Sometimes We All Need A Little Hope And Encouragement

Some days I can’t take any more.

If I read another story about whales trapped in nets or dogs dying from contaminated dog treats or the latest rant about ego-filled trophy hunters I’m going to scream.

I get offline and go looking for something hopeful to read. Because sometimes we all need a little hope.

Honey the golden retriever in a log.

I hope the paparazzi find me. But I don’t want to make it too easy for them.

Hopeful Reading

The worse I feel, the more likely I am to pick up one of James Herriot’s books.

Yeah, I’ll skip the stories where the animal dies. But there’s plenty of other stories to raise my spirits about the amazing bond between animals and human animals.

Apparently I have a new book about animal relationships to look forward to.

Faithfully Yours by Peggy Frezon

Video Premiere: Faithfully Yours

Honey got all excited when I mentioned we would be watching a video premiere.

I think she had an image of walking down a red carpet with lots of people fawning over her and giving her butt scratchies.

Sorry, Honey. This video premiere happens here. And now.

By the way, did anyone recognize our blogging buddy and her dog at 1:04 in the video?

Pre-Order Faithfully Yours

If you want hopeful and encouraging stories to brighten you day, I’m suspecting this will be a good choice.

Author Peggy Frezon writes for Guidepost Magazine and the popular Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover’s Soul series so I’m betting this will be good.

Nope, I haven’t read it yet.

But an authoritative source tells me it includes the scary story of when my dogs Agatha and Christie and I returned home from a walk to find…

No, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read it for yourself.

What I’m most looking forward to reading are the stories about animals other than dogs and cats:

• A 40-foot whale that shocked her rescuers when she helped to save a baby whale trapped in a fishing net.
• A miniature horse that guides a blind teacher.
• The man who became a voice for the humane treatment of farm animals.

Honey the golden retriever reads about animals at Great Marsh Park.

I like reading about other kinds of animals too.

Intrigued? You can preorder this book which comes out October 1, 2015 by clicking the image below (oh, and that is an affiliate link; look below to learn what that means for you).

Faithfully Mine

Every day I’m thankful for Honey and the other animals I’ve shared my life with.

I can’t think of any more pleasant way to spend time than to think of all the positive ways we bond with other animals.

So I’m off to pre-order my copy of Faithfully Yours.

Then I think I’ll walk my dog. Because what’s a better way to start the day than with my best friend?

And because after the disappointment of missing out on the red carpet, Honey’s gonna need some fun time.

Honey the golden retriever sits on a bed with her Nylabone.

It will take more than a walk to help me over my disappointment that this video preview wasn’t live. You may have to add a new toy.

Your Turn: When you become disheartened by tragic animal stories, what makes you feel better? Do you have a favorite animal book that encourages you?

[Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote Faithfully Yours, I just thought you might like to hear about it. However, if you click the link to pre-order your copy, I will earn a few cents when the book ships. Thanks for supporting Something Wagging This Way Comes.]

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  1. When I read or hear animal stories that make me angry or sad, I always turn to cuddles with my two boys to make me feel better. Thanks for blogging about this upcoming book, I hope there’s an iBook version! Forgive my curiosity: are you officially living aboard your boat yet?

    • I do love to read. But always with Honey sharing my seat. It does make everything better.

      And we’re thrilled with the curiosity. After several delays, we’re waiting to receive the notarized bill of sale from the six (6! count them!) owners today. Hallelujah.

      Assuming all goes well, we move aboard tomorrow.

      I’ll start posting updates on Something Wagging with pics of Honey (and us) adapting to live on the water. But if you want the full story, including how we started, check out my husband’s new blog (it’s only a few hours old):

      He’s very funny. I bet you’ll love it.

  2. Just spending time with the dogs, and making them happy. That makes me happy in return.

  3. I can’t understand how dogless (or catless) people can even get up in the morning with all the hopelessness we are all subjected to on a daily basis.

  4. It was cool to see Jodi in the trailer, wasn’t it? It’s really hard for me to read some of the tragic stories out there because there are just too damn many of them, sometimes I don’t even get past the headline. James Harriot books are a great antidote and this new book from Peggy sounds wonderful too! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. I think the 24/7 bombardment of bad news from all sorts of media these days has got to be bad for our mental health. It creates such a feeling of despair. I often wonder if this coupled with all the (legal) drugs we ply ourselves with (anti-anxiety, depression, etc) isn’t what leads to so many of these “going postal” shootings. Someone with a weaker grip on their sanity gets pushed over the edge……

    I love nothing better than a vacation where I never turn on the TV and have no time to surf the internet. It’s sort of an ostrich/head in the sand approach, but it truly does help…..that and not driving a car for a week or two :-)

    • Oh, I can hardly wait to leave the rental cars behind. And I’ve never missed tv.

      But I do like my internet–just not all the time.

      So I guess you don’t have to worry about me plying the shores with shotgun pellets. I don’t get enough bad news to despair.

      And it’s not a ostrich approach. It’s just good mental hygiene.

  6. Mary, Simon & Kima says:

    Have you read ‘Pack of Two’ by Caroline Knapp? Published in 1999, it’s one of my favorite dog-and-person books. Very inspiring!

    • It is one of my favorites. I was sorry to give it away when I packed to move on the boat. But I was thrilled that another dog lover took it.

  7. Being involved in the world of bully breeds means I have plenty of horror stories filling up my inbox and facebook on a regular basis. I get it! Humans are the worst! But I can’t take it all the time! I’ve had to stop following certain groups and people due to the stuff they post on a regular basis. I wish I could help all dogs and fund every animal, rehome every animal, rescue every animal but I just can’t.
    Recently I went on a break too, no sad dog stories for me, just focusing on our sports and the fun aspects of training, and my silly (still unadopted) crazy foster boy Jack!

    • In truth, the happy and fun stuff is often what helps tons of dogs.

      Seeing the benefits of training for reactive and fearful dogs helped me with fearful fosters. If I hadn’t found so many fun and hopeful stories, I would not have known how to help the frightened dogs who came into my life.

  8. That book looks wonderful! I am with you on the horror stories out there. Lately, they’ve been really bothering me too!

  9. I got a sneak peek at that book and I know it’s totally pawesome! Lots of great stories in there. (And one from me too… me and my angel Abby were lucky enough to be asked to join in with our story of our bond.)

  10. That book looks so nice! I’ve honestly had to pull back from the dog world, aside from blogging and two Facebook group (a breed specific one and a food one). You can only take so much crap.

  11. The internet is truly flooded with heart-breaking, saddening animal stories. I choose to share a fair amount of those stories on my social media accounts because I don’t believe in ignoring animal cruelty. However, it is simply not possible to follow and share every single animal cruelty fact that’s out there. When I feel overwhelmed, I shut down my computer and spend quality time with my two wonderful pups.

  12. Edie Chase says:

    Good luck with the signing. I like to look at lol cat memes when my Facebook wall is full of horror stories.

  13. This happens to me a the time! I actually became depressed about one collie’s story. He wa shot in the face by his owner. And the constant barrage of graphic and horrific images, and the suffering this sweet boy endured, broke my heart. I didn’t leave the collie Facebook groups, but I did create my own. My group celebrates happy moments with collies, and dog photography. It became my FB happy place, in response to all the sadness.

    But I also unfriended people, when I discover that all they post are animal abuse pictures. It can just be too much.

    You should try to read some of Albert Payson Terhune’s stories. (See my recent blog post). If you enjoy James Herriot, I think you’ll love Terhune’s books. They are out of print, but can be found on EBay and Amazon…as well as Kindle.

    • Oh my. I can understand how those horrible imagines of a suffering collie would have hurt.

      I actually suspect the happy stories do more for dogs anyway. Yes, an individual dog might be saved by frequent sharing of a sad story. But it’s the happy stories that share the joy of being with dogs and encourage more people to take a chance.

      I have Lad, A Dog loaded on my Nook but I haven’t read it yet. I think I got it free from Google books. So I’m glad for your recommendation.

  14. I can’t take all of those sad stories either. I have to get off the computer and go play with the dogs or just go outside into the sunshine.
    I have enjoyed Peggy’s other books so look forward to this one as well.

  15. I block some of the stories, honestly I just can’t take it. Where the hell did our humanity go? It’s bad enough we treat each other so poorly.

    What I try to do is focus on something good, even if it’s not animal related. Just something that shows there are still good people out there willing to help.

    • The sad (or hopeful?) thing is that people don’t really treat each other worse not than they did in the past. It’s just that the internet and other media help us see it so much quicker.

      The plus side, as you point out, is that there are plenty of good people willing to help. And the internet helps us find those stories too.

  16. Nothing makes me feel better about anything – be it disheartening stories about animals, another news broadcast about Donald Trump and his narcissistic BS, or an argument with Sam – than taking the pups out in the yard for a little play time. They are my links to sanity.

  17. Oh no! I wrote a long comment the other day, and somehow it didn’t post. :( Sorry, I’ll try to recreate it tomorrow.

    • I’m sorry. I did get your comment. But I was on the boat in a marina with no internet and couldn’t approve it.

      Why WordPress didn’t allow your comment to post immediately I have no idea. Usually once someone has left two comments, they’re approved automatically.

  18. This sounds like a great book! Like most people, I turn to my dogs and sometimes my husband if I hear news that is too sad. I try not to watch extended media coverage of bad news because I find it so upsetting.

    So excited to read about your boat adventures!