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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc. (Sept. 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439873086
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Marty Becker, D.V.M., is regularly featured on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and writes a weekly column for over 500 Knight Ridder newspapers.

Carol Kline is co-director of the Dog Rescue Program at the Noah's Ark Animal Foundation.

Amy D. Shojai, writes a weekly newspaper P'ETiquette™ column and the weekly online "Emotional Health" column.

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Patience Rewarded

Albert Payson Terhune, the famed dog writer of the 1920s and 1930s who authored the Lassie books, often told this story about his friend Wilson to illustrate the deep love that people and dogs share. It also shows how sometimes what seems to be in the best interest of all concerned may not apply when one of those concerned is a dog.

Wilson’s dog, Jack, was an energetic, six-year-old collie that would meet him every day at the trolley station when Wilson returned from work. This was a ritual that had begun when Jack was a pup. The dog knew the route to and from the station like the back of his paw—and following that route was the highlight of his day. So when Wilson changed jobs and had to move to California, he thought it best to leave Jack on his home turf in Philadelphia with a relative. He explained all this to the dog upon leaving and told him that they both would have to adjust to new homes.

But Jack didn’t want a new home. He would not stay with the family he’d been left with. He returned to Wilson’s old house, even though it was boarded up, and there he passed his solitary days beside an abandoned chair beneath the portico. But every evening, tail wagging, he trotted off to the trolley station. For as long as Jack had been in the world, Wilson had always taken the same trolley home from work, and Jack had been there to greet him. But evening after evening, there was no sign of the devoted dog’s master. Confused and sad, he would return alone to the deserted house.

The dog’s depression grew. He refused the food left for him, and as the days passed, he became thinner and thinner, his ribs noticeable even through his thick blond coat. But every evening, ever hopeful, he’d go to the station to meet the trolley. And every evening, he’d return to the porch more despondent than before.

No one knows why Jack’s new family didn’t contact Wilson, but Jack’s deteriorating condition did not go unnoticed. A friend who lived nearby was so upset by it that he took it upon himself to send a telegram to Wilson in California, informing him of the dog’s situation. That was all it took.

Wilson bought a return train ticket immediately; he knew what he had to do. Upon arriving in Philadelphia, he waited several hours just so that he could take the same trolley that he always did when coming home. When it arrived at the station, sure enough, there was Jack, waiting and watching as the passengers got off. Looking and hoping. And then suddenly there he was, his beloved owner. His master had returned at last! Jack’s world was whole once more—and so was Wilson’s. Wilson later told Terhune, “Jack was sobbing almost like a child might sob. He was shivering all over as if he had a chill. And I? Well, I blew my nose and did a lot of fast winking.”

Wilson took his devoted dog, Jack, back to California with him. They were never separated again.

-Hester Mundis

©2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully Told Stories Nov. 26 2005
By B. David - Published on
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Part of the continuing success in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series is the ability of the editors to reap the fertile field of talented, young writers. Debbie Roppolo's "Some Snowballs Don't Melt" is a beautifully told story about the bond between a working man and his working dog. Sad, yet uplifting, the story demonstrates how the relationship between man and animal can transcend mortality. Ms. Ropollo brings the tale of her father and his German Shepherd to life with intimate and exquisite details. One can easily see stories like this being transformed into family movies, the type not often seen in this day and age.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
You MUST get this book for all dog lovers. Nov. 15 2005
By C. Christopher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the reviews and everyone was so right! It's a very moving book and has humor and compassion. It has all the elements of a Soup Lovers Book. This book has touched my soul and im still in the first section about love. I would have never thought that a dog could teach us so much but this book proves just that.

The first story had me in tears when the owner left the state and left his dog with his relative. The dog became sick and near death because he missed his owner and as soon as they told him he was losing weight and was dying the owner came BACK and the dog was waiting on him in there usual spot at the train station. There is so much more to that story I won't spoil it. That story and the first 5 that I read so far has touched my life in more ways then one.

If you love dogs, have a dog, don't have one or is getting one? Then I reccomend this book for you, I would give it 10 stars if I could. We are getting our new Shih Tzu puppy next month in Dec and I cannot wait to get him. This book proves that love comes in all forms sizes and shapes!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
too sad March 28 2011
By S. McGee - Published on
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I bought this because I LOVE dogs and thought it would be a great book to read before bed. I've only read a couple of the stories so far, because I find them too sad to read before bed. I can't bring myself to read anymore of htem right now. I didn't expect they would make me want to cry! I was expecting upbeat tales of doggie silliness.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful collection of heartfelt stories Nov. 4 2005
By Kate Nicoll - Published on
Format: Paperback
Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to offer an inspiring collection of stories. The Dog Lover's version provides tale after tale of healing, connection and love. These stories can easliy be re-read and re-read offering hours of inspiration and warmth. Dog lovers, animal behavior experts, dog trainers, vets and just plain folks share their stories of love, rescue, death and love - this is wonderful for nightly reading, book club reading and daily inspiration.

Kate Nicoll, MSW , author Soul Friends: Finding Healing with Animals.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Phoebe's Family Dec 30 2005
By T. Gott - Published on
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My sister-in-law wrote "Phoebe's Family" (page 155) about our beloved Boston Terrier Phoebe who died suddenly. Phoebe was absolutely the smartest, most loyal, and loving dog I have ever known. My father still mourns her now almost three years after her death. Her favorite toy--the HOD (Hedgehog of Death) sits in a place of honor in his bedroom and he will not let any of our other dogs play with it.

The stories of love and companionship found in this particular Chicken Soup are moving, cheering, and sad all at the same time. If you are a dog lover, then you will enjoy this book.