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Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul, p.1Jack Canfield
What People Are Saying About
Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul . . .
“My father would have been proud to have his stories in this book. That unequalled bond between animals and people about which he wrote so vividly, is brought to life again within these pages.”
son of James Herriot, author of All Creatures Great and Small
“The special relationship people share with their pets is presented with sensitivity, humor and extraordinary candor.”
executive producer/host, Leeza
“This powerful, touching book, shows how our beloved pets lend a touch of graciousness to our lives. Two paws up!”
Sally Jessy Raphael
host, the Sally show
“A landmark book that honors our beloved pets, while exploring the kindest impulses of humanity. It stirred my soul!”
creator of Garfield the Cat
“Telling stories is one of the most powerful tools for teaching values and touching people’s hearts. Full of insights into the souls of pets and people, these stories are destined to be read, reflected upon, and reread by generations of pet lovers.”
author, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“I am grateful to you for putting into words the inexpressible love and appreciation for our pets that so many of us feel.”
“A uniquely memorable, incredibly delightful, easy-reading testament to the positive power of pets.”
“An extraordinary collection of stories, sometimes moving, sometimes funny and always wonderful.”
books editor, Good Housekeeping magazine
“I lost my mascara on the first story and recommend this book to everyone!”
“Sharing your life with a pet is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. These stories capture the magic of this uniquely precious bond.”
“I laughed, cried, rolled over, scratched myself and had a terrific urge to chase cars. . . . Terrific!”
“These messages show how our pets draw families closer and create irreplaceable memories.”
editor in chief, Parents magazine
“For everyone who has ever loved a pet! These timeless tales of love solve my gift-giving dilemmas. Thank you!”
president, The Ark Trust, Inc.
“These stories paint a picture of compassion and love for the pets that share our lives. This book belongs in every home.”
host, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures
“These inspiring vignettes touch my soul. Good medicine!”
Robert Taylor, D.V.M.
star of Animal Planet’s, Emergency Vets
“Wow! How marvelous to celebrate the multitude of ways our pets fill our souls and lift our spirits. Thank you!”
executive producer, Pets: part of the family TV series
“These stories will leave you smiling, even through your tears.”
Amy D. Shojai
author and president, Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.
CAT & DOG
Celebrating Pets as Family
with Stories About Cats, Dogs
and Other Critters
Mark Victor Hansen
Marty Becker, D.V.M.
Health Communications, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Chicken soup for the cat & dog lover’s soul: celebrating pets as family with stories
about cats, dogs, and other critters / [edited by] Jack Canfield . . . [et al.].
eISBN-13:978-0-7573-9680-9 eISBN-10: 0-7573-9680-1
1. Cats Anecdotes. 2. Dogs Anecdotes. 3. Pets Anecdotes. 4. Pet owners Anecdotes. 5. Human-animal relationships Anecdotes.
I. Canfield, Jack, date.
SF445.5.C46 1999 99-33710
© 1999 John T. Canfield and Hansen and Hansen LLC
All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.
HCI, its logos and marks are trademarks of Health Communications, Inc.
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
Cover photo © Barbara Campbell
Cover design by Lisa Camp
Typesetting by Lawna Patterson Oldfield
This book is dedicated with love to
the millions of people around the world who treat
their pets—cats, dogs and other critters—
like family members, doing whatever it takes to make
sure their beloved pets are happy, healthy and
live full lives. And to the world’s pets who fortify us
with their daily gifts of love and loyalty,
and make us laugh.
We also dedicate this book to the veterinary
profession, whose skillful, compassionate service has
earned the public’s admiration, trust and respect.
And to our heroes, the people who work
tirelessly and without fanfare in their communities
to help homeless, sick or injured pets. You have our
profound, eternal gratitude for making
a difference, one pet at a time.
Finally, we dedicate this book to God,
who, through his grace and compassion, has given
us the special love of animals to bless
our hearts and homes.
CITIZEN DOG BY Mark O’Hare
CITIZEN DOG © 1999 Mark O’Hare. Dist. by UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
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1. ON LOVE
Rescued by Love Lisa Duffy-Korpics
Bumpus Janine Adams
Agnes and Mattie Shari Smyth
Friends in Arms Rosamond Young
The Yorkshire Christmas Cat James Herriot, D.V.M.
Princess Was a Nuisance Carol Ann Baum
A Horse and His Boy Alicia Karen Elkins
Greyfriars Bobby Tim Jones
A Friend in Need Stephanie Laland
Lucy Carol Kline
Weep Not Richard Severo
Love Makes Us Whole Aletha Jane Lindstrom
2. THE MAGIC OF THE BOND
The Fishermen Mike Lipstock
Sister Seraphim’s Deal with God Jane Eppinga
Heart of a Champion Ellen Harvey
A Duchess in the Desert Sarah, Duchess of York
Boris in New York Bill Holton
The White Dog Carol Kline
The Princess and the Toad Joan Sutula
Sheba Michael A. Obenski, V.M.D.
Ranch of Dreams Cleveland Amory
Prince Charming Sharon Landeen
Fifteen Minutes of Fame Marty Becker, D.V.M.
A Gift Exchange Mary Bucher Fisher
Chitra’s Calling W. Bradford Swift, D.V. M.
3. PETS AS HEALERS
The Therapy Team Terry Perret Martin
Medicine Cat Joan M. Walker
Sweet Pea’s Mama Jim Kerr
Meant to Be Cindy Midgette
Is Holly Working Today? Barbara J. Wood
The Healing Touch Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M.
The Language of the Heart Maureen Fredrickson
Body and Soul Cynthia Knisely as told to Bill Holton
Dolly Renée Sunday
The Cat Doctor Norma and Vincent Hans
Paw Prints in the White House Hillary Rodham Clinton
Church Dog Evelyn Olson
Bahati: The Lucky One John E. Cooper, D.T.V.M., F.R.C.V.S.
Hamster on the Lam Amy and Jim Grove
The Dog Show Dave Barry
Moving Together Sheldon Oberman
Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun Susan White
The Cat Lady Patti Thompson
When Puss Comes to Shove Joe Kirkup
The Day We Almost Didn’t Go Arthur Gordon
5. CELEBRATING PETS AS FAMILY
Letters from Vietnam Joe Fulda
I Love You, Pat Myers Jo Coudert
Jake and the Kittens Christine Davis
We Are Family Jan Paddock
Me and My Mewse Cindy Podurgal Chambers
Step-Babies Christie Craig
Jet Lynn Pulliam
Obedience Lori Jo Oswald, Ph.D.
A Cat Named Turtle Ellen Perry Berkeley
Woman’s Best Friend Holly Manon Moore
Bedroom Secrets of Pets Revealed Marty Becker, D.V.M.
Mighty Hercules Barbara Bartocci
Angie’s Dog Always Nancy Roberts
6. PETS AS TEACHERS
Lesson in Love Pam Johnson-Bennett
More Than Medicine Liz Gunkelman, D.V.M.
Wheely Willy Deborah Turner as told to Carol Kline
The Education of Jeeves Debbie Freeberg-Renwick
Silky’s Test Christine Townend
Cat’s Paw Eric Swanson
Charity Susan Chernak McElroy
Killer Angels Marty Becker, D.V.M.
7. AMAZING ANIMALS
Pampered Persian Brad Steiger
Three-Dog Night George Feifer
King of Courage Stephanie Laland
Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Cats Philip Gonzalez with Leonore Fleischer
Jim the Wonder Dog Bryan Aubrey
Ding, Dong, Bell Eric Swanson
The Cowboy K. Salome-Garver
The Cat Who Needed a Night Light Susan McCullough
Flight over Little Egypt G. Edgar Hall
8. SAYING GOOD-BYE
The Christmas Angel Pamela S. Zurer
Shorty Larry Monk
Prince’s Golden Season Irving Townsend
Hondo Page Lambert
A Gentle Good-Bye Toni Eames
Banjo David C. Hoopes
The Cantor’s Cat Jacqueline Shuchat-Marx
Circle of Love Maria Sears
One Last Gift Kate Murphy
9. ON COMPANIONSHIP
Soldier Dog Ron St. James
Mr. Reed Ruth Hanessian with Wendy Bounds
A Moggy for Michael John Keane (a.k.a. Sherlock Bones)
Double Duty Lisa Hurt
An American Cat in Paris Peter Mandel
Waiting at the Door Barbara J. Crocker
Flying Free H. Gordon Green
Of Dogs and Angels Roger Caras
More Chicken Soup?
Problems with Your Pet?
Who Is Jack Canfield?
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?
Who Is Marty Becker, D.V.M.?
Who Is Carol Kline?
Putting together a book like this takes the help of many people. We want to acknowledge our families, friends, staff, business partners, colleagues and others who contributed to make Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul happen!
First, a huge thank you to our families!
To Jack’s family, who, in the midst of the pressure-filled weeks it takes to finish a book like this, constantly reminded him to slow down, smell the roses, “purr the cats” and pet the bunnies. To Jack’s mother, Ellen, who instilled in him a love for all creatures big and small, and whose stepfather, Fred, worked so hard to purchase, house and feed them—from the purebreds to the numerous strays that inevitably appeared on their doorstep.
To Mark’s wife, Patty, who has the biggest heart for animals of almost anyone we know in the whole world; and to his daughter, Elisabeth, who often declares that she is going to become an animal chiropractor, and to his daughter, Melanie, who has decided that one of her chief missions in life is to help save the elephants on the planet.
To Marty’s cherished wife, Teresa, and his beloved children, Mikkel and Lex, whose love, loyalty, laughter and vitality ignite Marty’s desire to tackle many projects and fuel his daily walk. To Virginia Becker and the late Bob Becker, who passed on the DNA that says, “Love pets like family.” To Teresa’s family—Valdie, Jim and Rocky Burkholder—whose rock-solid support and avalanche of goodwill have allowed Marty the freedom to globetrot in pursuit of helping pets and people, with the blessing of returning to a hometown oasis of beauty, simplicity and serenity.
To Carol’s husband, Larry, for his seemingly endless strength, kindness and support. Without him, this book could not have been written. And to Carol’s stepchildren, Lorin and McKenna, two fantastic people who inspire her constantly with their creativity, humor and enthusiasm. To Carol’s lovely mother, Selmajean Schneider, for her constant encouragement and to Carol’s father, Raymond Zurer, who lives on in the hearts of his family. To her wonderful brothers and sisters and their families, Jim— ”Mr. Internet”—and Diana, cheerleaders Barbara and Wilbur, fellow pet-lovers Burt, Pam and Rachel, and the ever-charming and delightful Holly.
Special thanks go to Marci Shimoff, whose generosity and brilliance is unparalleled. Your friendship is so precious to us. We love you, Marci.
Grateful thanks go to Heather McNamara, our senior editor, whose skill and steadiness make her such an invaluable asset. To Nancy Autio, for her hard work and patience getting all the permissions we needed and for miraculously keeping all of the simultaneous “book action” straight. To Leslie Forbes, for her help with permissions, for forwarding e-mails and cartoons, and keeping this book on track. And to Patty Aubery, who astounds us with her ability to get everything done with warmth, humor and skill. You go girl!
A large round of applause goes to the incredible Linn Thomas, whose dedication, hard work and considerable talents are only matched by his enormous heart. And to Anne Sellaro, our publicity and public relations expert whose boundless energy, creativity, enthusiasm and dogged determination have allowed us to reach millions of pet lovers; Anne, you are a sparkling fountain of dynamism, beauty and bright ideas.
Thanks go to:
Kimberly Kirberger, for her ongoing support of this project; Ro Miller, Veronica Romero, Lisa Williams, Laurie Hartman, Robin Yerian and Teresa Esparza, for holding down the fort while the rest of us wrote and edited.
Beverly Merson, for her constant encouragement and valuable assistance, as well as her empathy and charm; Bryan Aubrey, an impeccable editor and brilliant mind. Your feedback was useful beyond measure and your assistance made the whole thing fun as well. Well done, old chap; Cindy Jevne Buck, a great collaborator, whose thoughtful and deft editing was greatly appreciated; Betsy Hinchman, a mega-animal-lover and dear friend, for much-needed input and help with story selection and editing; Teresa Williams, Natalie Cleeton and Ruthie Hutchings for superb editing work; Karie Hansen, Carol’s office ange
Fred C. Angelis, Jack’s stepfather, who read and commented on every story in the book. Your thoughtful feedback was extremely useful.
Joel Goodman and Hanoch McCarty for taking the time to send us funny pet cartoons.
We thank some key partners, Bayer Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, for supporting this book—first as pet lovers, and second as companies that have devoted incredible resources over many years to helping pets live happier, healthier, fuller lives. We would like to single out John Payne from Bayer, and Gilles Guillemette, Blake Hawley, Paula Stack, Dorset Sutton, Chuck Wayner and Bob Wheeler from Hill’s, for special recognition. They are extraordinary friends, good stewards of the resources at their disposal and special shepherds of The Bond.
Thanks to all of the people who agreed to dedicate a few weeks to evaluating, commenting upon and improving the stories you see in this book. Their feedback was priceless. The panel of readers included: Fred C. Angelis, Bryan Aubrey, Virginia Becker, Carol J. Benson, Elizabeth Brown, Valdie Burkholder, Joanne Clevenger, Tom Colvin, Wallace L. Croskey, Sharon DeNayer, Robin Downing, D.V.M., Lisa Drucker, Thales Finchum, Mary Gagnon, Elinor Hall, Betsy Hinchman, Allison Janse, Bud and Phyliss Johnston, Bettie Kapiloff, Rita M. Kline, Christi Leahs, M. B. Leininger, D.V.M., Barbara Lomonaco, Ariane Luckey, Holly Moore, Jana Murphy, Janice Phillips, Alisa Pucher, Mary Rubis, Marci Shimoff, Sarah Skoglund, Sharon Cuddy Somers, Laura May Story, C.V.T., Carolyn Strickland, Jan Sturges, Celeste Wallace, Luree Welch, and Mark Wood, D.V.M.
All the people at our publisher, Health Communications, Inc.—especially Peter Vegso, for his guidance and support, and for getting the book into the hands of millions of readers.
Christine Belleris, Matthew Diener, Allison Janse and Lisa Drucker, our skilled and dedicated editors at Health Communications; Randee Feldman, our dear friend and Chicken Soup for the Soul product manager; and Tom Sand, who helps us make sure our books are sold worldwide. And, to our hard-working publicists, Kim Weiss and Larry Getlen, who were always there to support us and give us words of encouragement along the way.
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