Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EPIc Dog Tales by Dorothy Wills-Raftery

EPIc Dog Tales
by Dorothy Wills-Raftery
2014
available from Arctic House Publishing
*****
5 stars - Oh yeah!
ALR Green



Dorothy Wills-Raftery has long been a champion of dogs with epilepsy. This magnificent book represents the culmination of her work collecting stories of dogs with epilepsy from around the world. The final result is beautiful and will touch the heart of any dog lover.

Each two page spread has photos of an epi dog along with words about the life of the dog. Canine epilepsy is, tragically, quite common and there is as yet no marker to determine genetic predisposition to seizures nor any guaranteed treatment for them. 

While some owners and their dogs will struggle, sometimes in vain, to fight the disease, others manage to survive and prosper. Treatment is typically via trial and error and the drugs can have devastating side effects.

I strongly recommend this book to anybody whose life has been touched by the companionship of a dog. Epilepsy itself is secondary to the words and photos which tell stories of our human / dog bond. 

My Mango, Relentlessly Huge, has his own two page spread and his section is written in Mango's own words. You know it! Heck, you should buy the book just for that!



Right now, the book is only available directly from Arctic House Publishing. That's cool, because a portion of every sale goes to research into canine epilepsy. Consider this as a gift to yourself or to somebody who just likes reading dog stories. I bought a copy to give to my vet to have on hand for clients whose dogs are suffering from seizure disorders. It's all good.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, how cool is this....we will have to order a couple and share....!!!

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  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. This book has been a project so near and dear to my heart and it is for all of our Epi-dogs and Epi-angels, I hope this book is a comforting companion to anyone who has a dog with Canine Epilepsy. Mango, man, we miss ya!

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