Book Review:Raising My Furry Children By Tracy Ahrens, Guest Story by Steve Dale

I had the pleasure and honor of being given the opportunity of reading and reviewing a delightful and touching book, Raising My Furry Children by Tracy Ahrens.

Before I even opened the book I knew I was going to love it. I know there are some of you who don’t consider your pets to be your “furry children”, but I also know there are many of you, like myself, WHO DO.

Tracy Ahrens is one of those people. Her book features columns that she had written over the years, more or less in diary form (minus dates of entry and in no particular chronological order) that highlight moments in her “furry children’s” lives that run the gamut of hilarious to heart-wrenching.

If you are like me you derive great enjoyment from reading about the experiences of other “pet parents” that make you laugh and that also offer you the opportunity to learn. Raising My Furry Children will not disappoint.

The first half of the book features Tracy’s first dog, an American Brittany named Speckles and the hilarious and touching moments of his life that Tracy has so beautifully documented. A part of the proceeds of the book sales will go to American Brittany Rescue.

Also in the first half  of Raising My Furry Children is a guest story by Steve DaleSteve authors a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Media Services), and is host of two nationally syndicated shows ( and Steve Dale’s Pet World, heard on WGN in Chicago. He’s also a contributing editor at USA Weekend. Recently he was named a National Ambassador for the American Humane Association.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the superb illustrations (48 total!) that were drawn by Tracy and are featured in this book.  They were done using graphite (a medium I ADORE working with but without the exquisite results that Tracy has brilliantly accomplished.) I was in complete awe of their life-like appearance and the obvious artistic gift that Tracy has in her execution of these  drawings.

I have no human children that I have given birth to, which is always a nagging thought when I think about events that have transpired in my life. I always dreamed I would have children of my own but God had other plans.

To those who think it is nuts to refer to your pets as your “furry children” I say “pfffffffffffttttt!!!”

To those who share Tracy’s feelings as well as mine, I say  pick up a copy of this tenderly touching gem. You will be laughing, nodding in agreement,  and touched to your core.

From Tracy: Most importantly, my pets are listeners, observers and counselors, lying on my lap when I am upset or tired, and jumping about happily when I am full of energy. I talk to them, and they look into my eyes with simple understanding. 

As Tracy states in her front-of-the-book dedication this book is for:

all those who love,

have loved or

will love creatures great and small

Paperback: 259 pages

Publisher:  Weaving Dreams Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9824876-7-9

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracy is a graduate of Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois.  Tracy Ahren’s current columns appear on the Tails Pet Media Web site as a monthly

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