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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Post by authors of "If I Should Die Before My Dog --", Joe and Cathy Connolly


Guest Post - "Our Inspiration"
by authors of "If I Should Die Before My Dog --", Joe and Cathy Connolly

We would like to first of all thank Sharon for once again hosting a tour for us, and for all the wonderful bloggers she has found to do the tour.

We were inspired to write this book when 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.   

This left us wondering how many were not that fortunate.  Including our dogs and all the dogs left alone, through death, health impairment, having to give them up to a rescue, divorce, financial woes, and many other circumstances that happen to all of us in life.  These heartbroken, frightened dogs are suddenly left without their human parents, without anyone knowing the "story" of their lives.   

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.

Our hopes for this book are, that it reaches many dogs and their families and gives comfort and peace of mind to this worrisome subject. We have been "secret pet Angels" helping those who cannot afford  medical treatment, surgery, spaying, neutering etc. for their pets. We also help support many non-profit pet charities.  Now, with this book, we wish to help many more pets in need. 

We're what we consider "accidental authors", we took a fleeting thought and after much research on the subject found nothing covering this category.  We had no idea what we were getting into!  After some time we found you don't just publish and go.   And then, watching television one night we saw that if you want to promote something------you join twitter!  Twitter turned out to be one of the best things we could have done.   We met wonderful people there such as Barbara Brunner, author of "Dog-ma, Zen of Slobber" and Clive Eaton, author of "Pyramid Legacy".  These authors gave us many marketing tips and great ideas on how to promote our book.  We give them a very special thank you for their help and guidance.

We are looking forward to the tour and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we will!  Thank you for following!

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. 
About the Book

 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. 

**  #97 in Top 100 of Dog Care Books !! **

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  1. I loved the comment "We are accidental authors".... Sometimes books are written because of something that the author just feels and can't contain! Looks like a great inspirational read!

  2. Sounds like a book everyone should read.
    I have read about this book on another blog as well.

  3. This book is a treasure, I often pass along my read books, but not this one!

  4. Sounds like a lovely read :) As a dog lover I definitely want to pick this one up!


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