Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul: Celebrating Pets as Family with Stories About Cats, Dogs and Other Critters

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"Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul" spoke directly to the hearts of all readers whose lives have ever been changed by the love of a pet. Now the coauthors bring readers this volume, honoring the unique and enduring love that people share with their cats and dogs. Like its predecessor, this book is a joyous and inspiring collection-- sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always filled with the special and incredibly unconditional love only cats and dogs can give. The stories in this collection celebrate those lovable furry, four-legged
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Overview

"Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul" spoke directly to the hearts of all readers whose lives have ever been changed by the love of a pet. Now the coauthors bring readers this volume, honoring the unique and enduring love that people share with their cats and dogs. Like its predecessor, this book is a joyous and inspiring collection-- sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always filled with the special and incredibly unconditional love only cats and dogs can give. The stories in this collection celebrate those lovable furry, four-legged creatures that bring out the best in all of us, inspiring us to be happier, kinder, more understanding and more loving. Readers will discover that many of humanity's greatest heroes, healers and teachers are not humans at all, but those amazing cats and dogs that brighten all our lives.
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Gr 9 Up-These stories celebrate those four-legged creatures that bring out the best in us. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558747135
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 7.03 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively

Marty Becker, D.V.M., and Carol Kline are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul. Idaho-based Dr. Marty Becker, is a veterinarian, author and educator, and is widely recognized as the "best-loved family doctor for pets" in the world. Dr. Becker is a popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's Good Morning America, stars in Animal Planet's hit series Petsburgh U.S.A., and is an enthusiastic and tireless media-messenger for "The (Human-Animal) Bond."

Kline is codirector of the Dog Rescue Program at the Noah's Ark Animal Foundation. Based out of Fairfield, Iowa, she is also a professional writer, speaker, certified parenting-skills instructor and self-esteem facilitator. MARTY BECKER, D.V.M., and CAROL KLINE are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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A Friend In Need

Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together. Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses.

One evening, BrownieÆs family noticed that Brownie hadnÆt returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didnÆt show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still missing.

Curiously, Spotty showed up at BrownieÆs house alone, barking, whining, and generally pestering BrownieÆs human family. Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog.

Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take ônoö for an answer. Ted, BrownieÆs owner, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog. Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently, then darting toward a nearby empty lot and back, as if to say, ôFollow me! ItÆs urgent!ö

Eventually, Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a desolate spot a half mile from the house. There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive, one of his hind legs crushed in a steel leghold trap. Horrified, Ted now wished heÆd taken SpottyÆs earlier appeals seriously. Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable.

Spotty had done more than simply lead BrownieÆs human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps - which were later identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week!

Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort. Spotty had evidently stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to keep him, warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.

BrownieÆs leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered. For many years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses.

&#151Stephanie Laland


The Cat Lady

I have lived in my neighborhood for twenty years. It seems to me that IÆve spent at least ten of those years looking for a lost pet, either mine or one IÆd seen listed in the newspaperÆs lost-pet column.

Recently, I was at it again, going door-to-door looking for one of my own lost kitties, a little black cat named Nicholas whoÆd slipped out the door before I could stop him. I made my rounds, visiting with all the neighbors, describing Nicholas. Familiar with this routine, everyone promised to keep an eye out and call me if they spotted him.

Two blocks from my house, I noticed a gentleman raking leaves in the yard of a home that had recently been sold. I introduced myself and presented my new neighbor with the plight of the missing Nicholas, asking if he had seen him.

ôNo,ö he replied, ôIÆve not seen a little black kitty around here.ö He thought for a moment, looked at me and said, ôBut I know who you should ask. Several of my neighbors have told me that thereÆs a woman in the neighborhood whoÆs crazy about cats. They say she knows every cat around here, probably has dozens herself. They call her æThe Cat Lady.Æ Be sure to check with her.ö

ôOh, thank you,ö I said eagerly. ôDo you know where she lives?ö

He pointed a finger down the street, ôItÆs that one.ö

I followed his finger and started to laugh.

He was pointing at my house!

&#151Patti Thompson



¬ 1999. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Health Communications, Inc. from Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, D.V.M. and Carol Kline. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    I looove this book

    I loved it it made me cry a little its so touching

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    I couldn't put it down

    This is my second copy. I bought one when my golden retriever was only 12 weeks old. I would sit in my chair every night with him and read it. That is untill one morning I woke up to it shreaded and totally covered in puppy slobber. I think he was trying to tell me something. Now he's 2 1/2 and I felt it was safe to by it again. Lets just see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    An Animal Lover

    I love reading this book it is great. The stories about animals will make you laugh and cry. These wonderful stories will touch your heart. I am crazy about animals and I think anyone that loves animals will love this book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2001

    Everyone who has ever had and loved a pet needs to read this!

    I have never been touched by a book as much as I did while reading the stories. They are all wonderful stories about the most incredible animals. After finishing the book you will want to hold your beloved animals forever in your arms. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    Cry,Laugh and Get touched deep down inside

    Hey everyone I just wanted all of you to read this awesome book! I absoulutely love it and its not boring at all. I read it to two people and this one story about a dog that dies made them and I cry!!! Please Buy It!!!~~~~ :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    The Best Touching Book!!!!!

    This was one of the best aninmal books I have ever read.I love animals,have two cats,and feed 10alley cats.I research about animals and enjoy reading cat stories.I couldn't believe how touching and beautiful this book was.I read it over and over again never getting tired of the touching ,sweet animal stories.Some stories make you laugh and some cry,but all the stories are excellent.I would reccomend anyone that loves animals to buy this book and save it with you forever,I know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    If you love your pet...

    If you love your pet, you'll love this book. The stories capture how important pets are in our lives. My whole family has read it. I'm writing stories about my own pet with the help of a journaling book, The Book of My Pet. I don't want to forget the special connection my animal and I share.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    An excellent book for pet lovers

    This book is full of wonderful writing-some funny, some touching, some couragous. I could relate to some of them, because I've had two of my dogs die. I am a big dog lover, and I think you'll love this book whether you love pets or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    5 Star Reading for Pet Lover's

    It is an excellent book to read, whether you are pet lover or not. Stories which tell of a pet bringing a isolated person into society, pets which have saved lifes, pets having their own personality & mannerisms & just giving humans a warm fuzzy feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    heart touching

    When I opened up this book, I didnt know if I would like it or not. But now I know, not only did I love it because I could relate to one of the stories about the death of a young dog...but they all touched my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    i loved this book

    i read it over and over again. this book is great. if you have not read it, then you sould because you dont know what you're missing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    GOOD

    this was a good book is you love Animals then you have to read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    Heart Tugging

    I have always been a 'Chicken Soup' fan and this book is the icing on the cake. Half the time I needed a box of tissues by my side. In my opinion this is one of the 'Chicken Soup' books yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Outstanding

    It shows how much people really do love their pets, and how pets really do perform wonders.

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