Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pump Up Your Book Presents "Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons Told By A Larger Than Life Dog (and his owner)" by Kelly Preston Virtual Book Tour Review/Guest Post

About Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
Carla Mae turned out to be a competitive little tomboy and fair adversary. We love to play Kibble Attack—a game that involves her patiently planning preemptive Kibble invasions, only to be taken off guard by a MaGoo surprise maneuver, overrun and forever a close second only to me. She’s quite the copycat as well, often mimicking our moves. I’m not sure if she’s mocking us all, doing the “when in Rome thing”, or a little of both. What I do know is that I have learned to love Carla Mae and Carla Mae has learned to accept love and even try to nudge in on my petting time with the human and even with random human strangers in the house. She is loved and cared for and Carla Mae is no longer afraid… well, maybe a little afraid of King Crazy Dog, but who wouldn’t be? Other than me, of course.It was at that very moment I realized Carla Mae was not just an angry, aggressive little cuss I taught to play, dance, and cut loose. I saw Carla Mae for the first time, as she really was— a scared puppy who learned to mistrust those around her and who learned self-preservation the only way she knew how — by biting first and asking questions later. She was a frightened little dog who eventually found a greater lesson in letting go and learning to laugh and play and yes, of course—dance. Carla Mae, found unconditional love in our family and along the way, she learned to trust. Anyway, as for Dim-Bulb King, cooler heads prevailed that day and, lucky for him, his human finally dragged him away from us. But I sure learned something about my new sister that day.
Real Dogs Don’t Whisper:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What can I say--this is a sweet, wonderful book about dogs (and co-written by one!).  I have no choice but to give this a rating of a five!  It deserves it and more!  It is humorous while still heart-wrenching at times.  I was surprised to find myself crying over a book about dogs, but the book was so emotional at times.  I am one who does not believe in treating animals like children, but Kelly Preston is in a unique position.  She can't have children, and she has devoted her life to the care of these special-needs dogs.  In her situation, I honestly see no problem with what she is doing because I feel this has become her life work.  Throughout the book, people give her a hard time, but you know what?  They are wrong.  If she wants to do this, why not?  Maybe I wouldn't choose to do it, but she is touching the lives of wonderful animals, and she has improved their lives.

I will warn you--the dogs' stories are not always easy to read.  I am happy to announce that there are no major profanity issues in the book, and there are no inappropriate passages.  I love the pictures she has peppered throughout the story.  And the fact that she and her dominant dog co-author it is truly a hoot!  This book is for any animal lover out there.  It is a wonderful story that is well-written and easy to read.  I was reminded again of how much I love dogs!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, an all opinions are 100 percent mine.

About Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.
Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”
Share Seven Reasons with us why we should read your novel.   It can be any combination or reasons concerning plot, characters, setting or is it highly entertaining, or extremely difficult to put down.
Hi, allow me to introduce myself; I am Kelly Preston, author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper,  ( this is my first book and I am still surprised at myself that I took a vision and made it possible.  It all started one morning in December 2010, I had a “light bulb” moment that I wanted to share an incredible, rewarding journey with special need pets.  The goal was to inspire the audience that no matter what may face us, with determination, unconditional love and support from others; and, opening your heart to allow love in when not expected, amazing and priceless outcomes will occur. 
Why read Real Dogs Don’t Whisper? Here are top seven reasons to include this on your “Must Read” list.
7. Mr MaGoo paw prints each one; each copy has an unique paw print by Mr MaGoo, no generic stamp
6. Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, has pup-orable photos inside of Mr MaGoo, Betty Boop, Buffy and Carla Mae
5. Mr MaGoo will entertain, delight and bring a smile and ray of sunshine to your day sharing his point of view about his crazy Mom (me) and life. He will leave you laughing and howling for more.
4.  Carla Mae will provide insight as to why awareness around abuse and bullying needs to continue to be raised and prevented.
3. Buffy will melt your heart as she learns to trust in life and overcome medical conditions
2. Betty Boop will reel you in as you will become her cheerleader, Betty Boop you can do it! She will
And, the top reason to read Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
1.     You will walk away understanding the importance of second chances, those with special needs are brought into our life from God to help us understand more about ourselves and how we can help and enrich others.  Life lessons can come to you when you least expect it and sometimes from resources that may be unexpected, simply open your heart to all.  

Follow the entire tour here.


  1. Good post! I have 3 (yes, count 'em 3!) rescue dogs and would be lost without them~~

    1. Hi,

      First Ruth thank you for the beautiful review; Mr MaGoo was doing the yappy dance. @JuneA, I never planned for four special needs to enter my life; amazing how God knows what is best for us because I am a changed person (better) and continue to help special needs (human and animal) whenever I can. Like you, I would be lost without these angels in my lie. Kelly


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