Well, I'm home sick and have been dosing myself with "Chicken Soup" all day. And I have to say, it's probably the Powerade making me feel better, not the books. Especially this one, which was downright depressing.
If you couldn't guess, this particular
Chicken Soup book is about pets. The feathered and the furred kind and
even a little bit of the scaly. While most of the stories seem to be
about dogs, there's quite a bit of cats, a few horses, a couple stories
about birds, and even one about a snake. The stories are somewhat
memorable, mainly because they seem to try to make you shed a tear.
There is so much sickness, death, and abuse in this book that I can't
really call it heartwarming. For every positive story there are three
more where the animal dies or develops cancer or its owner has cancer.
The story of "Frisk" was one of those sad ones, in which a poor old man
has a cat who keeps coming down with a mysterious illness. "Soul to
Soul" has a woman who has been abused most her life lose more than one
to death in a short period of time. And I could go on.
stories are mainly about the animals, but also about how they effected
their owners as well. And it really is the owner's pain that you feel
in this book rather than the animals. They're almost a side note as to
how the people dealt with the pain they were feeling. But there was
some joy too, as animals really do make people feel happier. And I
especially enjoyed the stories of the service animals who made visits to
hospitals and nursing homes.
All of these are short stories so
the book can be a quick read. It's especially good if you only like
reading a few pages a day, but it can also be read in one sitting. I do
have one major complaint though, and that is that one of the stories in
this book (about a horse) is also in one of the other chicken soup
books. As many stories that they get submitted for these things there
is no excuse for a story to be recycled. Ever. But alas, this is not
the only book that will do that. I just think it's a shame that they
don't try to make every work wholly original from the others.
ok book if you don't mind sad tales, but perhaps not what someone who
enjoys uplifting tales would appreciate. While all of the stories do
show the compassion of animals, ultimately, this book is too
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul