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review 2016-11-30 04:48
Service Tails: More Stories of Man's Best Hero
Service Tails: More Stories of Man's Best Hero - Ace Collins

More Stories of Man's Best Hero 

By:  Ace Collins

ISBN: 9781501820076

Publisher:  Abingdon Press

Publication Date: 08/16/2016 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 4 Stars


A special thank you to Abingdon and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From the author of Color of Justice (2014), Hollywood Lost (2015) and The Fruitcake Murders comes:

A beautifully written collection of stories, from talented storyteller, Ace Collins—SERVICE TAILS More Stories of Man's Best Hero: a tribute to all service dogs and their remarkable intelligence, courage, love, and loyalty.

In doing their specific jobs and individual roles, each dog stretches the way we see both canine and human potential, leading the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.

More than heroes, servants from a Swiss German shepherd who came to the US in the late 1920s to initiate a movement that would touch and impact millions of lives and change the perception of a nation’s view on disabilities.

A collie that began life as a mobility animal and grew into a woman’s guide, Alzheimer’s disease. A Lab who led a blind woman through college and guided her into marriage. A golden retriever mix that opened the door to life for a child locked in a world of solitude and misunderstanding.

From devotion to duty, unconditional love and acceptance. All the stories are contemporary, except for the initial chapter (very interesting history). From middle school to a woman in her nineties. Unforgettable emotional and moving stories. Miracles and faith. Inspiring!

The author tells of stories of canine’s special abilities, to free these people from disabilities as well as society’s misconceptions. People trusting dogs. How these people relied on a dog to help them gain their independence.

“A spark of greatness exists in all people, but only by touching that spark to adversity’s flame does it blaze into the force that fuels our lives and the world.”

I particularly enjoyed the story of Trevor, of Charlotte, NC (my hometown) blind and a guide dog for his hiking companion, Tennille. A dog teaches a man. She became a better partner than most humans. They became a team. Completing one of the most dangerous treks in the nation. The marriage of a dog and man. Incredible adventures. They protect, lead, and love.

Collins once again delivers an outstanding account of many ways and history of service dogs and how they have been an integral part of helping millions of disabled – saving lives.

Not only will dog lovers adore these stories, the book is insightful and thought-provoking. As an owner of the best golden retriever (love Goldens) in the world for 15 glorious years, (miss my Golden Duke), daily. There is nothing quite like the special love of a dog. These remarkable service dogs should be honored for their years of service and their selfless actions.

As the author mentions, “it takes a village.” It takes a dog.” “Once you read these unique "tails" you will likely agree that a dog can literally take us anywhere.”


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/05/05/Service-Tails
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url 2015-06-17 21:11
A Home for Abigail by S. Marriott Cook

Alone and abandoned on a deserted street, a dog tries her best to tell people she needs help.When she has almost given up—a kind lady stops . . . .


Join Abigail on her journey as she becomes a beloved family member in a forever home.

Based on a true story, A Home for Abigail is a book to be enjoyed by pet lovers of all ages.


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review 2015-02-23 23:02
Spaghetti for Sheepdogs (Cookbooks from The Canine Cuisine Team #3)
Spaghetti for Sheepdogs: Gourmet Recipes for Dogs & Dog Lovers (Cookbooks from The Canine Cuisine Team) (Volume 3) - John Morris
Spaghetti for Sheepdogs
Paperback, 34 pages
Published January 30th 2015 by The Chow Network Books

ISBN-10:  0692323724 (978-0692323724)

(ASIN B00THEVDMY kindle edition)



Definitely an enjoyable book-even my father, the "I'm not a reader" in my house, picked up this book and it. The language used makes it fun, and some of the recipes are simple for even the non-cook.
For those who enjoy Italian cooking and treat their dog as a family member, this would be a fun book to have around. It is part of a series, so if your looking for a special gift for that dog lover in your life, any of these books in the series would work.

****this book was received from John Morris through a Booklikes giveaway.****

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text 2014-04-15 16:28
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
The Marriage Pact - Linda Lael Miller

Yep it's all about the muddy dog cuteness level, they steal the show and bring any two together. :D



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review -0001-11-30 00:00
Rottwieler Rescue: A Mystery for Dog Lovers
Rottwieler Rescue: A Mystery for Dog Lov... Rottwieler Rescue: A Mystery for Dog Lovers - Ellen O'Connell Mysteries with animals as characters range from the "supernatural" where the animals solve the mystery to the mundane where the animals are used solely to attract readers. Rottweiler Rescue falls somewhere in the middle with the dogs serving as important plot points but not taking over the story. O'Connell has written a solid cozy with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery. A debut novel (as far as I can tell) I hope this isn't the last we'll see of the author or the character.
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