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The MUTTS Winter Diaries

We were compensated to share about this adorable new book, but as always, we only share things we think our readers will love. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a fun giveaway!

The MUTTS Winter Diaries

The treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips.

With winter on the way, there could not have been a better time to open up this book, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of our favorite characters – Shtinky Puddin’, Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.

The MUTTS comic

Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.

MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.

McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too!

We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt. To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams.


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War Dogs

Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 9.19.17 AMWar Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love is an amazing book about truly amazing dogs.

We often hear about dogs serving together with our military, but seldom do we get to hear their stories. In War Dogs, we get to learn more about the furry fighters, those they serve with, and so much more.

I loved learning about how dogs first came to be soldiers. It was also interesting to see the photos and read accounts about dog heroes. And yes, there are some sad parts as well, as with people, some heroes pay the ultimate price.

A great read, truly so interesting. I’m looking forward to reading it again.

Disclosure: I received a copy of War Dogs in exchange for my review.

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Pets Aplenty Blog Tour

Pet's Aplenty - Blog Tour Logo

Pets Aplenty is a humorous book written by Malcolm Welshman, a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital, and as a consultant dealing with exotics. He has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail and national magazines including The Lady, Yours, Cat World and Dogs Today and was the My Weekly vet for fifteen years. He is a BBC Radio panelist and a guest speaker worldwide on cruise ships.

This is actually the third book in his vet series. I haven’t read the first two books, but it didn’t effect the enjoyment of reading this story at all. Pets Aplenty draws on experiences in his life as a vet, but told through the eyes of his alter ego, Paul Mitchell.

So, let’s chat about the book! It’s quiet funny, and has a lot of great characters. We start right off with some crazy shenanigans that center around Paul dressing like a rabbit as part of a fund raising attempt.

There were many laugh out loud moments, as well as heartwarming moments. Anyone who has pets can appreciate some of the predicaments that come up in the book, though some are sure to be so out of the ordinary you will wonder if they could really happen! You are sure to find a favorite character among the animals, and the people, in the story.

Pets A plenty - Malcolm Author PhotoIt’s a fun read for anyone who loves animals and humor. I would think the book is best suited for older readers as there are some adult themes and language.

To learn more about the author you can visit his blog here, or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: SilverWood Books provided an e-book for my review.

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Felt Dogs (aka the cutest book ever).

Felt DogsFelt Dogs is an adorable craft book that teaches you how to make little dogs from felt. The book is packed full of different breeds to delight any dog lover.

The book teaches a technique called needle felting. There is a list of all the tools and supplies that you will need to make cute dogs. I also loved the step by step photos in the book, which makes it easy for beginners or experts to follow.

And of course, the book is full of such darling photos it’s easy to forget that the book is about crafting. I’ve spent plenty of time just looking at the photos and dreaming about making the cute little dogs.

Sadly I could not find any proper felt (at least not locally). I’m dying to try my hand at making a dog or two, so I’m not giving up. Since I can’t show you one that I have made just yet, be sure to have a look at this fun felt dog making night they had at Chronicle Books!

FeltDogs_3bAren’t they just too cute?

Disclosure: I received a copy of Felt Dogs in exchange for my review.

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How To Have A Very Bad Dog (and a giveaway)!

Bad DogThis is a hilarious little book all about how to ruin your dog! Or as the cover says, how to ruin your pooch deliberately and with skill!

It covers everything, from how to choose your future bad dog, to what types of accessories to get for it. And yes, what it’s really doing is showing you everything NOT to do, while teaching the right things in a hilarious way.

This fun little book comes from one of our favorite sites, Knock Knock. They have a variety of items to help add humor to your life, while also being quiet useful. I especially love their notepads.

One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Knock Knock, so you too can learn ‘How to Have a Very Bad Dog’, and get some other goodies for your home!

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Can’t wait to find out if you won? Use code ‘4THELOVE’ for 20% off your order (one time use per customer, expires 9/22/14).

Thanks to Knock Knock for providing the prize for this giveaway, and a copy of the book for my review!

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