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ANIMALS AND THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM

Extraordinary True Stories of Hope, Healing, and Compassion

A boy and his dog, girls and their horses — the clichés click because they’re so often true. But some kids do more than play with their pets, and some animals do more than fetch and purr. These kids and animals love unconditionally, and through that love, the condition of each is transformed. This collection is for animal lovers of all ages — and for anyone who wants to smile or needs to heal. You’ll meet:

• Ricochet, the golden retriever who surfs in charity events to raise money for children with disabilities
• Casper, the rabbit who helps a boy sleep through the night in his foster home
• Sparkles, the Dalmatian whose fire-safety lesson saves the lives of a five-year-old and her father
• Snazzy, the black pony who helps a boy learn to talk
• Cocoa Puff, the guinea pig who loves hearing children read
• Frankie, the dachshund with “wheel legs” who helps a boy with a leg brace find hope

Endorsements

“These tales celebrate and affirm the healing magic created by the loving relationship between kids and animals. . . . A joyous book.”
— Barbara Abercrombie, editor of Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them is an insightful blend of compelling stories and rich life lessons from which we can all learn. For all who have had an animal touch their life in some way, this book serves as a wonderful reminder that animals profoundly impact us at every stage of life.”
— Dianne McGill, executive director and CEO, Banfield Charitable Trust

“Kids and animals make a perfect connection! What a treat to step into the Andersons’ book and discover the myriad ways that animals bless our children’s lives.”
— June Cotner, editor of Animal Blessings and Dog Blessings