If I Should Die Before My Dog – Book Tour & Giveaway

If I Should Die Before My Dog

If I Should Die Before My Dog – Book Review

As a dog lover and dog guardian, have you ever wondered:

  • What would happen if you could no longer care for your dog?
  • Who would take care of your faithful companion if he/she outlived you?
  • How would the new caretakers  know about your dog’s special needs?

If so, you’re not alone. Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly have asked those very same questions. After witnessing several pets lose their human guardians, and seeing how difficult it was for those pets to adjust to loss in a strange environment with people who knew nothing about them, they decided to write a book to help ensure that dogs everywhere would be taken care of, even when their guardians were no longer around.

If I Should Die Before My Dog is a beautifully written prompted journal that enables you to share everything you would want a new guardian to know about your beloved pet in the event you were no longer able to take care of him or her.

Here are a few examples of the types of fill-in-the-blank topics you’ll find inside this book:

  • My Nicknames
  • My Medical History
  • My Food
  • Things That Scare Me
  • My Personality
  • Toys and Games
  • Words I Know

Interspersed among the journal pages are wonderful pet tips and beautiful illustrations by Rod Lawrence.

As you fill in each page, this book becomes a living record of what makes your dog so special. Even reading through the blank book moved me as the prompts brought to mind many special memories of the dogs that have touched my life.

This book is a treasured keepsake – and potential lifesaver – for each and every dog in your life! I not only recommend it, but I’m counting down the days until the authors complete their follow-up book, If I Should Die Before My Cat!

About The Authors

Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly

Joe and Cathy Connolly have spent a lifetime owning, training and caring for dogs. Cathy grew up with a Collie breeder, dog groomer and dog handler while attending many different dog shows and eventually went on to work with other breeders as she grew older.

They live in beautiful Northern Michigan with their 3 furry four legged children: one large dog, one small dog, and one bossy calico cat, who supervises the entire family!

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Book Tour Announcements

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Create With Joy is proud to be a part of the If I Should Die Before My Dog book tour, hosted by Sharon Martin at Beck Valley Books!

I invite you to visit the other participants in this tour! Visit Sharon’s blog for the Book Tour Schedule.

Also, I’m excited to share that Joe and Cathy Connolly have a special gift for you! To help you with your holiday shopping, the Connolly’s have created a special discount that is good through December 24, 2012! Use Discount Code SET8RBCG at the author’s website  to receive $4.00 off the list price!

Autographed Book Giveaway – 5 Winners

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Joe and Cathy Connolly have teamed up with Beck Valley Books to host a special giveaway! Five Lucky Winners will each received an Autographed Book from the authors! You may enter this giveaway by completing entries through the Rafflecopter form.

The giveaway is open to residents in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

Please note that Create With Joy is NOT administering this contest and is NOT responsible for winner notification or prize distribution.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from the authors for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

14 Responses to “If I Should Die Before My Dog – Book Tour & Giveaway”

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  1. Woof! Woof! WOW you got another dog book review. We LOVE it and joining the giveaway. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Good luck in the giveaway Sugar – this is truly a fabulous book that every guardian owner shoud have!

      Isn’t it funny how I am currently living my dog dreams vicariously through these reviews? lol. Believe it or not, I have one more coming before Christmas! I REALLY need to get on Legend & Tsunami’s good side this week!

  2. Ruthi says:

    If I Should Die Before My Dog is truly one of the best dog books I’ve had the pleasure to read and review. I must, however, check into your reviews of other dog books!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I love animals Ruthi and review pet-themed books whenever the opportunity presents itself!
      I have a few other fabulous cat and dog books on my blog – and another dog book review I’ll be posting before Christmas! 🙂

  3. Cathy Connolly says:

    Joy, Thank you for such a wonderful review!
    We really hope to give peace of mind and comfort to everyone who loves a dog through our book.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re so welcome Cathy – I LOVED this book and really am looking for the cat version so I can have a treasured keepsake for both Legend and Tsunami! 🙂

      • Cathy Connolly says:

        Thank you everyone!!
        We too are looking forward to “If I Should Die Before My Cat__”. It is already copyrighted and our wonderful illustrator Rod Lawerence is as he told Ruth, “working on the cats”. He does such beautiful, beautiful work, which you can go to his website and see a painting he did of a cat playing with a basket. When I first saw it I thought it was a photo!! So we are very pleased to have him onboard again!
        We’re also looking forward to the next tour with our special lady Sharon!!

      • Create With Joy
        Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

        I love Rod’s illustrations – they truly are gorgeous – and hope to be a part of the Cat tour! 🙂

  4. You were not alone being moved by the blank pages and illustrations, I was there too !! Such a beautiful and extremely important book. Thank you for sharing to all other dog owners xx

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you for inviting me on this, your very first book tour Sharon! It was my pleasure to host! And – I am SO excited to learn that you and the Connolly’s are going to be hosting a SECOND book tour to further spread the word about this very important book!

      Readers – if you are a dog lover and book reviewer – I encourage you to contact Sharon to learn how you can help to spread the word about this fabulous resource!

  5. Katherines Corner
    Twitter: goaskkatie

    What a wonderful idea for a book. A sad topic but a brilliant idea. I am adding this book to my list Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re so welcome Katherine! One of the things that I really loved about the book was that although the premise was sad – the book itself handled the topic in a sensitive manner! Truly a gift of a book!


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