Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul

What People Are Saying About
Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul
. . .

“My father would have been proud to have his stories in this book. That unequalled bond between animals and people about which he wrote so vividly, is brought to life again within these pages.”

James Wight
son of James Herriot, author of
All Creatures Great and Small

“The special relationship people share with their pets is presented with sensitivity, humor and extraordinary candor.”

Leeza Gibbons
executive producer/host,

“This powerful, touching book, shows how our beloved pets lend a touch of graciousness to our lives. Two paws up!”

Sally Jessy Raphael
host, the

“A landmark book that honors our beloved pets, while exploring the kindest impulses of humanity. It stirred my soul!”

Jim Davis
creator of Garfield the Cat

“Telling stories is one of the most powerful tools for teaching values and touching people’s hearts. Full of insights into the souls of pets and people, these stories are destined to be read, reflected upon, and reread by generations of pet lovers.”

Richard Carlson
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“I am grateful to you for putting into words the inexpressible love and appreciation for our pets that so many of us feel.”

Jack Lemmon

“A uniquely memorable, incredibly delightful, easy-reading testament to the positive power of pets.”

Lynn Redgrave

“An extraordinary collection of stories, sometimes moving, sometimes funny and always wonderful.”

Phyllis Levy
books editor,
Good Housekeeping

“I lost my mascara on the first story and recommend this book to everyone!”

Cheryl Tiegs

“Sharing your life with a pet is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. These stories capture the magic of this uniquely precious bond.”

Edward Asner

“I laughed, cried, rolled over, scratched myself and had a terrific urge to chase cars. . . . Terrific!”

Martin Mull

“These messages show how our pets draw families closer and create irreplaceable memories.”

Sally Lee
editor in chief,

“For everyone who has ever loved a pet! These timeless tales of love solve my gift-giving dilemmas. Thank you!”

Gretchen Wyler
president, The Ark Trust, Inc.

“These stories paint a picture of compassion and love for the pets that share our lives. This book belongs in every home.”

Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures

“These inspiring vignettes touch my soul. Good medicine!”

Robert Taylor, D.V.M.
star of Animal Planet’s,
Emergency Vets

“Wow! How marvelous to celebrate the multitude of ways our pets fill our souls and lift our spirits. Thank you!”

Karen Parrella
executive producer,
Pets: part of the family
TV series

“These stories will leave you smiling, even through your tears.”

Amy D. Shojai
author and president, Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.


Celebrating Pets as Family
with Stories About Cats, Dogs
and Other Critters

Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Marty Becker, D.V.M.
Carol Kline

Health Communications, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Chicken soup for the cat & dog lover’s soul: celebrating pets as family with stories
about cats, dogs, and other critters / [edited by] Jack Canfield . . . [et al.].

p.  cm.

eISBN-13:978-0-7573-9680-9 eISBN-10: 0-7573-9680-1

1. Cats Anecdotes. 2. Dogs Anecdotes. 3. Pets Anecdotes. 4. Pet owners Anecdotes. 5. Human-animal relationships Anecdotes.
I. Canfield, Jack, date.

SF445.5.C46 1999                          99-33710

636.0188'7—dc21                                    CIP

© 1999 John T. Canfield and Hansen and Hansen LLC

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

HCI, its logos and marks are trademarks of Health Communications, Inc.

Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190


Cover photo © Barbara Campbell
Cover design by Lisa Camp
Typesetting by Lawna Patterson Oldfield

his book is dedicated with love to
the millions of people around the world who treat
their pets—cats, dogs and other critters—
like family members, doing whatever it takes to make
sure their beloved pets are happy, healthy and
live full lives. And to the world’s pets who fortify us
with their daily gifts of love and loyalty,
and make us laugh.

We also dedicate this book to the veterinary
profession, whose skillful, compassionate service has
earned the public’s admiration, trust and respect.

And to our heroes, the people who work
tirelessly and without fanfare in their communities
to help homeless, sick or injured pets. You have our
profound, eternal gratitude for making
a difference, one pet at a time.

Finally, we dedicate this book to God,
who, through his grace and compassion, has given
us the special love of animals to bless
our hearts and homes.

BY Mark O’Hare

© 1999 Mark O’Hare. Dist. by UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE.
Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.




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