Book Review: Paw Prints in the Sand by Elizabeth Parker #BtC4A

Since I began my primary blog, (Cat Chat With Caren & Cody), it has been important to me to take part in Blog the Change For Animals, a well-known blogging event where bloggers blog about causes, people and events that  are  near and dear to our hearts in the world of animals.  Blog the Change For Animals  takes place annually, (January 15,  April 15,  July 15 and October 15).   Many of us blog about animal causes that are important to us all throughout the year, but  it is extra heart-warming to see so many come together for this most important event.

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I was given the opportunity of reviewing a marvelous book this past weekend, Paw Prints in the Sand by author Elizabeth Parker. This is not the first book that I have reviewed of Elizabeth’s, it is at least the third! Through the course of reading and reviewing Elizabeth’s books,  I not only became  a HUGE fan of her writing, but I have enormous respect and admiration  for her as a PERSON. Elizabeth has to be one of the kindest, most compassionate women that I have met on my blogging journey. ****More about that at the end of this blog post.

Why include Paw Prints in the Sand in the Blog the Change For Animals blogging event? While reading this book I saw that there was no way that I WOULDN’T include it.

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth's website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth’s website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Paw Prints in the Sand tackles  important subjects such as;  the importance of spaying and neutering pets and adopting from a local shelter, as well as the horrors of irresponsible “backyard breeders” and the deplorable conditions that puppy mill pups are subjected to.

From the moment I began reading Paw Prints my heart was pounding, my attention was riveted, I was on the edge of my seat.  I originally had planned on reading Paw Prints last Friday night, and my intention was to begin the book and finish it on Saturday. I finished Paw Prints in about three hours. I could NOT put it down.

The  imagery evoked is often unsettling , there were times that I cried, gasped and cringed,  the plot was so real to me that I had forgotten that this book is a work of  fiction. While the book is fictional, the conditions described in Paw Prints, sadly, are NOT. 

Note from the Author:

Although this book and the groups/organizations in this book are a work of fiction and a complete figment of my imagination, unfortunately puppy mills and backyard breeders are quite real. The fears and quirks I’ve described in this book are extremely common with rescue dogs.

The environment for puppy mill dogs is incomprehensible. Keep in mind that while not all, many puppy stores do get their puppies from puppy mills and it is a continuing practice here in the United States.

Paw Prints in the Sand isn’t just about puppy mills, it is “a moving love story of sorts that demonstrates the unbreakable bond and sustainable love between dogs and humans.”

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***Author Elizabeth Parker GIVES BACK

A portion of the proceeds from her books are donated to various animal rescue groups.

One of the first books of Elizabeth’s that I had the honor of reviewing was: Final Journey: Buddy’s Book a tribute to her beloved Golden Retriever “Buddy” who after the publication of Finally Home was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  Elizabeth decided she wanted to help other dogs with the same diagnosis, hence Buddy Bracelets was born

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth's beautiful creations and to purchase.

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth’s beautiful creations and to purchase.

40% of the sales of Buddy Bracelets will be donated to canine cancer foundations.

Now, as you can see, after reading about Paw Prints in the Sand and Elizabeth’s ongoing philanthropic efforts for rescue dogs, there was no way that I would ever think of NOT making her mission the topic of my Blog the  Change For Animals post.

Learn more about Author, Elizabeth Parker here

Today I have introduced an author to you who is actively helping to make a change to raise awareness about puppy mills, rescue dogs and dogs who have canine cancer. My question to YOU is: “What is your gift, and how will you use it to bring about positive change to your world?”


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  1. I had goose bumps just reading your post Caren! This book sounds like it really touches your heart and how wonderful that a portion of the proceeds is donated to various animal shelter groups. Elizabeth Parker sounds like an amazing woman. 🙂

    • thank you so much Janet. This review was extra special to me, since I am blessed to have gotten to know Elizabeth more from having reviewed a number of her books. She IS “amazing” and so much more. Your reaction warmed my heart. Thank you! Love, “Mom”

  2. Caren – I think this is a great because people who might not be aware of the awful existence of puppy mill dogs may read this book and be inspired to do something about it. Thanks for participating in Blog the Change Day!

    Vicki Cook
    Team BTC

    • Vicki that is what I thought too!! Thanks so much!! Love, “Mom”

  3. Good cause – the puppy mill scandal is horrifyimg.

  4. Great review. Such important issues.

  5. This sounds like a most important book!! Glad it touched your soul, lovely Caren!! Puppy mills are EVIL!! 😦

    Hello Dakota! Take care

  6. Great review, Dakota – Thank you very much ;o) I’ve got tears in my eyes, specially as I read about Buddy. I don’t like puppy-mills and I hate stores who selling pets – we never buy something in this stores and we let them feel our discontent and we try to convince others to boycott this stores too.

    • thank you so much Easy! I had tears in my eyes when i read the book, more than just tears in my eyes…I literally CRIED. Thank you for helping to convince others to boycott these stores too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. So many people (shockingly) don’t know about these issues. Sounds like a great book author, and I hope it’s a huge success for her xxx

  8. Hey Caren! Thanks for talking about the book. The idea of puppy mills in particular is so heartbreaking, and I hope more is done in the new year to shut them down.

    Christie from

  9. I love the way you ended this post Caren! How indeed!

    I hate the factory farming this country does, not just with cats and dogs but with our food source as well. We do have to shed the light on the horrific practice of mills, whether it be cats, dogs or farm animals.

    I think more and more you will see laws against this type of production, but it’s still a long way from preventing it totally and IMO the fines are simply not a big enough deterrent.

    Great post!!

    • Jodi thank you so much! I love how you mentioned it must be stopped with farm animals as well. That is another important point and I am glad that you mentioned it! Thanks so much again! Love, “Mom”

  10. Hey Dakota, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

    Thank you for bringing these issues to the fore today.

    • Hi Jet, you are welcome! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  11. Hi Caren – You’re post had us searching for the link to buy the book for our Mom immediately after we read the last few words…but then we decided to comment first! Wonderful review of what sounds to be a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

    -Grizzlebees and Dillinger-

    • Grizz and Dill THANK YOU and please thank your Mom…guess what? The links are right on the blog post my furiend!! They are at the bottom!!! You are most welcome and I THANK YOU for reading!!!!!!! Love “Mom”

  12. It sounds like a great and important book from a perspective we can’t hear too much from. I love especially that the author also donates a portion of her proceeds, as if she hasn’t done enough to help animals already!

    • Kristine it is and I couldn’t agree with you more! Love, “Mom”

  13. Great post and book review for Blog the Change!

  14. Caren, Puppy Mills, backyard breeders, these are situations that we have tried to rectify (as our choice in pets displays) I LOVE Elizabeth Parker’s writing and it is woinderful that you have choosen this as your Blog For Change post!
    Rock on
    Nellie’s Mom

    • thanks Nellie!! I feel that I need to add “irresponsible backyard breeders”….not all breeders are questionable 🙂 Love, “Mom”

  15. Great cause. The puppy mills are so depressing and we think it’s wonderful to bring that issue to the forefront.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  16. Wow. Your review makes me want to go get the book and read it for myself…even if there is a huge range of emotions to go through. Thank you for sharing.

    • Oz THANK YOU!! When we take the time to read/review books, a comment like yours means the world to us! Thank you!! Love, “Mom”

  17. Oh, that book sounds sad… but what an important topic! More people need to be educated about puppy mills!! Gosh, having had an osteosarcoma dog myself, I’ll have to check out her other books! Thanks for the great post!

    • Hi Jackie, only parts are sad and that is all that I will say because I don’t like revealing an entire book in my reviews (as you already know) 🙂 Pls do check out Elizabeth’s books, I am certain that with your style you will love her!! You are around the same age I think too!! Thanks so much! Love, “Mom”

  18. We are so happy someone is writing books to bring attention to awful things that happy to dogs in puppy mills and how some end up being helped and have a happy life. Sweet Dakota you and your sweet Mom always give us such wonderful book reviews. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Mumsy we are happy about that too. You would love Elizabeth and her books, I am certain of it. Thank you so much for your kind words. It means so much to us!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  19. You always give me new books to add to my “list”! I think the tide is slowly beginning to change as more and more people are made awar of puppy mills, and backyard breeders. Still lots of work to be done, but books like this help us take one more step in the right direction. Knowledge is power.

    • Sara so glad I can “help” 🙂 The more books I can share with you the merrier! You are right that I think it is finally changing. Except in Michigan. It is embarrassing to admit a bill was overthrown. Love, “Mom”

  20. Your review sold me…just put the book on my Kindle Wish List

    • thank you Gizmo! That just made me hugely smile!! Love, “Mom”

  21. Thank you for posting about this very worthy cause and highlighting some resources. Thank you also for introducing me to this fantastic event!

    • Hi Penny! You are most welcome and thank you so much for reading! Love, “Mom”

  22. Great post! I only wish more people were aware of the horrors of puppy mills. Sounds like a great book and an amazing author!

    • thank you! The book AND author are amazing!! All of her books are! Love, “Mom”

  23. This sounds like a great book, and one that could have a positive impact on the lives of dogs trapped in puppy mills or misunderstood as recent shelter dogs. We need more like it!

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals!
    Kim Thomas,

    • Kim it is! I am sure you would love it! You are welcome! Love, “Mom”

  24. Oh! You post just got me fired up Caren!
    Sounds like a great book with an even greater message! Thanks for sharing!

  25. I’ve put the book on my list of books to get. The more people that are aware of puppy mills the better.

    • thank you clowie! We sooo agree! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  26. It’s wonderful that this book touched you the way that it did. There are all topics that I wish more people were aware of so that we can move forward as a society and help pets nationwide. Thanks for sharing.

    • thank you so much Poochie! I think everyone did an amazing job with BtC4A that is for sure! Love, “Mom”

  27. This sounds like a fantastic book, Caren. Thanks for highlighting it – I’d not heard of it before!

    Team BtC4A

    • you are welcome!! You should check out ALL of Elizabeth Parker’s books, she is an amazing writer, super down to earth…I love her!

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