Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review: If I Should DIe Before My Dog and Giveaway Oct. 7 - 15, 2013

We (my husband and myself) were inspired to read this book when it was first presented to us in a blog tour.  To be sure I had my husband read to me pages 9 thru 19.  After filling up with tears anyway, I said that I would fill in this book after I spent time talking with our Sharpei Mix dog, 11 year old "Sandie."  I haven 't been able to do anything but go through the book and take some notes in my journal about it and have been waiting for a time when I'm in good health to finish all that I need to do.
"Both of Cathy's parents died within a few months of each other.  Cathy's father's last words were "Take care of my baby dog."  They left behind  little "Mandy", a twelve year old pomeranian.  Cathy's brother had been the caretaker of their parents for many years, so Mandy was very fortunate."   

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This book is:

A Dog Lovers lasting guide.......An beautifully illustrated interactive book that one fills in all of the information about their dogs life in the event they can no longer care for them to help ensure your pets are taken care of. 
This book is # 97 in TOP 100 of Dog Care Books!

A thought provoking check list for dog lovers, who unfortunately and with much sadness can no longer take care of their dog. 

This book will assist those who want to prepare for their dogs future in an easy to use format that will guide them through the process of telling the "story" of their dogs life, for their pets "Next Guardian".

My Sandie, a kill rescue dog, is an "elder" and she would really need to go somewhere that had no cats (she's cat crazy) and although she is learning to get along with another rescue dog in our home, I would say that she would rather be in a home where no other dogs live because we have helped shaped the fact that she thinks she is the Queen of the Dog Universe.  Sandie came with a lot of issues and we were the perfect match for her because she picked us and told us all that she had been through (via her chart) and we asked her the first night, "Why did you pick us?"  How did you know you could trust us?  So I think we would need to find an Elder Rescue somewhere here in Southern California.  She's a beach dog but loves the grass too.   

Cathy and Joe say, "This interactive workbook is meant to ease this trauma by going with the dog to the next caregiver.  This transition can be eased by having all of the needed information about the dog such as: habits, grooming, medical, words they know, nicknames, how they were trained and much, much more.  If this book were never needed it then becomes a precious keepsake of your dear companions life with you."

I can tell you who I wouldn't leave Sandie with and I better not mention them here since they could be reading this review.   But John and I really have to talk about this and now I am so happy for having read this book.  We will make this careful and thought out process with each other and Sandie. 

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  1. We consider our dogs a part of our family, too. It was hard to even consider what their lives would be like without us around. This really puts things in perspective for me as someone who truly cares about her pets.

  2. Our animals are a part of our family. It's so important to make sure they are cared for in the event of our demise! Great post! Stopping by from UBC...

  3. Wow - I have never considered what to do if we should go first - so that is a very sobering thought. Most people who know me either personally or via FB know that Ferdy dog is my absolute baby. I would hope that one of them would just scoop him up and love him as we have.

    No cats - scratches / tickles - long walks - and love love love.

  4. Carolyn, what a beautiful book. I had never thought of that part of the responsibility of having a pet. What would happen if I die before my dog is a much needed and valuable book for anyone who has pets of any kind. It opened my eyes even more.
    Thank you for that.

    Claudette Chenevert
    The Stepmom Coach

  5. Thank you so much for this giveaway! My sister runs a rescue mission and I'd love for her ti have this book.....after me of course!

  6. I am a kitty furmom at this time. Hope to be a small dog furmom in the future. It would be really great to know that my furbaby is taken care of, in case we pass before him. Thank you for having a giveaway on this book.

  7. Thanks so much for linking to TNT.

    Important things to think about. Thanks for the book review and giveaway.

    We co-own all of our dogs with their breeders. That was a big plus for us and co-owning because if anything happens to us, they go back to their breeders who are still very involved with them. They will be able to fins them the best homes if they decide to rehome them.


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