pet books

Review and Giveaway: Pet Sounds by Quinn Cummings


I know, Allegra, I know. But despite the d-o-g on the cover of Quinn Cummings’ Pet Sounds: New and Improved Stories from the QC Report, this collection of stories, drawn from Cummings’ popular blog, The QC Report, features plenty of cats. Additionally, it’s such a funny and at the same time insightful book, I just had to share it with you.

The author writes about a lifetime of living with, and rescuing pets, ranging from Polly, the dog whose “dayplanner would have only three entries: Eat. Sleep. Excrete.” to bloodthirsty rabbits to lizards rescued from the dead. Of course, the cat stories were my favorites, especially those featuring Lulabelle, also known as Lupac, a portly middle-aged black cat with a relentless hunting drive. “Had she been human, she would have been a dour workaholic who spends her rare off-work hours flipping through feline trade magazines like Small Prey Monthly or Professional Dog Smacking.”Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Adventures_in_Veterinary Medicine_Ingrid_King

I’m excited to announce my new book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine:What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love, and Myself. The book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital manager, aka, yours truly. The book provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of stories about some of the pets I connected with during my twelve years working in the field.

Early Praise for Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

From Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and resident veterinarian for “Good Morning America:

“As a ‘veteran veterinarian’ with more than 30 years in practice, I found myself nodding in recognition throughout Ingrid King’s heartwarming book. Take a look behind the scenes at my beloved profession, and the people and pets who make veterinary medicine a rewarding adventure. You won’t regret it, I promise.”Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: Sundays are for reading

Amber reading Buckley's Story

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible
and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles W. Eliot

Reading is as essential as breathing to me.

I’ve been an avid reader as far back as I can remember. My parents started reading to me as a very young child, and I surprised them by reading on my own long before it was taught in school. At first, they thought I was faking it and that I was only repeating the words from memory.

During all the changes I’ve gone through in my life, good and not so good, books have always been there to provide entertainment,inspiration, escape, advice and so much more.

It should come as no surprise that I particularly enjoy books about cats as well as other animals, and I offer a wide selection of my favorites on my Reading List.

My “to be read” pile is usually out of control, and I like it that way. In fact, I get a little twitchy when the pile gets too low. Between the books I see reviewed on some of my favorite book blogs, the books I find browsing at my hometown Barnes and Noble store, and the books publicists and authors send me for review, I don’t think I have to worry about running out of reading material anytime soon.

I usually read at least two or three books at the same time. Currently, I’m reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, and a German women’s magazine (a way for me to try and keep up with my native language).

What are you currently reading?

Three delightful books for pet lovers – and a giveaway

Today I’m featuring three delightful books for both cat and dog lovers.  Every one of these books will make a wonderful holiday gift for the pet lovers on your list. 

Life with Maxie by celebrated radio host Diane Rehm is a sweet little book that will warm the heart of any pet lover. Maxie, a long-haired Chihuahua, hit the jackpot when Diane Rehm took the then 12-week-old pup home. Maxie’s life with Rehm is a dog’s version of paradise, but little did the author know that her life would also be forever changed by this delightful, albeit sometimes stubborn dog with some behavior challenges.   Rehm sums up the transformative power of her little dog in a final chapter that brought tears to my eyes. A delightful read, and a wonderful gift, for all animal lovers.

A Golfer’s Tail:  The Quest for the Double Slam by Roscoe Watkins is a fanciful and fun tale for cat lovers and golf lovers alike.  From the publisher:  Feline golf aficionados have long known of the exploits of Roscoe Watkins, widely considered to be the greatest all-species golfer of them all. This recently discovered lost manuscript chronicles Roscoe’s most memorable year, 1998, and is now available for the human servant audience. In that fabled year, Roscoe accepted the challenge of a brash young rival, Ichiro Nakamura, and began his quest for the Double Slam. The Double Slam would require winning all of the major championships on both the regular and senior feline golf tours. In making the Quest, Roscoe, with his faithful caddie and sister Maggie at his side, had to deal not only with the formidable challenge of Nakamura, but other champions, including Cyril (“Lord Sandtrap”) Bunker, Bruno Mauser, Murph McFurrson, and senior legends Scratch McNabb and Old Tom Norris. Follow Roscoe’s Quest and also learn the true secret of the game.

Dog Sayings:  Wit and Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend by Bradford G. Wheler is a collection of dog art and quotes celebrating dogs in all of their glory.  And despite the title, the book also has a chapter dedicated to cats, which speaks to the generous nature of the author, since most of the cat quotations refer to cats’ innate superiority to their lesser dog friends (which should not come as a surprise to readers of this site).  The wide variety of different illustrations ranging from photographs to watercolors to drawings to oil paintings make this book a visual delight for pet lovers.

I’m offering each of the three books as a giveaway for one lucky winner.   Leave a comment letting me know which book you’d like to win, and why.  Share the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave the link in a separate comment for an extra chance to win.  This giveaway ends Friday, November 26.

I received A Golfer’s Tail from the author, and Dog Sayings from the publisher.