October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Shelter-dogKona, Cory’s black Lab mix, was our family’s first shelter dog experience, and he set a great precedent.  What a lovable goof he was.  Now we are friends with Quinn, one of the best dogs ever, and part of our extended family via Vivi, Elena, and Leigh.  And just a couple of weeks ago, Nathan and Lisa adopted Finn, a truly amazing wheaten terrier we already adore.  October is the perfect month to celebrate these fine canines.  Here are some books to share with the families and dogs you love.

Finding-HomeFinding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories by Traer Scott

Be prepared to be moved and awed by the images and stories in this latest book by Traer Scott, hot off the presses. Scott began photographing these dogs in 2005 as a volunteer at an animal shelter. Meet the remarkable dogs whose stories are highlighted in this book, dogs like:   Chloe, a young chocolate Lab mix, surrendered to a shelter by a family with allergies; Gabriel and Cody, retired racing greyhounds; and Bingley, a dog who lost his hearing during a drug bust but was brought home by a loving family that has risen to the challenge of living with a deaf dog. Both a tribute to dogs everywhere, and a passionate plea for more adopted families for these worthy shelter dogs.

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ShelterShelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret, illustrated by Greg Farrar

Another collection celebrating the bravery and unique gifts of shelter dogs, and their adopted families.  The eight dogs profiled have special challenges, and still found loving caring humans whose lives are enriched by their dogs.  This collection is special for its intended audience:  children in grades 3  through 8.  But animal lovers of all ages will be engaged by these moving tales.

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Move-overMove Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Well, this one we choose in recognition of Finn.  Rover is an adorable terrier who looks a bit like our Finnley, and also reminds us of his temperament:  kind, generous, smart, and playful.  In this cumulative tale, Rover is over-generous of his nice dry dog-house on a rainy day, letting in all the poor wet bedraggled animal friends.  The illustrations are delightful-and deceptively intricate, giving a realistic feel to all those wet feathers, fur, and raindrops.  The rhymes are catchy and actually fun to read to the pre-school, and even kindergarten set.  Enjoy!

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