Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dog Trots Globe Book Review

I was sent this really funny and educational book about a dog, Chula, who is a Sheltie and is 9 years old and lives in California. Her owners one day decide to go to France and take her with them. This book is like a travelling journal seen thru the eyes of the dog, Chula, and all that she gets to see and do. It's called Dog Trots Globe written by Sheron Long.

Here is an excerpt from the inside cover of the book:
Have dog, will travel. That's how a California couple saw it when they decided to take Chula, their 9 year old Sheltie to France. Little did they know that Chula would be so curious about French culture.

In Provence, she sniffed out everything from the fresh baked bread at the boulangerie to the powerful scents in the lavender fields. She trotted under the umbrellas of the Provencal markets, where the sausage tables were her favorite.

In Paris, she rode in taxis, crossed bridges on the Seine, stood on her hind legs in awe at the Eiffel Tower, and attended a party in a Paris gallery.

Whether in Paris or Provence, Chula loved life under the French bistro tables, where crusty bread always fell her way. Here, Chula recounts her French adventures in this charming dog's eye view of France.

This really is a really cute book and the pictures inside the book are even more beautiful and powerful than any I have ever seen. I have never been to France but this book was able to give me a pretty good idea of how pretty and quaint and very chic France can be.

I really loved the story about the 3,000 sheep being herded thru town and how Chula did not particularly like it. Even though she is a Shetland Sheepdog, she does not want that job at all! So, she runs and hides! I bet the people in France where like, duh, aren't you suppose to be used to sheep? I can just imagine the quizzical looks on their faces and seeing Chula scamper to hide from those 3,000 sheep! Of course, I too, would have hid if I had seen any kind of animal coming towards me in that great a number.

This is a great book to read for a general idea about France (from someone who has been there) and everyone loves a good dog story. It's a great little book with some of the best pictures I have ever seen! Whoever took the photos did an excellent job! Almost made me want to go and buy a ticket ASAP! The information that they provide gives you such a great sense of the Eiffel Tower and other similar sites to buying cheese at the local markets and just what you would see on a typical day in France.

And you will be very surprised at how little the book is but for such a little book, it packs a powerful punch in the pictures (there are actually 150 pictures in this little book!) At the end of the book, the author gives you some very good advice as to how to travel with a pet when going overseas. She gave some very good tips on how the dogs will travel (if your dog can fit underneath your seat, they can stay with you, but if not, they have to go to a special holding area made for pets). I also did not know that you will have to have an International Health Certificate for your dog and every Vet should have that in their office, all you do is ask them to fill it out for you.

Of course, you guys know I have a Yorkie named Charlie, but I don't think I could take him on a trip like that! We are however, going to see what happens when we take him with us at the end of the month we are going on a little northern trip and we will stay the first 3 nights at my aunt's in West Virginia then go to Niagra Falls for 2 nights, then come down to Annapolis and stay 3 nights and then 5 nights at Virginia Beach. The hotels will be charging us an extra $100 at each stop, so we will be shelling out $300 but we figured we would spend that much if we left him in a boarding place anyway. But, this will be a good chance to see how he travels. Thankfully, we are driving, so I don't have to worry about airlines, etc.

You can check out Sheron Long's Facebook page for more info on the book and of course you can buy her book on their site, Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble. You can also watch 4 bonus video's online. On their site it will also give you some other sites that you can order the book also, including whether you want an ebook or hardback. I, of course, always choose hardbacks because I just like to hold the "real thing" in my hands plus I collect the ones that are series with the same character that follows their lives. I hope I have given you enough information to find what you need but if not, you will definitely find it on Sheron Long's Facebook page or their online store that I gave you links to in  the beginning of this paragraph.

Sheron Long has been so gracious as to offer one of my reader's their very own book and you can choose either hardback or ebook, whichever one suits your fancy.  Thanks so  much Sheron!  Open to the U.S. only.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Sarah said...

I usually read fantasy series.


Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

Thriller, horror, fantasy for myself and childrens books to kids :)

Margie said...

I like mysteries and family dramas. Thanks for the giveaway.

Margie said...

Sorry--forgot my email
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

amanda Phillips said...

I'm a romance type of girl myself.


notalwayshere85 at gmail dot com

Kay Dintiman Hughes said...

I love travel journals and any book with animals and photography. That's why I enjoy being a friend of Chula on Facebook.

Catie said...

I read all kinds! Right now I'm working my way through the Harry Potter series. I'd say usually I go for comedic fiction.

Jessica Snook said...

I mostly read parenting books.

Jennifer Wexler said...

i love reading trashy romance novels