Holy cats! er...dogs! I didn't realize it's been so long since blog updates. Please forgive the delay, but I have been busy. And this installment is (mostly) about the dogs, and all about helping pets.
The American Pit Bull Terrier book will be released August 30, YEE-HAW! It's available for pre-order, and should be in stores including Petco for all you pitty-loving owners. These loving, powerful dogs with the forever-grin are arguably the most maligned and misunderstood of dog breeds, and despite bad press, remain one of the top dogs in popularity. If interested in adopting one of these great pooches, educate yourself. My latest book covers puppy-to-adult, purebred to rescue, training and dog sports, liability and more--but there are certainly other great Pit Bull books available. The key is--get info first!
Have an aging canine? Complete Care for Your Aging Dog has been revised and updated from the original, and is now available from Amazon Kindle. The book in print form won the prestigous Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award, and became known as the "Old Dog Bible." I'm delighted to bring it back to readers with value-added content and click-able links to products and resources to help keep your aging dog happy and healthy longer than ever. If anyone reading this would like a review copy, please drop me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you the PDF.
The same offer goes for those of the feline purr-suation, if you'd like to review the Complete Care for Your Aging Cat. I've been working with Who Dares Wins Publishing to bring this multiple award winner back into print and other Ebook versions, too. Writers who have a backlist of books languishing for want of readers may wish to investigate this terrific publisher--my editor Jenni Holbrook and publisher Bob Mayer have been outstanding!
Now for a bit of editorializing...in the past couple of weeks, I've received emails and phone calls from a record number of folks needing help re-homing and/or caring for their special fur-kids. I'm not a vet, not a rescue or adoption agency, and not a social worker. It hurts my heart not to help more--oh, I do what I can and refer folks to organizations and resources. But if we ALL did just a little bit, just think of the extra wags and purrs that could be forthcoming?
In today's economic situation, many pet owners are but a paw-step away from being in dire straights. Often the first impact hits the family pet, where stress levels and cost in both time and dollars may make giving up the pet seem like the only choice. Even as we tighten our belts and say "no" to charities that would have gotten our help in the past, pet lovers are in a unique situation. We not only sympathize with other pet lovers, we empathize on a gut-wrenching level. Pet people can easily see themselves in another's "paws" and faced with being unable to properly care for a beloved pet--a pet that has given love and undying trust, and doesn't have a clue why the owner is so upset. Yet that pet still delivers happy wags and soothing purrs, sometimes the only one in the family able to calm the stress we live with. Pet lovers know that tomorrow it might be them at the soup kitchen. It might be them having to move to an apartment and give away the 8-year-old best buddy. It might be them, having to move in with a family member who dislikes pets.Many vet clinics encourage their clients to donate funds to a "Good Samaratan" fund for this reason. Altruism aside, it's what we'd want someone to do for US and our beloved pet. And it gives us hope that we can help somebody maintain that bond, a bond that's perhaps even more important in a modern world where finances, human relationships, and job security is more fragile than ever.What can be done? Donate what you can. It doesn't have to be $$ and I'll hazard a guess that local soup kitches and the like have patrons who'd also welcome an extra can of pet food, a bag of litter, or other pet necessity to lighten their load. I'm searching for answers and will let y'all know what I come up with...and meanwhile, I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.purrs and wags,amyhttp://www.shojai.com
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)