I would also use loving, faithful, protective, smart, and high-spirited (that last one being all about Penny right now), but above anything else, my dogs are loyal.
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So, when I was asked to be a stop on the book tour for Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and the Devotion of Dogs, I jumped at the chance!
• Hardcover: 160 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 7, 2017)
This special collection of dog stories and photographs features four-legged heroes who have worked side by side with soldiers, searched the wreckage of natural and man-made disasters, changed families' lives through emotional support, and administered aid around the world and at home in the United States. Heartwarming photographs and touching anecdotes bring to life thirty-eight caring canines who have served the people who mean the most to them, from a German Shepherd who leads a blind man on his marathon training mission to a belly rub-loving Sheltie who supports at-risk youth in the classroom. For anyone who has experienced the extraordinary affection of a dog, Loyal is a lasting celebration of the joys of canine companionship.
They had me at "dog stories," but really got my interest when I learned that the stories were all about four-legged heroes. I couldn't wait to open the pages and start reading these dogs' tales.
Loyal is presented in a format that is easy to read, and allows you to choose whether you want to read each dog's story in the order presented or to just flip open to any one that grabs your eye.
Speaking of grabbing your eye, beware that each story is accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs that truly bring them to life. Those eyes will be staring right at you!
The tales cover a wide range of heroes, including
- Beethoven, a deaf, American Bulldog Shar-pei mix from Georgia who visits mental health inmates at the Muscogee County Jail
- Eudy & Tule, a pair of Maremma Sheepdogs who protect penguins in Victoria, Australia
- JJ, a Terrier mix who keeps a close watch over her girl in North Carolina - JJ was the first dog trained to detect the onset of a mastocytosis attack
- Atlas, a French Mastiff who assists children with balance and walking at Children's Therapy Center in Sterling, Virginia
- Glory, a Californian Bloodhound who specializes in locating missing pets and people
- Judge, a Czech Shepherd who served as a Police K9 in New Jersey for seven years
Those are just a tiny sampling of the 38 stories that fill the pages of Loyal. Stories that will make you smile, laugh, gasp, and cry. Stories of 38 heroes that you will come to know and love.
Order a copy of Loyal today - or better yet, order two! Loyal makes a great gift for your dog loving friends.
About the Author: Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, but who also loves dogs and telling stories about amazing animals. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Adweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan and a founding director of the Deja Foundation, devoted to funding the medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.
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