A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by Lisa J. Edwards
Lisa, a certified professional dog trainer, publishing professional, wife and pet parent to 2 cats and 2 dogs, adopts Boo, abandoned with his siblings, the runt of his litter and the dunce of his obedience class giving him a shot at life and a chance to shine as a therapy dog with some surprising changes in her own life. A genuine warm-hearted look at how our pets affect us in unexpected ways.
A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
James, a street musician struggling to pull his life together, encounters a cat in need of a helping hand. Bob helps James in some surprising and unexpected ways. As their trust in and affection for each other grows, Bob and James become not only a familiar fixture on the streets of London but best buddies and family. A great book on so many levels: the life of a stray, the human struggle for a place in the world and a need for companionship whether you are human or feline.
The Dog with the Old Soul: True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy Animals Bring to Our Lives by Jennifer Basye Sander
This is a collection of animal stories written by those who experienced them that goes beyond the usual tales of dogs and cats to include horses, birds, grey whales and moose, containing stories of love and rescue, tales of bravery, uplifting tales and some heartbreaking ones. I laughed and cried all through this collection. It is unique beyond the usual warm and fuzzy feel good animal stories we all cherish so much. Originally my recommendation for a Valentine's Day gift, this collection makes a great gift for any occasion.
The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives by Jessica Pierce
The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach: One Man's Quest to Find a Home for the World's Forgotten Animals by Stephen McGarva
This is one of the most important books concerning animal cruelty I've ever read. It is a heartbreaking tale of one man's efforts to give a second lease on life to family pets he found abandoned on a tropical beach. This book was definitely a hard read, very upsetting yet extremely hopeful. It proves the efforts of one or a few persons can make a difference. If you read this book I guarantee you will never look at any pet the same way again. A call to action if ever there was one Dead Dog Beach will make you realize anything you do to help a stray makes a difference.
The World According to Bob:The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen
The sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob, continues the tale of Bob and his human companion James through more ups and downs of their life together - illnesses, inclement weather, encounters with other animals and people - some friendly, some not and some downright dangerous. There is the upside as well with interviews, newspaper articles about the duo and finally a genuine offer to write a book which culminates in publication, a book signing and a whole new life for Bob and James. As heartwarming as the first book, I could not put this down but needed to reach the end to find out the twists and turns as life changed for them. I have one criticism of this book: a section of color pictures of Bob and James should have been included. Otherwise, the book is a bittersweet read with an ending filled with hope and promise.