Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul: Stories of Canine Companionship, Comedy and Courage

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul: Stories of Canine Companionship, Comedy and Courage

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, D.V.M., Carol Kline
     
 

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Our best friends. From the dawn of civilization they have been cherished as loyal companions, exuberant playmates, and healing and gentle souls. Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul truly captures the special bond and joy these four-legged creatures bring to our lives and hearts: from the first crazy, sleepless weeks of puppy’s life in a new home to tales of…  See more details below

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Our best friends. From the dawn of civilization they have been cherished as loyal companions, exuberant playmates, and healing and gentle souls. Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul truly captures the special bond and joy these four-legged creatures bring to our lives and hearts: from the first crazy, sleepless weeks of puppy’s life in a new home to tales of adventure, healing, humor and learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757303319
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.95(d)

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Patience Rewarded

Albert Payson Terhune, the famed dog writer of the
1920s and 1930s who authored the Lassie books, often told this story about his friend Wilson to illustrate the deep love that people and dogs share. It also shows how sometimes what seems to be in the best interest of all concerned may not apply when one of those concerned is a dog.

Wilson’s dog, Jack, was an energetic, six-year-old collie that would meet him every day at the trolley station when Wilson returned from work. This was a ritual that had begun when Jack was a pup. The dog knew the route to and from the station like the back of his paw—and following that route was the highlight of his day. So when Wilson changed jobs and had to move to California, he thought it best to leave Jack on his home turf in Philadelphia with a relative. He explained all this to the dog upon leaving and told him that they both would have to adjust to new homes.

But Jack didn’t want a new home. He would not stay with the family he’d been left with. He returned to Wilson’s old house, even though it was boarded up,
and there he passed his solitary days beside an abandoned chair beneath the portico. But every evening, tail wagging, he trotted off to the trolley station. For as long as Jack had been in the world, Wilson had always taken the same trolley home from work, and Jack had been there to greet him. But evening after evening, there was no sign of the devoted dog’s master. Confused and sad,
he would return alone to the deserted house.

The dog’s depression grew. He refused the food left for him, and as the days passed, he became thinner and thinner,
his ribs noticeable even through his thick blond coat.
But every evening, ever hopeful, he’d go to the station to meet the trolley. And every evening, he’d return to the porch more despondent than before.

No one knows why Jack’s new family didn’t contact Wilson, but Jack’s deteriorating condition did not go unnoticed.
A friend who lived nearby was so upset by it that he took it upon himself to send a telegram to Wilson in California, informing him of the dog’s situation.
That was all it took.

Wilson bought a return train ticket immediately; he knew what he had to do. Upon arriving in Philadelphia,
he waited several hours just so that he could take the same trolley that he always did when coming home.
When it arrived at the station, sure enough, there was Jack, waiting and watching as the passengers got off.
Looking and hoping. And then suddenly there he was, his beloved owner. His master had returned at last! Jack’s world was whole once more—and so was Wilson’s.
Wilson later told Terhune, “Jack was sobbing almost like a child might sob. He was shivering all over as if he had a chill. And I? Well, I blew my nose and did a lot of fast winking.”

Wilson took his devoted dog, Jack, back to California with him. They were never separated again.

-Hester Mundis


©2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. 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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Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Carol Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the coauthor of Happy for No Reason and five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Brief Biography

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

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Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up with dogs and they all were very different. I usually don't cry while reading books but this book made me cry. I had tears of sadness and happiness. I recommend it if you have a dog or have a had a dog. You will be able to relate to some stories. They make you realize how much you love or have loved a dog. Even though, I have read this book about 2 years ago I can still remember some of the amazing stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, it will make you cry and laugh!! When you own a dog, you know that he/she is your best friend, they love their master so much and they are so loyal. This will open your eyes also, to the inhumane treatment some people give to their dogs, it'll make you want to go out and rescue as many as you can!
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BSF More than 1 year ago
You will laugh and cry reading this wonderful book. Definitely recommend this book for everyone.
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MZZBRATTY123 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. If you have a dog u will really enjoy this book.i have a yorkie that looks just like the dog on the cover. i read it with the my dog Tazz ever night before bed. CHECK IT OUT THER IS GREAT STORIES U MIGHT CRY U MY NT IT DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF OF PERSON U AREEE
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I can only read so much at one time so I loved these short stories about dogs. They will make you laugh and cry. They helped me after one of my dogs died. Great book for dog lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will make you cry, make you laugh, make you celebrate the human/canine bond. They even have dogs in the U.S. Navy during WWII!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul is a must have book for anyone who has experienced the love we share with our canine companions. The riveting and emotion laden pages captivate the reader and send them on a heart building journey that catches the essence of the impact our four legged friends have in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicken Soup has done it again with their release of 'Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. Get out the tissues, because this book is bound to touch the hearts of dog lovers everywhere
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Ok people u dont just write a random comment on a book review page. You REVIEW IT!! Do you find it coincidental that ur supposed to REVIEW a book on a REVIEW PAGE????? Anyway this is a realky good book
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