not to be in happy tears by the end of the first story in this collection of essays about animals, but for me, any book that provokes emotion is usually a good one. The story about Snoopy, the dachshund/beagle mix,  just hit the spot about the kindness of strangers coming together to get this 16 pup home via a "puppy express" to the family that couldn't afford to get him back after a job loss and travel across country.  I was also truly touched by the story of two ducks that adopted a lady and even though she didn't want the ducks around, they quacked their way into her heart.

There are several more dog stories and quite a few about deer and bunnies as well.  This would make the perfect gift for any animal lover.  The stories are quite heart warming and uplifting.  I could also imagine that these would make excellent tales to read out loud to a younger child. 

1 comment:

  1. For any animal lover I recommend Shreve Stockton's memoir The Daily Coyote and the blog of the same name. If you didn't like coyotes before, you will now!


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