Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life honors all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canine’s lives. Readers will laugh, cry, nod along with these heartwarming and inspiring stories.

It’s a dog’s life. From puppyhood antics to the twilight years and saying goodbye, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs, with special attention to senior dogs and grieving. All dog lovers will ...

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Overview

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life honors all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canine’s lives. Readers will laugh, cry, nod along with these heartwarming and inspiring stories.

It’s a dog’s life. From puppyhood antics to the twilight years and saying goodbye, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs, with special attention to senior dogs and grieving. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096658
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 399,676
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jennifer Quasha is a published author of more than forty books, a freelance writer, and editor, with a focus on pets.

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

Foreword Wendy Diamond xi

1 A Bundle of Fur

1 Not Your Typical Puppy Andrea Peebles 1

2 Never Tuckered Out Tsgoyna Tanzman 6

3 Brave Susie Amanda Dodson 10

4 A Little Thing Called Sisterhood Sharon Dunski Vermont 13

5 Delilah, Take a Bow Joyce E. Sudbeck 16

6 A Puppy Named Runt Brendalyn Crudup Martin 20

7 Treat, Pray, Love Linda C. Wright 24

8 My Man Harry Kim Kluxen Meredith 29

9 A Little Sister for Hudson Peggy Frezon 33

10 Spider-Dog Andrea Peebles 36

2 Chew on This

11 All in a Days Work Tim Ramsey 41

12 Memo to Oreo David Martin 43

13 Dirty Dancing Meg Stragier 47

14 Hanger Rhonda Richards-Cohen 51

15 Surprise Me Paul Winick 54

16 I'm Not Crazy, I Just Have a Dog Stacy S. Jensen 58

17 Puppy Therapy Suzanne Vaughan 61

18 What's Your Poison? Shirley M. Corder 63

19 Almost Twins Marsha Porter 67

20 Playing Hard to Get Renee Willa Hixson 70

21 Destiny Lisa Ricard Claro 73

3 Who's the Boss?

22 My Fan Carol Band 79

23 Schooner's Big Test J.J. Kay 81

24 Barkley, Blow Your Horn Maria Mills Greenfield 85

25 Wonder Dog Jan Bono 87

26 The Good Dog Jennifer Quasha 90

27 Warning! Beware of Dogs! Linda Elmore Teeple 93

28 Hope and Kindness Susan Graham Winslow 95

29 Crawl Before You Hike Josh Gloer 99

30 A Loving Heart Camille Hill 102

31 Free Dog to Good Home Michelle Sedas 105

4 It's a Ruff Life

32 The Rock Lover Pamela Underhill Altendorf 111

33 Rottweiler Rescue Mimi Pollack 114

34 Sam's Sulks Joyce Stark 116

35 Sunny Delight Carol Huff 120

36 Living in the State of Joy Loretta Schoen 124

37 A Small Detour Jane Marie Allen Farmer 127

38 A Special Delivery Ava Pennington 130

39 Paws Off Ronni Pollack Geist 133

40 A Healing Friendship Beth Fredericksen 136

41 Throw-Away Dog Joyce Laird 139

5 For the Love of Dog

42 Room for One More Lisa Morris 145

43 Saving Duno, Saving Dad Cynthia Culp Allen 149

44 Scooby Knows Robbie Iobst 153

45 From Seeing Eye to Saying Bye Connie Greenshields 156

46 Angel Dog Mary Z. Smith 160

47 Second Class Citizen Saralee Perel 162

48 Mending Hearts Barbara Ann Burris 165

49 My Dancing Partner Elaine Ernst Schneider 169

50 Their Trust, Our Privilege Cathi LaMarche 172

51 Puppy Playdates Lynn Hartz 175

52 When Darkness Fell Kathleene S. Baker 178

6 Leader of the Pack

53 Time for a Walk Jennifer Flaten 185

54 My Dog Ate My Homework Colleen Ferris Holz 188

55 George, the Lithuanian Fish-Finding Dog Janice R. Edwards 191

56 Because of Barkley Kara Johnson 194

57 Wherefore Art Thou? Toni Louise Diol 198

58 Sandy's Gift Jeanette Hurt 201

59 Pointy Ettas Laurie Sontag 204

60 Rudy to the Rescue Charlene Dickinson 206

61 Cairn Mind Meld Janet Hartman 209

62 Personal Trainer D. B. Zane 214

7 These Old Bones

63 Old Dogs, Best Friends Jamie Lee 219

64 Who're You Calling Old? Rachel Neumeier 222

65 On the Floor Linda R. Frankel 225

66 The Gift of Life Dawn M. Hesse 228

67 Someone to Watch Over Me Saralee Perel 231

68 Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow Nancy Lowell George 233

69 Escape Artist Sheri Bull 237

70 Running Free Nancy Baker 239

71 Angel Sighting Wendy Greenley 242

72 Bologna and Cheese Stephanie Smithken 245

73 Twenty-Five Pounds of Strength Sauni Rinehart 247

74 My Purpose Melissa Face 249

8 A Walk Don Memory Lane

75 A Man and His Dog Gary B. Xavier 255

76 Doggone Wake Laurie Birnsteel 258

77 Two Bills Bill Zarchy 261

78 Meme Amanda Dodson 265

79 Tiny Dude Melanie Adams Hardy 268

80 My Sunshine Boy Laurie Whitermore 273

81 The Last Gift T'Mara Goodsell 276

82 A Boy and His Dog John Scanlan 279

83 Her Unforgettable Smile Victor Barbella 282

9 Over the Rainbow

84 Unexpected Blessing Robin Sokol 289

85 The Bus Stop Judith Fitzsimmons 293

86 The Last Hunt D.V.C 296

87 Letting Go Mimi Greenwood Knight 300

88 Saving Grace Kristine Meldrum Denholm 303

89 Double Love Samantha Ducloux Waltz 306

90 No More Pain Sue Thompson 310

91 Going Home Tena Green 314

92 The Cycle of Life Jeannette S. Richter 318

10 I'll Always Love You

93 Never Too Soon Kathe Campbell 325

94 Bearing Loss Lynn Ruth Miller 328

95 The Miracle of Return Dawn E. Hayman 330

96 I Just Knew Rebecca Vaughan 334

97 Teacher's Pet Sandra Frazer Foster 337

98 Maggie and Jake Catherine Kopp 340

99 Never Say Never Sallie A. Rodman 343

100 Too Happy to Die Marya Miller 347

101 Inherited Love Lady Harrison 351

Meet Our Contributors 355

Meet Our Authors 372

About Wendy Diamond 374

Thank You 376

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 378

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Animals are a true blessing! Enjoy!

    I have always been a Chicken Soup for the Soul reader, but also a true animal lover. As a pet parent to 2 dogs, 6 cats, and 2 parrots, I am always reading books and articles about pets. This book is an amazing, at times hilarious, at times Kleenex driven, short story repertoire of the gifts of dogs. There are stories that will tug at your heartstrings and others that will bring a smile to your face in a stress filled world. I love short stories especially when one is so busy these days, and I don't have the time to concentrate on some heavy reading. Please take the time to let the dogs in these stories become your friends! Dogs give us so much; this book helps us remember those qualities. Happy Reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    10 STARS BABY!!!

    I have read it and it is AMAZING it is so touching

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Awsome book

    This book rocks such devoted stories ... love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Rageclan

    Elders Den
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Elders Den

    At the back of camp is a large welcoming honysuckle bush. Inside it is slightly warm and sunny. Here elders can sleep or share storys. They can rest in peace for the rest of their lives. The den is a source of excitment for kits. They can hear war storys all day long. But the den is despised by apprenrices. For they have to clean nest and go through pelts for ticks. The elders can rest knowing they have earned it. -informing Blossomstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Good book

    This is a very good book, better if you have a dog. 10 stars !! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    I may gef it would it be good for me to get

    I thank i may like it because what you pople said

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Awesome

    CUTE PUPPIES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    QUESTION?????!!!! PLZ ANSWER

    I havent read this book but i love animals of all kinds and i know i want be disapointed since i love these series... i just wanna know one thing. Do they have a Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Horses Life? Or A Cats life or any other animal? Cause if they do, then I WANNA READ THEM ALL!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Wowwweee

    I like the other books i just lost my dog that ive had for 11+ years and the dogs life book helped alot

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Love it........NOT!!!!!!!.......jk jk jk:)

    Its a pretty good book

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Looks like a good book

    I dont have the book but it looks like the kind of book that i would wont to read,,,,,,,,,I LOVE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    Sample seems good

    I just read the sample and no one wrote a review so i am ok it was really good so far

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