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Chipper's Friends:  The Heartwarming Story of an Imperfect Dog, by Michelle Jansick

Come, Sit, and Say Hello to a therapy dog dropout named Chipper, and the people who love her. This funny, touching story—narrated by Chipper herself—proves that you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. It is sure to leave a paw print on your heart!

Praise for Chipper's Friends


Chipper starts off her story as she gets out of doggy jail when she is adopted. She then tries her paw at visiting a nursing home, donning butterfly wings for charity, and winning back squirrel surveillance privileges by making Valentine’s Day paw print cards for elderly folks. This is what I’d call a real book-- "a book just like us." If you are looking for a funny, tear jerker, laugh out loud and reach for tissues at the same time… read all by yourself or to your kids – this is your book!
-Paws & Read Pet Magazine

If you love dogs, you'll love this story. By the time you finish the introduction, you'll be hopelessly hooked on the idea that you're going to read a book with a dog talking to you, not just as an average human would, but like an intelligent well-thought person. You will laugh with happiness and maybe shed a tear enjoying this happy tale.
-Mile High Dog Magazine

Reading this book was like getting to pet this inspirational pup in real life. Two opposable thumbs up!
-Aaron Jackson, CNN Hero & Co-founder of Planting Peace

"Chipper's Friends" is a fun-filled book for people of all ages!
-Eric Roth, author of K9 Medic

Inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny!
-Colorado Puppy Rescue

A wonderful, true story of laughter, friendship, and love... told through the eyes of a rescued puppy.
-A Puppy's Voice

If you love dogs, then add this to your list. Warm, funny, and good perspective.
-Dr. Matthew Rooney, Veterinary Surgeon

If you liked "The Art of Racing in the Rain," then you'll love "Chipper's Friends."
-Melissa Pritchard

Chipper, I loved your book! I received a copy as a surprise gift from my son and sat right down and read most of it that very first day. It made me laugh out loud, as well as reach for a tissue to wipe away a few tears. I read some of my favorite parts out loud to my husband. It certainly held my interest as the story quickly moved from one adventure on to the next. Good job!
-Joan Hughes

You will laugh, you will cry, you will love it!!!
-Lori McDonald

It's impossible to read the introduction and not be hooked instantly. Michelle Jansick has captured and put an amazingly realistic voice to Chipper and Chipper's thoughts. Chipper's compassion and meaningful contribution to society comes with lots of laughs, mishaps, adventures and good ol' downhome fun… which makes it an excellent read for kids from 5 to 105. I took a copy up to visit my grandkids and read aloud a couple chapters at a time. Sometimes only an hour after reading the kids were begging for another installment of Chipper's inspiring story. I felt great about the fact that they were learning important life lessons in a humorous yet realistic way. I also took it on a beach vacation recently and laughed aloud so many times that folks kept approaching me to inquire about what I was reading that was so entertaining. Sometimes I just had to share excerpts with the folks around me which turned my blanket into the daily party place. It is well written, inspirational and expressed in a wholesome comical way.
-Theresa L.

This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I lost count of how many times I burst out laughing. I loved reading about the Rabbit from Hell and Screamy Houdini. I couldn’t put the book down, and I have recommended it to many friends and colleagues. I wish there was a copy of this uplifting book in every hospital and nursing home.
-Dan T.

I absolutely loved this book! What a wonderful and realistic story of adopting shelter dogs! All of the good and bad times are shared, the good outweighing the bad, just as it is for all adoptive pet parents! I suggest this book for everyone, dog lover or not. It is thoroughly entertaining the whole way through!
-Robin Camp

"Chipper’s Friends" is a refreshing read combining humor with the innocent life experiences of a sweet, nonjudgmental dog. This lighthearted and uplifting book gives a glimpse into the life of Chipper’s loving family, the world of animal shelters, and therapy dogs. An enjoyable story that will make animal lovers laugh!
-Talia Daggert

My 6-year- old son and I absolutely love this book. I have shared some of the stories with his Kindergarten class. I highly recommend this book!
-Amy T.

I started reading this book while our family was driving to Florida for vacation. I started crying on page 13, and from then on it was a nonstop mixture of laughter and tears...the perfect combination for a good book! Chipper and her mom are great storytellers. This book inspires you to make a difference in this world… even if the only difference you can make today is to bring a smile to someone's face. We should all strive to be more like Chipper!
-Terri Scott

"Chipper's Friends" is an excellent book! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is so comforting to see that even if you are not perfect, you can still make a difference. You will laugh, shed a tear, and your heart will feel happier having read this book!
-Joyce Bird

"Chipper's Friends" was a great joy to read. Each chapter was filled with heartwarming and fun adventures. It tells the tale of a dog training to be a therapy dog, and several of the very special people she meets. And Chipper provides fun glimpses into the lives of her owners, too. I can't wait to share this book with my 11-year-old.
-Gloria Peterson

A very sweet story! A great addition to any dog owners library. Pick one up for a friend! It is great book to read when you are having a bad day, certainly going to give you a little pick me up!
-Jennifer M.

Between my laughter and tears, in this touching story of Chipper’s family, I discovered new opportunities to help others, creative ways to have fun, and sweet ways to improve my marriage. This is a must read!
-Pam J.

I could not put this book down. "The Real Ones Don't Squeak" hilarious! Thank you for sharing your adventures and stories. I loved it!
-Leslie R. Nourse