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Arthur The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

I was provided a copy of the book Arthur for my review, and the publisher is providing copies for our giveaway.

Do you remember the news story not so long ago about a plucky little dog who joined a team of extreme racers in the jungle? The little dog joined them along the crazy terrain, even jumping in after them during a section of the race that required a kayak! Well, you may already know what happened, but this book tells the full story about the little dog named Arthur who traveled more than 100 miles to find a new home.

Even knowing the story ends happily (you know this right from the start of the book), there were still moments when I worried about the outcome and what would become of this brave dog! The story of Arthur takes us into the world of adventure racing, which is a grueling, body punishing, world!

Mikael Lindnord is the captain of a Swedish racing team on a 435 mile race through the jungles and mountains of South America. One afternoon while they are at a check point he sees a scruffy, but oddly calm and peaceful looking, dog. Little did he know this pup would adopt him as his own and follow along the rest of their journey.

Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring home to Sweden, whatever it took. It wasn’t going to be easy though! Making through the jungle was just the beginning!

A super fun and interesting read, Arthur is a story that once again shows the bond between dogs and people. If the story captivated you and made you smile when you first read about it online, you will want to read the full story!

Luckily, we have 3 copies to give away to our readers. This giveaway is open to those in the USA and Canada. The book releases today if you would like to order your own copy, you can do so here.

To enter for a chance at a copy, please use the form below. Thanks, and good luck!

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Cats I’ve Known (and a giveaway)

We had the chance to read a fun new book called Cats I’ve Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored. It is full of stories of all the cats the author has known and loved, each cat having it’s own section. Some cats are pets, others are cats that she meets in Philadelphia’s streets, alleys, houses, apartments, and bookstores. All of them have their own distinct personalities!

It’s a fun read, as each cat is so different, and yet they share qualities. This is something all cats owners are sure to already know, but I have a feeling you will see cats you love in each of the cats in the book too.

We have five copies to giveaway! You will get to read it before it’s even released in October. This giveaway will be open to those in the USA and Canada. Please enter using the form below:

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Unlikely Companions

Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love) is a fun read about what it is like to be an exotic pet vet.

As an exotic pet owner (Yuki the hedgehog) I was really excited to see the other side of the coin so to speak. So often we think just about dogs and cats, but all pets need care.

We have had a lot of “exotic” pets, and finding a good vet that can treat them isn’t always easy. Dr. Hess (the author) would be an amazing vet to visit, as she not only cares about the pets, but the people as well.

The book starts out with a mystery concerning adorable sugar gliders, but we also hear the tales of many other patients. This “week in the life” book is an enjoyable read. It’s certainly fast paced, just like her practice!

As an animal lover I loved hearing the stories, with a lot of good advice on care mixed in, about different animals. Of course, there were moments that were sad too, as not every patient makes a recovery. These moments show how much Dr. Hess and her staff care about the pets and their people though, and shows a side of vet care that we pet parents often don’t see.

Unlikely Companions is a great read for any animal lover. Written in a style that reminds me a bit of a journal, it’s a look not just at the vet practice, but at Dr. Hess’s life as well. And of course, what would a fun story be without a head of curly hair that is irresistible to her patients?

*I received a copy of the book in exchange for my review.

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Great books for animal loving kids!

As the holiday season gets nearer, you might be looking for a great gift for the pet loving kids in your life. Today I am going to share two adorable books with you! We got to see one for ourselves, and just loved the illustrations and the message.

First up, Piper Was Afraid. This is the book we got to see, and even more exciting was that it came with a stuffed version of Piper and Cornelius the mouse!

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The book comes signed by the author as well, and even comes with an adorable adoption certificate for Piper. The story is so cute too. Piper is an enormous Irish Wolfhound who is afraid of just about everything, but then he realizes he is missing out on all the fun. Also the cute little Cornelius (a mouse) appears on each page!

The second book is by the same author, and is called Lily the Fancipoo.

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When her family decides to take a Holiday vacation, Lily is sent to spend some time with her cousins in the country and learns that love far outweighs the benefits of material things! Children will enjoy seeing Lily transform as she lets down her guard and begins to enjoy the farm. When Lily is in her home state of Florida there is a tiny lizard hidden on each page that children will have fun searching for and then when Lily arrives in the country, Lottie the mouse is hiding!

Lily the Fancipoo also comes with a plush Lily, and Lottie the mouse!

The illustrations and stories are perfect for sharing with children of all ages, and they will love to cuddle with their new friends too.

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