Stay Home and Foster, An Initiative of GreaterGood.Org

COVID-19 began to spread around the same time that pet shelters and rescues entered puppy and kitten season. Shelter staff were worried that the higher number of pet surrenders during the pandemic, combined with fewer adopters visiting, would lead to … Continue reading Stay Home and Foster, An Initiative of GreaterGood.Org

Review: Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grimm

Don’t Dump the Dog offers practical advice for solving behavior problems of dogs, along with lots of laughs and a few tears. Randy Grimm is well-qualified to write this collection of stories and solutions, given that he’s devoted two decades of his life to rescuing street dogs and operates the well-known Stray Rescue in Missouri. As with the biography written about him by Melinda Roth, Don’t Dump the Dog will also make you at least a little mad. This opening chapter sets the stage for how the rest of the book is laid out, being hilarious in setup and style, practical … Continue reading Review: Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grimm

Review: Three Pet Books for Young People

Although I don’t review books for young people anymore, I still sometimes receive requests that I can’t resist. E-versions of the following three animal books were sent to me. I am not a Skunk by Ellen Pilch Harold and the Poopy Little Puppy by Ellen Crowe Chasing the Blue Sky by William Lowrey Each of these e-books is for a different age group and has a different focus. The quality of each also differs, but one captivated me enough that I asked for a print version. Chasing the Blue Sky by William Lowrey is the story of a Toby, a … Continue reading Review: Three Pet Books for Young People

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Interview with Cat Behavior Consultant Stephanie Merlin

The first year of my cat behavior consulting business I had no clients and perhaps would have quit if not the encouragement of other cat behavior consultants such as Stephanie Merlin of The Fulfilled Feline. Like me, Stephanie feel organically … Continue reading Interview with Cat Behavior Consultant Stephanie Merlin

Review: Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

As part of my preparation for a writing club I’ll soon teach about rescue animals, I’ve been reading some of the pet books I’ve collected over the years, and am delighted to have found Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret. This brief book of just over one hundred pages contains eight true stories mostly about dogs that came from The Humane Society in Washington State where Kehret has long volunteered. Shelter Dogs was an inspiring and educational read that I felt sorry to have end. Two days of my writing club will focus on how animals help humans. For that reason, I appreciate … Continue reading Review: Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

Review: Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

A few years ago, I walked into Barnes & Noble with no intention of buying any books and walked out with Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell. I’m a sucker for stories about animals, especially those found at shelters. Granted, this is a straightforward story about animals in needing a home, but it’s also a highly-visual mix of comic strips and photos. And, in the end, it’s an emotive tearjerker that works. I had not heard of the Mutts comic strip prior to my purchase, but of course I’ve since done some research. The popular strip, which Charles Schultz said … Continue reading Review: Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

Review: Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Cute! Fun! Sweet! Inspiring! All these adjectives describe Gaby, Lost and Found, by Angela Cervantes, about a girl who wants to rescue animals but soon finds herself in need of a permanent home. Gaby, her friends, and even the adult guardians in her life make for a realistic and endearing cast. Through the suspenseful plot, readers will learn about shelters and immigration, besides being entertained. What struck me foremost is how true-to-life but also sympathetic the characters are. Gaby loves animals. She’ll do anything to rescue them. But she still feels a little upset when a cat in a tree … Continue reading Review: Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

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Pets Together: Making A Difference in People’s Lives During COVID-19

On May 11, 2020, Animal Farm Foundation announced the launch of Pets Together, as a response to the pandemic. Pets Together is a free online program designed to ease social isolation. The program matches those who are socially isolated due … Continue reading Pets Together: Making A Difference in People’s Lives During COVID-19

Review: The Man Who Talks To Dogs by Melinda Roth

The Man Who Talks to Dogs by Melinda Roth will make you mad—in a good way. It’ll stir you to compassion and hopefully action, as you read the story of Randy Grim and his fight to save America’s abandoned dogs. Roth’s book also shows fine journalism. It is well-researched, well-written, and contains a lot of information not just about Grim but about a national problem. I wasn’t sure initially that I could review this book. All I wanted to do is rage. Many of us are all too familiar with the fact that up to ten million pets are euthanized … Continue reading Review: The Man Who Talks To Dogs by Melinda Roth