Monday, March 19, 2012

Life lessons from Pets - Real Dogs Don't Whisper

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
Life Lessons From a Larger
Than Life Dog (and His Owner)

by Kelly Preston and Mr. MaGoo
Soft Cover, 2011, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-467-998-857
Also in hard cover and as an e-book
Available on Amazon or at

Kelly and Mr. MaGoo will donate a portion of their proceeds from the sale of this book to FACE Foundation.

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

The statement “It’s a dog’s life,” somehow seems to imply that all dogs are alike or share a common dog-life experience. No doubt the words of a human, as nothing could be further from the truth. What is “the truth?” you ask. Get comfortable, kids. I will share with you my vast knowledge of The Truth. But buckle up. It’s bound to be a bumpy ride.”
~ Mr. MaGoo

Kelly Preston believes that all creatures deserve a chance. She brings this belief to life in Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, assisted by her opinionated co-author Mr. MaGoo. Through inspired storytelling, Preston invites readers to take the incredible journey that Mr. MaGoo, Carla Mae, Buffy and Betty Boop have shared with her.

Rescue animals provide uncountable blessings – love, joy, and a zest for life – but also frustration and unusual challenges. Preston had no blueprint for dealing with these special-needs dogs – one with severe neurological disorders, two from backgrounds of abuse, and one from a puppy mill. They all had unexpected lessons to teach – lessons of commitment, love, and the importance of living in the moment, which is all any of us ever have.

Preston’s stories are peppered with the hilarious ramblings of Mr. MaGoo, offering his distinctly doggy perspective. He has some disdain for human behavior, tolerance for the flow of foster dogs through his home and deep affection for his sisters.

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is written in highly entertaining, conversational style, but – as Mr. MaGoo warns, be prepared. This book will also leave a dramatic and unforgettable impact on your heart.

Kelly Preston is an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and dogs. Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. Visit Kelly at:

*My thanks to Carol Upton for another great review. I wanted to include a couple of side notes. For a very touching tribute to a pet companion, visit Kelly's website. One of the "sisters" has passed on.

Buffy is no longer with the crew but it is clear from the photo diary and the tribute she had some fabulous days and made more than a few memories to treasure in the lives of those she touched. She had a terrific smile.  

And this link shows some of the success stories for the FACE Foundation.
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  1. Great article and great book! I just recently took in a kitten that had its back leg amputated. I am technically a medical foster because I have the medical background, but I am also in love. She is the happiest most playful cat I have ever seen. A great tribute to the spirit of every animal (and human) with a so-called disability:)

    1. Thank you! What is the name of your cat? You are an angel for taking her; there are so many that judge pets with limitations and do not give them a chance to shine.

      Wendy, thank you for publishing this and helping raise awareness for FACE

    2. Hello! Thank you so much (both of you) for your comments -- I am glad I can share this information to help put people in touch with great stories, great support networks and some of the truly amazing people who help animals. We all benefit.

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience and for the feedback.


"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler