I grew up with lots of animals - dogs, cats, birds - and think I owe of lot of my character to my yellow lab growing up. In fact, I tell all my friends having kids that they should get a dog for their kids to grow up with. Maybe I should just hand out one of these books to them, instead. The stories here show that befriending animals can help us get through our own difficult times (often when other people can't help), and teach us compassion, among other things.
In fact, I think it's even more important for non-animal people than it is for dog owners. If you want a good example, Natalia Lusinski's story "Peanut" is from the perspective of a non-animal person. It's not about praising dog lovers and patting themselves on the back like they're a little club. It's about not knowing how to deal with dogs at all, and then coming to understand what it's really like to take care of one and how that makes us more thoughtful and happier people.
I like this book because it's for everyone. "Peanut" is a great example of what dog ownership can do for non-dog owners. And I look forward to reading Natalia's stories in other Chicken Soup books, because I think she sets a good example, dog stories aside.
So buy this book and set yourself and your friends on a path towards adopting a needy pet, becoming a happier person, and reducing animal cruelty in the world.