If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.

United States President Woodrow Wilson

Dogs: Heart-Warming, Soul-Stirring Stories of Our Canine CompanionsDogs at Play

If you love dogs as much as I do, you’ll love all the stories in this newly-revised book—true stories of the joys (and, sadly, the sorrows) our dogs bring into our lives.

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So God Made A Dog

Here are some of the 5-star review our readers have given Dogs: Heart-Warming, Soul-Stirring Stories of Our Canine Companions.


Touch Your Heart

It is easy to see that the author and those who have contributed stories to this short story collection are passionate about their canine companions.

There’s a story about a miniature schnauzer who moved furniture in order to get up to the table and eat a whole plate of brownies.

Schnauzer having fun

There is a story about a dog that looked into the writer’s eyes and connected with an unearthly bond. Could this dog really be an angel?

There are stories about bonds between dogs and their owners that cannot be ended by death. Dogs have saved their owners in life changing ways.

This book brings to mind the bond between my husband, a 300 lb Santa Claus, and our 10 lb Chihuahua, named Bonita.


Anyone who has ever been owned by a dog will enjoy the stories contained in this small book, called Dogs, by John Cali.

The stories are short, and can be read while catching a train to town, or just before falling asleep at night. I think it would be fun to read one story each evening with your family, around the dinner table. Read the stories ahead, there are a few stories that may not be suitable for young children.

Jill Ammon Vanderwook
Author: Through the Rug: Follow That Dog


Very, very touching and heart-warming—Must read!

This book really plucked at my heart strings. So many excellent writers including the editor John Cali. Notable stand-outs are Cathy Clamp, Kate Fratti, and Robert Paul Blumenstein. I have (as noted in my other reviews) been a long-time fan of Robert Paul Blumenstein, author of the quirky thrillers Flirtin’ with Jesus and Snapping the String. I was surprised, not to mention very pleased, to see Robert Paul Blumenstein stretch in this assignment and to glimpse his “nonfiction” side.

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll love this book. It, of course, has numerous “put-down” tales, which is the hardest part about owning a pet of any species. But there are other stories that will edify the reader and certainly point to that special place pets (specifically dogs) have in our lives.

My only criticism of the book is that it wasn’t long enough. Yet, big things come in small packages, right? Well, this book delivers a big package of Love in a small, wonderful volume filled with glorious escapades about lovable dogs. Also, many stories are nicely delivered from the POV of the dog, so we get the pooch’s side of things, too. I highly recommend this book!

Frayed Edges


 DOGS: Heart-Warming, Soul-Stirring Stories of Our Canine Companions

Holy Cow. On a scale of 1-5 this book is a 10. John has done an excellent job of telling heart warming stories of our canine friends. If you love dogs, then this book is for you. Don’t wait another minute, order this book. You won’t be disappointed.

Michael Monji


Title says it all…

This book will never fail to mesmerize you…It will surely make you laugh, cry wherever you’re reading the book & remember your own dog & the experiences you’ve had with them. It was surely a good buy…

dogs rule


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One of the stories in this book is about Shep the sheepdog. Shep was a faithful friend who kept a lonely, 5-year vigil for his dead master. Shep’s vigil ended only when they were finally reunited on the far side of The Rainbow Bridge.


Finally, here’s a chapter listing for Dogs: Heart-Warming, Soul-Stirring Stories of Our Canine Companions:

Dog Tales
More Than “Just a Dog”
Remembering Alice
My Search for Beau
Always Look on the Bright Side
Help Wanted: Canine Caretaker
Dog Is My Co-Pilot
Doggone It, I’m in Love Again
My Little Diplomat
A Good Deed Dog
Hans Was Here
Shared Angst
A Painted Pony for Fitzgerald
My Dog Thinks I’m a Sheep (Is That Baaad?)
Rocky on Guard
Nest Empty Except for Superdog
Little Shepherd, Guardian of Her Flock
Shanna: A Story of Love, Devotion, and Courage
What’s That Noise?
Forever Faithful: Shep’s Story
Princess: The Mutt with Moxie
Max, My Beloved Schnauzer
The Happiest Dog at Christmas
The Compassion of a Dog
Our Guardian
An Angel Named Taffy
My Amazing Dog Thunder Bear
A Sight To Behold
In Loving Memory of Tote
Through the Eyes of Love

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