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The Compassion of Animals: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness

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Do Animals Have Feelings?
According to Kristin von Kreisler, the answer is an undeniable yes. Here, she shares dozens of absorbing, true stories of animals who've risked their lives to keep the human they love out of danger. You'll read of incredibly heroic acts—from the dog who swallows a firecracker to protect a toddler, to the horse who runs through traffic to save an in
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 6th 1999 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 6th 1997)
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When I read that she writes for Reader’s Digest, it all made sense. Still, some good animal heroism stories.
Julie Suzanne
Dec 15, 2008 Julie Suzanne rated it liked it
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This is like a "Chicken soup for _______ soul" book, as it is a collection of sentimental, tear-jerking true stories of animal altruism. Perfect reading for a hospital stay, while you're home sick, to read to children, or just to warm your heart.
Lee Yahnker
May 31, 2017 Lee Yahnker rated it it was ok
Lots of examples of the good deeds animals do for humans. However, many of the examples were not interesting, very basic, or a wide stretch of the imagination. Didn't finish the book.
Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
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True and unbelievable stories that will warm your heart. Many short stories make this a quick read or a pick up when you need an uplifting story while reading other books.
Sandy Clark
Feb 02, 2016 Sandy Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of wonderful stories about animals and the ways they show concern and kindness.
Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Follows the same lines as all of these types of books. I still love them all though.
Lisa  Consiglio-Wolff
Feb 25, 2011 Lisa Consiglio-Wolff rated it really liked it
This one proves that animals not only tug at our heartstrings but are truly there for us whether we need them to be or not.
Cicely
Mar 06, 2012 Cicely rated it really liked it
I just loved these animal stories. Inspiring.
Terri
Feb 29, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pet lovers
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This is really excellent book .. Should recommend to read it.
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Kristin von Kreisler was born on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and all her life she has loved and rescued animals. She writes bestselling books about them and has spoken about their welfare on Coast to Coast to 560 U.S. cities and on the Voice of America to 123 million people.

Her most recent book, Earnest is a novel about a couple in conflict over custody of their Labrador ret
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