DogtownWhat, you are not yet a member of the Sheltie Forums?  What are you waiting for?  A friendly atmosphere of knowledgeable Sheltie owners, breeders & experienced show people are await you!  Now is the best time to join the fun… and it is free!

Sign up to become a member of theSheltie Forums & enter to win a chance for a copy of this beautiful and heartwarming new book!

DOGTOWN: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption.  The book follows the stories of desperate dogs and their dedicated caretakers at Dogtown, the Best Friends Animal Society shelter in Utah that believes in second chances, and portrays the powerful bond between the animals and the people who help them (it is also the first companion book to the National Geographic Channel’s hit show “DogTown”).  The book is a compelling testament to the fact that through love and devotion, dogs can be given a second chance at life. 

Misfit and traumatized dogs, puppies rescued from puppy mills and war-zone trauma cases, the books tells the stories of 15 of the most memorable and touching cases, including Georgia, a pit bull rescued from Michael Vick’s illegal dog-fighting operation, and Tuffy, whose spirit never flagged after being rescued from a hoarder.  The compelling tales draw on the experiences of veterinarians, trainers and volunteers and in the end, we come to see that there are no “bad dogs” and that with patience and compassion, people can help dogs heal.  

The book will appeal to animal and dog lovers alike and anyone interested in inspirational stories of perseverance and hope.  (It would also make for a wonderful gift this upcoming holiday season!)

The book is also available from the National Geographic website,, and wherever books are sold.

Are you already a member of the Sheltie Forums?  You can still enter! Just log into the site & look for the announcement at the top of the site under “Events”  All you have to do to enter is post a response.  Hurry, contest ends November 7th!

The link to the forum thread is here.

6a00d8341c192953ef010534d21ac9970c-350wiWe all know we are crazy about our dogs and can't read enough about them.  Feed that need with Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Dogs by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen.  It features 101 of the best stories illustrating how dogs are good for the body an soul.  It is a fabulous collection of heartwarming, amusing, inspirational, and occasionally tearful stories about our best friends and faithful companions.

"Loving Our Dogs" is part of the "101 Best Stories" series and bundles the editor's favorite tales submitted in the 15-year history of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Divided into sections ranging from 'Bringing Out the Best in Us' to 'Support Dogs,' "Loving Our Dogs" offers real-life accounts of heroic pups who brought their owners back from the brink.  All are true tales of the humorous and life-altering impact dogs have on our lives. Get the tissues ready – many will make you laugh or cry. 

Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold over 112 million copies, with titles translated in over 40 languages. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century. Fans of Chicken Soup for the Soul will be pleased to hear that they are currently working with TV networks on several upcoming shows and remain dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration.

Simon and Schuster has kindly given three copies of Loving Our Dogs to raffle to Sheltie Nation members.  Each winner will also receive a bonus Sheltie Nation decal! 

To enter to win: Just email me at sheltienationraffle@gmail.comand put "chicken soup" as the topic. (Contest is only open to those with a USA mailing address & ends Monday, October 20, 2008 at noon EST.)

Stay tuned…More awesome raffles to come!

UPDATE:  I've had some members from outside the US ask about entering & I don't want to exclude anyone! Shipping costs for the winners come out of my own pocket, so to anyone living overseas - If you want to enter…you can…I'd just need to ask for shipping costs (over the usual amount for USA shipping) if you won.

Congrats to Sue Nickelston, Michele Reecher & Bonnie Pemble on winning a copy of the book!