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Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul: Stories About Pets as Teachers, Healers, Heroes and Friends

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Animals bring out the goodness, humanity and optimism in people and speak directly to our souls. This joyous, inspiring and entertaining Chicken Soup collection relates the unique bonds between animals and the people whose lives they've changed.

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Overview

Animals bring out the goodness, humanity and optimism in people and speak directly to our souls. This joyous, inspiring and entertaining Chicken Soup collection relates the unique bonds between animals and the people whose lives they've changed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610555
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 109,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ® 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.

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:

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 On Love

Delayed Delivery Cathy Miller 3

Becky and the Wolf Penny Porter 8

Friends Karen Del Tufo 14

When Snowball Melted Bonnie Compton Hanson 16

Heartstrings Susan Race 19

A Different Kind of Angel Penny Porter 22

Home Joe Kirkup 28

Innocent Homeless Lori S. Mohr 32

Priorities Terri Crisp Samantha Glen 37

Pepper's Place Dawn Uittenbogaard 43

2 Pets as Teachers

The Gift of Subira Bettie B. Youngs 50

The Joy of the Run W. W. Meade 56

Summer of the Raccoons Fred Bauer 61

Things We Can Learn from a Dog Joy Nordquist 67

Birds, Bees and Guppies Erma Bombeck 69

The Star of the Rodeo Larry Paul Kline 71

Life Lessons from Lovebirds Vickie Lynne Agee 74

3 Pets as Healers

The Gift of Courage Roxanne Willems Snopek Raht 78

Saddle Therapy Sherri Perkins Bill Holton 82

Kitty Magic Lynn A. Kerman 86

The Golden Years Yvonne A. Martell 91

Swimming with Dolphins Roberta (Rusty) VanSickle 93

There's a Squirrel in My Coffee! Bill Goss 99

Finders Keepers Leona Campbell 102

Seeing Kathe Neyer 106

Guardian Angels Richard Wolkomir 109

A Real Charmer Lynne Layton Zielinski 114

Socks Steve Smith 118

Jenny and Brucie Cerie L. Couture 121

An Extra Ten Minutes Mary Marcdante 125

4 Celebrating the Bond

The Rescue Terri Crisp Samantha Glen 130

Lucky to Be Alive Christine E. Belleris 137

Dog of War Joe Kirkup 140

Turkeys Bailey White 145

Tiny and the Oak Tree Dennis K. McIntosh 149

The Captain David E. Sykes 152

The Woman Who Took Chickens Under Her Wing Earl Holliman 157

Miracles Do Happen Paul H. King 160

Darlene Sara (Robinson) Mark 164

The Little Dog That Nobody Wanted Jan K. Stewart Bass 166

5 Amazing Animals

Buffalo Games Gary Paulsen 173

Doctola Herbert J. (Reb) Rebhan 175

A Mother's Love David Giannelli 181

Daughter of Sunshine Carol Kline 186

The Eyes of Tex Honzie L. Rodgers 189

The Christmas Mouse Diane M. Smith 192

Juneau's Official Greeter Roberta Sandler 196

Simon Rosamond M. Young 199

6 On Companionship

The Ugly Pupling Angel Di Benedetto 206

Babblers Anonymous Kathleen M. Muldoon 210

A Damaged Dog Roma Ihnatowycz 214

A French Cat Jean Brody 218

Barney Gregg Bassett 220

Mousekeeping Faith McNulty 223

The Cat and the Grizzly Dave Siddon Jane Martin 227

Fine Animal Gorilla Francine (Penny) Patterson 230

7 Saying Good-Bye

The Price of Love Fred Bauer 237

Forever Rocky S. C. Edwards 243

The Lone Duck Marion Bond West 245

With These Hands Marty Becker 250

Soul to Soul Carolyn Butler Laurel Lagoni 254

The Rainbow Bridge Paul C. Dahm 261

That Dog Disguise Isn't Fooling Anyone Jennifer Warnes Shawnacy Kiker 263

Rites of Passage Robin Downing 269

Saying Good-Bye Carol Kline 271

Toto's Last Christmas Janet Foley 274

8 Petcetera

Good Neighbors Marion Bond West 279

The Cat and the Cat Burglar Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne 285

Sing We Noel Toni Fulco 288

Marty Had a Little Lamb Marty Becker 291

The Ice Breaker Diane Williamson 293

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Susan F. Roman 295

The Legacy Jeff Werber 297

The Truth About Annie Judy Doyle 299

A Vet's Wages George Baker 303

Who Is Jack Canfield? 306

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 307

Who Is Marty Becker? 308

Who Is Carol Kline? 309

Contributors 310

Permissions 318

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Touching and From The Heart

    there was a lot of stories in this book that made me cry, even when I stopped reading. some of the stories were completely heartwrenching, others were so wonderful I smiled and felt very content with the outcome. Pet Lovers, this book is a must!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    I cried, it was so good...

    I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and bought it because I love animals. Oh my gosh, I cried when I read it, it was so good! If you are an animal lover at heart, you will find yourself reading these heartwarming stories again and again, and never tiring of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    The Best Selling Book Ever

    This is a book about how pets can teach you lessons that you will never learn from anyone else. The short stories will enlighten your view on animals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Love this book

    This book showed me that I am not alone in the love that I feel for my animals. They are an extension of my family. These stories made me laugh, cry and think...I have read them over and over and over. I have my favorites, but I cannot get enough of this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul: Stories about Pets as Teachers, Healers, Heroes and Friends

    I read this book not long after my dog died. It helped me understand how to let go but not forget, and to except that God has a plan and isn't abandoning me. I didn't feel so bad when Taylor(my dog) was brought up.Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul helps pet lovers understand their best friends better!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul: Stories about Pets as Teachers, Healers, Heroes and Friends

    This book really teaches pet lovers about their companions, from monkeys to dogs, cats to horses, toads to dolphins, it shows them a side of animals they've never seen before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    For any pet loving people

    This is the best book in the world!! I'm on my 4th time reading it. I rembemer the first time reading, 4th grade, reading time, I still read even though i'm only in the 6th grade! If you love your pet or don't have one, this is still the book for you!******

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Will touch pet lovers everywhere

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul was a great book for pet lovers. In two days I read all of it. It has touching stories, both to make you laugh and cry. It tells us that animals are one of the best parts within us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    **Clearly a strong passion is shown for animals in this book.**

    There are some books it feels like homework to read. Other books, like Chicken Soup, you wish could go on a little longer. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's soul is one of a kind. While other Pet books try to capture the love of our companions, this book clearly does it the best. Not only does it warm your heart, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you smile - but it makes you remember that as one of our companions on earth - our pets need to be taken care of. If you're a pet lover, or just someone trying to find a good book - then I think you've just found the jackpot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    If you Like Stories about Animals...

    If you love animal stories then this is the book for you. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover¿s Soul has stories about love, pets as teachers, pets as healers, celebrating the bond, amazing animals, on companionship, saying goodbye, and petcetera. These stories really bring you into the stories. You can almost picture the things that they say. One reason I would recommend this book is because the language used brings you into the story. When you are reading a book it is nice to be able to picture what is going on am I right? Of course I¿m right. That is what makes this book so great. You can actually picture what is going on. Some books you can¿t get that with but this is a book where you can picture what is going on in your head. The second reason I would recommend this book is because the stories will make you laugh and cry. Some of the stories are touching like the one at the beginning of the book where the old lady who has just lost her husband receives a dog on Christmas that was sent from him. Her husband had purchased the dog before it had been born and he wanted it delivered to her on Christmas. He knew he was going to die and he didn¿t want to leave his wife alone so he sent her someone to keep her company. The third reason I would recommend this book is for the fact that you can relate to at least one of the stories in this book because almost everyone has had a pet in the past or currently. So you can truly relate to how these people feel about their pets. If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh and cry at times, then this is definitely the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 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 famiy 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 19, 2001

    Animal Lover's Beware!

    This book will make you laugh and cry. If you have ever loved an animal you have to read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    Absolutely Amazing Animals

    It was an excellent book.All those who love animals as much as I do(a lot)will enjoy the heart warming stories about amazing animals and there owners.Your sure to love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    BEST TEACHER, I LEARNED A LOT

    I'm an animal lover, I even made a club that loves animals. I bought this book and I read it over and over again and I never got bored of it once! It taught me a lot and I felt myself expressing the same sadness, happiness, and anger. It is an outstanding book, and I would like all of you to read it. Especially people who love animals like me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    These books are all the **GREATEST!!***

    I olove all the Chicken soup book, especially the Teenage Soul Books. And journal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    I Loved It!

    This book kept me reading. It has tons of stories that made me laugh, cry, and really appriciate the love that animals give. I would reccomend that everyone read it, especially those of you who are animal lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Wow!

    Great stories! I love them! Great Books, all of them. I'm an animal lover, this is a book I look at everyday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    Great Book!!!!

    Every one of the chicken soup books are great. They are all touching and inspiring. I am definately an animal lover by heart. I have 2 dogs, a chinchilla, 3 cats, and a hedgehog. Animals are much more loving, caring and forgiving than people because they depend on you and love you unconditionally. (p.s. and they don't talk)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Defenite Reader!

    this book is a great reader for people all ages!lots of these stories are heart warming!Lots of the stories really made me think about my pets and other animals around me!I'm sure lots of the stories would make people think twice about getting that puppy that there family member wanted(In a good way!)

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    Posted October 22, 2010

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