Authors: Jack Canfield
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.”
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.”
“This powerful, touching book, shows how our beloved pets lend a touch of graciousness to our lives. Two paws up!”
Sally Jessy Raphael
“A landmark book that honors our beloved pets, while exploring the kindest impulses of humanity. It stirred my soul!”
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.”
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.”
“A uniquely memorable, incredibly delightful, easy-reading testament to the positive power of pets.”
“An extraordinary collection of stories, sometimes moving, sometimes funny and always wonderful.”
“I lost my mascara on the first story and recommend this book to everyone!”
“Sharing your life with a pet is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. These stories capture the magic of this uniquely precious bond.”
“I laughed, cried, rolled over, scratched myself and had a terrific urge to chase cars. . . . Terrific!”
“These messages show how our pets draw families closer and create irreplaceable memories.”
editor in chief,
“For everyone who has ever loved a pet! These timeless tales of love solve my gift-giving dilemmas. Thank you!”
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’s Animal Adventures
“These inspiring vignettes touch my soul. Good medicine!”
Robert Taylor, D.V.M.
star of Animal Planet’s,
“Wow! How marvelous to celebrate the multitude of ways our pets fill our souls and lift our spirits. Thank you!”
Pets: part of the family
“These stories will leave you smiling, even through your tears.”
Amy D. Shojai
author and president, Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.
CAT & DOG
Celebrating Pets as Family
with Stories About Cats, Dogs
and Other Critters
Mark Victor Hansen
Marty Becker, D.V.M.
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.].
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
© 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.
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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.
Rescued by Love
Agnes and Mattie
Friends in Arms
The Yorkshire Christmas Cat
James Herriot, D.V.M.
Princess Was a Nuisance
Carol Ann Baum
A Horse and His Boy
Alicia Karen Elkins
A Friend in Need
Love Makes Us Whole
Aletha Jane Lindstrom
Sister Seraphim’s Deal with God
Heart of a Champion
A Duchess in the Desert
Sarah, Duchess of York
Boris in New York
The White Dog
The Princess and the Toad
Michael A. Obenski, V.M.D.
Ranch of Dreams
Fifteen Minutes of Fame
Marty Becker, D.V.M.
A Gift Exchange
Mary Bucher Fisher
W. Bradford Swift, D.V. M.
The Therapy Team
Terry Perret Martin
Joan M. Walker
Sweet Pea’s Mama
Meant to Be
Is Holly Working Today?
Barbara J. Wood
The Healing Touch
Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M.
The Language of the Heart
Body and Soul
Cynthia Knisely as told to Bill Holton
The Cat Doctor
Norma and Vincent Hans
Paw Prints in the White House
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Bahati: The Lucky One
John E. Cooper, D.T.V.M., F.R.C.V.S.
Hamster on the Lam
Amy and Jim Grove
The Dog Show
Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun
The Cat Lady
When Puss Comes to Shove
The Day We Almost Didn’t Go
Letters from Vietnam
I Love You, Pat Myers
Jake and the Kittens
We Are Family
Me and My Mewse
Cindy Podurgal Chambers