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"I really liked the mini-stories about the dogs that the author chose to write about. I found that the author is a very good story teller with a likeable descriptive style. A good talent. A good book. I recommend it to all, especially dog lovers."
Charlie Kelley


"Heart wrenching and heartwarming, the anthology contains my new all-time favorite title, ‘Running with Roselle' and you will have to read the story to find out why. This collection will uplift anyone looking for a new leash on life. Earnestly presented, Flory's book reveals doggedness as a vital component of that most heavenly attribute known to mutt or man―unconditional love."
Natalie Brown, Co-Owner, Fetch PetCare Franchise


"Susy Flory did an excellent job with the incredible stories in Dog Tales. Touching and heartfelt, this book about dogs and what they mean to us will be enjoyed by dog lovers everywhere."
B.J. Taylor


"I approached the reading of this book expecting a pleasant bedtime interlude. Was I surprised! I found myself touched by some stories, in tears because of some. Susy Flory tells them skillfully and lovingly. Her love of dogs and her sensitivity to the owners' emotions through their experiences is refreshing. I highly recommend this book."
Claire Koenig

About the Author

Susy Flory is a writer, speaker, journalist, and animal lover who inspires people to embrace passion and adventure. She authored So Long Status Quo, coauthored Fear Not Da Vinci, and has written for Guideposts and Today’s Christian Woman. She holds degrees in English and psychology. www.susyflory.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736929878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736929875
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susy Flory is a New York Times best selling author who grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California. She took degrees from UCLA in English and psychology, and has a background in journalism, education, and communications. Susy was recently named director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

She first started writing at the Newhall Signal with the legendary Scotty Newhall, an ex-editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and a one-legged cigar-smoking curmudgeon who ruled the newsroom from behind a dented metal desk where he pounded out stories on an Underwood Typewriter. She taught high school English and journalism, then quit in 2004 to write full time for publications such as Focus on the Family, Guideposts Books, In Touch, Praise & Coffee, Today's Christian, and Today's Christian Woman.

Susy is the author or co-author of eight books, including So Long Status Quo: What I Learned From the Women Who Changed the World, as well as the much-anticipated 2011 memoir she co-wrote with blind 9-11 survivor Michael Hingson, called Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. Thunder Dog was a runaway bestseller and spent over a dozen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Susy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. She has two grown children, a bratty terrier named Sprinkles, and a crazy ex-racehorse named Stetson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Barker on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"A dog is a man's best friend." Susy Flory, a dog lover herself, has written a wonderful book, Dog Tales, featuring stories of dogs who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of their people and other animals. The stories are endearing and a wonderful reminder of how our Creator made them to be a human's companion. They illustrate the truth of the quote mentioned above. Here are a few of the dogs featured in her book:

You will discover the courage of Roselle, a seeing-eye dog who happens to be afraid of thunder storms, yet courageously led her blind owner out of Tower One of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Black Pearl is a dog with high energy and intelligence. She came to be one of the rescue dogs in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

I think my favorite story is about Brutis, a 125-pound golden retriever, who saved his owner's grandchildren from a coral snake.

There is something special about the bond between a dog and its owner. They love unconditionally and will do just about anything for the one that cares for and loves them. Whether you are a dog lover or not, these stories will warm your heart and will give you more of an appreciation for these four legged animals.
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Can I just say wow...as in BOW-WOW! Susy Flory's book "Dog Tales: Inspirational Stories of Humor, Adventure, and Devotion" begins and ends with her own touching pet dog anecdotes which, in and of themselves, are wag-worthy. But the pages sandwiched between contain stories of tremendous canine true grit told in a simple, journalistic style - her voice breathes fresh air into our entertainment culture of hyped and contrived reality TV shows where a mere hangnail may constitute calamity. Flory provides a good deal of background and side note information that give the narratives context and application, but keep that box of tissues nearby! Surprising doggie feats remind us of how Faith inspires, the value of pressing on after tragedy or encouraging others amidst danger, and the sacrifice involved when choosing to hold on and wait. We also see that when it comes to remarkable dogs and humans, protection is a two-way street.

Heart wrenching and heartwarming, the anthology contains my new all-time favorite title, "Running with Roselle" and you will have to read the story to find out why. Phrases such as "back from the dead", "fresh start", "belief in second chances", and "new every morning" kept popping up in my mind as I inhaled each compelling account, so let me suffice it to say that this collection will uplift anyone looking for a new leash on life. As a word trivia geek I've often considered it no small coincidence that God spelled backwards is dog, and that if this wondrous animal can mirror divine traits of faithfulness and courage at a moment of dire peril, or exude patience and cheer in everyday life, then perhaps we can do so too. Earnestly presented, Flory's book reveals doggedness as a vital component of that most heavenly attribute known to mutt or man - unconditional Love.

Natalie Brown
Fetch PetCare Franchise Co-Owner
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I am a pet lover. I am particularly fond of dogs. I am a big dog lover. As such, I am always looking for good books about dogs.

"Dog Tales" is a book with a series of stories regarding dogs, the good things they tend to do, the mischievous inborn nature that sometimes gets them into trouble, and how they really are man's best friend. I really liked the mini-stories about the dogs that the author chose to write about. I found that the author is a very good story teller with a likeable descriptive style. I found that she described details in a manner that was visually realized through her choice of words. A good talent. A good book. And I recommend it to all, especially dog lovers.
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By A Reader and Writer on July 7, 2011
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Susy Flory did an excellent job with the incredible stories in this book. I particularly enjoyed "Don't Mess with the Brute" about a big golden retriever who takes a hit for his family. And not the kind you might think. But the story I love the most is "Papa Loves You, Kaiser," about a dog and his owner. Found on the doorstep of a vet's office, this dog appeared to be near death. But with TLC from the hospital and the vet, Kaiser rallied. With tears in my eyes, I read the ending. You'll love it too. Touching and heartfelt, this book about dogs and what they mean to us will be enjoyed by dog lovers everywhere.
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I approached the reading of this book expecting a pleasant bedtime interlude. Was I surprised! I found myself touched by some stories, in tears because of some. I was especially impressed with the stories of Hunter, Kaiser and Toast and their vital relationships with their humans.

Susy Flory takes these and more stories, seventeen in all, and tells them skillfully and lovingly. Her attention to breed detail is helpful and informative for a non-dog-owner such as myself, and her love of dogs and her sensitivity to the owners' emotions through their experiences is refreshing.

I highly recommend this book.
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