Pawprints On My Heart

Edited by Jean C. Keating
Illustrated by Beverly S. Abbott

176-Page hardcover
from Astra Publishers


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    Pawprints On My Heart begins with a light-hearted spoof about a vet's waiting room on a busy Saturday morning, and ends with a poignant celebration of an old dog's 16th birthday. In between are 31 delightful stories and seven poems about the companion animals with whom we share our lives: their pranks that make us laugh, their devotion and love that enrich our lives. Thanksgiving will never be the same after you meet the candle-sniffing cat that doesn't like cranberries and the enterprising collie who brings home the turkey, fully cooked and complete with pop-up thermometer. The owner and trainer of the first toy dog to win Service Dog of the Year honors from the Delta Society shares some of the comical situations in which the irrepressible Peekaboo proves he is still a lovable dog for all his remarkable talent. Meet the imperious Papillon who utilizes entrapment to regain her 'family honor', the fearsome looking Rottie who learns to purr from his feline friends, and listen in as a mother cat instructs her kitten on the catly way to handle humans. The book is penetrating, warm, witty and well-crafter. With its beautiful illustrations and moving prose, it appeals to animal lovers of all ages.

    Pawprints was a finalist for the Maxwell Award from Dog Writers' Association of America as best dog fiction of 2001.

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Pawprints On My Heart (Hardcover)
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Editorial Reviews

Jay Bail, editor of "The Book Reader"
" affectionate series...about cats and dogs and the folks who foolishly think they 'own' them".

Barbara Cason, editor of "Lexington Crier"
"A wonderfully warm, well-written and beautifully illustrated collection of stories."

Book Description
This is a wonderful book about animals in our lives. Many breeds of dogs, cats and even a horse and a bird are featured in the delightful stories in this beautifully rendered book. The book is penetrating, warm, witty and well-crafted. With its beautiful illustrations and moving prose, it appeals to animal lovers of all ages.

About the Author
Born in Georgia, Jean Keating moved to Virginiato join a newly formed government agency call NASA. She switched to Educational Administration after 10 years as an aerospace engineer. In 1998 she retired and began writing about her companion dogs. In 1999, she published the first in a planned series of dog mysteries featuring a Papillon. The character of Sky in "Amorous Accident: A Dog's Eye View of Murder" closely resembles her real life companion, Mischief. She is currently at work on her second mystery, "Brainy Bear: Death Takes Best of Breed," assisted as always by the 15 canines and 2 felines that rule her home and heart.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Astra Publishers (November 20, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0967401615
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  • Average Customer Review: based on 1 review. 
  • Sales Rank: #752,460 in Books

    Customer Reviews
    Average Customer Review:

    For the Love of Animal Companions, April 7, 2004
    Reviewer: Cynthia Warger (RESTON, VA USA) - See all my reviews
    This is a beautifully written compilation of short stories about our wonderful animal companions. Each story leaves the reader with a lasting memory of a special friend in someone's life. The book reminds us of how blessed we are to be able to share our lives with animals. A great book for all ages!


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