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The Rest of the Story

 
We didn't know if we would ever have another great dane. We decided not to even talk about it for several months. But one Sunday only a few weeks after Hal's death, as I was flipping through the paper, this ad caught my eye -- I NEVER read the pet ads, but somehow found myself reading this one intently. I showed it to Roz, whose first reaction was, "Are you nuts?" But I called and made an appointment to go out and see this "overgrown baby boy," and Roz went along, too.  We decided to "sleep on it" and when Roz awoke the next morning, he said, "I think Jake needs a home and we need Jake." 
Jake has been our friend since August, 1997. We're his fourth (and LAST) home. He was used as a stud dog for a breeder; then he was given to a family, who loved him dearly but lost their home and couldn't find another that would allow them to bring Jake; then he was saved by Tidewater Great Dane Rescue (thank you John & Sheryl!), but because of his size and age, was in rescue for 10 months. He is a wonderful animal, loving and responsive. It has been incredible how well he fits in. In some ways, he's like Hal, but in many others, he's just himself, a unique and wonderful companion. And while one animal can never replace another, having a new animal to love and learning his personality is such a good band-aid for a broken heart. We were concerned about Jake's age, afraid that just about the time we grew to love him, we'd lose him -- but we agreed that there are no guarantees in life. We'll love Jake as long as we have him to love, grateful for every day we have with him.

Thanks for reading my story; I hope it's helped you to make your decision. May God richly bless you and your animal companions.


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Cancer (The Essential Guide to Natural Pet Care) 
The author says: I am especially proud of this book for a variety of reasons. First, I learned myself during the research that cancer in pets and people is more common than we think. Second, I learned that we can lower the risk and even prevent this deadly disease. I want to show people that they can help their pets live healthier and longer lives even if they fall victim to cancer.  Holistic strategies, like the ones that I share, are essential for pet owners who want their pets to remain cancer-free--or who want to help their pets fight back. Click here to read more or order this book online.
The Nature of Animal Healing : The Path to Your Pet's
Health, Happiness, and Longevity 
As an accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine, Martin Goldstein is well respected for his 25 years worth of experience in the field--experience he effectively utilizes in conjunction with his expertise in holistic medicine in his new book.   Goldstein's expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource "compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations" make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner's library. Click here to read more or order this book online.
Will I See Fido in Heaven? is a 106-page concise, Christian book that    reveals the eternal life of all animals and God's love for all Creation. It is based upon more than 150 Biblical Scriptures  is a book that will comfort and enlighten every animal lover. It is full of wonderful true-life animal stories that reveal the wisdom, feelings, and reasoning abilities of many of God's lesser creatures. It is a book that spurs people to share their joy when they realize their deceased four-legged friends will pass on to heaven. It has become a favorite gift for many Christians to give to their pet-loving friends.  Click here to read more or to order this book online. Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates  There are no words that can change the feeling of emptiness we feel with the loss of that special "friend" who shared our heart and life. Their unconditional love and devotion are missed as much as their splendid and unique personality. But we can replace the grief with joyful anticipation
when we realize that there is hope and comfort to be found. The words of this book are offered to guide you to that place. You may begin this book a skeptic, but you will end it with a newfound hope and a lot to think about. Click here to read more or to order this book online.
The Veterians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs
Interest in alternative medicine, for people -- and for pets -- is soaring. But choosing the best natural remedy from a dizzying array of natural health care products can be a confusing task. To help pet owners find the most effective products for their animals, the author  interviewed 35 leading holistic veterinarians and asked them: "Which natural remedies work the best for pets?" and collected their detailed answers for this book.  Click here to read more about this book or to order it online.

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Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Medical and Surgical Management   This rather pricey volume is really for doctors, but I include it here for those who may be interested in a copy for personal use.  It covers the biology of cancer, diagnosis,  and treatment in dogs and cats. Topics include cancer- causing viruses, chromosomal changes associated with cancer, diagnostic cytology, principles of surgical biopsy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and  cancers of specific systems and corresponding treatment options. The book is intended for clinicians and is designed to provide guidance for making the individual judgment calls that are inherent to cancer treatment.  Includes some b&w and color photographs of surgical techniques, x-rays, and microscope plates from lab tests.  Click here to read more about this book or to order it online.
The Invisible Dog
Need something a little lighthearted?  How about this sweet book?  When her parents can't afford a new pet, seven-year-old Janie invents one. Her new pretend dog is Henry, an invisible Great Dane who eats invisible food bought with invisible money. Then some mysterious events, and perhaps a touch of magic, bring the invisible Henry to life.  Click here to read more about this book or to order it online.
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