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Chicken soup for the cat & dog lover's soul : celebrating pets as family with stories about cats, dogs, and other critters
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, 1999.
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xx, 408 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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SF445.5 .C46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF445.5 .C46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF445.5 .C46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF445.5 .C46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul spoke directly to the hearts of all readers whose lives have ever been changed by the love of a pet. Now the coauthors bring readers this volume, honoring the unique and enduring love that people share with their cats and dogs. Like its predecessor, this book is a joyous and inspiring collection--sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always filled with the special and incredibly unconditional love only cats and dogs can give. The stories in this collection celebrate those lovable furry, four-legged creatures that bring out the best in all of us, inspiring us to be happier, kinder, more understanding and more loving. Readers will discover that many of humanity's greatest heroes, healers and teachers are not humans at all, but those amazing cats and dogs that brighten all our lives.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Gr 9 Up-These stories celebrate those four-legged creatures that bring out the best in us. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



A Friend In Need Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together. Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses. One evening, BrownieÆs family noticed that Brownie hadnÆt returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didnÆt show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still missing. Curiously, Spotty showed up at BrownieÆs house alone, barking, whining, and generally pestering BrownieÆs human family. Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog. Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take ônoö for an answer. Ted, BrownieÆs owner, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog. Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently, then darting toward a nearby empty lot and back, as if to say, ôFollow me! ItÆs urgent!ö Eventually, Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a desolate spot a half mile from the house. There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive, one of his hind legs crushed in a steel leghold trap. Horrified, Ted now wished heÆd taken SpottyÆs earlier appeals seriously. Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable. Spotty had done more than simply lead BrownieÆs human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps - which were later identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week! Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort. Spotty had evidently stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to keep him, warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up. BrownieÆs leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered. For many years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses. --Stephanie Laland The Cat Lady I have lived in my neighborhood for twenty years. It seems to me that IÆve spent at least ten of those years looking for a lost pet, either mine or one IÆd seen listed in the newspaperÆs lost-pet column. Recently, I was at it again, going door-to-door looking for one of my own lost kitties, a little black cat named Nicholas whoÆd slipped out the door before I could stop him. I made my rounds, visiting with all the neighbors, describing Nicholas. Familiar with this routine, everyone promised to keep an eye out and call me if they spotted him. Two blocks from my house, I noticed a gentleman raking leaves in the yard of a home that had recently been sold. I introduced myself and presented my new neighbor with the plight of the missing Nicholas, asking if he had seen him. ôNo,ö he replied, ôIÆve not seen a little black kitty around here.ö He thought for a moment, looked at me and said, ôBut I know who you should ask. Several of my neighbors have told me that thereÆs a woman in the neighborhood whoÆs crazy about cats. They say she knows every cat around here, probably has dozens herself. They call her æThe Cat Lady.Æ Be sure to check with her.ö ôOh, thank you,ö I said eagerly. ôDo you know where she lives?ö He pointed a finger down the street, ôItÆs that one.ö I followed his finger and started to laugh. He was pointing at my house! --Patti Thompson ¬ 1999. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Health Communications, Inc. from Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul , by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, D.V.M. and Carol Kline. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul: Celebrating Pets as Family with Stories about Cats, Dogs and Other Critters by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, Carol Kline All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Lisa Duffy-KorpicsJanine AdamsShari SmythRosamond YoungJames Herriot, D.V.M.Carol Ann BaumAlicia Karen ElkinsTim JonesStephanie LelandCarol KlineRichard SeveroAletha Jane LindstromMike LipstockJane EppingaEllen HarveySarah, Duchess of YorkBill HoltonCarol KlineJoan SutulaMichael A. Obenski, V.M.D.Cleveland AmorySharon LandeenMarty Becker, D.V.M.Mary Bucher FisherW. Bradford Swift, D.V.M.Terry Perret MartinJoan M. WalkerJim KerrCindy MidgetteBarbara J. WoodAllen M. Schoen, D.V.M.Maureen FredricksonCynthia Knisely and Bill HoltonRenee SundayNorma Hans and Vincent HansHillary Rodham ClintonEvelyn OlsonJohn E. Cooper, D.T.V.M., F.R.C.V.S.Amy Grove and Jim GroveDave BarrySheldon ObermanSusan WhitePatti ThompsonJoe KirkupArthur GordonJoe FuldaJo CoudertChristine DavisJan PaddockCindy Podurgal ChambersChristie CraigLynn PulliamLori Jo Oswald, Ph.D.Ellen Perry BerkeleyHolly Manon MooreMarty Becker, D.V.M.Barbara BartocciNancy RobertsPam Johnson-BennettLiz Gunkelman, D.V.M.Deborah Turner and Carol KlineDebbie Freeberg-RenwickChristine TownendEric SwansonSusan Chernak McElroyMarty Becker, D.V.M.Brad SteigerGeorge FeiferStephanie LalandPhilip Gonzalez and Leonore FleischerBryan AubreyEric SwansonK. Salome-GarverSusan McCulloughG. Edgar HallPamela S. ZurerLarry MonkIrving TownsendPage LambertToni EamesDavid C. HoopesJacqueline Shuchat-MarxMaria SearsKate MurphyRon St. JamesRuth Hanessian and Wendy BoundsJohn Keane and Sherlock BonesLisa HurtPeter MandelBarbara J. CrockerH. Gordon GreenRoger Caras
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xviii
Share with Usp. xx
1. On Love
Rescued by Lovep. 3
Bumpusp. 7
Agnes and Mattiep. 10
Friends in Armsp. 15
The Yorkshire Christmas Catp. 19
Princess Was a Nuisancep. 27
A Horse and His Boyp. 29
Greyfriars Bobbyp. 32
A Friend in Needp. 36
Lucyp. 38
Weep Notp. 42
Love Makes Us Wholep. 46
2. The Magic of the Bond
The Fishermenp. 55
Sister Seraphim's Deal with Godp. 59
Heart of a Championp. 63
A Duchess in the Desertp. 66
Boris in New Yorkp. 70
The White Dogp. 74
The Princess and the Toadp. 79
Shebap. 82
Ranch of Dreamsp. 85
Prince Charmingp. 89
Fifteen Minutes of Famep. 93
A Gift Exchangep. 96
Chitra's Callingp. 99
3. Pets as Healers
The Therapy Teamp. 105
Medicine Catp. 109
Sweet Pea's Mamap. 113
Meant to Bep. 117
Is Holly Working Today?p. 121
The Healing Touchp. 125
The Language of the Heartp. 128
Body and Soulp. 131
Dollyp. 136
The Cat Doctorp. 139
4. Pet-Pourri
Paw Prints in the White Housep. 143
Church Dogp. 147
Bahati: The Lucky Onep. 150
Hamster on the Lamp. 155
The Dog Showp. 159
Moving Togetherp. 162
Dogs Just Wanna Have Funp. 166
The Cat Ladyp. 168
When Puss Comes to Shovep. 171
The Day We Almost Didn't Gop. 175
5. Celebrating Pets As Family
Letters from Vietnamp. 183
I Love You, Pat Myersp. 187
Jake and the Kittensp. 192
We Are Familyp. 196
Me and My Mewsep. 200
Step-Babiesp. 203
Jetp. 208
Obediencep. 212
A Cat Named Turtlep. 215
Woman's Best Friendp. 220
Bedroom Secrets of Pets Revealedp. 224
Mighty Herculesp. 227
Angie's Dog Alwaysp. 232
6. Pets As Teachers
Lesson in Lovep. 239
More Than Medicinep. 245
Wheely Willyp. 249
The Education of Jeevesp. 254
Silky's Testp. 257
Cat's Pawp. 262
Charityp. 265
Killer Angelsp. 270
7. Amazing Animals
Pampered Persianp. 275
Three-Dog Nightp. 277
King of Couragep. 282
Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Catsp. 284
Jim the Wonder Dogp. 288
Ding, Dong, Bellp. 294
The Cowboyp. 297
The Cat Who Needed a Night Lightp. 301
Flight over Little Egyptp. 304
8. Saying Good-Bye
The Christmas Angelp. 311
Shortyp. 314
Prince's Golden Seasonp. 317
Hondop. 321
A Gentle Good-Byep. 325
Banjop. 329
The Cantor's Catp. 334
Circle of Lovep. 338
One Last Giftp. 342
9. On Companionship
Soldier Dogp. 349
Mr. Reedp. 353
A Moggy for Michaelp. 357
Double Dutyp. 364
An American Cat in Parisp. 367
Waiting at the Doorp. 371
Flying Freep. 374
Of Dogs and Angelsp. 379
More Chicken Soup?p. 382
Problems with Your Pet?p. 383
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 388
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 389
Who Is Marty Becker, D.V.M.?p. 390
Who Is Carol Kline?p. 391
Contributorsp. 392
Permissionsp. 404