Paw Prints Through The Years

by Jean C. Keating
art by Beverly S. Abbott

222 pages, hardback with dust jacket

8 pages of color photos, color end pages


    When divorce shatters a nineteen year marriage, the author buys a show dog to have a hobby she can enjoy as a single. The resulting love affair with a bright, active little papillon leads to more and more papillons. The ensuing years are full and funny as a multitude of papillons are joined by strays and two abandoned kittens to bring entertainment and a sense of family into her life. In a testament to the power of positive thinking and the strength of belonging that animal companions provide, the author shares the joy of life enriched by laughter and love. The animal companions ease the hardships of dealing with an Alzheimer stricken parent, as well as the routine bumps of a career and retirement. Through twodecades and six generations of her canine family, the author's adventures take her from her first purebred papillon to the elegance and prestige of the Westminster Kennel Club show.

    The affectionate story of sharing a life with animals enriches the philosophy of living one day at the time with hope. The authors's voice alternates with whimsical holiday letters from the dogs in which they present their perspectives on life. The author's months of dieting are reduced to humor as one of the dogs comments in a letter to friends that "it does limit the quality of handouts around here. Are they still making steak, or is chicken the only meat left in the world?"

    A beautiful book for all seasons and for adults of all ages.

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Paw Prints Through The Years (Hardcover)
by Jean C. Keating "I don't know about other women's intuition, but mine was nonexistent on that long-ago morning..." (more)
SIPs: fur family, puppy class, fur people
CAPs: Mama Jean, Granny Kitty, Papillon Club of America, Pawprints On My Heart, Rainbow Bridge (more)

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Editorial Reviews
Deborah Wood, author of "A Dog Lover's Guide To Dating."
The book is a delightful memoir of Jean Keating and her charming Papillons.

Ariellan Colt, Chesapeake Style Magazine
The book is a love story, a story of hope, and a story about the power of positive thinking.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Astra Pubns (January 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0967401631
  • Product Dimensions: 1.0 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 9 reviews. 
  • Sales Rank: #745,881 in Books

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From "first love" to generations of "Butterfly dogs", February 22, 2005
Reviewer: Victoria Byrum (Myrtle Creek, OR, USA) - See all my reviews
This book takes the author (and reader) from the end of a 19 year marriage to the "first love" of the Papillon breed ("Butterfly dogs")and through many generations of love and loss. The authors family, friends, felines and canines intertwine in everyday living, drawing you deeper into their lives that you end up laughing at crazy antics of the furry critters and crying when things go wrong. Anyone owned by a "furcritter" can relate to the happenings in this book.
I was so enthralled in the authors life that it felt as if I really "knew" her! And the end of the book had me wanting for more. I certainly hope she intends on doing a "sequel" to this heart warming book!

Reader from England, November 22, 2004
Reviewer: Sandra (England) - See all my reviews
Congratulations to the author for writing such a super book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and about to re read. Warm, funny and poignant,the artwork is fantastic I will be sending for Jean Keating's other books, if she published in the UK being such a pet loving nation she would be very popular.

Absolutely wonderful !!! Highly recommended !!!, October 10, 2004
Reviewer: Jo Helms (Appleton, WI USA) - See all my reviews
I have this wonderful book and recommend it very highly. Warm hearted, well written and excellently illustrated. Five generations of life with her beloved Papillons !! You will laugh as these unstoppable dynamo canine companions put Jean through her paces and parts will also tug at your heartstrings.
This is truly one of the most enjoyable books that I have ever read. It is one of those books that you love to read over and over again. Jean is a very talented writer and a terrific friend. Our friendship will last a lifetime. I look forward to reading many more of her books. Jo Helms-fellow author

A Tribute to Canine Companions and the Humans Who Love Them, April 7, 2004
Reviewer: Cynthia Warger (RESTON, VA USA) - See all my reviews
Jean Keating is a master story teller. And, what's more, she loves animals! This heartwarming story chronicles the lives and adventures of Jean's wonderful group of canine companions. Jean invites you into their lives, letting you feel the pure joy that comes from loving (and being loved back by) an animal. Throughout the book, you also get to know the author,who herself is a wonderful spirit!A great book for all ages!

A true delight and an especial treasure, March 5, 2004
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews
Charmingly enhanced with the artwork of Beverly Abbot, Paw Prints Through The Years by Jean C. Keating is an engaging and personal memoir of six generations of beloved animal companions and the joy their shared with their human owners. Written from both historical and fanciful yet believable canine perspectives, Paw Prints Through The Years is a true delight and an especial treasure for anyone who has ever enjoyed the company of a canine companion.

A dog's life through a dog's eyes, February 27, 2004
Reviewer: C. Jones (Virginia Beach, VA United States) - See all my reviews
Who says dogs and man can't communicate? Not Jean Keating, that's for sure. When a nineteen year, childless marriage ended in divorce, she began raising and showing a tiny breed of dog called a Papillon. Today she shares her life with a dozen Papillons ranging in age from a few months to fifteen years old, several rescues and two cats. The fifth generation of her show dogs appeared in a recent Westminster Kennel Club show and on Animal Planet. In Paw Prints Through The Years, Jean has woven that knowledge of showing and living with her dogs into a powerfully amusing and touching story that no pet owner or lover can resist. The voices of the dogs are heard in witty and moving Christmas letters they write to family and friends. The love of life and the dogs that share it comes through in the author's memoirs of two decades and six generations of her beloved butterfly dogs. Highly recommended: five stars and four paws UP!

Paw Prints Through The Years, February 24, 2004
Reviewer: Robert Black (Williamsburg, VA USA) - See all my reviews
This delightful, beautifully-illustrated book recounts the adventures, mishaps, tragedies and triumphs of an increasing "family" of purebred Papillons, a couple of Chihuahuas, a cat and "Mama Jean", the author. Underlying the main story is a more poignant one of the pets' gradual takeover of the household and the life of their mistress. As I read, I experienced a growing sense of enjoyment and amusement as the "Astra Gang" assumed near-human traits and drew ever-closer to each other. A must-read for dog lovers!

Wit and Wisdom, February 18, 2004
Reviewer: Ann McCulley (Williamsburg, VA USA) - See all my reviews
Paw Prints Through The Years stirs my resolve to follow my dogs' examples of enjoying each day as it comes. This book puts into words the inexpressible love and appreciation most of us feel for the pets who share our lives and captures with wit and wisdom the magic of that special animal-human bond.

Myers-Briggs will never be the same again, February 16, 2004
Reviewer: Sandy Sauder (Williamsburg, VA USA) - See all my reviews
Keating proves once again that she can mix serious subjects with the touching relationships she shares with her animal companions to present a chronicle of extraordinary candor, sensitivity, humor and warmth. I picked up this book on the way to a management conference and couldn't put it down until I finished it. I will never be able to listen to [or give] another presentation regarding Myers-Briggs personality types without secret laughter from the memory of Keating's renaming of one of the types. A thoroughly entertaining, uplifting and amusing book that educates by showing the reader how things happen without once resorting to telling.


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