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Two new Chicken Soup for the Soul books showcase the zany antics and enduring love of dogs and cats

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat” each feature 101 wacky tales of all the ways our pets connect with us; Royalties from books to benefit American Humane's life-saving mission protecting dogs, cats, and millions more of nation’s animals

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, February 9, 2016 — Dogs and cats do so much to save and even improve our lives, and that’s exactly what the newest entries in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series – Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat – are about. Written by Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher and editor-in-chief, and featuring forewords written by American Humane president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, they are now available wherever books are sold, and each features 101 hilarious, touching, and sometimes mindboggling stories about all the very good, very bad, and simply amazing things that our nevertheless endearing dogs and cats do. They’re books that every pet lover will appreciate. Chicken Soup for the Soul is donating royalties from these books to American Humane, helping the country’s first national humane organization to continue its life-saving 139-year old mission of protecting America’s dogs, cats, and millions more animals.

This newest effort is part of the company’s widespread support for animal shelters and pet adoption, including the donation of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food and books to shelters across the country. Chicken Soup for the Soul is also serving as the Therapy Dog Category Sponsor and official Pet Food Sponsor at the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, the annual nationwide search for America’s bravest canines.

“Our dogs and cats are our best friends, and pet owners everywhere know the unbreakable bond that forms between them and their furry friends,” said Dr. Ganzert. “We are honored to team up with Chicken Soup for the Soul on these two very heartwarming, inspiring books. Thank you to the humane heroes at Chicken Soup for the Soul for all they continue to do to promote pet adoptions and the good work being done by the nation’s animal shelters. Pick up copies of these books today and I guarantee you will laugh, cry, and come away with an even greater appreciation for the amazing healing power of the human-animal bond, the inextricable link between people, pets, and the world we share.”

Readers can read the “tails” of Spirit, the pup who takes the yoga pose “downward dog” literally, and learns to steal the cucumber slices covering his mom’s eyes when she’s meditating, or King Murphy, the big Maine Coon who loves to play board games with a little girl and wear the jewelry he wins. The 101 stories chosen for each book from thousands of submissions are not only inspirational and fun, but many of them also feature adopted dogs and cats, including black dogs and cats, senior pets, and pit bulls, the categories of pets that are most often left behind at shelters. Each chapter is preceded by a compelling photo of a dog or cat adopted from a shelter by a Chicken Soup for the Soul employee or family member.

“From clever cats that sneak food to heroic dogs that save lives—from mischievous dogs that chew shoes to intuitive cats that repair families—from goofy cats that crack us up to nurturing dogs that act like therapists—you’ll have a new appreciation for your own dog or cat’s unique skills,” said Newmark. “Chicken Soup for the Soul is proud to work with American Humane to ensure more animals like the ones featured in our two new books are adopted out of our nation’s shelters and find forever homes. Thank you for supporting this very worthy cause.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat are now available in bookstores everywhere. To learn more about the books, and to pick up your copies, please visit http://www.chickensoup.com/book/178032/my-very-good-very-bad-dog and http://www.chickensoup.com/book/178033/my-very-good-very-bad-cat. To learn more about and support American Humane’s life-saving, life-affirming work, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org.

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