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6 04, 2011

Review: Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa

By | April 6th, 2011|Categories: Animals, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter and grew up on the end-stage dementia unit at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The nursing home treats people with advanced Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other illnesses, most of whom are generally unaware of their surroundings. Oscar was one of six cats adopted by Steere House as they felt that the pets were a source of comfort to the patients and made the facility more homelike. Along with the cats, they had a few birds and bunnies.

After about six months, the staff noticed that Oscar, just like the doctors and nurses, would make his own rounds. Oscar would sniff and observe patients, then curl up to sleep with certain people. The patients he would sleep with often died within several hours of his

20 03, 2011

Review: You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam

By | March 20th, 2011|Categories: Animals, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Julie Klam, a single 30-year-old part-time insurance clerk, feared that she’d never find her significant other. She had begun consulting various psychics and getting tarot card readings to find out when she might find Mr. Right. She did eventually find him, but he was a bit shorter, furrier, bug-eyed, and smooshed in the face than she expected. His name was Otto. Otto was Julie’s furry soul mate, but first came Paul, her future husband who fortunately had a place in his heart for a lady crazy about filling her house with dogs.

Thus began the long train of events which filled Julie’s house with a husband, a daughter, her dearly loved dogs, and fosters needing to be rescued. Julie’s love for dogs led to her desire to contribute to society by helping the little furry rascals she found so

24 11, 2010

Review: ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

By | November 24th, 2010|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Animals, Children's Books, Coffee Table Books, Entertainment, For Kids, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

I was not quite sure what to expect from ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. I wondered whether it was targeted towards adults or kids, or if it was just a coffee table book. As it turned out, ZooBorns was all of these things! For an entire week after I received ZooBorns, I brought it out to almost every dinner I went to. Without a fail, the first viewer’s oohs and aahs had everyone else grappling to take a look at the adorable animals pictured of the book’s pages.

ZooBorns features baby animals from zoos and aquariums around the world, and discusses the role that these births play in conservation efforts. Beautiful photos of animals are accompanied by descriptions that include the dates of births, their endangered status, and background stories

30 10, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Animals, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Nonfiction|Tags: , |187 Comments


Reviewed by Carly L.

I recently finished Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, a collection of stories that compliment the original Dewey book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. I loved the first book and, although this new collection of stories wasn’t quite as endearing, it was nice to curl up again with Dewey and his friends.

The new Dewey book, again written by Dewey’s “mom”, librarian Vicki Myron, introduces readers to a new group of cat-lovers who have been affected by Dewey or by Dewey-esque kitties. It’s really more of a collection of happy cat stories than a continuation of the Dewey story, since this book introduces readers to other amazing cats and the people that they touched. The book definitely has a

24 10, 2010

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

By | October 24th, 2010|Categories: Animals, Current Events, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |201 Comments


Please join Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

When authorities first raided Michael Vick’s home in rural Virginia, the NFL player claimed that he had simply allowed the wrong people to take advantage of him, and that had no knowledge of the dog fighting on the premises. Despite the mounting evidence, – buried dog carcasses, testimony by the gardener who witnessed the horrific treatment of dogs, blood splatters all over the room used as the fighting pit, and so on – Vick continued to proclaim his innocence. Only when his business partners spilled all the facts in the hopes of getting reduced sentences did Vick realize that he was backed into a corner.

The bust of the dog fighting operation on Vick’s property was

8 10, 2010

Review: Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

By | October 8th, 2010|Categories: Animals, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

When Larry Levin and his adopted twin sons, Noah and Dan, went to a local vet hospital with an ill cat, they did not expect to return with another pet, much less one nearly torn apart by a fighting dog. But when Oogy rushed through the doors and into their arms, he claimed them as his family and there was no turning back.

Initially thought to be a pit bull, Oogy was just a puppy when he was used as bait for another dog. Half of his face was torn away, and he was left bleeding and mangled in a cage in an empty building. Thankfully, a police officer took pity on the pup and brought him to Ardmore Hospital, where he was cared for and sewn back together. Despite the savagery he experienced in his life,