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.
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.
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
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?”