Friday, December 31, 2010

What A Difference A Dog Makes by Dana Jennings ~ Reviewed By Becky Hamilton, my favorite librarian~ with giveaway

What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch
Synopsis from Goodreads:

If you can't understand how a tail-wagging miniature poodle can inspire the afflicted, you probably don't know much about dogs. Little Bijou, the four-footed heroine of this book, possesses the beguiling attributes that canine-lovers can't resist, but somehow they seem particularly apt and meaningful when they are manifested in the vicinity of Dana Jennings and his son Owen. Both father and son are weighed down with major medical problems, but their spirits always seem to lift when their pint-sized Zen master pup pitter-patters into their presence. This pooch morale-boaster will be a surefire hit with those who love the companionship of pets.

Becky's Review:

First I feel I have to confess that I'm not a dog person! I know, I know hard to believe.

But I really enjoyed this. It was a quick read and so much more than a story about a dog. It was funny and touching. I found some great wisdom in it as well. One of my favorites: If you NEED to bark and howl, BARK AND HOWL. (Dogs don't keep their feelings buried inside. Thus, they rarely take Zoloft or Prozac.) I look forward to suggesting this book to my library patron's.

Thank you so much Becky for taking the time to share your review with my readers. I hope I can convince you to do another guest review soon!

Now on to the giveaway! Thanks to Liz over at Doubleday, I have two of these books for giveaway on my blog. Entering is easy, just leave a comment with an email address so that I can contact you if you win. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. Contest runs thru midnight Jan.14th. Winners will have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose another winner. Thanks for entering and good luck!


  1. Awww, I have this one already and can't wait to read it :) So no need to enter me!

    Happy New Year, brenda!!

  2. I like stories about dogs. I'd enjoy it very much. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  3. What a cute book, please count me in Brenda, annandbuddy at

  4. This adorable dog needs some hugging. I'm not familiar with Dana Jeffries writings and would very much like to read this one. I am a new follower to this blog. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I win!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  5. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me!

  6. would love to read this book...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. I love dog stories. Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain are a couple of my favorites. I also liked the cat books about Dewey and Oscar. You're right, they are so much more than just a story about a dog (or a cat!). I'm halfway through I Thought You Were Dead and love the way the dog and main character connect with each other. Thanks for the giveaways!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  8. Dogs are my loves. I have 3 right now...2 are rescues. One was given away because he was heart worm positive...$1000 later and he is fine...big Old English Sheepdog...the other rescue was on death row and now is a happy, healthy and very active Rat Terrier. I also have another Rattie that is more placid! They give unconditional love!
    Please include me!


  9. Would love to read this. I think dogs are wonderful.

  10. I could read this to my puppy at night! (shes sick of vampires hehe)



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