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

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From exciting and entertaining accounts of courage and humor to heartwarming tales of healing and learning, each touching story in this book will inspire dog lovers to rejoice in the unique bond they share with their canine companions.

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Overview

From exciting and entertaining accounts of courage and humor to heartwarming tales of healing and learning, each touching story in this book will inspire dog lovers to rejoice in the unique bond they share with their canine companions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610340
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 115,736
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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.

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Mixed emotions

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    A Dog Lover's Delight!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Ok

    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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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    You will laugh and cry reading this wonderful book. Definitely

    You will laugh and cry reading this wonderful book. Definitely recommend this book for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Heello

    Hello kayla!!

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    Posted April 8, 2013

    To leah

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    Posted April 9, 2013

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    Posted April 4, 2013

    Battle feilds

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    If you love dogs...read this!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    A Tail Wagging good book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    Dog lovers arise!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Amazing stories of adventure and love that warm the soul and touch the heart.

    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.

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