Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers – A Review

Growing up, my best friend and favorite playmate in the entire world was Brandy, my beloved golden retriever. From three years old until 17, we were inseparable. She was everything to me and almost eight years after she passed away I still miss her everyday. So when Ash and I were given the opportunity to review the book Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers by Holli Pfau, I jumped at the chance. There’s something about the face of a golden, of the way their eyes reflect their deep souls, that makes you feel like everything in the world is good. And it is apparent from the very beginning that Holli Pfau feels the same way.

We are honored to be closing out Holli’s blog tour to celebrate and promote this beautiful book. The thing that initially pulled me into this book wasn’t the story – it wasn’t even the first chapter. What got me, what really made fall in love with this book, was Holli’s dedication. How could you not love a book with this at the very beginning:

This book is dedicated
to the remarkable people who rescue abandoned dogs,
to the people who care for, foster and nurse them
back to health, and to the people who welcome them
into their lives and cherish each and every soul.

And most of all, to the dogs,
who reward us with love, joy and gratitude
for the gift of life.

The Goldens Behind the Story

For Holli, her journey started with one small golden ball of fluff named Nikki (an awesome name if I do say so myself). It was Nikki that was the catalyst that created a lifetime of learning, inspiring, and changing the lives of dogs and their human companions. The book is narrated from Holli’s perspective and she documents the lives of each of the golden retrievers that enter her life and how they subsequently change it for the better. Nikki, Bodie, Tucker, Sophie, Daisy, and Chatter – they all have a story and this book, these wonderfully written words penned by a talented author, give us a positive perspective on having an open heart and the power of a wet nose.

Both Ash and I highly recommend this story to any dog lover, any rescue or foster parent. It touches the heart and reminds us why we do what we do – for the dogs and for ourselves. This is a book that belongs on the shelves of anyone who has ever worked with animals. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (and I really think you should), you can find it on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Do it. You won’t regret it.

Giveaway!

It’s your lucky day! You could win a copy of Pure Gold for your very own. Just leave a comment below and tell us a little about an inspirational animal in your life. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only (sorry). Deadline to enter the giveaway is Wednesday, December 7. Good luck!

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Shelter Sketches: Meet Stoli

I hope I Love Rescue Animals‘ American readers had a fun and safe Thanksgiving! Since it’s Black Friday in the US, here’s a black lab. 😉

Meet Stoli

Stoli is a fun-loving 2 year old Labrador retriever. He already walks well on leash and knows some basics commands, but is so clever he’s eager to learn more. He loves snuggling, car rides, water, chewing on bones, and playing ball. Stoli is pretty mellow for a young lab but still has lots of energy and love to give!

Stoli is neutered, up-to-date on shots, and house-trained. He has a seizure disorder that requires daily meds, but don’t let that deter you from bringing this sweet boy into your home.

Contact Info:
Arizona Labrador and Giant Breed Rescue, Phoenix, AZ
602-307-5227

Meet Stoli

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To find out more about Stoli, check out his Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin lives in Las Vegas with her husband, where they do what they can to help animals. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea on Facebook, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

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Shelter Sketches: Meet Vincent, Marellus, and Mia

I still don’t have access to my desktop and my laptop (particularly the touch screen and pen) has been acting funny, so I apologize for the simplicity of this week’s sketch.

Meet Vincent, Marellus, and Mia

These three little kittens were scheduled to be euthanized at animal control in New York City because they had upper respiratory infections, but were rescued by Manhattan Cat Specialists. The three of them are a little shy at first, but are very sweet and warm up quickly. Apparently they even purr when getting their nails trimmed! Can you give one of these babies a home?

Contact Info:
Manhattan Cat Specialists
230 West 76th Street
New York, NY 10023
212-721-2287
mcs@manhattancats.com

Meet Vincent, Marellus, and Mia

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Chelsea Conlin lives in Las Vegas with her husband, where they do what they can to help animals. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea on Facebook, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.