“The world would be a better place if every family read this charming and informative book before they brought home a puppy. I whole-heartedly recommend it.” – Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. Author, The Other End of the Leash, and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.
“Sarah Hodgson gives Second Chance a twenty one tail wagging hurray! A gem of a book for kids to read and families to share.” -Sarah Hodgson, Author, Puppies for Dummies and Puppy Perfect.
“The stories of Boomer and Chance demonstrate the importance of having the time and understanding of what it takes to properly care for an animal and what can happen if you don’t…Boomer’s story shows how wonderful it can be and Chance’s shows the consequences when it’s not that way.” —Janelle Dixon, Executive Director, Humane Society for Companion Animals, St. Paul, MN
“The book cleverly combines an original story with sound advice on training a new dog and treating it correctly. It will make children and their families consider the commitment when taking on a new dog and also how important it is to handle the dog correctly from the start. The story of Chance, who was handled inappropriately and then got a bad reputation and so needed rehoming again, is one we see often.” -Tracy Genever, Children's Education Officer, The Blue Cross - Britain's Pet Charity.
“[Second Chance] should be read by every family considering getting a puppy. An excellent Humane Education teaching tool.” —Stephanie Bucalo, www.HumaneTeacher.com
“…an educational tool for both children and adults…so many great tips in this book on how to properly care for dogs and the rewards you get for making the commitment…I only wish it would be possible to make people read books like this before purchasing any dog.”—Martha Pollard, President, Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue.
“Enthusiastically recommended...Second Chance is an excellent introduction for children in understanding what is involved with becoming good pet owners.” - The Children's Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review
“This book ties good information into a wonderful story about caring for an animal and the benefits you get from having a pet. A very inspirational story indeed!…Second Chance is a great story for families to read before getting a dog…”—from Hannah’s blog, Best Friends Society, UT
“It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend…Second Chance – A Tale of Two Puppies…I encourage every family that plans on owning a pet to read this book together. I have no doubt that it will help place many more animals in good, loving homes. I look forward to recommending [this] book to our shelter patrons, and promoting it at public outreach events. It is a great tool for those of us in the pet welfare industry!” —Chuck Tourtillott, Director, Humane Society for Southwest Washington
“Second Chance is a great educational tool that helps children (and adults) understand how crucial it is to have a lifetime commitment to their dog or puppy...gives children and their parents practical tips on how to avoid confusing their dog and/or inadvertently reinforcing unwanted behaviors. It lets them know that their puppy's future is dependent on them...entertaining and heart-warming.” —The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education
“A true character builder. If only all pet owners could read such a delightful manual of the needs and concerns of animals. Teaches empathy, responsibility, accountability, and love. All with a happy ending. Focus on children, but even adults will view the love and benefits of pet ownership anew.” —E. Lambert, reviewer
“This book is an excellent learning tool for any child and family who are considering adopting a puppy...the author includes...useful training tools and tips for such things as obedience training, dog behavior, and appropriate chew toys.” —Children's Literature
“[Second Chance] is really outstanding. I cried and laughed through it...The students really enjoyed [Second Chance]. It is an excellent book on pet responsibility. Everyone who is thinking about getting a pet should read it.”
“...[Second Chance] was very educational. We had some excellent discussion about responsibility. The students loved this book. They gave it a five star rating!! I also gave it a 5 out of 5 star rating!—Fourth Grade Teachers, Barron Area Schools, WI
“Second Chance...is an excellent story...effectively illustrates the important role of the adopters and how their actions in raising and training a dog plays a large part in how friendly and well-behaved the dog becomes...Informative sidebars on do's and don'ts...well-conveyed message...an important book for anyone adopting a dog.”—Alliston & District Humane Society
“Wow! An informative and useful book, explained within a story that will appeal to children and adults alike – it’ll stay with you always.”—Sharon Barker, Member, K9 Dog Training, North Yorkshire, UK