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Review: All My Patients Kick and Bite by Jeff Wells, DVM

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Your job is no piece of cake.

You have to work hard at it. It requires serious thought, dexterous fingers, good eyes, and fast feet. You need tact, patience, negotiating skills, and the soul of a Zen master. Your job takes practice. Not everybody can do it.
But your job probably doesn’t require exploration of a mule’s backside.

Nobody with horns chases you around your workplace. You don’t have to dodge llama spit and nobody poops on your desk. But those are things author Jeff Wells, D.V.M. deals with, and in his new book “All My Patients Kick and Bite,” you’ll read about the fury and the furry.

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An Angel with Fur

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There’s nothing more amazing than when a man meets his first love. For Russell Blake, that first love occurs in a Mexico dog pound and the object of his affection is a tiny, flea-bitten puppy named Lobo. Russell Blake, an exceptionally talented author, relays this real-life tale of heroism. An Angel With Fur is the story of a man who rescues a dog, only to discover that he needed rescuing as much as the dog. The story is filled with humor and triumphs, heartbreak and fear as Russell learns how difficult being a pet parent really is. Blake takes his experience writing spy novels and translates it to telling the story of his first four-legged friend – a canine character who wins the heart of thousands.

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Yalu and the Puppy Room

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So many little girls dream about being a princess, apparently even Golden Retrievers.

Geared for elementary readers, Yalu and the Puppy Room is the first in a series of books about a little Golden Retriever named Yalu.  Yalu is one of many dogs in the “Puppy Room” who need a good family to call her own.  She finds herself feeling rejected and all alone when puppy after puppy is chosen – except her.  She wonders if she’ll ever get to live her dream of being somebody’s princess…

Soon all of her brothers and sisters have been taken home with their new families, leaving Yalu feeling more lonely than before.  Deciding she has had about enough of her kennel life, Yalu decides to take things into her own paws and choose her family, instead of waiting for them to pick her.

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RinTinTin: The Life & Legend

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Your favorite celebrity lives in a big house...

You’ve never actually visited that big house, but you’ve seen pictures and wow: sumptuous bedrooms with ridiculously huge beds, lush lawns, garage-door-size fireplaces, serious marble bathrooms, and a kitchen that belongs in a five-star French restaurant. It almost makes your place look like a doghouse by comparison.

But - depending on the doghouse - that might be a good thing, as you’ll see in the new book “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend” by Susan Orlean.

For Leland Duncan, growing up without a father was bad. Being temporarily left in an orphanage by his mother was worse.  But each time he was forced to leave behind yet another beloved dog, the pain was almost unbearable.

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"The Forever Dog" - Book Review

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The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
c.2007, HarperCollins Publishers      $16.99 / $19.99              32 pages I promise, cross my heart.

How many times have you said that? How many times have you heard it?
Your mom promises to take you shopping after school. Dad says he’ll play catch with you on Saturday morning. Your teacher promises a surprise if everyone is quiet during story-time. Promises are serious things, aren’t they?

In the book The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran, illustrated by Dan Andreasen, a boy named Mike learns that promises can be kept, but sometimes they look just a little different.

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