I am a huge animal lover. I love all kids of animals. I would own a zoo and a farm if at all possible. For now I’m happy with our “mini-zoo” which consists of five cats, a dog and two fish. We also feed a wild bunny that lives in our condo complex.
I have always had animals in my life – both big and small. I grew up with several dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even a horse. I can never imagine a life without pets. They mean the world to me.
Most pet owners will agree that our pets provide us with unconditional love. They don’t expect much in return except for a warm place to sleep, fresh food, clean water and your love.
Pets prove themselves time and time again. There are so many stories about pets who rescue their owners from dangers and uncertain death. Even animals that are not pets have turned into heroes.
A new book by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Holland highlights 37 incredible stories about how animals became heroes.
Jennifer Holland has shown us animal friendships and love with her New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves. Packed with beautiful full-color photos Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom (Workman Press, October 2014) uncovers and celebrates a side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism—and shares heartwarming stories that can only be described as remarkable.
A pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark. A cat who provided comfort to soldiers in Afghanistan. A llama who shines his very special light of love on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. A paralyzed bunny who brings joy to paralyzed children. An abandoned puppy who lost all four paws to frostbite—that’s him, smiling on the cover of the book—who learned to walk on prosthetics and inspires others with disabilities.
I have another book from Jennifer Holland (Unlikely Friendships). You can read my review here – Unlikely Friendships book review.
When I was offered this book to review I knew I wanted to read it. I does break my heart to hear about animals such as Alyna the paralyzed bunny and Naki’o (pictured on the cover of the book) the abandoned puppy who lost all for paws – but at least their stories have happy endings. Sadly many other animals in the same situation don’t.
These incredible TRUE stories show how ordinary animals go above and beyond without any thought to risk to themselves to save others or to make a difference in someone’s life.
You hear stories every day about dogs and cats who are heroes, but what about a sea lion, otter, camel, horse and a cow? There are animals featured in this book that you would never expect to have the metal capacity to protect others – especially humans. These stories only prove just how intelligent animals really are.
The book has over 200+ pages. You could easily read it in one day if you’d like. I personally enjoy that it’s broken up into individual stories so you can read a few at a time or what ever “free time” allows you to read. I often don’t have time to read so it worked well for someone like me. I actually took the book to work with me and read a story or two whenever we had “down time”.
You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book. It’s a great read even if it was human’s in place of the animal heroes.
I found this book to be inspiring. I am in awe of these amazing animals. They did things even humans wouldn’t do. Often they were heroes for complete strangers too without a thought for their own safety.
Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom is published by Workman and is available where most books are sold.
This book would make a great gift for an animal lover. Even children could appreciate the stories in this book. Plus there are plenty of pictures to go along with the stories too.
My teenage daughter is currently reading this book.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.