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A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere Hardcover – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416564039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416564034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jana Kohl is a writer, artist, psychologist, and an animal welfare advocate. Having worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies for many years, she has long been concerned with how cruelty becomes sanctioned by society. Kohl has testified before the Illinois State Legislature on the link between legalized violence against animals and interhuman violence. She has participated in numerous animal welfare campaigns, most notably to end the sale of foie gras in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Kohl currently resides on the West Coast with Baby and a cat named Kitty Pie, whom she also adopted.

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Jana Kohl, Psy.D. is a psychologist, author, speaker, artist and animal advocate who is concerned with legalized animal cruelty, namely that which occurs in every animal-based industry. After adopting a 3-legged puppy mill survivor named Baby, Dr. Kohl was inspired to write "A Rare Breed of Love." Baby and "the Ma," as Kohl is known, travelled the nation to raise awareness about puppy mills and the importance of adopting rather than buying dogs as a means to end the cruelty of the dog breeding industry. Kohl is currently at work on her second book, a tell-all about the corruption in Congress she witnessed over the past years.

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I read this book years ago and it remains one of my FAVORITE books!
Amy C.
Jana Kohl did a wonderful job presenting Baby's story in a way that is also uplifting.
Smarty Cat
A beautiful book about a dog named Baby who is a puppy mill survivor.
James C. Costa

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James C. Costa on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book about a dog named Baby who is a puppy mill survivor. The book
has great photos of Baby with celebs, politicians, and animal lovers. When you see
the love Baby shows throughout the photos you see that she has not lost her hope
in humanity. A perfect companion to anybody who saw the Oprah show on puppy mills and wants to learn more about it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leica Hound on June 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book on a trip to Costco - having no intentions to shop other than routine groceries --- then the CUTE dog on the cover compelled me to open and browse. Not only did I stop and look inside - I purchased 3 copies to give to my fellow animal lover friends.

This canine biography works on so many levels with the endearing photos of pro-animal activists and citizens - but most of all - telling the story from the point of view through Baby's eyes brings home the agony of the suffering caused by puppy mills. Credit should also go to the Oprah show for devoting air time to this sad subject giving it the attention it deserves with Lisa Ling's in-depth puppy mill profile. I believe Baby was a featured guest on that show - so I was moved to see the photos in this book.

Jana - Keep up the good work on your mission to educate people to the suffering inflicted by our fellow humans - I agree with Andy Rooney's quote - "the average dog is a nicer person than the average person" - how sad but true!

Buy this book to share with family and friends ... most of all don't forget to spay and neuter your pets.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on June 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"A Rare Breed of Love" is coffee table type book - short stories/chapters, glossy pages, lots of wonderful photos. You can read it from beginning to end or skip to certain parts. The book centers around a three legged dog who came from a puppy mill and, with her owner, has gone on to become spokespeople (or "spokesdog") to fight puppy mills and why we should care about the treatment of animals.
I enjoyed both reading all the stories as well as looking at all the pictures of Baby with celebrities. The book starts with the story of Baby, her adoption story, an overview of puppy mills, and how Baby accidentally became a celebrity "spokesdog" against this horrible practice. The book continues with pictures of Baby and various politicians, celebrities, animal activists, etc. Along with the photos, most of the celebrities also tell a short story of their love of animals, why we should care about how we treat animals, etc. I have found myself drawn to this book and continuing picking it up every day since I purchased it last week. I plan to buy copies for other animal lovers in my life. Its a beautiful book that will surely touch your heart.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amy Black on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jana Kohl is a hero and is such an inspiration. I would never go into another pet store after reading her book. Everybody should read this book; besides being educational it is extremely well-written. I think if enough people are enlightened by her book, it can really make a difference in the lives of so many dogs and cats, and other animals as well. I'm buying this book for all of the animal lovers I know!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. Hyllested on September 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Rare Breed of Love is a must read for anyone that has compassion in their hearts. The Puppy Mill industry is a hidden disgrace in this Country. Pet Stores, Backyard breeders and huge mills are profiting from abuse of companion animals that only want to share our lives and give us unconditional love in return for responsible care for their welfare. Please do as I did and buy this as a gift, pass it around to friends. Learn what is happening to beautiful animsls like Baby. My friend had our local Library purchase it after reading it. Read it and contact your legislators telling them you want homeless dogs to find homes and dogs not to be bred over and over to put money in the pockets of people who treat these animals with callous disregard for their emotional and physical welfare. This book was heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. I applaud Jana Kohl, she is giving a voice to her voiceless Baby.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Krupp on November 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book and story.The pictures are fabulous. Everyone should read this. More books such as this should be published and read. Thank you for this wonderful story. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PAS on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After meeting Baby and Jana in person, I just had to read more. This book has the painful story but shows the many people who are trying to make a difference by bringing awareness about puppy mills to the public. A must read for a heartwarming cause!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne H. Ploshay on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Read this love story about a three legged dog named
Baby and Jana, the woman who rescued her, and you'll
feel inspired, knowing that each one of us can
make a difference in the world when we make the right choice.

The author takes us through her search to find a dog,
seeing first hand the horrors of a puppy mill and
ultimately love at finding Baby and giving her a forever home.

Like the celebs in the photos with Baby, you'll
love her and her story. And armed with the information
in the book, you'll never buy a dog at a pet store again.
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