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Water Your Dog on the Go with Portable Water Bowl

March 19th, 2015 by jerry in Products · 3 Comments

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Tripawds work so hard when they walk. With one less limb to get around, it’s critical to take water on walks, car rides and play dates.

portable dog water bowl

Spree drinks from Water Rover Portable Dog Bowl

Whether you’re headed around the block or on a weekend road trip, keep water with you at all times to quench your Tripawd dog or cat’s thirst. Here are some favorite portable dog water bowls that make this an easy habit to start.

We looked for portable cat water bowls but couldn’t find any. Holler if you have a favorite for your feline!

Water Rover Portable Pet Water Bowl

The Water Rover Portable Pet Water Bowl is our #1 all-time favorite way to carry water for our Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt. You can see why:

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  • Hands-Free – Clips to belt or waist band
  • Leak-Free – Even when held upside down
  • Waste-Free – Extra water tips back into the bottle
  • Hassle-Free – Wide mouth bottle is easy to fill with water and ice

Check out these other portable pet water bowls we like:

The Gulpy Water Dispenser

We used to have one of the Gulpy Water Dispenser back when Jerry was a pup and it lasted several years. These are great for smaller dogs since larger ones tend to gulp the water down at one time.

  • Easy way to carry and dispense water for your pet.
  • Flips open so your dog can sip from the attached cup.
  • Simply flip to open position and gently squeeze bottle to fill tray.
  • Convenient belt clip for no-hands carrying.
  • Great for hot days and long walks with your dog.
  • Colors are assorted.

And here’s one we haven’t tried but like the way it looks and sounds:

H2Rover Water Bottle for Dogs

Talk about a very cool idea! The H2Rover Water Bottle for Dogs allows you to water your dog using a hose and spigot attached to the bottom of the bottle. You can still drink safely and hygienically from the top.

  • Water your dog using a hose and spigot attached to the bottom of the bottle.
  • You can still drink safely and hygienically from the top.
  • Machined stainless steel connector between the bottle and hose
  • Solid no-leak connections
  • High quality tap valve for dispensing to your dog

Here’s how it works:

The folks at H2Rover are so confident your dog will like drinking from it, they offer a money back guarantee if your dog doesn’t warm up to the idea!

Pet Top Combo Portable Drinking Device

Now here’s something original! The Pet Top Combo Portable Drinking Device and Short Neck Adapter for Pets lets you turn an ordinary plastic beverage bottle into something your pet can drink from!

Keep this in your car for those times you forgot your Water Rover or H2Rover bottles.

  • Provides a neat, convenient water supply for pets when on the go
  • Fits most standard water bottles
  • Adjust water flow by a simple turn of the cap
  • Made in the USA using only high-quality, non-toxic materials
  • Top rack dishwasher safe

Do you have favorite portable pet water and food bowls? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Building a First Aid Kit for Adventures with your Dog(s)

March 5th, 2015 by jerry in Products · 1 Comment

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If anyone knows about pet first aid and adventures it’s longtime Tripawds member TC Wait, dog mom to a pack of twenty Huskies, led in spirit by the one and only Calpurnia, a Tripawd musher extraordinaire.

Spirit Calpurnia

Always in awe of the Odaroloc Sled Dog’s wild times in the Great White North, we asked TC if she wouldn’t mind sharing her essential “Must Haves” for the doggie first aid kits she totes to Alaska and out on the sledding trails.

The Odaroloc Team on the Trail

As an ever-supportive Tripawds member, TC gladly shared her tips and tricks for medical emergency pet care. Although we hope you never have to use it, we know you’ll find her insight as useful as we do. Here goes:

“Having adventures with your canine companions are one of life’s great joys, and for many of us, one of the reasons you have a furry dog buddy. Dogs make great hiking, biking, running, canoeing, camping, swimming, skiing, sledding, Frisbee, you-name-it buddies, and being active is good for both human and canine friends. However, with fun and adventure comes a certain level of risk that you need to be prepared for – cuts, sprains, and other injuries can happen to your buddy as well as to yourself during any outing. It is good practice to have some sort of first aid kit on hand that can be available if something happens to you, your dog, or someone else who happens to be out enjoying the day.

TC and her traveling partner.

There are all sorts of pre-packaged first aid kits that you can get online or at sporting stores. Most (but not all) of the items that are sold for human use can also be used for dogs. You need to be aware that many over-the-counter medications (such as Ibuprofen) that are safe for humans to use can be very toxic to animals. Additionally, a human-sized bandaid isn’t going to be very helpful for an injury on your Chow-chow, so any first aid kit will need a certain level of modification to make fit for both species.

The best place to start is a chat with your veterinarian. A good working relationship between a pet owner and their veterinarian is the best bet to ensure the overall health of any animal. Your vet knows the specific needs that your dog has, and can help you find items to include in your kit specifically for your dog, and the activity you are planning. They can also identify items in your kit that should NOT be used on dogs, which you might want to mark somehow so that any future need can easily identify and avoid them.

You should also sit down and ask yourself some questions.

  • What sort of trip are you planning?
  • How long of a trip are you expecting?
  • What type of injury might occur?
  • Where are the closest resources you can turn to for help?
  • Are you in cell phone range?
  • Do you have local veterinary numbers written down?
  • Does your dog have special medication or medical needs to plan for?
  • Are there particular environmental conditions (extreme heat, cold, remoteness, noise, poisonous plants/animals, etc.) to take into consideration?
  • Are there any special logistics, vaccinations, or medications you may need where you are going (ie international travel, or areas where there may be parasites that you do not have in your area, such as fleas, heartworm, ticks, etc.)?

These questions are important to consider for every outing you take. A day hike near your home requires a different level of preparedness than a multi-week backpacking trek with your dog along the Appalachian Trail, for example. Once you have an idea of the scope of your trip, you can better plan what you may need as far as first aid. It may be useful to have several different first aid kits assembled, for day trips up through a range of adventures you may have planned. Once you have your materials gathered, you need a convenient way to store them. A toiletry travel bag or an old “bum bag” can be used as an easy grab-and-go first aid kit. For larger adventures, you might consider a small suitcase or duffel bag.

It is always good to have basic first aid training of some sort – from the basic course you can take at Red Cross to extensive wilderness first aid training to deal with emergencies when help is not nearby. Your veterinarian can also help guide you for what to do on longer, more remote trips where veterinary care may be some time or distance away. If you have multiple dogs, be sure to ask your vet for dosage of any medications (over the counter or prescription) for each dog, and write it down in your kit. Additionally, having some reference books on hand can be helpful. There are a number of emergency care guides specifically for dogs that are available. It is good to look through them a little before the need arises to familiarize yourself with them – you can even add tabs to sections that may be more useful for your adventure so you can flip to that page quickly.

Putting this all together takes some time, but to give you some ideas it might be helpful to peek inside our first aid kits. For full disclosure, our kits are designed for our particular location and canine adventures. Each winter we travel north to our cabin in Alaska with our 20 sled dogs and 2 cats. We take multi-day winter camping trips by dog sled through remote parts of Alaska, often covering 300 miles or more at a time. Temperatures can get pretty chilly (it is currently -33F), so many things that are brittle plastic or in liquid form cannot be used. Even at our cabin, the closest veterinarian is 2 hours away, and on the trails vet care could be days away. This is likely very different than the activity you are planning, so keep that in mind!

On the Trail

Day Trip Doggie First Aid Kit

  • Bandaids (standard size)
  • 4×4 gauze pads
  • Diaper or sanitary napkin (don’t laugh-they are super absorbent for wounds)
  • Roll of 2-inch wide vet wrap
  • Roll of 4-inch wide vet wrap
  • Moleskin
  • Superglue
  • Ibuprofen (pain/anti-inflammatory – human)
  • Rimadyl (pain/anti-inflammatory – canine)
  • Benadryl (allergic reactions)
  • Yunnan Baiyao (bleeding)
  • Flint and cotton (to start a fire if needed)
  • Emergency “space” blanket
  • Orange flagging tape
  • Duct tape (fixes everything)
  • Pocket knife/leatherman tool
  • Trauma shears
  • Foot cream
  • Healing salve (made locally from beeswax, olive oil, and herbs)
  • Extra dog booties
  • Hydrating Dog Snacks (if going out for more than 3 hours – not in the kit, but in the sled)

Multiple Day Doggie Travel Kit

All of the above, PLUS

  • Throat lozenges
  • Aspirin
  • Latex or nitrile gloves
  • Loperamide Hydrochloride (anti-diarrheal)
  • Famotidine (acid reducer)
  • Tramadol (pain reliever)
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Betadine wash packets (the packets defrost pretty fast)
  • Prescription meds for dogs that need them
  • Anti-inflammatory massage oil (for working dogs)
  • Isotone (hydration supplement)
  • Sam splint
  • Soft nylon muzzle
  • Skin stapler or suture material (with instruction for use from our vet)
  • Child’s t-shirt (to prevent licking on torso)
  • Dog jacket for each dog (not in the kit, but in the sled)
  • Dog food and cooker to make warm water for meals (not in the kit, but in the sled)

By far our biggest first aid kit is the one we use when we are on the road driving between Colorado and Alaska. Some of the stretches in Canada and Alaska are very remote, and we need to be sure we have everything we need to keep our animals healthy and comfortable for a long drive. That kit fits in a suitcase, and includes all sorts of things from fluids to specific pharmaceuticals we may need for our dogs with medical issues. If you are doing extensive travel with your animals, the best bet is to work closely with your vet to get exactly what you may need and know how to use it.

Good luck and have a great adventure!”

Odaroloc Adventures in Alaska

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Paw Prints in Heaven Book Helps Grieving Hearts

February 19th, 2015 by jerry in Books · No Comments

If you or someone you care about is coping with the loss of a pet, here’s an adorable book that’s one thing you can do to help heal a broken heart.

Paw Prints in Heaven


This hard cover 10 x 10 book includes 14 colorfully illustrated pages lovingly painted by artist Shari Sherman. It was created to bring a comforting perspective for pet owners who are grieving the loss of their dog. A portion of proceeds from this book is donated to local animal rescue organizations in an effort to improve the lives of our best friends.


  • Hardcover
  • 24 pages
  • Fully illustrated by Shari Sherman
  • Written by Connie Stubbs & Kirby
  • 9″ x 9″ (22.9 cm)
  • Made in the USA

With thanks to Angel Harmony’s Mom Pam for telling us about this comforting tool for helping to cope with pet loss.

Thanks for buying this and any Amazon products through these links. Whether it’s a product we recommend or one you find on your own, a small portion of every sale helps keep the Tripawds  community online. Thank you for your support!


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Cool Tripawds Dig The Chilly Mat

February 5th, 2015 by admin in Products · No Comments

Recovering Tripawds and dogs with orthopedic issues often find comfort on a a cool sleeping surface whatever the season.

Chilly Mat by Hugs Pet Products

Chilly Mats fit any size pet and promise to keep three legged friends comfy indoors or out. The soft, puncture-resistant, durable mats also provide comfort for older pets who may suffer joint pain. This innovative mat also keeps your pets cool by creating a lower temperature than your pet’s body temperature.


Be sure to check out our selection of best cooling mats and thermoregulating dog beds in the Tripawds Gear blog!

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Why Lucca is “Top Dog” in the Tripawds Nation

January 19th, 2015 by jerry in Books · No Comments

Heroes are all around us, and those of the military kind leave us awestruck at their fearlessness in the heat of battle. When they happen to be covered in fur, there are no words to accurately describe the bravery in every maneuver, every moment they help make lives safer and better.

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Military working dogs loyally serve many different countries in battle, selflessly and unquestioningly giving every aspect of their lives to the handlers of whom they share a timeless bond. Lucca is one such dog who rises above all others, and now you can read her inspawrational career in Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

From Amazon:

In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name.

1st Handler Chris Willingham and Lucca

The book describes in gritty detail Lucca’s adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites.

Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers.

Photo by handler Juan Rodriguez

We had the chance to read a promotional copy of this book and couldn’t put it down. The author provides an interesting history of military working dog personalities, careers, friendships and relationships with those around them while enlightening readers about the importance of their role on the battlefield.

From the moment that Lucca came into her first handler’s life to the public relations role she happily assumed with ease after retiring from her military career, not a day goes by that Lucca doesn’t make a pawsitive impression on family, friends and strangers alike.

As an ambassador to the Tripawds Nation, Lucca carries out her new role with all of the gusto she had when she served in battle. Her superstar status both in and out of the military has helped build pawsitive Tripawd Awareness like few dogs have. Thanks to Lucca’s gusto, more people than ever are aware that a three-legged dog lives a life with just as much purpose and pawsitive effect on this world than any other, if not more.

Read Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca and you too will find a big place in your heart for this beautiful, furry hero of the battlefield!


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Tripawd Hero Shares Life Lessons in Bestselling Dog Book

January 5th, 2015 by jerry in Books · No Comments

Everywhere you turn, Tripawds are becoming media sensations! In addition to Jill the Tripawd Cancer Fighting Kitty‘s featured role in A Letter to My Cat, recently we got word about another community member who has a big appearance in a bestselling book called “Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me.”

-New York Times Bestseller
-ABA IndieBound Best seller
-Los Angeles Times Bestseller
-Boston Globe Bestseller

Angel Lili and her brother Peter are featured in this popular new book filled with life-changing lessons every human needs to remember. Amazon describes it as:

“Playful spaniels completely covered with snow—’There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ weather.’ Two happy dogs sleeping, one on top of the other— “Sometimes you need a pillow. Sometimes you are the pillow.” The bulldog who’s headfirst in her bowl—’Every meal is THE BEST MEAL EVER.’


Right Page: Peter (left) with Angel Lily (right)

Cynthia L. Copeland has a gift for discovering those sorts of simple, timeless lessons. She did it when her children were younger with Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. Now she distills all-new wisdom from her lifelong love of dogs.

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Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me is tender, funny, warm, and utterly inspiring. Pairing an irresistible photograph with just the right sentiment, every page delivers a life lesson that appeals as much to our hearts as our minds.

It reminds us again and again of what’s important, like

Love: “Be there when others need you.”
Compassion: “Even the smallest act of kindness matters.”
Perseverance: “Keep going until you find your way home.”
A healthy sense of self: “Make it squeak until someone pays attention.”
Living in the present moment: “Scratch where it itches, when it itches.”
And that happiness is a choice: “Leap higher than you have to.”

Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me is available on Amazon. A small portion of all purchases made through these links, no matter what you buy, help to offset the costs of keeping Tripawds online. Thanks!

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Best Last Minute Gifts for Tripawd Dogs & Cats

December 12th, 2014 by jerry in Products · No Comments

Santa Paws says it’s not too late to get your favorite Tripawd dogs and cats (and their four-legged pals too) cool gifts for the howlidays!

Spirit Jerry’s first Tripawd Christmas

Here are fun gift tips for your furry kids and remember, for any products you buy at Amazon through these links, whether it’s a product we recommend or one you find on your own, a small portion of every sale helps keep the Tripawds Blogs community online. Thank you for your support!

Best Gifts for Tripawd Cats

Play-N-Squeak MouseHunter Interactive Cat Toy

Cats are natural hunters. Even when living with humans, a cat’s motivation to hunt remains strong. Playing with toys stimulates predatory behavior, teaches social skills and coordination, and keeps your cat entertained.

Featuring an electronic sound module that sounds just like a real mouse, Play-N-Squeak Toys are designed for healthy mental and physical stimulation, keeping cats alert, agile, and healthy, and rewarding them with tactile feel and catnip aroma. Play-N-Squeak Toys will keep your cats busy and positively engaged with you and the world around them while exercising their unique instinctual needs. Enrich the life of your cat, and “bring the wild inside”!

Petsafe SlimCat Meal Dispensing Cat Toy

How it works:

The idea behind SlimCat is to distribute an adjustable amount of dry food when the cat plays with it. SlimCat can be used by all cats. Overweight cats can particularly benefit from SlimCat.


  • Fights obesity and helps to maintain optimum weight
  • Enriches the cat’s environment and improves alertness
  • Fun source of play and exercise
  • Improves cat’s digestion by eating small portions several times a day
  • Holds up to 2/3 cup and compatible with most dry cat foods
  • FDA approved plastic, dishwasher safe

TRIXIE Pet Products Baza Cat Tree

TRIXIE Pet Products Baza Cat Tree will provide endless opportunities for cats to play and scratch or just relax. Felines can sharpen their claws on any one of two scratching posts instead of on your furniture or carpet, giving them a healthy outlet for their scratching instincts. All posts are covered in durable sisal. For a nap or a cozy retreat, the cat can curl up in the cozy hammock which is covered with ultra plush material both inside and out. It also has a metal rim for added support. Cats can bat around the dangling pom-pom toy for added fun.

Tutto Pet on Wheels Stroller

Award winning, medically endorsed case provides back-saving, lightweight transport of pet. The bag is sturdy, discreet, stackable and maneuverable. It features 3 zippered entrances, roll down privacy flap, washable padding, comfort fleece and fiberglass construction that provides the ultimate in protection for your pet. Accommodates pet up to 18lbs and fits under most airplane seat.

Best Gifts for Tripawd Dogs

Dog Tornado Interactive Toy

The idea behind the Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado is for the dog to dislodge the removable bones then turn the revolving sections to reveal the hidden treats. The Tornado has many variables to increase the level of difficulty as the dog’s skill improves. With a little practice he will soon learn to dislodge the bones and turn the Tornado to access the hidden rewards.”

PetSafe Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude

The Squirrel Dude is high durability and a funky bounce coupled with the patent pending Treat Meter provide dogs with hours of fun!

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy

Holds three cups of food or treats
Adjustable openings to regulate difficulty
One size works for any dog
Anti-slip bottom

Big Barker 7″ Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

“(The Big Barker) is an ‘investment’ but I’ve spent that many times over trying to get a good bed for my dogs and they don’t retain their shape or support AND this bed is made for bigger dogs.” ~ Tripawds Member Benny55

Pet Gear Expedition Pet Stroller

PetGear strollers are a great way to take your pet with you on a long walk through the park, a walk around the block, or maybe even shopping at the mall. They safely contain and protect your pet wherever you go! The Expedition is great for large dogs. It features a sturdy frame and rides low to the ground for easy entry, a waterproof floor, front swivel wheels, rear brakes, and bug proof mesh that provides air circulation.

For more great gift ideas,
check out Amazon’s Amazing Pet Supply Store!
and help support the Tripawds Community!

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Shop Amazon Black Friday Deals to Support Tripawds and Save!

November 28th, 2014 by admin in Sale · No Comments

Save big with Amazon Black Friday Deals and support your Tripawds Community!

When you shop at Amazon through these links, a small portion of every sale will help keep the Tripawds Blogs community and discussion forums online. Every little bit helps!

Looking for something specific?

To help keep Tripawds online, search Amazon here for all your holiday gift shopping!

Thank You For Your Support!

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Best New Pet Books for Animal Lovers Like Us

November 20th, 2014 by jerry in Books · No Comments

Have you seen all the great new pet-centric books now available for voracious readers like us? What an incredible selection we have to choose from! Here’s a short list of the best ones we currently know about. If you have others to recommend, do tell!

A Letter to My Cat: Notes to Our Best Friends

If you ask us, Tripawd superstar kitty Jill should have been on the cover! But that’s cool, she is still an integral part of this very special, unforgettable collection of love letters from kitty pawrents who want to honor the cats who changed their lives for the better.

Alluring, elusive, mysterious—the cats in our lives are not always easy to get to know. But as with all pets, they have unique personalities and stories to tell. Alongside beautiful four-color photos of their cats, A Letter to My Cat collects personal letters from celebrities offering love and gratitude for all that their cats bring to their lives.

Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories

We can’t say it enough. This. Book. Is. GORGEOUS. And better yet, it will warm your heart with tales of people and pets who are making a difference in this world through their very special rescue stories that send pawsitive ripples across the universe . . .

78 million dogs live as pets in the USA. These are the lucky ones. Five to seven million companion animals enter shelters every year, and more than half are euthanized due to the lack of space.

Miracle Dogs celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved. It features wonderful stories and photographs of dog rescuers, dog trainers, and rescue organizations such as The Gentle Barn and Tamar Geller’s Operation Heroes and Hounds, along with celebrity pet owners such as Chevy Chase, Hoda Kotb, Bob Einstein, Amanda Hearst, Jamie Lynn Siegler, and Lance Bass. Each story includes portraits of the dog and its new family, followed by a concise, compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home.

“Miracle Dogs demonstrates a truth that lies at the heart of all rescue stories: That sharing a home with an animal—especially one that’s been forgotten and left to the fates—can enrich even the most glamorous and well-lived lives. “—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

A professional pet photographer, Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time on projects related to animal rescue. Miracle Dogs was born out of her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she’s met over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of both canines and owners. Readers will be moved by stories like that of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world, or Fiona, who was found blind and starving and is now in a loving family. All of them have finally found their furever homes. Stavrinides’ portraits are heartwarming—a loving and poignant tribute to man’s best friend.

Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca

Oh. My. DOG. We cannot put this book down, it’s gripping and fast-paced and will leave you staying up late to find out what happens to Lucca next. Since we haven’t finished it yet, here is the official synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name.

The book describes in gritty detail Lucca’s adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites.

Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers.

67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Have we read this book? Well, no! Actually we’d love to but we just found out about it and haven’t put a call in to the publisher for a review copy. But doesn’t it look fun?!

It’s an age-old battle: cat vs. dog. Now, National Geographic and BuzzFeed’s Jack Shepherd team up to settle the dispute once and for all! Documenting cats’ superior abilities in such areas as artistry, athleticism, and intellect, Shepherd provides compelling insight into the fight for pet dominance. Perfectly pairing witty text with hilarious photographs and hard-hitting scientific facts, this brutally honest book culls the best evidence of the supremacy of cats (that the Internet can provide) to establish with definitive proof that individuals of the feline persuasion reign supreme over their canine counterparts.

The Dog Stays in the Picture:
How My Rescued Greyhound Helped Me Cope with My Empty Nest

If you’re expecting a “dog story,” this isn’t it. But, that doesn’t matter once you dive into this sweet tale written from the perspective of a Mom who’s becoming an empty-nester as her kids go off to college . . . yet despite the major life changes, the dog stays in the picture. Get it? OK! It’s definitely worth a read, here’s why:

This is not a book about a dog. I really do prefer my husband—honest. But it’s hard to tell the story of our journey into the empty nest, and leave out one particular animal. Which kind of illustrates the problem.

It is November 2009, and after mourning the loss of Arrow, their beloved Australian shepherd mutt, Susan and David Morse and family are finally ready to adopt a new dog. David’s acting jobs keep him away from home for long stretches of time, the last two teenagers are on their way to college, and this time it’s Susan’s turn to pick the dog. She probably should have thought a little more carefully before falling for a retired racing greyhound.

Enter Lilly, who lands like a disoriented neutron bomb in Susan’s comfortable suburban home after living the first three years of her life in the rugged and ruthless world of the racetrack. Instantly lovable but hopelessly inept at domesticity, Lilly turns out to be more than Susan bargained for, throwing all Susan and David’s plans for their long-anticipated, footloose empty-nest years into complete disarray.

In The Dog Stays in the Picture, Susan Morse tells the hilarious and moving story of how an anxious dog and a high-strung woman find tranquility together.

More Great Books for Animal Lovers

These books deserve more recognition, so be sure to find out why by stopping by our previous Amazon reviews about each one:

Does Your Canine Need Advice? Ask Anna Koontz

Dating Do-Over by Cathy Spencer a Great Read Tripawd Parents Will Love

Learn, Laugh in the Face of Cancer with Dr. Sarah Boston’s Memoir, Lucky Dog

Are We Shortening Our Dogs’ Lives?

Trouper, the Story of a Three-Legged Homeless Dog

So Why Do Dogs Hump?

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Read These Wise Words from Gentle Souls

November 3rd, 2014 by jerry in Books · 1 Comment

Three-paws up to everypawdy who entered our Ask Anna” book giveaway!

Our randomly chosen winner has sage words of wisdom for all of us:

The best thing that Luci has taught me is that sometimes no words are needed. All you need is just a little hug. A dog loves you no matter what. When your happy or when your sad. She just puts her little head on my shoulder & all I feel is love.

Shari Michelle

We’ll have more book giveaways coming soon, so stick around. Meanwhile read up on the profound and beautiful advice from the wise dogs and cats of our community:

For me, aside from living in the NOW, my dogs have taught me “acceptance of what is” and finding empowering learning lessons from whatever life presents to you. Wake up facing each day with a wagging tail and loving heart!!!

Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Best advice my Lab girls have given me over and over again, “Calm down and pet me!! Here, I’m wagging my tail and want some love!!” They have done more to keep my blood pressure down than any medicine known to man! They have all, over the years kept me sane at times, when life was very difficult….one look in their calm, loving, soulful faces, and I am lost, but lost in a very good place…..

Bonnie & Angel Polly

My Tripawd Maggie taught me that she loved life no matter what. She never knew the outcome of her life and never cared. She wanted to continue on her horseback rides, her fishing trips and extra treats. She said “stay in the now” and I listened.


I’ve been an adoring fan for years and have had dogs for most of my life. The most important thing that Micah and Keela have taught me is that no matter how bad I feel, or how much pain I’m in, every day is a blessing because they love me no matter what and that we need each other. Pam & puppies

Pam JE

The best advice ever came from my cat, Jon. “Close your eyes. Take a nap.”


The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from my first best friend, a neighbor’s boxer. “Don’t be afraid, I’ve got your back.” That was over 40 years ago, will always have a boxer in my life.

Teresa T

The best advice my granddog, Aura Borealis, ever gave me is how to act when you visit someone. Even if it’s only been a day or week since you last saw them, you should wiggle, whine, and kiss them like it’s been forever and they’re the most important person in the world to you.

Theresa Davis

The best idea I got from my cat was, “Go for it! It never hurts to ask for something that you want!”

Barb Gale

Dear Anna,
The best advice I’ve gotten from any of our canine companions, was from our golden retrievers, Dudley and Nell. They led full lives, filled with great fun, infinite amounts of love, and caring companionship. The advise they gave was by example.

The both lived to almost 13, passing three years apart. Although their lives were as perfect as we could make them, and I believed they were as happy as they could possibly be, when their time came, they approached it with calm anticipation, perhaps even an eagerness to start another part of their existence. They were sure of our love for them, and yet they were able to move forward into the unknown without hesitation.

What lies beyond cannot be something to fear, as long as they are there. And where would a golden go except to a place of great wonder? I am not rushing to meet it, but when my time comes, I will move through it by following their gentle examples.

Thank you for all you do.

Kathy O’Rourke

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