I met the author when I bought the book at the Collingswood Book Festival. She autographed a copy for me, and I couldn't wait to get home to read it. In fact, I curled up on the front porch that afternoon and read the whole book from cover to cover in just one sitting...well, I must admit that I did have to take a tissue break...definitely a "two tissue read!" I laughed, I cried...I was just so inspired by all of those animals and their humans! What incredible stories of stength, courage, tenacity and love! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone whether they are an animal lover or not. It is a truly wonderful read! I'm hoping that Mary Shafer has a lot more stories to tell.