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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review - "If I Should Die Before My Dog --" by Joe and Cathy Connolly plus SIGNED BOOK Give Away !!

Book Review
"If I Should Die Before My Dog --"
by Joe and Cathy Connolly

About the Authors
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Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly
Joe and Cathy Connolly have spent a lifetime owning, training and caring for dogs. Cathy grew up with a Collie breeder, dog groomer and dog handler while attending many different dog shows and eventually went on to work with other breeders as she grew older. They live in beautiful Northern Michigan with their 3 furry four legged children, one large dog, one small dog and the entire family is supervised by one bossy calico cat. 

Book Description
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.

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". 

None of us can predict the future, but in the event situations arise such as death, health impairment or left with no other choice but to give them up, this book will be there to assist your beloved pet with the transition from one home to another.
Our two dogs x
Our Book Review
Out of all the books I have reviewed this must be the most important and special book of them all.  Almost all dog owners, including myself, never want to think about the unimaginable heartbreaking and devastating event of not being there to love and care for their dog.  It will certainly make you think, especially after reading Mandy's and Bob's sudden change of circumstances.  With no explanation or way to communicate 'why', the only thing we can do is to ensure that, in our own words, they will be loved and cared for to the highest possible degree by giving as much information to the next carer as possible.

The book may be emotional to look through and complete, it was for me especially when one of my dogs was laid next to me as I was reading it, but it will also make you smile with some of the memories that you fill in.  Two parts to the book certainly made me smile - Words I Know for example Ice-Cream and My Bad Habits and How To Prevent Them, especially as it shows a Labrador with a trainer in it's mouth just like my Border Terrier.

If allowed, my Border Terrier, can be extremely naughty and temperamental so it is vital that any new owner knows how to tackle his behaviour and can show him who the boss is from the start.  For my Border Collie she is a very shy and nervous lady and I need to put across how she reacts and tries to control this herself.

There are some absolutely beautiful illustrations in the book, my particular favourite is a picture of an angel being shown the dogs treasured life story by the owner as the dog sits next to them. Words of wisdom and information are also part of the book as you read through each part.  There is also a beautiful worded note from the dog to it's new owner towards the back along with extra pages titled 'Special Things From My Human'.

As well as vital information such as medical history, insurance cover, personality, food and snack preferences, the book also covers those special intimate details about their characteristics, how they like to be groomed, do they like to be held,  habits, do they like the phone and so on.

A unique, well thought out, beautifully illustrated treasured book for all dog lovers which can also be kept as a loving memory of your dogs life, if you never have to use it's main purpose.

Our Rating



This special giveaway is brought to you by author's Joe and Cathy Connolly and Beck Valley Books
5 Lucky Winners will each receive a Signed Book from the authors.
Open US/CA, UK and Europe
Ending on Tuesday 18th December at 11.59pm EST

Enter Below and Good Luck !!

a Rafflecopter giveaway I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


  1. Awesome book and awesome authors. Good luck!

  2. Thanks Barbara, its a fantastic book. Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber would be a great read for dog lovers aswell. x

  3. What a great sounding book! Would love to win this!

  4. Sounds like a great great read! I am a dog lover!

  5. We have 2 dogs, Tequila aka Keyla, a boxer/pitbull and Roxi aka Roxaroo a greyhound. We rescued them. We also have a cat Spirit, that we rescued as well. They are all such good girls... I dont know what we'd ever do without them.

  6. Thanks everyone for such special reviews and comments. This book was truly written from the heart, because of that concern that seems to creep into the mind of everyone whose heart has been touched by that creature called a "dog".

  7. This sounds like an amazing book! I would love to win this!

  8. It is wonderful to be a part of the blog tour for "If I Should Die Before My Dog --"!

  9. I would just love, love to win and read this book. I love these little guys, they really make your day.
    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  10. Such cute puppies....I would love to read this!

    One big old cat named Felix that we adopted from the OSPCA - best decision ever.

  12. I have a house full of dogs and cats and there's a rabbit here and occasionally other pets

  13. I have one dog, a yellow lab named Tango.

  14. I had a sheltie girl until recently. :(

  15. We have two dogs. One is a Pom, she is 11 years old , her name is Tootsie. Tootsie follows me where ever I go and loves me unconditionally. Callie is a minature Australian shepherd, has blue eyes and is so sweet. She is 2 years old and is very smart. Our son who is 17 belongs to her. They are such a huge part of our lives.

  16. Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of
    If I Should Die Before My Dog By Joe and Cathy Connolly.
    I Enjoy Reading And Discovering New Authors.
    In Response To Your Question Of What animals do you have?
    I Don't Have A Dog But I Do Have A Cat.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!

  17. We were so pleased with our first book tour with Beck Valley for "If I Should Die Before My Dog" that we did a second tour. Sharon is wonderful to work with. Her honest reviews and amazing organization skills make an authors book tour easy and enjoyable. We highly recommend her for any author for booking a tour.


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