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Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul: Stories About Pets as Teachers, Healers, Heroes, and Friends

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,853 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
This collection of stories explores the life-enhancing bonds between animals and people, conveying the unconditional love, loyalty, courage and companionship that animals possess. With stories by: Barbara Bush, James Herriot, Jimmy Stewart, Betty White, Art Linkletter, Gilda Radner, Bettie Youngs and many more.
Paperback, First Scholastic Printing, 403 pages
Published March 2005 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jun 15, 2009 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another goo Chicken Soup Book!! There are times that i laugh till i tear but there are times that my eyes collects tears and my heart aches in pains. This book contains many happiness, joy, but also sadness. I remember read one of the stories called "Friends" by Karen Del Tufo and i have this nostalgic feelings like when my fishes die. In the story, Sam who is a dog was adopted by a couple and later adopted a gray cat named Lighting. Eventually the dog and kitten developed a friendship r ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love animals. I've had this book for a long time; my mother gave it to me as a gift once. I decided to pick it up recently, because I was sad, I had a lot of time on my hands, and I had nothing new to read. I wasn't expecting much, because I don't remember appreciating the book as a kid. I am not sure if the stories were extra touching because they were really great or because I am a pet lover and I was just feeling really emotional at the time... Anyhow, I BAWLED. I sobbed through at least ev ...more
Lanna A
Dec 12, 2014 Lanna A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
This story full of stories is probably my favorite book ever. It has humor, and sadness, and happiness combined. It is such a great book, and I read and reread the stories over and over again. I have been inspired by this book for more than enough times, and it will continue to inspire me always.
Charlotte Allen
My all time favorite series. Makes me cry, laugh, wish, hope and dream more than any series I have ever read. I love animals more than life itself so this book broke and relighted my heart overall and over. It took weeks to get over some stories. The tough stuff novel kept me crying way past my bed time. On mothers and daughters I left a little piece of me between the pages. It helped to reunite me with my family more than any series I have ever read before. I couldn't recommend these books more ...more
Titish A.K.
Siapapun yang sayang sama binatang mah pasti seneng-seneng aja baca buku ini. Jelas bukan bacaan yang tepat sebagai teman mengantre atau menunggu di ruang publik karena itu sama dengan menangis di tempat umum, haha (Saya nangis waktu membaca buku ini di antrean bank :p)

Untuk buku dengan kontributor superbanyak, sepertinya editor cukup banyak berperan karena saya mendapati adanya keseragaman gaya bercerita. Bukan masalah besar karena gaya berceritanya ya asyik2 aja sih ...

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Jan 07, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a must-read!
Even though I haven't had the chance to have a pet (but I will someday!), I love all (most) creatures, especially cats, dogs, pigs and sheep <3
It made me laugh, cry (yes, mostly cry), think, and have hope. It has tons of short adorable stories, so be sure to check it out, you won't be able to put it down!
May 29, 2016 Me rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many celebrity contributions in this edition. Pet stories from Gilda Radner (her dog attempted suicide to get Gene Wilder to marry her!) to James Herriot and Betty White. My only complaint is that the individual stories should have a pre-rating system of 1 tissue, 2 tissues, 3 tissues, on up to you're going to bawl your eyes out! LOL
Lisa James
Sep 02, 2011 Lisa James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had this book, & I think I loaned it to someone. This is a collection of stories that will by turns make you smile & make you sad. But it will definitely touch your heart. I would recommend it to anyone who holds a special place in their heart for their pets, no matter if it's a fish or a dog.
Nov 22, 2010 Prerna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Eichelberger
This is a very good book it you are in to anmials.

If you are really into animals really I think you would enjoy this book.
Nov 30, 2016 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to all pet lovers!! :)
Well, I'm home sick and have been dosing myself with "Chicken Soup" all day. And I have to say, it's probably the Powerade making me feel better, not the books. Especially this one, which was downright depressing.

If you couldn't guess, this particular Chicken Soup book is about pets. The feathered and the furred kind and even a little bit of the scaly. While most of the stories seem to be about dogs, there's quite a bit of cats, a few horses, a couple stories about birds, and even one about a sn
Apr 05, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul HCI, 1998, 380 pp., $11.61
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker ISBN 0439780403

This book is a collection of varied themed stories. The stories are written by different authors that tells how life changing having a pet is. Many pets in this book are dogs, cats, rodents, horses, or birds.
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul is an amazing book! There are many other books like this one, for people of different souls. This one if for the pet lover'
I just finished this book which I have been reading for awhile now. As I was reading through the pages of the book, I came across the reading a little different than most books are. Usually in most books it's ONE story with chapters, well in this book there are short stories(including chapters) about animals narrated by people. I had to get used to the setup of it. Once I got used to it, it was easier for me to navigate through it. There are many chapters in the index part of the book, & the ...more
Mary Lou
Feb 11, 2017 Mary Lou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Susan Devy
Sep 20, 2011 Susan Devy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually I'm no big fan of Chicken Soup series, yes, it's inspiring yet enjoyable books, but for me it's a boring book.....until I discover "for the Pet Lover's Soul"

Maybe you'll think that I'm a retarded person who laugh and cry for pets, but honestly i find that the bonds between me and my pets is strong, compare to human being.

some of these story really made me cry, and it triggered my memories of my pass pets, especially my dog who died when I was eight years old.

From pets, we learn about lo
Apr 09, 2012 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers

I really don't know how to explain this book except if you have ever had a pet of any kind, be sure to have some Kleenex on hand.

On the other hand, there are stories in here that will teach you and make you laugh. Many of these stories are about cats and dogs, but there are so many other animals and critters represented. Not all were pets as the title suggests, but the ones that were not pets -- Dolphins, deer, a cheat and a field mouse to name a few -- still had something to teach the peop
Laura Thomas
Feb 28, 2016 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I review this amazing book?

I laughed. I cried. My heart ached, and filled with joy.

Many people contributed to this wonderful collection. They share their tales of rescue, healing, unconditional love, and letting go.

Heroes of all shapes and sizes roam these pages, both animal and human.

It’s a large book yet it reads fast. The chapters are short, most are two to three pages, and there are some fun cartoons scattered throughout.

I can’t urge you strongly enough to read this book. It’s now fou
Karen Green Panda
Chicken soup for the Pet lovers soul is just amazing. I read this because its nice to read stories about pets that have come back or that have done wonderful things to help people cope. Recently my dog ran away( someone left the door open); however we know one of the neighbors has him and doesn't want to give him back. The stories in this book really helped me keep up hope that the man will comre to his senses and give us our dog back, or that someone will see him with our dog and stand up to h ...more
Sandra Garza
Apr 28, 2013 Sandra Garza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good. It is filled with emotions that warm your heart. In fact it is so good that it made me cry. This book is about peoples stories about pets and their views.I totally recommend this book especially if you are a animal lover. I do recommend a box of tissues because there is a possibility you will cry. Dont get me wrong not all of the book is sad. There are some stories that will make you smile. Another reason i like this book is because it is divided into a lot of stories and i ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any animal lovers
Recommended to Charlotte by: Family
The stories in here were really lovely, some happy some sad but all well worth reading. I find it is the kind of book that you can easily pick off the shelf when you feel like reading something and pick out a section that suits what you feel like reading. Keeping for just when you're in the mood for a few little stories. A must get for any animal lovers out there. I like it because even having read the whole thing, going back to it some stories you forget are in there so can find enjoyment again ...more
As a pet lover, I of course enjoyed reading all of these wonderful stories about people's relationships with their animals. However, in some ways, I would rather have had fewer stories that were so short in length. Many of the stories left me wanting to know more, or to at least have had a more in-depth description of the animal/person/relationship/situation, etc. I found it really frustrating at times, but all in all, it was a good book to read when I was really tired and needed something easy ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
This version of Chicken Soup must have been an older one, because I bought one for my Aunt for Christmas and it was specifically about dogs and cats... they also had other for different animals. The copy I read included dogs, cats, horses, and assortment of birds, etc. A lot of the stories were sad and I don't like to read things deliberately that make me sad, but I hope that none of the dog and cat stories in this copy were sacrificed to make the updated ver
Nov 22, 2016 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, and any about animals even more so. This one features the animals of both celebrities and ordinary folk, and it was truly a delight to read. At times I was almost teary with the emotion,and at others I wanted to laugh aloud. There are cats, dogs, horses, parrots and many more stories to be found here.

This one was an op shop find I think, so even better. All these wonderful stories for $2. A bargain, and sure to put a smile on your face. Five stars.
Aug 30, 2010 Tortla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sappy animal-lovers
If I remember correctly, it is exactly the sort of heartwarming nonsense that the title would lead you to anticipate.

(P.S. I hate chicken soup. That yellow, salty broth makes me nauseous. And the dry chicken, the slimy noodles...there is nothing good about it. I assume that most people have pretty much exactly the opposite association with chicken soup--that it's homey and delicious and filling and decreases nausea. Similarly, I assume that people find compilations of heartwarming things comfort
Feb 27, 2008 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9th-grade
This book is for people who likes animals or people who own pets. This book is about experiences with animals that people had. There is a part about pets passing away and the owners feels really bad because they and their pet have always been together playing and then suddenly the pets pass away. There is stories about what some people think of their pet and its really nice. I personally like animals and want to have a pet but I'm not allowed to have one where I live so that just one thing that ...more
Erin Edwards
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I ordered this book after the success I found with Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on my school bookshelf. I enjoyed this one even more probably due to the fact that I am so close to my pets. I had tears in my eyes with nearly every story because I found them so emotional. My students have loved this one as well. And, I always like to have some nonfiction choices on the bookshelf.
Aug 26, 2007 Genocide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that respect and love they pets
Shelves: soul-phsycology

What a book...

Pernahkah anda memiliki hewan peliharaan? (anjing, kucing dll).. Pernahkah setidaknya anda pernah "berbagi" sedikit waktu hidup anda bersama hewan peliharaan anda? atau mungkin seekor anjing, kucing kelaparan?? bila anda belum pernah mungkin dengan membaca buku ini pendirian,pendapat anda terhadap hewan dapat berubah.

"It'll makes your tears came out from the bottom your heart"
Collections of real life stories that touches your heart.
Any animal lovers who read will nod in agreement that some of the stories shared between man and animals written in this very special book is very close to their own inner-self. Obviously, there are some part that make me teared up, but the short and simple drama within each chapter was enjoyable and fun to read.Even, those who didn`t like animals before will be touched.
My favourite stories is about cats.NUff said!
Feb 05, 2008 Logan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Logan by: name withheld to protect the guilty
A well meaning friend game me this book as a gift, I'm sure thinking "Logan loves books. Logan loves animals. Hey, this is a book about loving animals. Perfect!" She was well-meaning, but, unfortunately, this might be the most schmarmy piece of crap I have ever forced myself to sit through. If it was possible to give a review of zero stars i would. Banal doesn't even begin to describe this. Beware if you are feeling peaked, because this drivel is likely to induce nausea.
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi
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