Book Review: Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw by Peggy Frezon

How One Woman Finds

Faith and Hope through the

Healing Love of Animals

The majority of the books I have reviewed are  sent to me directly from the publisher, or in some cases from the author themselves.  Often an author will read a review I have done, enjoy it and contact me. Or,  often an author is referred to me from a friend, of a friend of a friend.

In the case of Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw it was a little different.

I was already familiar with author, Peggy Frezon because I am a follower of her blog, Peggy’s Pet Place.  One day. while visiting Peggy’s blog, I  was drawn to the cover of today’s book.  One look and you will know why:

Yes, that is a Sheltie on the cover, and yes after seeing that I approached Peggy asking if I may review her book.  Peggy informed me that the book wasn’t about Shelties at all, regardless, I was intrigued.

I was even more intrigued when upon reading the first few pages I discovered that Peggy had written this book for and about her mother, Luanne.

It is a story about hardship and courage and about how Luanne’s love of animals helped her get through challenges that would break many of us, but somehow through it all Luanne always had hope.

Luanne didn’t just love dogs. She loved chickens, pigs, goats and cats and her experiences with her furry friends will have you smiling and nodding your head in recognition, and yes, you may even shed a tear or two.

One of a number of things that  I loved in this book, was  when Peggy was relaying a story of a hardship that Luanne was being forced to endure,  she would tie the hardship back to an event from Luanne’s childhood, a flash-back if you will, which enables us to understand  how her love of animals in her difficult childhood laid the groundwork for the woman of strength that she would become.

From Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw:

COMFORT: When Luanne was a young girl, she knew a thing or two about instability. Her real mother died when she was three. Her second mother died when she was seven, and her father and her third mother divorced. She’d lived with relatives and strangers. But a dog, now that was one thing that remained constant. Or at least in the beginning, the desire for one.

I am certain that you have had struggles in your own life that your  love of animals helped to see you through. You will find yourself nodding your head, smiling and even shedding a tear as you relate Luanne’s tale of faith and the healing that SHE received from animals to your own life. You will love this story and appreciate how as Peggy states, “Luanne’s story shares how pets can love, comfort and teach us as we take our own journey through life.”

Luanne’s arduous journey will remind you, as I paraphrase what Peggy so perfectly stated: to be grateful for the roof over your head, the pets under your roof and for the healing bond that exists between humans and animals.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PEGGY FREZON is the author of the memoir, Dieting with my Dog. An award-winning writer and pet columnist, she is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and staff writer at Be the Change for Animals. She also writes the popular blog Peggy’s Pet Place.

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LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM PEGGY FREZON!! “As a special bonus, If anyone here buys the book, I’d be happy to send you a signed book plate and bookmark. Just leave me a DM on twitter (@peggyfrezon) or Facebook or email peggyfrezon (at) gmail (dot) com. Be sure to say you found me through Dakota’s Den!”

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  1. Sounds like an absolutely fabulous book!

  2. Wow! That sounds like a very inspiring book. Bonus that there’s a sheltie on the cover.!

    • Sara it truly is! Yep the Sheltie is what originally caught my eye 🙂 Love, “Mom”

  3. Thanks for the book review, book is on my wishlist for christmas and as an e-book it is a really bargain :o)

    • Hi Easy! You are welcome! It truly is and I am certain you will love it! Love, “Mom”

  4. The book sounds really interesting! We’ve seen it in Peggy’s sidebar before, but had no idea what it was about!


    • Bunny you weren’t knocked out! You’re here!! I think you would really enjoy this book….you have an adventurous spirit and I think you would LOVE it! Love, “Mom”

  5. Gah! WordPress kicked me out again! Darn it!


  6. What a lovely cover with a beautiful sheltie!

    We are also Peggy’s follower and we love her Kelly and Brooks.

    • Hi Eva!! Ohhh yes we love Kelly and Brooks! I am so happy they are getting along! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  7. Sounds like an inspiring story 🙂

    • Misaki, it most definitely is! Love, “Mom”

  8. I really want to check out that book. I truly believe in the healing power of animals…I don’t know why they are so good for us, but judging from the way animals have been treated by humans thru the centuries, mostly poorly, without care or thought except financial gain, cruel entertainment, and unthinking unsustainable harvesting for food, fur and pure meanness: judging by that, we don’t deserve what they give us, and it is a mystery to me why they can forgive so easily, especially dogs. Perhaps they have a more comprehensive and instinctive view of the wholeness of the Universe than we, with our great brains,can ever have, except in rare spiritually insightful moments and …yeah, after death.

    • Hi Ann! I am hoping that you do. I want to thank you for your most sensitive comment. I think that dogs AND cats have an amazing power of forgiveness. I think that many of us who love animals DO appreciate all that they give to us but they are certainly, in my eyes, the “superior” beings. Love, “Mom”

      • If you’d like you can check out my blog post “On the Spiritual Wisdom Of dogs”, a poem I wrote about this subject. (

  9. That looks great. Thanks for the review.

    • Roxy it IS and you are welcome! Love, “Mom”

  10. I will check that out, I love books especially with animals, this one looks really interesting though 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Hi Mollie and Alfie! I am certain you will love it! Love, “Mom”

  11. Oh, wow, what a wonderful treat to see your post today. Thank you for the very very kind review. I’m so glad you liked the book….even though there was no sheltie! As a special bonus, If anyone here buys the book, I’d be happy to send you a signed book plate and bookmark. Just leave me a DM on twitter (@peggyfrezon) or Facebook or email peggyfrezon (at) gmail (dot) com. Be sure to say you found me through Dakota’s Den! Best, Peggy

    • Hi Peggy!!! You are most welcome!! I LOVED the book, it touched me more than you know. There was so much I could have written in the book about how it touched my own life but I didn’t want to write a BOOK on my blog! lol. Thank you for your wonderful offer for my readers!! Love, “Mom”

  12. I’ve read Peggy’s “Dieting with My Dog” and she’s a great writer. I’ve been meaning to check this one out. Thanks for the reminder! Great review.

    • Jackie I want to read that one…haven’t yet! You are welcome. I am certain you will like it! Thank you!! Love, “Mom”

  13. Thank you for the intro and review of this book! It sounds like a heartwarming read! The cover is just lovely too! Take care

    • Old Kitty you are most welcome!! Thank you for visiting! Love, “Mom”

  14. What a great review! Peggy’s book does sound like a wonderful, inspiring book!

    • thank you Bassetmomma! It is! Love, “Mom”

  15. That does sound great and we’re big fans of her too!

    • Hi Brian!! Wow I am so flattered that a kitty as wonderful as YOU visited my blog! Thank you!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  16. Perfect book to review Dakota – especially as it had a Sheltie on the cover!! I’m a big fan of Peggy and her work – awesome!! 🙂

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Thanks so much Snoopy!! My Mom and I have been following Peggy since Mom first started Peggy’s blog. Mom was honored to be able to review her book! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  17. Wow Caren! That was an amazing review! I haven’t had a chance to read Peggy’s new book yet but I am sure I would not be disappointed!

    • Hi Jen! Thanks so much!! I know you would LOVE it if you get a chance to read it. Love, “Mom”

  18. I just won a book from Zee and Zoey so will have to get this one after, that you little big guy Dakota…peeEss I voted for ya in that costume contest! there are so many contests I can’t remember WHO is running that one, but I thought you silly nose and all our floofy neck furrs made you look a little like Cousin It from the Adams Family! Play bows, Savvy

    • Hi Savannah! Congrats on your win from Zee & Zoey! Yeah…we don’t do give-aways on books that we receive that were signed by the author (like this one) Mom keeps the signed books but often gives the unsigned ones away or if they offer a give-away then Mom will do one. Awww that was sooooooo sweet of you to vote for me! I bet no one else did cause Mom does some awfully lame stuff!!!! Love ya Savannah! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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