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The Blessing of the Animals: True Stories of Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Cats Paperback – August 23, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (August 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060928670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060928674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This sequel to The Dog Who Rescues Cats (LJ 9/15/95), which went through seven printings, details more exploits of Gonzalez's heroic dog, Ginny.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Philip Gonzalez, Ginny, and their cats live in New York.

Leonore Fleischer has written more than fifty novelizations of films, including Rain Man and A Star is Born. She and her five cats live in upsate New York.


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This is a story that is both sad and happy.
Annelise
After finishing reading the book I actually missed very much this sweet dog after she passed away, even though I never met her.
californiagirl
He rescued her from a shelter and she taught him about love and living again.
Judith E. Pavluvcik

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Annelise on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am 11 years old and my father bought me this book about 2 years ago. I have read it three times already and I will most likely read it again as it is the best book I have ever read about a dog. This is a story that is both sad and happy. I love how Ginny went out and saved all those poor cats with disabilities. I own 2 cats and one lovely dog and I think this story is just great!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pavluvcik on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is my first introduction to Ginny, the canine cat rescuer! I will now have to read Ginny's first book, The Dog Who Rescues Cats. All I can say is amazing and remarkable! This book is a delight for anyone from 5 to 95! This book will leave you laughing and crying at the heartfelt stories told by Ginny's "dad", Philip Gonzalez. Gonzalez claims that Ginny is an angel sent by God and I could not agree more! Ginny's rescues are incredible and the bond she shares with ALL the cats that she rescues is just as incredible.
Ginny gave Gonzalez a new lease on life, as he did for her. He rescued her from a shelter and she taught him about love and living again. Along with their friend Sheliah, these three are tireless in their efforts to rescue, feed and provide medical attention to homeless cats in Long Island, NY.
Ginny is a "love mop" as described by the author and this story is an absolute delight! Ginny has also been described as "the Mother Teresa of the cat world."
The rescue stories are amazing and will sure to tug at your heartstrings! This book is a gem!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one afternoon and handed it off to my husband, who could not put it down. I relate to the author in one respect: after having animals all my life, I connected with one cat so profoundly that I have devoted my life and work to alleviating animal suffering and overcoming the devastating problem of pet overpopulation. It's bittersweet. I love animals with a depth that is so satisfying, and enjoy human and animal company more than I ever was able. But I am now so attuned to animal suffering (generally due to human neglect or abuse -- I'm not trying to fight the forces of nature) that it is difficult to focus on anything else. Just read this book. It feels so good!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By janseymour@home.com on August 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
The compassion with which Mr. Gonzalez writes his book is very touching. The idea he expresses, that animals can add so much to a person's life, is one I share and thoroughly enjoyed reading about. I would love to read more of his stories. My admiration for this author is boundless and his story is certainly one worth sharing. As for Ginny, what can one say but that she is truly a gift from heaven!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bath Beach Chick on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Today's New York Daily News reported on the passing of Ginny, a/k/a the Mother Theresa of Cats, gone at the age of 17. She succumbed to old age yesterday afternoon on a blanket in Philip Gonzalez's care. As for Ginny's story, this is one of my favorite books. The stories are truly heartwarming and this book was a "gotta have it" purchase. Browsing the pet section in a local bookstore, I found this and it jogged my memory: Ginny's story was familiar to me due to a Reader's Digest article, but what happened next? This book captures all the tails...er, TALES, lol. I will definitely re-read this now. How could a dog love cats she doesn't live with? As a cat person, I've always been intrigued by this. How ironic that such incredible humanity could have come from one of god's furry creatures. Rest in peace, Ginny. Let us hope there are more of you in the world.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I know Phil and Ginny. I also know how hard Phil works to help Ginny keep her cats alive. This man is a devoted animal loving person. As President and Co-founder of the largest feline health club in the nation, " LONG ISLAND CAT FANCIERS,INC." we appreciate all the work Phil & Ginny do for feral cats and kittens. I'm proud to say that they have been presented with with our Humanitarian of the Year Plaque.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading this book and never wanted it to end. It felt as if I have known Philip & Ginny all my life. It was written honestly and true I love that in any human... It went much to fast and leaves me to want more. I am so pleased that Philip and Ginny found each other. It was ment to be and I would enjoy another book..to continue the adventure of Ginny, the dog who rescues cats.. Thank You!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yinzer Grrl on November 18, 2002
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A continuation of a very sweet story. I have a few stray cats around my home and even though my inside cats aren't as willing to share as Ginny (LOL), I make sure to feed them and give them shelter. I highly recommend this book and also the one that came before it! (Not sure of the exact title).
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