Item description for Prince among Dogs, A: and Other Stories of the Dogs We Love by Callie Smith Grant...
Overview Pets are such a big part of so many of our lives. As any pet lover knows, a wagging tail or a tender purr can soothe the soul after a hard day. And sometimes, the presence of dogs and cats in our lives can do even more. In these delightful books, the editor collects stories that celebrate the dogs and cats in our lives - stories that touch hearts, renew our spirit, and show us how God created these beasts for unique purposes.
Publishers Description Pets are such a big part of so many of our lives. As any pet lover knows, a wagging tail or a tender purr can soothe the soul after a hard day. And sometimes, the presence of dogs and cats in our lives can do even more. In these delightful books, Callie Smith Grant collects stories that celebrate the dogs and cats in our lives--stories that touch our hearts, renew our spirit, and show us how God created these beasts for unique purposes. A funny little dog named Prince earns his title by protecting the children of the house. A "dickens of a cat" gives a cancer survivor something else to think about. A lively litter of puppies soothes a troubled child. A scrawny kitten helps an anorexic girl begin to eat. Well-known authors, including Melody Carlson, Tracie Peterson, and Robert Benson, as well as new voices share their inspirational true stories of these otherwise ordinary cats and dogs whose presence in the lives of humans make them remarkable. Each book also includes interesting sidebars, memorable quotes, helpful hints for living with dogs and cats, and forewords by H. Norman Wright. The stories are warm, captivating, and ideal for a good curl-up-and-read or for a gift to any pet lover. Cat lovers, dog lovers, and anyone who likes to read uplifting stories will cherish these books.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.51" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800758676 ISBN13 9780800758677
Availability 0 units.
More About Callie Smith Grant
Callie Smith Grant is the author of several nonfiction books for young readers and adults as well as many animal-themed stories and poems which can be seen in Guideposts anthologies and in magazines such as Small Farmers Journal.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prince among Dogs, A: and Other Stories of the Dogs We Love?
If you want some GREAT dog stories, this book is just the ticket! Dec 1, 2009
If you have been searching the world for unconditional love, devotion and companionship, you need not travel all that far. That special someone you have been searching for is probably right around the corner . . . at your local animal shelter. Let's face it, has any person you have known in your life, apart and aside from your mother, gone wild when they see you coming to the door? Callie Smith Grant, decades later can recall the opening of a creaky barn door, the "pleasure of those puppy kisses" and can still get the giggles. Grant, an obvious dog nut, has gathered together and edited an endearing book, A PRINCE AMONG DOGS AND OTHER STORIES OF THE DOGS WE LOVE.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote of the fiercely protective dog, Prince, in Little House in the Big Woods. He snarled and growled and scarcely let his master leave the house, let alone the yard as there was a panther on the loose. These days we seldom have to worry about such incidents, but the Prince that Melody Carlson writes about in the opening story was no less devoted to his owners. Any time someone took ill in the family he would cuddle next to them until they recovered. There are twenty-seven charming stories that follow, each one seemingly better than the last.
There was Nikki who traveled through life with Grandma and was her last link to life after she developed Alzheimer's. We meet Cheyenne, part wolf dog, who helped a single parent and her children reach out to life once again. Virginia still remembers when Cap'n Beau rushed to protect her from a hostile dog. I could simply recap all these wonderful stories, but I'll stop right here. If you want some great dog stories, Grant's new book is just the ticket.
I read this book in snippets, but it can easily be read by any dog lover in one sitting, cuddled up next to your favorite companion, a Rover, a Rufus, a Rocky or a Maggie, a Molly or a Missy if you choose. If you were enchanted by Callie Smith Grant's A Dickens of a Cat and Other Stories of the Cats We Love, you'll be blown away by this one because it is even better. Let's say I'm a bit prejudiced here because I've got a Brandy and a Liam and they go wild when they hear me coming to the door!
very good Jan 11, 2009
Enjoyed the book, a quick read. My grandchildren also enjoyed it (8 and 10yr old). Purchase process went smoothly.
Sweet But Superficial... Dec 12, 2008
I typically enjoy reading stories of redemption as respects both people and animals, so I thought this book would be right up my alley. However, while there are indeed some very sweet stories contained within this book, I found it somewhat off-putting that there were a number of them where the person was in a bad place (either figuratively or literally... sometimes both) and a dog managed to help get them through that particularly hard row in their lives and then, right when things begin to go better for them, they somehow manage to separate from that same dog who stuck by them through the hard times. Now I realize that sometimes, circumstances just don't allow people to stick together with their pets, but that didn't seem to be the case in some of the stories in this book. Perhaps it's the way the stories are written, but I cannot imagine just giving up a pet who has helped get you through some really hard times, in some cases, seemingly nonchalantly. Again, this could possibly be attributed to the way the stories were written, but even so, that aspect took a lot of the pleasure out of reading this particular book. You don't just toss off the pet after he/she has served his/her purpose in your life! I'm not saying the people put the dogs back out on the street or anything like that, but to just give away a pet who has done so much for you seems rather callous nevertheless. Because of this, I cannot say I enjoyed this book all that much. Some of the individual stories were lovely, but a few too many others left me rather cold because of what I perceived as a certain lack of feeling on the part of some of the protagonists within the stories.
excellent gift for dog lovers Nov 26, 2007
This is a fabulous anthology containing twenty-eight real life escapades of loving canines starting with Dr. Prince being there for his adopted family including the cat when they were ill. The entries are fun to read for dog lovers though the quality of the writing varies; as some are over written and some boring, but each reminds the audience of their "significant other". Intermingled throughout are "paw" quotes from celebs. For instance Anne Tyler provides the first one on how dogs view people: "... we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul-chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we are the greatest hunters ..."; my Chauncey, who flew with me like the dog in Snakes On a Plane does for sure as she has her knife and fork ready when we come home with food. Readers will think of their "Real Life Lassie"; mine was Max, a Toto with psychotic fears except if he thought I might be in danger; whereas my spouse might choose flight, unrequited loving Max chose fight. Then there is Charlie who arrives at the house when Pixie is dying; reminds me of when we took Deuce for his first vet visit the same Rusty went for his last. Readers will find their own personal Jack London Buck tale amidst this heartwarming collection as pets constantly show there "For the Love of Man" and woman and children. Clearly this compilation of true life canine-human relationships targets dog lovers; as M. Acklan puts it "... dogs give us everything. It's the best deal we ever made". Pooches make us better people whereas the latter is rarely true.
A dog lover's delight! Nov 9, 2007
Reviewed by Julina K. Mills
Compiled and edited by Callie Smith Grant, this collection of short stories submitted by dog owners captures the reader with anecdotes of pets that made a difference in their people's lives. Although occasionally slow paced, the book is generally well-written and is a quick read that can be put down after each chapter without feeling like any part of the story is lost. Celebrity quotes in highlighted boxes are scattered throughout the pages and add to the casual and friendly feel of this book.
Heartwarming and uplifting, the stories in A Prince Among Dogs share the deep emotional bond that forms when a four-footed friend touches the life of someone in need. With unconditional love and patience, the dogs in this book change the lives of the people they come into contact with... some over a lifetime, and some in just a few hours.
Throughout the book you will meet a variety of canine characters, including a tiny blind mongrel who mourns the loss of her master to cancer, a smiling spaniel-collie cross who acts as a personal trainer, and a "three-legged survivor" who helps to heal a broken family.
Contributing authors include individuals from diverse backgrounds including a dog trainer, freelance writers, a marketing director, and a social worker, among other professions. Although their personal histories may be drastically different, each contributor is a linked by a common thread - the thread that connects them to man's best friend.
Armchair Interviews says: A nice tale for dog lovers-and you know who you are!