Ok, admittedly after awhile these all start to run together. I mean the collection of Chicken Soup books is just humongous. But I'm a sucker for anything involving animals, so I decided to delve into this particular collection of short stories.
If you're not familiar
with the Chicken Soup series, they are a bunch of books, usually themed
that contain lots of short stories that are meant to be uplifting and
inspirational. This particular book, for the Cat & Dog Lover's
soul, is about animals. But not just cats and dogs, in a little side
note in mentions other critters too, although with the extensive amount
of books I'm not sure why they just didn't make this one about cats and
dogs; but I digress. Some of those stories will rip your heart out,
because let's face it, a lot of these stories are about losing a special
animal, while others are meant to be inspiring, like those animals that
rescue humans from their burning houses. The Cat Who Needed A Night
Light was one of these such stories, involving a guy and his heroic cat
who saved his life.
There are a wide variety of animals in here,
and some really aren't even that remarkable. The majority of the
stories actually seemed to deal more with people's feelings about their
pets than about the animals themselves. It was about emotions running
high when pets were in danger or dying or when the person themself was
losing a battle, be it physical or mental. I'm more of an animal lover
than a people lover, so I would have to say that I wished the stories
were a little more about the pets themselves.
And so many sad
tales. I sometimes wonder if the Chicken Soup authors aren't in league
with the sellers of tissues, as they seem to make you want to cry in
every book. There's always someone or something dying and it gets a
little depressing after awhile. A book full of happy stories would be
just terrific. And yes I know I can skip the sad ones, but I find it
hard not to read a book straight through so I always end up with a
tissue in hand reading the rest of the books. And a lot of the stories
are faith based, this is a Christian publication after all, but they are
not in your face about it, so just about anyone can enjoy these tales.
Since it's broken up into short stories you can read this in one
sitting, or split it up into as many different reading times as there
An ok collection. All unique stories when compared
with the other books in the series so you won't be rereading too much.
And great for animal lovers, regardless of what kind of animal they're
Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul