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Faithfully Yours Dog Book Review and Giveaway

Faithfully YoursMy heart beats dog.® It beats dog so much that it is my trademarked slogan and is permanently tattooed on my arm. Faithfully Yours, the new book about the bond we share with animals, beats with that very same rhythm. If you love animals, stories that are uplifting about them, and enjoy curling up with short stories that resonate to your dog-loving heart: Peggy Frezon wants you in her pack. This is a dog book but so much more.

Faithfully Yours is the latest in a long line of animal-themed selections from the prose-wielding keyboard of Peggy Frezon. Frezon is no stranger to the keystrokes on this blog: We are longtime fans, have read her books, and so it was with eager anticipation that we spent a large part of our Easter weekend reading her latest offering.

The human-animal bond is a very special one, and those of us who are fortunate to walk life’s path with a dog, cat, rabbit, horse, and so on…by our side…are blessed. Frezon knows this and she wants you to embrace it. And oh how you shall.

I try to stay away from books where the dog dies. I don’t want to foresee an ending and then tear up for days and weeks after every time I think of that sad goodbye. I’ve faced that heartbreaking fate in my own life with a dog…and I will again.

Faithfully Yours celebrates the bond that people share with their pets and showcases story after story to induce the warm fuzzies. Cases in point:

Growing up, I was slim; however, like many women, I battled with “baby weight,” even after my kids were grown and on their own. I’d lose a few pounds, then put back on five. I’d gain a few more. Then I discovered my dog was overweight, too.

The author gets it. In this chapter on healing, she explores why her dog was heavy, what she did about it, and how she bonded with her dog even more through their weight battles. I really got into this section because I could relate to it so very much. My dog and I lost weight together in our lives.

One summer, Lulu and her family were visiting a campground. Lulu had been napping when she heard a crash in the hall. She trotted over to find her owner sprawled out on the floor, unconscious.

Lulu, by the way is a pig.

Frezon touches on a variety of animals in this book: Dogs to cats, miniature horses and even whales, with something for everyone in between.

If you love animals, are looking for a good weekend read, a book to gift someone, and a lovely coffee table collection of stories that guests will page through, grab a copy of Faithfully Yours by Peggy Frezon. And then hug your dogs, cats, bunnies…

We’re giving one copy away to a Fidose of Reality follower. Simply enter below. And good luck!

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Tell us the name of a pet who has made a difference in your life in the comments below.

US only, please; must be 18 or older. One entry per person.

Winner will be drawn at random on April 11, 2016.


Winner is Christine Aiello!

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A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Christine Aiello says

    Coco has made a difference in my life. She has made me a much happier person. I can’t imagine life without her. She is the best thing to ever happen to me. I love that little girl so much! I love coming home from work every day to see a little wigglebutt waiting for me by the door!

  2. Linda Szymoniak says

    Each and every furbaby who has come into my life has made an impact – even the ones I’ve helped in rescue but were not part of our family. I love them all, but I will say the one that is on my mind constantly lately, was my deaf Treeing Walker Coonhound girl, Ran. I adopted her after my youngest moved out with her sweet dog, Riley, and the hole they left in my life needed something – someone. Ran was just short of being four months old and another family had her for a month or two, but dumped her at a rural shelter in southern Indiana when their vet confirmed she was deaf. It was a long drive – almost 10 hours round-trip – to get from NW Indiana to the shelter and back, but I had my sweet Ran on the trip back. I’m not sure if it was because she was deaf, or just her personality, but we had a special bond. Last January 2nd – just a month and a day after her 5th birthday – Ran got sick and was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. I worked closely with our vet and we did everything we could, but less than four months later (April 20) I held her in my arms while she left me for the Rainbow Bridge. Nearly a year later I’m still crying over her. I never thought one dog could leave such a huge hole in my heart. I love all my furbabies, but Ran and I had a special bond I’ve never had with another furbaby.

  3. Alicia Taylor says

    I have had many animals in my life and they have all touched my heart, but the one that really changed me was my kitty, Whiskers. She was 20 when she died 2 years ago. She was given to me at such an early age, I had to bottle feed her to keep her alive. That’s around the clock and they eat more often than newborn babies. She survived two disastrous marriages with me and helped me raise my two boys all the way to adulthood. She didn’t care for many people, but she loved me, my boys and my husband. If I had listened to her about my second husband, I probably would have been the better for it. She hated him. She was an intuitive friend and it broke my heart when she died.

  4. Peggy says

    Sunny. We had her almost 17 years and she knew what I was thinking almost before I did. Almost five years at the rainbow bridge and we still miss her.

  5. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says

    We are cat lovers here. We have had dogs in the past and loved them too. Animals in your life are awesome. The special bond you develop is incredible. We just lost a VERY special cat last month, and my heart breaks everyday because I miss him so much.

  6. Janeane Davis says

    It is nice to read books where pets have a prominent role. One of my favorite memories is reading the book “Sounder” and reading about the love a family had for their dog.

  7. Fur Everywhere says

    I have been wanting to read this book!

    All of my babies make a difference in my life, but my little Angel Jewel sure did teach me a lot in the short time that I had the opportunity to know and love her.

  8. Dawn McAlexander says

    I love books about dogs. This looks like a sweet book that I would love to read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Joy says

    My dog, Shyla, has made a difference in my life. She has taught me to be strong and positive when life can be extremely tough. She has taught me to always make time for the ones I love because that is what matters most and to cherish every day.

  10. Sandy Weinstein says

    i have read excerpts of this book, it is so good. i get her emails. i have several dogs that have made a difference in my life. Rose was my 1st min. schnauzer who became my parents dog when i had to go off to do an internship and my dad said i could not have her back. she brought so much joy and happiness to my parents. it was their first grandchild and she was spoiled rotten, i mean rotten to the core. then there is Evie, who at almost 15 brought me lots of joy and love in addition to my elderly mother. she adored Evie and Evie loved her. i also have 2 younger girls that mean alot to me. And then there was my pony Real Gusto, broke my shoulder, used to run away with me, but he was a beauty and taught me to be a much better rider. he also brought joy and happiness to the next 2 owners, a small girl and 2 grandchildren who spoiled him rotten. he lived to be a very old man. so i cant just chose one pet that mean more than another. they all have special meanings and are all well loved but never forgotten.

  11. Daniel Scott says

    My dogs make me slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. A pretty hike, an energetic swim, a long walk, sun puddles and a game of tug. I feel better after a rough day coming home to my dogs and go out with them.

  12. Carolsue says

    I would definitely say Jasper, our Chocolate Lab. He’s so wonderful!
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