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 This is a place where you can find a pet just for you. Here are a lot of animals - best home pets: dogs, cats, parrots, rodents, fish...

But, do not forget
Pets are animals that require adequate living space, healthy food, love and attention.
When you choose a pet, care that you have to give him all it needs. Beautiful conditions for living, healthy food, playing and fun, safe and beautiful life.
Pet is not a toy for children, it is a living being.
You are responsible for his life. So worry about it as you would like to see someone cares about you.

When pet comes to the house becomes part of the family. Then you will see how you will be happy.

Instinct + PetSmart = Great raw food options for dogs #MixItUp

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Liam the pug is a raw food fan. He's both eaten and adored Instinct raw foods for ages, and I love giving those products to him. But I gotta be honest: In the past, it's been difficult to give raw on a consistent basis. So you can imagine how happy I was to get the nod to review a different type of raw.

I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers, but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Instinct is not responsible for the content of this article. This post is sponsored by Instinct® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. 

The new product is made by Nature's Variety, and it's called Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers. Liam and I headed over to our PetSmart store to check out their selection.

Liam the pug waits at PetSmart

We found the display of food right away, and I was thrilled at the selection. We could choose from chicken, beef, lamb, duck and venison. We had a number of different sizes of packages to choose from, and they were located right next to a cooler filled with Instinct frozen patties, so I could pick up a couple of those, too.

Why would I need both? Here's the thing.

Instinct's raw food is designed to be kept in the freezer until a day or so before you choose to feed it. The mixer product is a little different. It's a raw food product, but it doesn't need to be frozen and it can be sprinkled right on top of a traditional raw diet. You can use it like a treat, or you could bring it along when you travel and can't handle the idea of bringing a cooler filled with defrosting patties.

Don't like the idea of traditional raw at all? You can also use this product on straight kibble, and get the benefits of raw sans raw feeding.

Liam waiting near his food at PetSmart

I'm planning to tell you a little more about this product and how it works in a few weeks. But here's a key takeaway for you right now. This product is on the shelves at PetSmart. That means you can get it almost everywhere, at any time. If you run out on vacation and still want a raw product, PetSmart has you covered. I really like that.

And Liam does, too, as he will never turn down a chance to head to PetSmart. After all, there are tons of toys there!

Liam with toys at PetSmart

I picked up a sample of the venison product to try, and I'll be incorporating it into Liam's food over the next few weeks. I'll be back to write a review of it at that time. But in the interim, you can see that Liam thinks this is pretty great stuff.

Liam the pug with kibble mixers

Such big eyes he has, right? I'm excited to start mixing in this product and trying it on Liam. In the interim, if you want to find out more about this product and how to use it, click here. And if you want to get in on the action, PetSmart is selling sample sizes of this mixer product, so you can try it out without a huge commitment. Shop here.

Have you used a raw product before? Leave me a note in the comments. Love to hear from you!

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I am not sure how many of you remember the days of the Diamond Pet Food recall?

But I do, vividly.

There was widespread crippling fear from many of my clients who fed this product and very little help available to them. Most of them had purchased the Diamond products at the local feed store located about a mile from our clinic.

At the clinic we scrambled to try to identify the scope of the problem. We didn't know if the tainted food been sold at our local store? Was every bag tainted? Was every dog in danger? Was there a central place to get information? The questions were many, the answers were not forthcoming. Many clients tried in vain to get help from the store, and the manufacturer, both to little to no avail. It was pandemonium fueled by fear.

We were left with not knowing what to do, so we performed examinations and baseline blood work on every pet that came forward. Most of the pets were asymptomatic, but if the owner would allow us we would collect whatever information we could, do as much diagnostics as we thought necessary and charge the confused, frustrated, desperate, angry owner. We felt helpless to be anything but the first responder of an undefined disaster. It was one of the first large scale cases of tainted food leading to death of many pets in our memory. This tragic tale was also one of the biggest reasons that so many people turned to what they hoped and believed was a safer better alternative to commercial diets, homemade or raw diets.

This recall shaped how I give advice and how I feed both of my pets and the clinic's pets. It also helped start  the push for better recall notification services.

In the end We lost about 6 pets..and those were just the pets that came seeking help. Many, many more died quiet undiagnosed unsuspected deaths at their homes.

Here is the recent article I found..hopefully the end of a sad, long terrible tale.

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging Diamond Pet Foods manufactured and distributed certain pet food products that allegedly led to illness and death in some animals that consumed them.
The lawsuit was first filed in 2012 by New York resident Barbara Marciano, who claimed the dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods caused her one of her dogs, Benji, to become ill and die, and another one of her dogs, Pepsi, to experience lethargy.
There are three subclasses of class members. Subclass I includes consumers who purchased certain pet food products in 2011 and 2012.
The defendants will create a settlement fund limited to a maximum of $750,000 to pay claims from those who purchased the pet food. Members of this subclass who submit a valid claim form will receive either payment up to a maximum value of two bags of pet food per pet; or a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the settlement fund for this subclass not to exceed the actual or estimated purchase price of up to two bags of the pet food per pet if the settlement fund is exhausted, if the total amount claimed by the eligible Subclass I members exceeds the funds available.
If applicable, Subclass I members can request reimbursement of the cost of veterinary care and/or the fair market value of the pet as set forth in Subclass II, according to the settlement order.
The defendants will create a settlement fund limited to a total maximum of $1.25 million to pay claims from Subclass II. Members of this subclass who submit a valid claim form will receive a full reimbursement of the actual cost of veterinarian testing, care and/or treatment.
The defendants will not be required to reimburse for any portion of the veterinary bill that is unrelated to suspected or actual salmonella illness. Subclass II members will only reimbursed for those veterinary or related charges deemed reasonable, necessary and typical within the class member’s community, according to the settlement order.
If the settlement fund is exhausted, Subclass II members will receive a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the settlement fund.
If death of a pet or animal is claimed, a class member submitting a valid claim shall receive the fair market value of the pet, or, if the settlement fund is exhausted, a pro rata share of the market value of the pet; and, if applicable, relief for veterinary care of the pet.
The defendants will provide relief in the form of coupons to pay claims for Subclass III. Class members who submit valid claim forms shall receive one or more coupons with a face value of $2. A maximum of 50,000 coupons will be distributed.
Class members must submit a valid claim form by July 11. A final hearing will be held on Sept. 15.
Attorneys have until 28 days before the settlement hearing to file applications for award of attorneys’ fees and expenses.
The defendants deny any wrongdoing but have agreed to a settlement to avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial.
Marciano claims prior to the recall, Diamond never warned her or any other member of the class that the recalled pet food would cause their pets to have health problems and possibly die.
In April 2012, the Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and other state and local officials, investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections.
The FDA’s investigation was prompted by Department of Agriculture officials from various states who reported they discovered Salmonella in unopened or sealed packages of Diamond brands.
The FDA’s investigation revealed that a total of 14 people from nine states were infected by the outbreak and subsequently, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine detected a strain of Salmonella virus at Diamond’s manufacturing plant in Gaston, S.C., according to the suit.
Starting on April 6, 2012, Diamond initiated several recalls of its pet food due to Salmonella and in all, it recalled nine brands of pet food, including Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Apex, Kirkland Signature and Canidae.
The plaintiffs were represented by Samuel H. Rudman, Mario Alba Jr., Mark S. Reich and William H. Geddish of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.
The case is assigned to District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York case number: 2:12-cv-02708
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Here is what I tell my clients about finding the right pet food:
Buy from a reputable pet food manufacturer. The big guys have been in business a long time and generations of healthy pets makes a difference. They have proven formulas and established consumer assistance services.
You get what you pay for. Better ingredients are more expensive than poorer quality ingredients.
You are what you eat. 
Buy your pet food from a place that specializes in pet food. Not a place that specializes in farm animal food.
Ask your vet for help in picking the right pet food not the teenager at the big box store. He either doesn't know what he is talking about, or he has been coached to sell his stores food, or both.
Use safe food handling practices. Keep your food stored in a cool dry place. Keep all dry food closed. All wet food refrigerated after opening.
Opened bags should not be re-sold. (Remember guidelines for pet food is FAR different than human food). Dented cans should not be used.
The feeding guidelines on the food are general amounts. Remember they are supposed to apply to every breed of dog, at all activity levels. A working border collie who runs for miles and miles does not eat the same amount as a Basset Hound who spends all day on his moms lap, but the amount of food recommended to feed on the bag is the same.
Buying pet food is similar to buying kids cereal. If there is a cartoon character on the front, day-glo colors not found in nature inside (this includes marshmallow shapes, neon orange/yellow/green), or shapes formed by an extruder (shamrocks, rainbows, hearts, moons), another words, color and shapes found in Lucky Charms, then your pet food more closely resembles a higher sugar kids cereal than a higher fiber whole grains more wholesome product. Avoid cartoon characters and colored kibble made from dyes.
Lastly, after living  through a multitude of food recalls I will testify that the established trusted food companies stood by their product. They paid for the diagnostics and treatment of the pets who were affected, or even suspected of being affected. Personally, I saw Purina, Science Diet, Royal Canin, and Wal-Mart step forward be proactive and provide assistance to those pet parents who had been asking for help and providing care to their pets anyway, even after it appeared that no one might.

Top 20 best books about pets

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People are obsessed with pets. Over fifteen percent of the web is cat-related content. That's a lot.

Pets are now taking over the literary world as well. No matter what genre you look at – horror, mystery, Christmas, romance, memoir – it's easy to spot books in which dogs, cats, and other animals are an important part of the story.

Here's a list of the top 20 best books about pets.

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Avalon by Vanessa Morgan

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat. With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.

The Legend of Tabby Hollow by Kathi Daley

Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn't working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books.

In the fifth book in the series, Cait is led to the body of the local mayor who was killed in an area known as the hollow. The hollow is populated only by the feral cats, and since the mayor hates cats, Cait can’t imagine what he was doing there in the first place.

As she begins to investigate the mysterious death, along with her kitty sidekick Ichabod, she finds a twisted and disturbing set of facts, that taken together, have far reaching implications for the island as a whole. When a second body shows up near her cabin, she knows it is time to call in the gang and get to the bottom of motive for the strange deaths.

Talking with Dogs and Cats by Tim Link 

“Why has my cat suddenly stopped using the litter box?” “Why is my dog barking incessantly?” “Why doesn’t my dog or cat listen to me when I ask him to do something?” “How do I get my dog to stop aggressive behavior at the dog park?” These are questions that have entered the minds of pet owners everywhere at one time or another. Pet owners want to know how to communicate effectively with their pets and understand their individual wants and needs. They also want to share their wants and needs with their pets. If only we could talk to them like we talk to each other. If only they could understand exactly what we are trying to convey to them by the visualizations that we are using when we speak. 

Tim Link demonstrates how to effectively communicate with the animals by: recognizing that each animal has a unique personality, understanding the feelings and emotions of the animals, quieting the mind and opening the heart to communicate with the animals, communicating by speaking aloud to them with words while at the same time being able to visualize the information, using these methods to solve a pet’s behavioral and emotional challenges. 

The Returns by M.K. Clinton

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time?  

F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns.  

Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.   

Cattitude by Edie Ramer

It’s all in the Cattitude . . .

After Belle the cat switches bodies with a psychic on the run from a murderer, she wants her perfect cat body back instead of this furless human one. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with her former owner. Or that a CEO and a beauty queen want to use up her nine lives. Now is her chance to prove anything a human can do, a cat can do better.

“Cattitude is a magical tale that you won’t soon forget. Edie Ramer has a writing voice that charms, and she pulls the reader right into Belle’s amazing world.” ~Cynthia Eden, New York Times best-selling author.

Klutzy Love by Sharon Kleve

Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead. 

Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job! 

Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol. 

Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.

Housecat Confidential by Fin and Meg S. Hart

Ever wondered what "Meow" really means? What would a cat say about her life, or about her observations of yours? Maybe our lives aren't so different. Fin's life is filled with many of the same struggles and joys we can all relate to. Her love of and frustration with her family, finding love despite the scandal (with her toy mouse), discovering her life's purpose (humans don't wake themselves), and protecting the ones she loves from danger (moths and the new family dog). After reading this humorous and heartwarming tale, filled with advice on living life on the inside, you may never think of "Pet Peeves" in the same way again.

Cats of Italy by Janet Wellington

If you love all things cat, then this ebook photo essay is for you! Enjoy 72 photos of cats Janet Wellington met in Italy, accompanied by 63 cute cat quotes. A fun, quick read--and a pictorial memory of a magical trip.

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Piggy by Karen Malena

What do a cat and mouse have in common? One little kitten is about to find out. 

“We don’t always have to fight or prove ourselves to be big and strong. Sometimes it’s the smallest of creatures who can teach us life’s greatest lessons.” 

The grey-striped tabby cuddles her tiny kitten close. “Peanut,” she says. “What if I tell you the most wonderful tale tonight? A bedtime story I think you might enjoy. This is a true story, one of an unlikely friendship, great bravery, heroes and villains.” 

This is Piggy’s story…

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Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1) by Paige Sleuth

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?

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The Corral Cat Caper: a Klepto Cat Mystery (volume 7) by Patricia Fry

Savannah Ivey’s horse goes missing and Rags, the klepto cat, goes into mourning. Savannah and her friends spend days on horseback searching for Peaches over miles of dense wilderness. Along with a few dead-end clues, they stumble upon Elsie, a most unusual elderly woman living under dangerously primitive conditions. Elsie harbors secrets—some of which may lead to the recovery of Savannah’s horse, but only after Rags puts his claws into the matter and Detective Craig Sledge gets involved. 

The Corral Cat Caper features a lot of horse energy. It’s rich in adventure of the feline as well as equine sort. In one scene, Rags attempt to save their sweet kitty, Buffy, from a catnapper and Savannah helplessly watches this drama unfold via a surveillance camera app on her phone. 

This story is full of sweet and evil surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of action and adventure.

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Hide and Seek by Amy Shojai

A mysterious contagion will shatter countless lives unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing cat . . . in 24 hours. 

A STALKER hides in plain sight. A VICTIM faces her worst fear. AND A DOG seeks the missing--and finds hope. 

Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one—except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow. 

Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner only to lose his-boy forever, Shadow’s crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans. 

They are each others’ only chance to survive the stalker’s vicious payback, but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself by Ingrid King

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former practice manager. The book provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of heartwarming stories.

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The Cats that Stalked a Ghost by Karen Anne Golden

The Cats that Stalked a Ghost is a thrilling, action-packed read that will keep you guessing until the very end. While Katherine and Jake are tying the knot at her Victorian mansion, a teen ghost has other plans. How does a beautiful September wedding end in mistaken identity . . . and murder? What does an abandoned insane asylum have to do with a spirit that is haunting Katz? Ex-con Stevie Sanders and the Siamese play their own stalking games, but for different reasons. An arsonist is torching historic properties. Will the mansion be his next target? It’s up to Katz and her seven extraordinary felines to solve two mysteries: one hot, one cold. 

Unleashed Love by Jackie Marilla 

Glenda Weber is tired of roaming around her big empty house alone. Her volunteer work at the local animal shelter in Cedar Grove, Iowa is satisfying, but she’d give anything to have a companion and a few pets. Too bad her loyalty to her deceased husband prohibits bringing pets into the house and her insecurities about finding new love complicates matters. When Glenda meets Loman Cejka at the animal shelter and he invites her for supper two times in one week, she starts to gain confidence that she can build a relationship and maybe even fall in love. Glenda and Loman agree their grown children need to be comfortable with their relationship, so when all four children are home for the town’s 4th of July Celebration, Glenda and Loman make plans to introduce everyone. Loman is sure his grown kids will love Glenda. She’s friendly and smart and loves animals, including Bert, the family parrot. When his daughter hatches a plan to reunite her divorced parents, Loman has to make a difficult choice—alienate his daughter or give up on his relationship with Glenda.

Love is Always Paws-able by Joanne Jaytanie

Second chances at life, love, and a forever home don’t come every day. 

Faith Daniels leaves a successful Silicon Valley career to follow her life’s dream: in Cedar Grove she builds a foster home for unwanted and abused dogs. She knows dogs have the ability to love even after being abandoned. Abandoned by her fiancĂ© and friends, Faith wishes she could learn to love and trust again. 

Tanner Keen leaves behind the stress of his multi-million dollar advertising firm to save his life. He needs peace and quiet. So when a friend asks him to help a small town animal shelter, the opportunity seems perfect. 

But all is not peaceful at the shelter in Cedar Grove. Can Faith and Tanner discover the deceit in others and still find trust in each other? 

Love’s always paws-able. 

Purr Prints of the Heart: a Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond by Deborah Barnes

Told by Mr. Jazz himself, an ordinary cat by his own admission, Purr Prints of the Heart is a touching meow-memoir that will strike a chord with anyone whose heart carries purr-prints of love as he shares the story of his life from kitten hood to his final days on earth in the physical sense. Cleverly written in cat likeness with incredible insight, candor, wisdom, and humor, Mr. Jazz takes readers on a heartfelt journey in book form to offer comfort to all who have had to deal with (or will have to deal with), the inevitable loss of a beloved pet. Replete with memorable moments that will have readers laughing, crying, and nodding in recognition,  Mr. Jazz, carries an astute conversation with readers, putting them in real-life situations they can easily relate to and empathize with - from his days as a kitten that nobody wanted, to finally being adopted into a loving human and multi-pet filled family that had its share of ups and downs, to his final months whereby his health was declining and he had to deal with things like frequent visits to the vet, being force fed food, resentment issues, litter issues, and the finality of coming to terms with the fact he was dying and needing to convince his beloved humans to let him go. The ending is a welcoming upturn, a refreshing reminder of the celebration of life and the indelible purr prints cats leave on our hearts and includes an invaluable "Coping With Pet Loss" section to help readers on all levels - emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically to empower themselves with ways to positively honor the journey of the pet lost as well as ways to find the strength to heal and mend a broken heart. 

It's Just a Dog by Russ Ryan

What if your dog died and then came back as a ghost…that could talk? Would you welcome him back with open arms, or run away scared to death? 

This is the premise of It's Just a Dog, a new novel about love, pet loss, and one man’s dog who rises up yapping from the grave. 

Charlie Keefe is a world famous dog painter, a.k.a. “The Picasso of Pooch Portraits”. Unfortunately, Charlie’s beloved muse, Pete, his lovable Jack Russell terrier, has just died. And he’s totally devastated by the loss of his furry best friend. 

So, after months of grieving over his dearly departed soulmate, Charlie reluctantly agrees to foster a new puppy from Janelle Jordan, the local dog rescue babe. But then complications arise when the ghost of his old dog, Pete, mysteriously reappears one night and comes back to haunt him and the new puppy –– setting off a bizarre chain of events that throw Charlie’s life, career, and entire belief system into chaos!

Christmas Dog Tails by Jennifer Conner 

Three Christmas stories of love and whoofs from best-selling author, Jennifer Conner. 

Christmas at Central Bark: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in? And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them? 

Christmas Gift that Keeps Wagging: Julian Barrows has his hands full working full time and being a single dad to his kindergarten, special needs son, Gabe. Gabe’s teacher convinces Julian he doesn’t need to do everything on his own and introduces him to a seizure dog trainer, Hanna Acker. Hanna and her sister grew up without any ‘Christmas Cheer’. She’s trying to get her sister through college and doesn’t have time to let anyone too close, especially the handsome single dad with a kid. But, Christmas has a way of changing what we thought we wanted… especially when Santa and an adorable four-legged ‘elf’ are involved. 

Dog Tags for Christmas: Willa Rayne’s spent her life doing what’s expected of her. Now she has a great job and a house of her own, but where’s the romance in her life? All of that changes when she bakes cookies for a soldier. Eben Yates has an important decision to make. Should he stay in the Army? He’s been on three deployments and he misses the States. When he finds a stray in a nearby village and discovers he can bring Hero back, the dog and Willa give him reasons to start a new life and come home. Eben and Willa’s Internet relationship deepens, will they find the family they both want for Christmas… plus a barking bonus? 

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura Coffey 

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

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