Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Giveaway: Chicken Soup For The Soul: I Can't Believe My Dog Did That - US - Ends 4/25

Pets, but dogs in particular, seem to have an amazing ability to unconditionally love & understand us (often hard to understand) humans.  They definitely give us more than we could ever give them.
I don't currently have a dog, but have shared my life with many (I hate the word 'owned') and each was very special.  We volunteer at the no-kill shelter though, so I like to think that we have dozens of dogs on any given day.
The book "Chicken Soup For The Soul: I Can't Believe My Dog Did That!", by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Jennifer Quasha, is 366 pages - packed full of 101 short, reader submitted stories about our canine pals - some will make you laugh, some will make you tear up, and some will just make you say "awwwww!!!" 
I think we all have a funny dog story stored away somewhere in our mind - mine would be (gather 'round kiddies, it's storytime with Grammy Gigi) - when I was growing up we had an orange Cocker Spaniel named Cinnamon.  She spent her days, while I was at school, lounging in the back yard and I'd always rush home to see her as soon as that bell rang.  When I was fifteen, I came home one day to find the back gate open.....and no Cinnamon.  My Mom was at work and I was frantic.  I grabbed the car keys and without any license, but some experience, I hopped in the car and began cruising the streets of our town looking for my girl!
About a mile or so away, I drove by a house with an iron fence around the front yard....and inside, wandering aimlessly, was my Cinnamon.  She must have squeezed through the fence.  I got out of the car and called for her - she just looked at me.  I walked into the yard and scooped her up and put her in the car.  She rode home sitting on the floor of the backseat.  Cinnamon always loved riding with her head out the window, so she must have been sending me a strong message that the grass was indeed greener on the other side and she wanted to be left alone.
Once home, I opened the back door to let her out.  Still, she stays put.  So finally I just go to pick her up. I reach around her and that's when I felt it........
"IT" it...........
My girl was not a girl.  This was a boy dog.........this was NOT my dog.
I had just dog-napped.
So great.  Now I have been driving with no license AND I have stolen a dog. This shouldn't be a problem at all.
I hastily put the dog back in the car - apologize profusely - and drive back.  When I get to the street, there's an older lady in the front I just drive like 2 miles an a real creep.  She's definitely looking for her dog.
I cruise the streets for another 10 minutes thinking "Ok, I'll just go up to her and say 'hey - wanna hear something funny?'" (as her dog frantically scratches at the window of our Vega).  Finally I see her walking and do what any other honest high schooler would have done.  I pulled over and said "Is this your dog? It ran right in front of me (and if I wasn't such a great LICENSED driver and all I'm sure it would have been hit....) and so I put it in my car before it got hurt"
She was SO thankful that I had found "Bandit" that she wanted to pay me $10.  I said it was really no trouble and to please keep the money.
I went home and discovered Cinnamon - in the backyard - asleep under a chaise lounge.
She woke up, ran to me and gave me a look like "where have YOU been?" there's my story - and I'm stickin' to it......................
Now, on to the giveaway!!!  I'd love to give one of you a copy of "I Can't Believe My Dog Did That".  Simply fill out the easy Rafflecopter  form and you're in it to win it!  Open to US residents. Ends 4/25 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to accept prize or another winner will be chosen.

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*Disclaimer - this is a self-hosted giveaway - I did not receive any product or compensation for this post/giveaway and, as always, thoughts are my own


  1. I bought some Alligator Bread (Shaped like an alligator) in Florida a few years ago, and when I got home I was spraying a clear coating of shellac outside when I got back to Michigan. I had it sitting on a table in the sun, drying, when I looked out the window and saw it going up a tree. A Squirrel had it, so I ran outside and screamed at it, then he dropped it and broke the tail. I was able to glue it back together - but it was kinda funny at the time.

    Also, I have a part-dog, part-human pup named Ashley (or so she thinks) and she is my everything. I also have a stray kitty that just had 5 babies, so this cat will be around for awhile, and I plan on having her fixed real soon.

    1. Those kitties must keep you busy!! It must have been hysterical seeing the squirrel run up the tree with the 'alligator'! (and he must've thought he had super squirrel strength!)

  2. we have a dog cat turtle and 2 bunnies

  3. we have a golden retriever named Madison...when she is in trouble she is lovingly known as 'maddie the baddie'

  4. I love to feed the squirrels where we live I can put pnut butter on crackers on the edge of my porch railing and watch the squirrels come and get them, one time a blue jay was there and the squirrel tried chasing the blue jay away and the blue jay would dive the squirrel this went on for about 15 minutes until the cracker fell to the ground and the squirrel was fastest and took it under the porch was alot of fun .. made moy day..

  5. we currently have a shelter cat, he was abused but after a few years of pampering he's now very whiny, better than being scared all the time I guess - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  6. I have 2 cats, Wyatt and Tinkerbell... but, SHHHHH- don't tell THEN that they're "cats"... they think they are really hairy PEOPLE!

  7. I have a Fox Terrier / Whipped mix dog. In the past, I have had daschunds and a beautiful black and white cat.

  8. My sweet English Springer Spaniel, Katie, passed away 2 months ago. She was always up to something! I miss her terribly :(

  9. We have a dog, 2 ferrets, and 2 rats.

  10. I have tons of funny pet stories but one in particular that stands out right now... We once had a baby gate separating the rooms and one of the shelties decided he wanted to be in the other room. He chewed a hole in the lattice part of the gate and preceded to climb through. But his hole was a little high up and he ended up getting stuck half way through. He wasn't making ANY noise when I found him though I still don't think he was ashamed or sorry. mary987 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. We have two huskies, Scarlett and Bonnie, and a beagle, Apollo.

  12. I have 3 dogs and 1 cat... And it seems like 3 wild ducks who insist on waiting on my porch every day until I feed them lol :)

  13. I don't have any pets.My daughter has 3 dogs and 1 cat who are always being goofy.They're like a mini tornado that never stops.Lol! Thank you :)


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