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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561644781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561644780
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A moving tribute to the rescuers and the rescued and the world they create together.” —Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog

“The world is a better place for the likes of Melanie and Jim, and their passion for what they do so well can be found on every page.”—Dr. Nick Trout, author of the NY Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts and Love Is the Best Medicine

“If you know her equine work—or her literary work—you already know that Melanie Sue Bowles is a patron saint of horse rescue. With this new book, we discover that this woman is also dogs’ best friend.”—Duncan Strauss, host of the radio show “Talking Animals”

 
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

What does an unlikely pack of stray and homeless dogs have in common with a certain herd of downtrodden horses? They were all lucky enough to wind up in the loving arms of Melanie Sue Bowles and her husband, Jim founders of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. Author Melanie Sue Bowles introduced readers to this extraordinary place of healing in her debut book, The Horses of Proud Spirit, and in the inspiring sequel, Hoof Prints: More Stories from Proud Spirit. Now Melanie graces readers once again with unforgettable true stories, this time about the numerous dogs who have found their way to the Bowles’s gate and into their hearts. The Dogs of Proud Spirit is a testament to the undeniable truth that animals enrich our lives. They give us—and teach us to give—boundless joy and unconditional love.


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Melanie Sue Bowles is the founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary, one of the most successful, longest existing facilites for rescued horses in the United States. In 2005 PBS filmed a documentary about Proud Spirit, citing their program as "exemplary" and a "model for other organizations." Melanie and her husband Jim also unofficially rescue dogs, and there have even been a few pigs in the mix. Read the unforgettable true stories about all the animals who have found their way to this extraordinary place of healing in Melanie's books.

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This book is terrific and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Jean McCormick
Melanie has a wonderful style of writing that allows you to immerse yourself in the stories.
J Walker
Pick up a copy of this book for yourself, and send some as gifts!!!
Karen

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jean McCormick on October 1, 2010
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I finished reading Melanie's new book, "The Dogs of Proud Spirit" and have already reread several of the chapers because I enjoyed them so much. I found myself laughing as Molly surfed the countertops and snagged sandwiches without moving the plate a centimeter! Imagine Melanie's surprise when there was no sign of having made lunch! But then there are the heartfelt chapters of dogs who were found shivering in the cold at the Proud Spirit gate or puppies dumped along the roadside and welcomed into the warmth and love of Melanie's and Jim's hearts and home. How they joined the growing pack of dogs is told, by Melanie, in a way that puts the reader right beside her in each and every situation.

This book is terrific and I HIGHLY recommend it! All who have read her first two books, "The Horses of Proud Spirit" and "Hoofprints . . ." have eagerly awaited another book by Melanie, and happily, we have this new one. We think of Proud Spirit as a horse sanctuary, which it is, but ...the Bowles have taken in stray dogs who have wandered into their lives . . . currently twelve who will touch your heart as well as make you laugh out loud.

Don't miss this one! And best of all, purchasing any of the Proud Spirit books directly helps both the horses and the dogs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 1, 2010
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I was so excited to get this 3rd book from author (and one of my heroes) Melanie Sue Bowles. When you sit down with one of Melanie's books you know you are going to have a good laugh and probably a good cry as well!
I loved reading about all of the dogs who have been blessed to find their way into Melanie's life. It also made me take a step back and think about the dogs in MY life, and whether or not they are as happy as they could be!!

In this book, we get to know Melanie a little bit better...and I like that. She's one-of-a-kind, and the type of person I know I would like to be....completely selfless, and always there to make a difference in the life of an animal in need.

Pick up a copy of this book for yourself, and send some as gifts!!! Not only will you enjoy the book, you will be helping the horses and dogs at Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet K. Myers on October 17, 2010
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Melanie Sue Bowles has done it again with this beautiful book. I can't imagine anyone not loving "Dogs of Proud Spirit" or her previous books. They are wonderful. She is the best advocate that animals could ever have ! ! ! ! ! !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on September 27, 2012
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I loved this book as much as Melanie's other 2 books about the horses she and her husband have rescued. Beautifully written stories about rescued dogs and horses. Warning, kleenex must be close by. Makes a wonderful gift for any animal lover and for such a good cause as well. Proceeds from the books help support the rescue ranch where these dogs and horses live out their lives in peace, happiness and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy D on May 9, 2011
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Wonderful book (as are all of the books about the animals at Proud Spirit)! And even better is that profits go to supporting the Proud Spirit sanctuary run by Jim & Melanie Bowles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 28, 2011
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This book fills you with smiles.. and some sad thoughts as well. I am thoroughly enjoying it. Quite frankly it makes me wish there were more Melanie's and Jim's in the world. Thank you both for your kind hearts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on February 27, 2011
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After having read both "The Horses of Proud Spirit" and "Hoofprints, More Stories from Proud Spirit", I was anxious to read "The Dogs of Proud Spirit", and was not disappointed. These books are written from the heart and will make you laugh and cry. This is a must read book for anyone who has a heart. I purchased several copies to give to friends, all of whom LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gina Bell on February 21, 2011
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I love her books being an animal lover. It's so nice that someone takes in unwanted, abused animals. Great stories.
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