Friday, March 24, 2017

Loyal Tells the Tales of 38 Hero Dogs + GIVEAWAY #TLCBookTours #Loyal

If I was asked to describe my dogs in one word, I would say Loyal.

3 rescued dogs with Loyal book

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.

Disclosure: National Geographic and TLC Book Tours sent a copy of Loyal to Lapdog Creations, free of charge, for review purposes. We only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers, and all opinions expressed are our own. TLC Book Tours is responsible for the giveaway prize. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, we may receive a few pennies to assist in maintaining this blog.

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!

About Loyal
• 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.

rescued doberman mix with Loyal book

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.

Loyal book review giveaway 3 rescued dogs

GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to the TLC Book Tours folks and National Geographic partners, one (1) lucky winner will receive a copy of Loayl!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Open to US residents, 18+

Mandatory entry is to answer a question in the comments section on this post (hint: click on the Rafflecopter widget first to find out what that question is).


a Rafflecopter giveaway

28 comments:

KVC said...

I would like to win a copy of "Loyal" because I love reading uplifting stories about animals and people taking proper care of one another. There is so much sad stuff in the news these days, it is important to make time for the happy stories too :)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

We have three dogs in our house and although I love them to bits they are more needy than helpful. :) I think our entire family would enjoy this book though.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Sue said...

We think your Mom should read you one of those stories each night at bedtime. Our Mom has already seen the book, so don't include us in the contest.

Beth Patterson said...

I really want to read this book, it sounds like it is perfect! And if the photos are anything like the cover photos, I'll be rereading it all the time.

evie said...

i love reading abt dog and their stories. i have a collection of dog and horse books. i have 3 little gals. it is a feel good book.

evie said...

i love reading abt dog stories and feel good books. this is certainly a feel good book abt pets and their owners. i collect dog books and horse books.

Nancy Loring said...

I want to win this book because I have 2 dogs that I love dearly and they are always loyal to me. I would also like to read about other dogs.

Natalie Hartmann said...

I love to read any stories about dogs!

lisalela said...

I would like to have a copy of Loyal because I'm an dog lover and an avid reader. Perfect combo!

trish said...

I'm not sure who would tug on my heartstrings more, but Atlas sounds like an amazing dog!

Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm said...

Fingers crossed....I'm never lucky, but I'm entering! This book looks awesome

Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com said...

It really is amazing the lengths that dogs will go to help us out. Our relationship with dogs today is so much different than 40 years ago.

Diana Ludwiczak said...

A dog story will get me roped in every time! I can't wait to read about the sheepdog protecting the penguins. I would love to win this book and tell all of my friends and relatives about it.

Ruth Epstein said...

I love giving these books to my boys to read

Michelle Jeske said...

This would be an awesome read!

Jennifer Dunkelmann-Hon said...

I love dogs and would love this book

Jan said...

I love dogs and am currently looking for a rescue dog. It's so hard, they are all so cute and need homes.

Roxanne Carlson said...

I would love to win this for my library. I love reading about fantastic animals.

lkw1974 said...

We love animals and would love to read this. I bet it has great pictures. But mainly cause we love animals.

Melanie said...

I'd love this book because I recently adopted a dog and love reading about dogs and learning more about them!

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

I would like to win a copy of "Loyal" because I love puppies and great stories about puppies.

Kim Holsapple said...

This looks like such an awesome book! I bet I will need a box kleenex when I read it.

Donna said...

I sounds good.

Tandi Cortez-Rios said...

This looks like a great book. I love inspirational stories!

laura bernard said...

We love dogs and just got a puppy!

kellsbells10 said...

I love dogs, and this would help me get back in to reading again..

Brenda Goldberg said...

I love dogs, reading, and heartwarming stories.

Kim Cowgar said...

I'm always amazed and awed at the relationship between animals and humans and love reading stories about them.

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